HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

To the Legislature: Restrain yourself

Written January 19th, 2013 by

Here’s a word of advice for Oregon’s 2013 Legislative Asssembly, which has officially begun but won’t start work in earnest until February: Don’t create any more crimes. Don’t pass any more laws that add to the criminal code. And for every other law you enact, try to find one you can repeal. Oregon is drowning in […]

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Armstrong: At least no weeping

Written January 18th, 2013 by

His many critics — is there anyone NOT a critic of him? — were not impressed with Lance Armstrong’s admission that he boosted his performance with banned substances in order to win the Tour de France seven times. He did not appear to them to be contrite enough. He did not weep. He did not […]

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Albany issue: That ‘slip lane’ to Water

Written January 18th, 2013 by

(For a reaction, see below)Albany’s riverfront street, Water Avenue, is not that easy to reach from Lyon Street, the main drag. That makes it tough to try to develop what part of the latest downtown plan calls the “east anchor,” one of the plan’s main features. The proposed solution is to build what has come to be […]

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Albany scene: Working on the railroad…

Written January 17th, 2013 by

It’s good to see that the Portland & Western Railroad keeps up with maintenance on its rail lines in the mid-valley and, presumably, on the rest of its system. Here’s an example. On an afternoon bike ride the other day, I noticed a crew working on the wooden pilings that support the trestle leading to […]

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Update: Gun talk’s consequences

Written January 17th, 2013 by

So far, all that the Obama team has managed with its rhetoric about gun control is to get everybody in an uproar and fuel the sale of guns and ammunition. Gun and sporting goods shops have all but sold out of AR-15s, a popular kind of rifle, and the shelves are bare of the most […]

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Linn sheriff: Don’t make criminals of honest citizens

Written January 16th, 2013 by

(With several comments at the end) Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller made a splash in the news Tuesday by publicizing a letter to Vice President Biden pledging to defend the constitutional rights of citizens against questionable federal gun controls. The sheriff’s heart is in the right place. Politicians, the sheriff wrote, “are attempting to exploit the […]

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Armstrong, too late, but still…

Written January 16th, 2013 by

Lance Armstrong waited too long to admit what the public learned in 2012. That’s when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued its comprehensive report proving beyond reasonable doubt that Armstrong had led his cycling team in a deliberate and ingenious program of doping for several years through 2005. Last year was also when the book came […]

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