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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Using sense on security

Written July 16th, 2013 by

Public school authorities in Albany — and most likely elsewhere too — are spending part of the summer reviewing what else they might do to enhance security. Let us hope they don’t go overboard. In Albany, they seem to be taking a sensible, level-headed approach. They don’t want to leave open any obvious vulnerabilities, but […]


Report but don’t confront or shoot

Written July 15th, 2013 by

The not-guilty verdict in the Zimmerman murder case in Florida on July 13 confirmed what the local police had concluded last year — that this neighborhood volunteer had shot and killed a young man in apparent self defense. George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder only after a campaign of political pressure in which even President Obama […]

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The state in charge of childhood

Written July 15th, 2013 by

Under Governor Kitzhaber and the people in charge of the legislature, Oregon is setting up an elaborate but only vaguely defined government machinery to be in charge of bringing up children. Over the objections of most Republicans in the House and Senate, the legislature approved House Bill 2013, which deepens the state’s involvement in family […]


Woodland Square: An update

Written July 14th, 2013 by

At Albany’s Woodland Square trailer park, the plan is still for Innovative Housing Inc., a Portland developer of affordable housing, to turn the site into a 54-unit complex for working people. But the $10.6 million project hinges on state approval of grants and federal low-income housing tax credits, and that request is “still pending,” Julie Garver […]


Albany Lowe’s beginning to stir

Written July 12th, 2013 by

Lowe’s appears to be about to get started on its long-awaited home improvement center at Ninth Avenue and Oak Street in Albany. And as usual, regulatory compliance has to be obtained. As reported by city Public Works Director Mark Shepard, a consultant for Lowe’s has asked the city to sign a statement that the project […]

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Road user tax: Another dud

Written July 12th, 2013 by

Once again, the 2013 legislature has failed to resolve the issue of how to get road tax revenue from motor vehicles that don’t use motor fuels, or use very little of it. House Bill 2453 called for a road user tax to be paid by the owners of very high-mileage vehicles, which by and large […]


How about a bridge here?

Written July 11th, 2013 by

It’s my hope — forlorn though it may be — that some day a little floating bridge across the Calapooia River might once again link Albany’s Bryant and Monteith River parks. If you were around the mid-valley in the 1990s, you might remember that bridge, put in by Dave Clark, then the parks director in Albany. […]


 
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