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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Sixty degrees: So?

Written December 5th, 2012 by

Piers Morgan, the Briton who does an interview program on CNN, had two men on the show to debate issues involved in climate change. It was not a helpful segment. The two guests talked over each other, which seems to be the rule on cable talk shows, where manners don’t count. Then the host wound […]

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High water closes Bryant Way

Written December 5th, 2012 by

Once again part of the Calapooia River has swamped Bryant Way outside of Albany, and the road was closed on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 4. Gates recently installed by Linn County proved their worth by keeping motorists from temptation and out of trouble.


Alert: Tax limit under attack

Written December 4th, 2012 by

Watch out, Oregon homeowners. When the legislature meets starting in February, cities and some school districts will try to persuade lawmakers to refer a change in the property tax system to the voters, and this could cost you. Local governments want to weaken the property tax limits that voters approved in 1990 as Measure 5. […]


Pick up those plastic bags!

Written December 3rd, 2012 by

Hey, if you don’t want the next Oregon legislature to ban the use of plastic grocery bags, quit throwing them around the countryside. Far too often we see plastic bags dangling in the bushes or being blown into ditches. This provides a handy argument for those who want the bags banned. The last legislature narrowly […]


Stop taxing savings

Written December 3rd, 2012 by

The fiscal cliff might be less steep if Americans were not quite so dependent on the government in their old age. Of course, if we didn’t need the government quite so much when we’re old, the cliff might have not have arisen in the first place. Social Security and Medicare might be in far better […]

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Weekend quick point: Love the library

Written December 2nd, 2012 by

(The noise in the background is a leaf blower in action on this Saturday afternoon. Brooms and rakes would make hardly any noise. Just pointing that out.)

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Energy plan: What about price?

Written December 1st, 2012 by

Energy planning in the public sector is a great field to work in. You get to meet and discuss things and write reports and plans, drawing a paycheck every month, but you never actually have to produce any results. If you made a 10- or 20-year plan and it didn’t pan out when the 10 or 20 […]

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A long case, for a reason

Written November 30th, 2012 by

I was idly looking at my bookshelf Thursday when my eyes lit on “Fatal Justice.” Whatever happened to Jeffrey MacDonald, I wondered. He’s the former Army doctor whose pregnant wife and two young daughters were murdered in their house on base at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 1970. MacDonald was badly injured in the same attack. […]


Charter school: Worth the risk

Written November 29th, 2012 by

Ideally, school boards ought to jump at the chance of sponsoring charter schools. But as expected, the Albany School Board turned down a request to allow one. Why is that? As the Albany Democrat-Herald’s Jennifer Moody reported on Tuesday (Nov. 27), members of the Albany board felt that the proposed school would offer pay levels […]


Nice job, Albany parks!

Written November 29th, 2012 by
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