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O&C Panel: No conclusion

Written February 8th, 2013 by

If you didn’t expect much from Governor Kitzhaber’s O&C Panel, you were not disappointed when the group’s report came out on Feb. 7. Still, the report was useful in one respect. It summarized once again the long and convoluted history of the O&C lands, the forest lands originally granted to the Oregon & California Railroad […]


Whatever happened to “cruising”?

Written February 8th, 2013 by

On Albany’s 14th Avenue S.E., a notice board reminds the observant passerby of a time long ago — and seemingly far away — when gas was cheap and teenagers did not care how much their vehicles guzzled as they cruised streets such as 14th, Clay, Geary and Santiam. Traffic congestion and related problems got so bad that […]

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The drone memo’s significance

Written February 7th, 2013 by

The drone memo of the Obama administration is important, but not for the reason some senators and cable TV commentators say. Its main significance does not lie in the fact that the administration justifies the killing of American citizens who are leaders of al-Qaida or associated forces abroad. Of course the government is justified in killing people […]


No mail on Saturday? Fine!

Written February 6th, 2013 by

It’s hard to argue with the Postal Service decision, announced Wednesday, to stop Saturday mail delivery starting in August. Most of the mail people get consists of bills, ads and requests for donations. There’s no rush on those, and if they don’t get delivered till Monday, fine, no problem. In Oregon we have the issue […]

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Albany debt: Elections might have helped

Written February 6th, 2013 by

(See the response at the bottom.)One of of the initiatives up for an Albany city election on March 12 would require voter approval of new city debt. Disregarding for the moment any problems with the wording of the proposal, it is tempting to think that if such a measure had been in effect years ago, we might hear less […]

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Crossings: Right vs. right thing to do

Written February 5th, 2013 by

  In Linn County, the Albany & Eastern Railroad has filed trespassing complaints against a handful of property owners who must cross the tracks to get to their homes. The owners have refused to pay the railroad’s demands for a one-time payment plus annual fees for permission to come and go to and from their […]

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Obama fails to persuade

Written February 4th, 2013 by

A reader’s strong reaction is below. Obama would be more believable in his quest for more gun control if he made some sort of sense. In Minneapolis on Monday, he once again said he wanted to prevent another Newtown and the way to do this was to require “universal background checks” and to ban “assault […]

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Did this make a sound?

Written February 4th, 2013 by

Good thing nobody was under this tree in Albany’s Bryant Park when a big branch came off and crashed to the ground in one of the parking lots. The park has been closed to vehicles since earlier this winter. Elsewhere at Bryant, a big tree fell across a park road and has been cut up to let walkers through. It’s […]

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Update: Cougars in legislation

Written February 3rd, 2013 by

We haven’t heard about cougar sightings in or near the mid-valley lately. But our Oregon mountain lions have made their appearance in at least two of the bills introduced in the 2013 legislature, getting under way on Feb. 4. One is Senate Bill 428, introduced by Sen. Larry George, a Republican from Sherwood. He offered the bill on […]

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How to solve immigration

Written February 2nd, 2013 by

Solving the immigration dilemma would be possible if we took a couple of sensible steps. But we won’t take either one. So the coming battle over immigration will be loud and long, and there may be no good solution in the end. The main problem, as everyone says, is that we have about 11 million illegal […]

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