HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

DeFazio right on Russian deal

Written November 20th, 2012 by

Our congressman Peter DeFazio from Oregon’s 4th District was one of only 43 members of the House — and the only one from Oregon — who voted last week against normalizing trade with Russia under the World Trade Organization. He is one of the few House members who made sense on this deal. The majority […]


Public art: Wishing for more

Written November 19th, 2012 by

What we in the mid-valley could use, among many other things, is more public art. What I’m talking about is public display of the kind of works that draw attention, add visual interest and flavor to otherwise bland public places, and give people something to talk about and children something to stir their imagination. As […]


The marijuana rebellion

Written November 18th, 2012 by

We in Oregon should be grateful to our neighbors to the north on the issue of legalization of pot. They’ve done what Oregon voters refused to do, and thus they are taking a lead in trying to make some sense of this aspect of American life and law. Like Washington state, Colorado also voted in the […]


Palestine Church: See the progress

Written November 17th, 2012 by

A crew this week was working on the historic Palestine Church, which had been moved to Adair Village from the Palestine crossroads in North Albany. Looks like the old structure was getting a foundation.

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An update from Adair Village

Written November 17th, 2012 by

Adair Village has made great progress restoring two former barracks buildings salvaged from the former Camp Adair, the Army training camp of World War II. They are being fixed up for some type of community use.

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Climate change or something else?

Written November 16th, 2012 by

A study publicized by Oregon State speculates that climate change is causing additional stress to western rangelands where cattle and wild animals graze. In the Los Angeles Times, an art critic reports on the flooding in Venice. He suggests that the annual winter flooding there is much worse this time because of global warming. We […]

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Out of place: Downtown billboard

Written November 15th, 2012 by

  There’s a billboard on East First Avenue in Albany. It’s been there for years. But I hadn’t really paid attention to it until one day this month. With time on my hands, I was wandering around that part of town, on foot for once. And I got to wondering: What’s a billboard doing there? […]

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