A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Helping the local economy: Here’s how

Written January 2nd, 2013 by

Here’s a pitch for one way in which all of us can help our local economy. It’s not exactly new, but if more of us did this more consistently, local business would be healthier, and with it the employment picture. From Shawn Dawson: Thanks for the (item) on the No-D-Lay shoe store.  They offer good service, […]

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A sunny start to 2013

Written January 2nd, 2013 by

Thinking about the start of the new year: May it be as sunny as Day 1.

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For better bus service

Written December 31st, 2012 by

The point today: Better interstate bus service for Albany. According to what I read in the paper, the Albany police on Saturday, Dec. 29, gave a woman a ride to Corvallis so she could buy a bus ticket. She was described as a social worker on crutches, from California, and she was on her way […]

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Happy new year: Here’s how

Written December 31st, 2012 by

A friend emailed me a text that that may be helpful as 2012 comes to an end and we are forced, whether we like it or not, to start 2013. She quoted the “Recipe for a Happy Year” by Katharina Elisabeth Goethe. Here’s my attempt at a translation of these particular instructions: Take 12 months, thoroughly […]

Corvallis bag ban: Bossing shoppers around

Written December 30th, 2012 by

As of the first of the year, Corvallis is joining the cities that don’t trust their residents to use their best judgment when shopping. A few months ago, the city council voted to ban plastic shopping bags. Now the first part of the ban is taking effect at stores with more than 50 employees. Smaller […]

Update: Chain saws versus blackouts

Written December 28th, 2012 by

Since before Christmas, the tree trimmers have been busy on the county road in front of our house. They’ve been chainsawing branches above and near power lines. It has to be an expensive operation. There are two trucks with buckets at the end of long booms, each one trailing a chipper that chews up the […]

Watching the debt grow

Written December 28th, 2012 by

The national debt is fascinating to watch. I’m talking about how fast it grows, and how our elected leaders profess to be unable to slow it down, let alone stop it and shift into reverse. Their failure so far, even in the face of what almost everybody says will be the disaster of the fiscal […]

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