HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Liberal America, for now

Written November 11th, 2012 by

As usual after decisive elections, the commentariat is writing off the losers as headed for the dustbin of history. Chances are the commentators are as wrong this time as they were a few election cycles ago, when they predicted the Republicans would be in charge as far as the eye could see. Now conservatives are […]

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How federal regs waste money

Written November 10th, 2012 by

A local story illustrates why there is no hope of reforming our government and reversing the drive for more costly, federal  control. There would have been no hope for such reforms even if Obama had not been re-elected. Albany and surrounding towns are forming a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for transportation planning. Whether they want to or […]

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Linn. Benton: Polar opposites

Written November 8th, 2012 by

If you thought the political differences between Linn and Benton counties would have diminished by now, the general election would have disabused you of that notion. Just take a look at some of the results. In Linn County, Romney beat Obama by more than 9,000 votes. If the country were like Linn County, Romney would be […]

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The Obama market slide

Written November 8th, 2012 by

In case voters didn’t know it, the stock market reminded us all that the re-election of President Obama was a bad deal for the American economy. The day after the election, the stock market plunged. It was the biggest decline of 2012, according to the Associated Press. Obama doesn’t bear the entire blame. Bad economic […]

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Sign struggle — sigh! — ends

Written November 8th, 2012 by

Albany’s prolonged fussing about electronic message signs at schools and the like now seems to be at an end. It seemed to be a lot of anguish over not much. It started when the booster club at West Albany High School wanted to replace the school’s aging sign out front on Queen Avenue with a […]

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After the election…

Written November 8th, 2012 by
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Fresh air? Forget it

Written November 7th, 2012 by

Things must really be going great in Oregon. How else to explain the results of the general election? At the state level, all the office holders got re-elected. All our five members of Congress will stay in the House. And the Democrats, who have been in charge of state government for years, regain full control […]

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