HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Sunshine & a lower interest rate

Written March 2nd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The weather wasn’t the only pleasant news today. I will get to the second pleasant item in a moment. But first, ever  notice how a little sunshine brightens not just the scenery but your outlook as well? All the bad things are just as bad as they’ve been all along. The feds can’t get their […]

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Sunshine & a lower interest rate

Written March 2nd, 2013 by

The weather wasn’t the only pleasant news today. I will get to the second pleasant item in a moment. But first, ever  notice how a little sunshine brightens not just the scenery but your outlook as well? All the bad things are just as bad as they’ve been all along. The feds can’t get their […]

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Albany: Elections might not hurt

Written March 1st, 2013 by

  Judging by the letters in the local paper, lots of people are getting exercised about the ballot initiatives now being decided in Albany’s special election, which ends March 12. They may be right to be worried, and the measures are still unnecessary as I’ve said before. But on further reflection, if they are approved the effect is […]


Budget mess: Blame us too

Written February 28th, 2013 by

Who’s to blame for the federal budget mess? Everybody, including — sad to say — local governments in places such as the city of Albany and Linn County and their counterparts all over the country. The local paper reports that Linn County is seeking $7 million from the federal government to make improvements on the […]

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Traffic fines — because they can

Written February 27th, 2013 by

A couple of weeks ago I made fun of state Sen. Ginny Burdick’s bill to require drivers to use the right lane on multi-lane highways. But it did no good. Her colleagues in the Senate seem to like the bill. So unless good sense prevails after all, we may be stuck with yet another reason […]

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Cuts: What most media missed

Written February 27th, 2013 by

  By echoing Obama’s predictions of disaster if spending cuts are allowed to take effect on Friday, the networks and the press have done the public a disservice. An exceptiion was the Wall Street Journal, which on Tuesday ran an editorial reporting significant news. The news is that contrary to what Obama has been preaching […]

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Home construction picks up, see?

Written February 26th, 2013 by

On the scene in West Albany: Three houses under construction, another small indication of what the media have been reporting as a nationwide trend, namely that the demand for housing is picking up. Through January this fiscal year, the Albany Building Division had issued permits for 63 single-family residences valued at $13,291,484, up from 41 […]

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