HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

On passing cyclists

Written October 25th, 2012 by

For people who ride bikes, there’s bad news from California. The governor, Jerry Brown, has vetoed a bill that would make it unlawful for drivers to pass bicyclists closer than three feet. According to a report in Bycycling magazine, the governor said he was worried about a provision allowing drivers to cross the double center¬†line […]


Albany news: Sign action put off

Written October 25th, 2012 by

The Albany City Council said “not so fast” Wednesday to the idea of electronic message boards at schools and other institutions in residential zones. At their regular meeting Wednesday night, councilors voted unanimously to table — or postpone action on — an ordinance that would allow the signs. Councilor Floyd Collins was not there, and […]


Barb’s Book

Written October 24th, 2012 by

Barbara Roberts was our governor in Oregon from 1991 until early 1995. Before that she was a state representative¬† and the secretary of state. She has also held other offices, and now she’s on the board of metro, the regional government in Portland. People may know all that. Not long ago, an audience in Lebanon […]


A bike ride before it got cold

Written October 24th, 2012 by
Posted in: Commentary, Videos

It doesn’t feel warmer

Written October 23rd, 2012 by

A cold weather front was whipping through the mid-valley on Tuesday afternoon, just as the public television program Frontline was preparing to broadcast a program on global warming titled “Climate of Doubt.” The reason there is a climate of doubt on this issue is not propaganda. It’s not the activities of various skeptics, who for […]


Cables to prevent I-5 crashes

Written October 22nd, 2012 by

A contractor for ODOT has been putting up a cable barrier in the median of Interstate 5 through parts of Lane and Linn counties. The idea is to prevent crossover crashes, of which there have been a few over the last several years. For now, the cable carrier will extend for 35 miles from mile […]

Posted in: News

Remembering a cyclists’ friend

Written October 22nd, 2012 by

All of us bike riders in Oregon owe a debt of gratitude to former state legislator from Jackson County, the late Donald L. Stathos. I’m reminded of this every time I ride my bike from Jacksonville the four miles or so to Medford. That’s because long ago the road authorities put up a commemorative sign, […]

Posted in: Commentary

Doping and us

Written October 22nd, 2012 by

So what exactly is wrong with performance-enhancing drugs, so-called? I’ve been wondering about that since the Lance Armstrong story unraveled. If we take something to help us stay awake while driving, or to give us extra energy at work, or to power us through a night of cramming for an important test, why exactly do […]

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Yet another worry?

Written October 20th, 2012 by

Here’s something else to worry about. Or maybe not. “The Week,” a news weekly, reports on a new study suggesting that the Earth’s magnetic field may disappear in maybe 500 years. This, it says, might allow more solar radiation to reach the surface of the Earth, harming life and eventually making us look like Mars. […]

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Oops, ballots came out early

Written October 19th, 2012 by

Benton County voters got their general election ballots a couple of days early because the Salem Post Office jumped the gun. I learned this after reporting Thursday night that for me, the election was over. How come, a kind reader asked by email. She didn’t even have her ballot yet. So how come I got […]

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