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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Rising sea level: Where?

Written November 26th, 2012 by

We are supposed to be worried about the rise in sea levels brought on by global warming. But should we be — worried, that is? How much of a threat is that in reality? Most of the scientists writing about this say the oceans are rising because the great ice sheets on land continue melting, […]

Thousands of years ago…

Written November 25th, 2012 by

  Every once in a while we can use a reminder that we’re not the first civilization to occupy this place. I’m talking about this continent, and I’m not talking about recent history but many thousands of years ago.The reminder came in the current edition of Oregon Quarterly, the magazine published by the University of […]

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The gym alternative

Written November 24th, 2012 by

The gym for exercise? To keep off pounds? What could be more boring than that? And time consuming. And expensive in both time and gas, depending on how far from the gym you live. I got to thinking about this after seeing an editorial cartoon in the Democrat-Herald, where I used to work. It showed […]

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Willamette signs: What they mean

Written November 24th, 2012 by

Let’s explain why there are warnings about contaminated water posted along the Willamette River in Albany.

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Up on Thanksgiving

Written November 22nd, 2012 by
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River’s rise closes Bryant Park

Written November 22nd, 2012 by

Now we know it’s fall. The drive through Albany’s Bryant Park, at the confluence of the Willamette and Calapooia rivers, has been closed to motor traffic because of high water. A city worker closed the gates on the park’s entrance and exit Wednesday afternoon. Running high after two days of occasionally heavy rain, the Calapooia […]

Albany scene: Art outside City Hall

Written November 21st, 2012 by

Checking out an addition on Albany’s City Hall: It looks a little like a flag,

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DeFazio right on Russian deal

Written November 20th, 2012 by

Our congressman Peter DeFazio from Oregon’s 4th District was one of only 43 members of the House — and the only one from Oregon — who voted last week against normalizing trade with Russia under the World Trade Organization. He is one of the few House members who made sense on this deal. The majority […]

Public art: Wishing for more

Written November 19th, 2012 by

What we in the mid-valley could use, among many other things, is more public art. What I’m talking about is public display of the kind of works that draw attention, add visual interest and flavor to otherwise bland public places, and give people something to talk about and children something to stir their imagination. As […]

The marijuana rebellion

Written November 18th, 2012 by

We in Oregon should be grateful to our neighbors to the north on the issue of legalization of pot. They’ve done what Oregon voters refused to do, and thus they are taking a lead in trying to make some sense of this aspect of American life and law. Like Washington state, Colorado also voted in the […]

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