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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Even police inspections of homes?

Written February 23rd, 2013 by

  Even though the word from Salem was that supporters of gun bans were backing off a little, it’s worth taking a look at one bill and who proposed it. This is House Bill 3200, which would ban some common rifles and pistols, calling them assault weapons. It is an extraordinary piece of legislation, even […]

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Obama and the ‘first responders’

Written February 22nd, 2013 by

Firefighters and police lined up behind President Obama on Feb. 19, when he made a speech at the White House blaming House Republicans for not preventing automatic budget cuts he and Congress had agreed to before.  “Emergency responders like the ones who are here today,” the president said, “their ability to help communities respond to […]

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Time to adjust the speed limit

Written February 20th, 2013 by

Several years ago the legislature authorized ODOT to raise the speed limit on interstate highways to 70 miles an hour if the agency determined the higher speed would be safe enough. Perhaps unsurprisingly, ODOT found that no, 70 mph would not be safe anywhere on I-5, even on the 30 miles or so that run […]

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The Union Pacific responds

Written February 17th, 2013 by

Don’t think that the Union Pacific, a huge railroad operating in 23 states, ignores local issues. It doesn’t. Here’s an example. Earlier this winter I heard from a reader that her mother, who lives near Albany’s Swanson Park and takes walks around there, was concerned about the noise and exhaust of UP diesel-electric locomotives that […]

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Council TV: ‘For the viewers at home…’

Written February 14th, 2013 by

  Something was different about the Albany City Council’s meeting on Wednesday night, Feb. 13. Everybody seemed to be more dressed up than normal, and several of the men among council members and the city staff wore coats and ties. What prompted all that sartorial splendor? Maybe it was that for the first time, the […]

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Death penalty: Repeal or affirm it

Written February 12th, 2013 by

On Feb. 26, the legislature’s House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a bill that may not be popular but would restore a degree of believability to the court system where heinous crimes are concerned. The bill — House Joint Resolution 1 — calls for an election to repeal the death penalty. You may […]

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Another needless bill

Written February 11th, 2013 by

Hundreds of bills have been introduced in the Oregon legislature, so it should be no surprise that a good many of them are unnecessary or pointless. Consider, for example, Senate Bill 511 introduced by Sen. Ginny Burdick, a leading Democratic senator from Portland. Her bill would require drivers of all vehicles, not just trucks or […]

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