HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

This fake holiday…

Written February 16th, 2013 by

There’s no school Monday, and the day is a holiday for some in other parts of the public sector too. What’s the occasion? Presidents Day. What is that anyway? When it was launched about a generation ago, it was supposed to replace Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays. But if we had been serious about that, we […]


Site being prepared in North Albany

Written February 15th, 2013 by

Work has started to prepare a site for a proposed apartment development in North Albany between the western end of Hickory Street and the Albany-Corvallis Highway (Highway 20). The city planning department says it has issued a fill permit for the site. Developers have had a pre-application meeting with the department about what officials expect […]


Voting delays? An easy fix!

Written February 15th, 2013 by

President Obama says he’s concerned that some citizens had to wait a long time to vote in the last election. If that’s a problem anywhere, it’s a local problem that can easily be solved without the federal government getting involved, isn’t it? During the State of the Union address, Obama cited the case of an […]


Council TV: ‘For the viewers at home…’

Written February 14th, 2013 by

  Something was different about the Albany City Council’s meeting on Wednesday night, Feb. 13. Everybody seemed to be more dressed up than normal, and several of the men among council members and the city staff wore coats and ties. What prompted all that sartorial splendor? Maybe it was that for the first time, the […]

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Cell phones: The urge to punish

Written February 13th, 2013 by

What is it that some members of the legislature seem to have against the people of Oregon that they want to punish us every chance they get? The Senate Judiciary Committee has just voted for a bill that would increase the maximym fine for using a hand-held cell phone while driving from $250 to $1,000. […]


The exploitation of grief

Written February 13th, 2013 by

President Obama exploited the victims of gun violence and their families during his State of the Union Speech when he referred to them and repeatedly said they “deserve a vote.” What they actually deserved was some respect in their grief, instead of being turned into props for a cynical argument in favor of a bad […]


Death penalty: Repeal or affirm it

Written February 12th, 2013 by

On Feb. 26, the legislature’s House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a bill that may not be popular but would restore a degree of believability to the court system where heinous crimes are concerned. The bill — House Joint Resolution 1 — calls for an election to repeal the death penalty. You may […]

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