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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Obama and the ‘first responders’

Written February 22nd, 2013 by

Firefighters and police lined up behind President Obama on Feb. 19, when he made a speech at the White House blaming House Republicans for not preventing automatic budget cuts he and Congress had agreed to before.  “Emergency responders like the ones who are here today,” the president said, “their ability to help communities respond to […]

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The gun issue: DeFazio responds

Written February 21st, 2013 by

Our two mid-valley congressmen responded very differently on an issue of current concern. I asked Reps. Kurt Schrader in the 5th District and Peter DeFazio of the 4th what they thought of the current gun control proposals. I sent each one an email via the contact addresses provided on their congressional websites. Schrader’s office replied, […]


Time to adjust the speed limit

Written February 20th, 2013 by

Several years ago the legislature authorized ODOT to raise the speed limit on interstate highways to 70 miles an hour if the agency determined the higher speed would be safe enough. Perhaps unsurprisingly, ODOT found that no, 70 mph would not be safe anywhere on I-5, even on the 30 miles or so that run […]

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Albany signs: Less regulation, or none?

Written February 19th, 2013 by

In Albany, a mayor’s task force has been working on lowering or removing hurdles that stand in the way of doing business and creating jobs. The group has been wrestling with, among other things, the city’s regulations affecting signs. And there the task force has set itself an almost impossible task. It has had to […]


A perfect path: Bear Creek

Written February 18th, 2013 by

Here’s a quick look at the Bear Creek Greenway in Jackson County, a paved bike and walking path that follows Bear Creek from Ashland through Medford toward Central Point. It was built on public property along the waterway and has been well maintained over the years, offering both recreation and a route for non-motorized transportation even in […]


Where have all the bullets gone?

Written February 18th, 2013 by

For a few months now, it’s been virtually impossible for the casual customer to wander into a sporting goods department and buy any of the common calibers of ammunition, such as .22 long rifle or 9 millimeter parabellum. The shelves have been bare, and stores such as Bi-Mart have begun to ration purchases when they […]

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The Union Pacific responds

Written February 17th, 2013 by

Don’t think that the Union Pacific, a huge railroad operating in 23 states, ignores local issues. It doesn’t. Here’s an example. Earlier this winter I heard from a reader that her mother, who lives near Albany’s Swanson Park and takes walks around there, was concerned about the noise and exhaust of UP diesel-electric locomotives that […]

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They don’t hear you coming

Written February 17th, 2013 by

It’s no big deal yet. No big deal, that is, until some pedestrian out for a stroll and lost in his music is run down by a bike. I’m talking, of course, about the dangers inherent in the use of ear buds while wandering along those so-called multi-use paths. “Multi-use” means only two things, really: On foot […]


This fake holiday…

Written February 16th, 2013 by

There’s no school Monday, and the day is a holiday for some in other parts of the public sector too. What’s the occasion? Presidents Day. What is that anyway? When it was launched about a generation ago, it was supposed to replace Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays. But if we had been serious about that, we […]


Site being prepared in North Albany

Written February 15th, 2013 by

Work has started to prepare a site for a proposed apartment development in North Albany between the western end of Hickory Street and the Albany-Corvallis Highway (Highway 20). The city planning department says it has issued a fill permit for the site. Developers have had a pre-application meeting with the department about what officials expect […]


 
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