A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Out in the country on a sunny afternoon

Written July 17th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The bike is parked near some beehives. Risky, but it worked out.

Just minutes from town in all directions, there’s Willamette Valley agriculture. Take, for example, Stellmacher Road south of Albany, down which the bike and I made a little detour on Saturday.

Everywhere you look, there’s evidence of our prolonged lack of rainfall. The crops look a little on the scrawny side, and that field of what I think is oats was an example.

Not sure whether the hazelnut harvest is going to be affected. The trees look healthy enough, but I don’t know whether the drought will lessen the size or number of filberts come fall.

Stellmacher Road takes off from Riverside Drive (the HH Linn County Scenic Bikeway, in case you didn’t know). It’s a dead-end lane, so all you can do unless you live there is to ride to the end and back.

Riding the bike on dry roads in warm sunshine is great, but the scenery reminds you that what we really need is rain. (hh)

Posted in: Bicycling, Commentary

7 responses to “Out in the country on a sunny afternoon”

  1. Gordon L. Shadle says:

    You say more rain is needed. But what you really need to do is eliminate structural and systemic racism.

    Racists like white folks (you) and huge corporations are responsible for the inequities of climate change.

    So the next time you’re on your bike and notice the impact of global warming, do what the cool white dudes who make millions from selling overpriced ice cream to rich white folks do.

    Post on your blog a demand that the impacts of climate change affect everyone everywhere exactly the same. Build the world Ben & Jerry want.

    It’s called climate equity.


    • Chaim Uri says:

      I don’t think all white people are racist any more than all black people aren’t so calling the author of this column a racist doesn’t seem right, relevant or a contribution to alleviating climate change. Having said that, I do believe that systemic racism based on color as a difference was created in America to justify colonization of the continent & perpetuate a brutal but profitable system of human slavery & its direct incarnations including reconstruction & Jim Crow as well as more recent ones such as redlining, etc. The book “Caste: The Origin of our Discontent” by Isabel Wilkerson explains it in a manner that allows for all of us to communicate with each other & possibly create a better future together for all of us rather than to call each other names or “snipe” at each other.

  2. CHEZZ says:

    I do hope that Hasso takes the step and remove this person off your blog. How sad to see this talk on an informative but gentle blog.

    • Gordon L. Shadle says:

      The uplifting Bidenian expression for the censorship you advocate is “robust content modification.”

      It’s much more informative and gentle, no?

  3. CHEZZ says:

    You are a very sad person inside. Check in with yourself and what has made you so angry to lash out at others.


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