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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany issue: That ‘slip lane’ to Water

Written January 18th, 2013 by

(For a reaction, see below)Albany’s riverfront street, Water Avenue, is not that easy to reach from Lyon Street, the main drag. That makes it tough to try to develop what part of the latest downtown plan calls the “east anchor,” one of the plan’s main features. The proposed solution is to build what has come to be […]

Albany scene: Working on the railroad…

Written January 17th, 2013 by

It’s good to see that the Portland & Western Railroad keeps up with maintenance on its rail lines in the mid-valley and, presumably, on the rest of its system. Here’s an example. On an afternoon bike ride the other day, I noticed a crew working on the wooden pilings that support the trestle leading to […]

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Update: Gun talk’s consequences

Written January 17th, 2013 by

So far, all that the Obama team has managed with its rhetoric about gun control is to get everybody in an uproar and fuel the sale of guns and ammunition. Gun and sporting goods shops have all but sold out of AR-15s, a popular kind of rifle, and the shelves are bare of the most […]

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Linn sheriff: Don’t make criminals of honest citizens

Written January 16th, 2013 by

(With several comments at the end) Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller made a splash in the news Tuesday by publicizing a letter to Vice President Biden pledging to defend the constitutional rights of citizens against questionable federal gun controls. The sheriff’s heart is in the right place. Politicians, the sheriff wrote, “are attempting to exploit the […]

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Armstrong, too late, but still…

Written January 16th, 2013 by

Lance Armstrong waited too long to admit what the public learned in 2012. That’s when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued its comprehensive report proving beyond reasonable doubt that Armstrong had led his cycling team in a deliberate and ingenious program of doping for several years through 2005. Last year was also when the book came […]

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Governor: Tax hikes for seniors?

Written January 15th, 2013 by

Governor John Kitzhaber’s message to the legislature on Jan. 14 sounded a hopeful tone, as these messages should. But he was short on actual recommendations, more than once saying only that this or that issue “needs thoughtful deliberation.” For example, he said the state must continue to work to generate more jobs, and he believes […]

One view from Linn County

Written January 15th, 2013 by

On a cold but clear afternoon in the wilds of rural Linn County, here’s my first sketchy reaction to Governor Kitzhaber’s speech on the first day of the 2013 Oregon Legislature.

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Oregon temps essentially unchanged

Written January 14th, 2013 by

Maybe it’s lucky that we don’t believe the hyperventilating about global warming in the papers and other mainstream media. If we relied on them, we might be tempted to think it’s been getting warmer in Oregon. And then we might step out the door into freezing fog without being properly dressed. Even if the weather […]

State wouldn’t track you

Written January 13th, 2013 by

No, Senator Merkley, the concept of an Oregon vehicle mileage tax does not require people to disclose where they are going. It requires only that the in-state mileage on public roads be recorded. That’s so the owners can pay a road user fee instead of the gas tax. Jeff Merkley, Oregon’s junior member in the […]

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Apophis: No answer to Social Security funding

Written January 12th, 2013 by

NASA now says the chance that the asteroid named Apophis will slam into the Earth in 2036 is so small as to be not worth worrying about. So we are supposed to feel reassured. Actually, some of us were never all that worried. There’s a pretty good chance we won’t be around in another 23 […]

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