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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Next Albany chief may be local

Written March 19th, 2013 by

If the other two candidates for Albany police chief are as good as Dan Hendrickson, the city will be in good shape no matter which of the three finalists eventually gets the job. Albany announced the finalists Monday. Hendricksen is a captain with the Corvallis police department. He has led National Guard troops from Oregon […]


No stars at night: Too much light

Written March 18th, 2013 by

Ever wish you could see the stars at night without having to travel into the wilderness? Especially the Milky Way, in all its awe-inspiring splendor? In most of our towns, you can’t do that even when it’s not overcast because the night is not really dark. There is light all over the place — from […]


Driving blind: Spray from big rigs

Written March 17th, 2013 by

What Oregon could use, especially during the rainy season, is an invention that cuts down on road spray from vehicles hurtling down the interstates. You know the problem. You are driving down I-5, say, and a line of trucks is in the right-hand lane. You get ready to pass, but you can’t see much , […]

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Governor Kitzhaber’s choice

Written March 17th, 2013 by

If the Oregon Supreme Court agrees with Gary Haugen, the death row inmate convicted twice of murder, Governor Kitzhaber will have a choice to make: Let Haugen’s execution go ahead, or refuse again. Haugen wants to be executed, he says, to demonstrate problems with the death penalty. That seems like a weird way of showing […]

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“Going forward:” What?

Written March 16th, 2013 by

The other day the Pentagon press secretary was speaking of an incident in which an Iranian fighter was tailing an American spy drone over the Persian Gulf but was warned off. He said the U.S. told Iran that “we reserve the right to protect our military assets as well as our forces and will continue […]

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Pocket knives on planes, continued

Written March 16th, 2013 by

It’s hard to believe some of the nervous nellies in the airline business. They are pressuring the Transportation Security Administration to reverse its decision to let passengers keep their small pocket knives starting April 25. From the start of civil aviation until shortly after 9/11, passengers could carry all the knives they wanted and no […]

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When the big one hits

Written March 15th, 2013 by

Once again we have been warned about the devastating effects of a really big earthquake off the Oregon coast. The question is not what we should do about it, but whether we will or can. The Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission has just delivered its latest  assessment and plan to the legislature. It says […]


 
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