HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A loss of property tax revenue

Written December 16th, 2012 by

  As long as our public services are supported by the property tax, losing some of that income is not a welcome move, especially when the taxes are paid by a big multinational company based somewhere else. I was thinking this when I read that the Linn County Board of Commissioners had just decided to […]

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Mass shootings: A response

Written December 15th, 2012 by

President Obama made a moving statement from the White House Friday in reaction to the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. The statement included this: “As a country, we have been through this too many times.  …  And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless […]

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Accessible spaces, continued

Written December 13th, 2012 by

Albany city officials say that federal law requires parking lots to have at least one space accessible to the disabled per 25 spaces. The city requires a permit if those spaces are going to be restriped once the paint has worn out, and in response to business complaints the council has just lowered the permit […]


50 years for two murders?

Written December 12th, 2012 by

  Fifty years in prison. Is that too much or too little — or just right — for having snuffed out the lives of a young woman and her one-year-old son? I don’t know, but I do know that 50 years is a very, very long time, and I can’t imagine being imprisoned for that […]


Linn County Museum, worth a visit

Written December 12th, 2012 by

On a rainy afternoon in December, the Linn County Museum in Brownsville is a great place to spend some time. So is the town of Brownsville itself.


The Nike deal: A quest for certainty

Written December 11th, 2012 by

When Nike says jump, Oregon jumps. That used to apply mainly to the University of Oregon athletic department. Now it applies to state government as a whole. The governor called a special session for Dec. 14 to give him the authority to negotiate a deal with the Beaverton-based apparel company. The deal is that Oregon […]


Saving Nauru? Or we could try…

Written December 11th, 2012 by

Reporting from Doha in Qatar, where the latest U.N. conference on global warming just ended, the Reuters news agency quoted the foreign minister of Nauru. “Much more is needed if we are to save this process from being simply a process for the sake of process…,” the foreign minister said, “a process that locks in […]

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