HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Bundled and cut off

Written September 6th, 2013 by

Maybe bundling is not such a good idea when it comes to telecommunications and entertainment. The thought might have occurred to people in the Albany area on Thursday. That’s when Comcast customers who had bundled their services lost not just cable TV and the Internet but phone service too. Comcast blamed the problem, which lasted […]

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Kitzhaber wants a tax hike

Written September 5th, 2013 by

Governor Kitzhaber is pushing for a special session of the legislature that would raise taxes in order to restore teaching days and jobs in Oregon school districts. His statement confirms that where state government is concerned, enough is never enough. It always wants more — always for a good cause, of course. On Sept. 4 […]


Habitat saved amid housing

Written September 4th, 2013 by

  If you want to see a proper job of wetlands protection, take a look at what’s going on in the Benton Woods subdivision and housing development in North Albany. The city of Albany approved the planned development in 2006. The plan calls for 257 lots north of Dover Avenue and east of Scenic Drive. […]

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Secession in California?

Written September 4th, 2013 by

In Northern California, the Siskiyou County board of supervisors has voted 4-1 to secede from the state of California. It’s a symbolic action that won’t go anywhere. But it highlights a problem in modern America:  For people alienated from the system, there’s no longer a place to go. Part of what shaped America was that […]


What’s that up there?

Written September 3rd, 2013 by

Because I have led a sheltered life, I had never heard of so-called “chemtrails” until one of my dear readers called my attention to them. She urged me to become informed. So, with time weighing heavy on my hands one afternoon, I did look up what there was to see — literally in the sky […]


No good choices

Written September 3rd, 2013 by

Generally it’s a good rule of thumb to be in favor of anything that Portland protesters are against. The rule was tested, though, when according to a report in the Oregonian, 175 people staged a protest there against U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. The demonstrators demanded that the government rule out military intervention, including […]

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In deep water on Syria

Written September 2nd, 2013 by

It’s easy now to start feeling sorry for President Obama. On the question of  Syria, he looks and acts like a guy who is in way over his head. Nothing he does sounds like it makes sense. Every time he says something, the impression grows that he’s floundering. But it’s all his own doing. First […]

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