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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

That crazy coin trick

Written January 8th, 2013 by

Just how nutty our economic situation has become is shown by the idea of the trillion-dollar coin. Nobody with any sense except a few columnists — and they are paid to write nutty stuff sometimes — gave this notion any credence. But then on Monday our lone Oregon Republican in Congress, Greg Walden, introduced a […]


Tobacco banned — again

Written January 8th, 2013 by

Since the first of the year, the governor’s smoking ban has been in effect in most of Oregon state government. Wait a minute, you say. Wasn’t smoking banned already? Yes, it has been, for many years. State law bans it in any work place, including bars and taverns. And now some colleges including Oregon State […]

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Panel works to shrink liberty

Written January 7th, 2013 by

The White House working group on gun control seems to be considering a comprehensive program to abrogate a key liberty in the Bill of Rights, the right to keep and bear arms. That’s the gist of a report in the Washington Post on Sunday. The Post said the working group, headed by Vice President Joe […]

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A mid-valley destination: Helmick Park

Written January 7th, 2013 by

Sarah Helmick State Park in Polk County makes a nice destination for a ride or drive, even in winter. Winter or summer, the park on the Luckiamute River is never crowded.

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Drugs within 1,000 feet …

Written January 6th, 2013 by

The day after Christmas, a Benton County deputy pulled over a 22-year-old man in the town of Monroe, in southern Benton County. The sheriff ‘s log says the deputy cited the driver for having neither a driver’s license nor insurance. And while he was at it, he also gave him a citation for “unlawful possession […]

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Be a friend to wild birds

Written January 5th, 2013 by

Here’s a timely reminder about something we can do for the wild birds in our Oregon backyards this winter, even though on a day like Friday afternoon it seemed, for a brief time, like spring.

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Weather extremes? Well…

Written January 4th, 2013 by

When not much else is going on, it’s always fun to talk about the weather and how unusual it has been. On New Year’s Day, for example, the Albany paper had a story about the “extreme weather,” so-called, of 2012. On closer examination, it was not all that extreme. Yes, it was a pretty wet […]

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