HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Another needless bill

Written February 11th, 2013 by

Hundreds of bills have been introduced in the Oregon legislature, so it should be no surprise that a good many of them are unnecessary or pointless. Consider, for example, Senate Bill 511 introduced by Sen. Ginny Burdick, a leading Democratic senator from Portland. Her bill would require drivers of all vehicles, not just trucks or […]

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Passenger rail planning on slow track

Written February 9th, 2013 by

You won’t be surprised to learn that under federal guidance, Oregon continues to plod along slowly in trying to find the best way to enhance passenger rail transportation up and down the Willamette Valley. The effort began 2011 with federal grants and the hiring of consultants to conduct an environmental assessment of various routes that […]


O&C Panel: No conclusion

Written February 8th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

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 […]


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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