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Home construction picks up, see?

Written February 26th, 2013 by

On the scene in West Albany: Three houses under construction, another small indication of what the media have been reporting as a nationwide trend, namely that the demand for housing is picking up. Through January this fiscal year, the Albany Building Division had issued permits for 63 single-family residences valued at $13,291,484, up from 41 […]

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Obama’s budget scare

Written February 26th, 2013 by

President Obama is going around the country talking about draconian spending cuts that will slow down the economy unless the Republicans in the House come around and quickly approve tax increases. You would think that as the chief executive, he would be more interested in trying to make the best of a law he had […]


Death penalty: What if voters keep it?

Written February 25th, 2013 by

What if Oregon voters did get the chance to vote again on the death penalty, and what if they affirmed it? The question for Governor Kitzhaber then is whether he would keep standing in the way of it being carried out. As we’ve been discussing, capital punishment has been carried out only twice since Oregon […]

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Sportsman’s Warehouse eyes Albany

Written February 24th, 2013 by

Albany city planning officials have met with developers for Sportsman’s Warehouse, a nationwide sporting goods chain that has its eyes on space in the Albertsons shopping plaza off Waverly Drive. The planning department says no land use applications have yet been submitted, but the city has pending building permit requests for interior relocation and remodeling […]


Even police inspections of homes?

Written February 23rd, 2013 by

  Even though the word from Salem was that supporters of gun bans were backing off a little, it’s worth taking a look at one bill and who proposed it. This is House Bill 3200, which would ban some common rifles and pistols, calling them assault weapons. It is an extraordinary piece of legislation, even […]

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Wrong move: Postal Service sues

Written February 23rd, 2013 by

Mail users may not believe it, but the Postal Service’s studies showed it benefited from sponsoring Lance Armstrong and his cycling team. The U.S. Justice Department has announced it is joining a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who won the Tour de France seven times but was stripped of the titles because he used […]


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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