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Rural jobs in Nike bill?

Written January 11th, 2013 by

When the Oregon legislature approved a special deal for Nike and possibly other job-creating companies last month, it threw a boneĀ  to rural areas in the state. But it doesn’t look as though it means anything, at least in the case of Nike. In the one-day special session on Dec. 14, lawmakers approved a bill […]

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Grocery takes right approach

Written January 11th, 2013 by

In the great plastic-bag debate, one supermarket chain is following the right approach. It is making a change as a business decision, without asking the state or local government to cover its back by passing a law. The change was announced by C&K Market, a company based in Brookings which has grocery supermarkets in North […]


Albany issue: What kind of majority?

Written January 10th, 2013 by

A big question still hangs over the upcoming special election in Albany, according to the city council. But the council won’t seek to have it resolved until after the vote. As you remember, the city of Albany scheduled a special election for March 12 on two initiatives successfully sent to the voters by city resident […]


U.S. violence is down, far down

Written January 9th, 2013 by

Here’s something worth pointing out amid all the talk about violence and calls for more gun control: The United States keeps getting more peaceful even as gun ownership goes up. Time magazine reports that there’s nearly one gun in the U.S. for every American. That would amount to nearly 300 million firearms, making us what […]

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Mileage fee: A rational approach

Written January 8th, 2013 by

Since 2001, the Oregon Road User Fee Task Force has worked on finding a way to collect money from owners of four-wheeled vehicles that don’t burn fuel, or don’t burn much. In 2011 the group proposed legislation, and it was rejected. Now, in 2013, it is trying again with a somewhat different approach. The bill […]


That crazy coin trick

Written January 8th, 2013 by

Just how nutty our economic situation has become is shown by the idea of the trillion-dollar coin. Nobody with any sense except a few columnists — and they are paid to write nutty stuff sometimes — gave this notion any credence. But then on Monday our lone Oregon Republican in Congress, Greg Walden, introduced a […]


Tobacco banned — again

Written January 8th, 2013 by

Since the first of the year, the governor’s smoking ban has been in effect in most of Oregon state government. Wait a minute, you say. Wasn’t smoking banned already? Yes, it has been, for many years. State law bans it in any work place, including bars and taverns. And now some colleges including Oregon State […]


Panel works to shrink liberty

Written January 7th, 2013 by

The White House working group on gun control seems to be considering a comprehensive program to abrogate a key liberty in the Bill of Rights, the right to keep and bear arms. That’s the gist of a report in the Washington Post on Sunday. The Post said the working group, headed by Vice President Joe […]

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A mid-valley destination: Helmick Park

Written January 7th, 2013 by

Sarah Helmick State Park in Polk County makes a nice destination for a ride or drive, even in winter. Winter or summer, the park on the Luckiamute River is never crowded.

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Drugs within 1,000 feet …

Written January 6th, 2013 by

The day after Christmas, a Benton County deputy pulled over a 22-year-old man in the town of Monroe, in southern Benton County. The sheriff ‘s log says the deputy cited the driver for having neither a driver’s license nor insurance. And while he was at it, he also gave him a citation for “unlawful possession […]

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