A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Arms treaty may be trouble

Written April 4th, 2013 by

The United Nations General  Assembly has voted for a treaty to regulate the international arms trade, giving defenders of American gun rights another thing to worry about. Worry? Why? Because gun-rights defenders have learned that their opponents are devious and can’t be trusted. They say they respect the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms but […]

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Two cougar bills: Another round

Written April 3rd, 2013 by

In Salem, the House Agriculture Committee spent a long public hearing Tuesday beating what appears to be a dead horse — or in this case, the issue of hunting mountain lions with hounds. Then the chairman, Democrat Brad Witt, closed the hearing without giving any indication if there will be another, or a work session […]

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Death to parking violators?

Written April 2nd, 2013 by

What’s it worth to make a mistake and park your car in a slot reserved for the disabled? According to this sign on a wall in downtown Albany, this particular offense could cost you not just the price of having your car towed and then bailing it out but also a fine of up to […]

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Driving: Never look down

Written April 2nd, 2013 by

If you’re driving a truck down the interstate, how do you fail to notice another big truck and trailer right in front of you? You might miss seeing it and then run right into the back of it if you’ve been looking down at your cell phone instead of straight ahead through the windshield. At least that’s […]

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When it’s someone you know…

Written April 1st, 2013 by

On the mornings of every fourth Tuesday of the month, I’ve gone to the Albany Senior Center to chat with a small group there. We talk about the news or anything else anybody wants to talk about. One of the regulars over the past year or so wasn’t there on the fourth Tuesday in February. […]

Apostrophes: Who needs them?

Written March 31st, 2013 by

Maggie sure doesn’t, as you can see in the accompanying cut. Does anybody? Well, the point can be made that as in Maggie’s case on this bench, one of several in the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, the meaning is just as clear without the apostrophe. So, considering how often it is left out or misplaced, should […]

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Gun licenses: Why the hostility?

Written March 31st, 2013 by

Democrats in the Oregon Senate are pushing bills that would make life more difficult for holders of concealed handgun licenses. Why would they do that? What do they have against citizens who have obtained those licenses? That ought to be the main question from CHL holders when the Senate Judiciary Committee under Floyd Prozanski, D- Eugene, holds […]

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Springtime on Cox Creek (An update)

Written March 30th, 2013 by

Springtime means maintenance work along the banks of Albany’s Cox Creek from Salem Avenue to the Willamette River. A crew working for R. Franco Restoration, an Aumsville-based contractor for the Calapooia Watershed Council, spent Friday killing weeds around thousands of plantings placed on the bank last  fall. Earlier, the contractor had cleared the creek banks […]

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Cameras’ role may expand

Written March 29th, 2013 by

This is how the surveillance society grows — with good intentions every step of the way. You may remember some years ago when Albany was added to the cities authorized to install red-light cameras. After much debate, the city installed one set of two, at the corner of Geary Street and Queen. The last time […]

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Road fee: What’s the problem?

Written March 29th, 2013 by

It’s not obvious to me why Republicans are opposed to making the owners of so-called green vehicles pay their fair share of the cost of keeping up Oregon roads. Owners of all-electric and hybrid cars now pay little or nothing toward the highway fund, even while all other motorists buying fuel in Oregon pay 30 […]

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