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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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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Fake-bomb case: A test of justice

Written November 28th, 2012 by

In the Portland fake-bomb case, American justice is being tested. The case illustrates again how fighting would-be terrorism chips away at the safeguards that are supposed to protect liberty. Almost exactly two years ago, a 19-year-old native of Somalia, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, was arrested for trying to set off a bomb which, if it had […]

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Why no ties: They bind?

Written November 27th, 2012 by

There was something in the news the other day about neckties. Well, actually it was about neckties and complete men’s suits. You may have seen the story in the Oregonian, where it first appeared. In a nutshell, Portland State University had arranged to provide formal tailored business suits for each of its 71 football players, […]

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A tip for Republicans: Reregister

Written November 27th, 2012 by

Here’s an idea for all those Republicans still smarting over the results of the general election. They may feel discouraged because everything they hear and read tells them they have to change their views on some things if they ever want to win elections again. That seems to be true across the country as the […]

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Rising sea level: Where?

Written November 26th, 2012 by

We are supposed to be worried about the rise in sea levels brought on by global warming. But should we be — worried, that is? How much of a threat is that in reality? Most of the scientists writing about this say the oceans are rising because the great ice sheets on land continue melting, […]

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