coronavirus – Hasso Hering


A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Corona update: Playgrounds and such

Written June 14th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

City officials hope they get “guidance” from the state that will allow them to reopen children’s playgrounds in Albany parks this week. But on Sunday one looked open already, and another had activity while still posted for “no public use.” Kinder Park off Oak Street looked open because there was no caution tape to keep […]

Why Albany playgrounds remain off limits

Written June 8th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Whether it makes sense to us or not, Albany has no choice but to keep barring children — and anyone else — from the play equipment in the city’s parks.

Enjoy the game but don’t touch anything

Written May 31st, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Considering these “temporary rules” I read Sunday on the fence of the pickleball courts at Albany’s Eleanor Hackleman Park, it’s hard to see how anybody could play the game, let alone enjoy it.

What our governor’s reopening plan lacks

Written May 9th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Urgency. That’s what’s lacking in Governor Brown’s approach to restart the Oregon economy, a definite sense of urgency and certainty. There’s a plan, and there are criteria and sign posts, but the plan says nothing about allowing people to go back to work if those sign posts are missed.

Albany corona: What sewage tests showed

Written April 24th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Everybody has been saying that people infected by the new coronavirus vastly outnumber the cases actually confirmed and reported. An Albany study appears to confirm that belief.

Returning empties during Days of Corona

Written April 21st, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Governor Brown’s “stay home, save lives” executive order, in effect since March 23, does not mention Oregon Bottle Bill redemption centers. Lots of people may see the general coronavirus shutdown as a good time to gather up all those empties and turn them in.

Even ‘closed,’ venue proves too inviting

Written April 15th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The “closed to the public” signs that had been posted at the Albany Skatepark on March 23 are long gone, and young people on bikes, boards and other things with wheels have reclaimed the popular spot. But the city says it’s still meant to be closed.

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