A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.

Corona Days: A little sign of hope?

Written April 14th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Most stores ran out of toilet paper early in the coronavirus panic. So may we be allowed to see a glimmer of hope for an early return to normalcy now that this particular shortage seems to have been overcome?

Controlling the contagion: Is it working?

Written April 13th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In the Albany area as well as Oregon as a whole, the COVID-19 outbreak has been been more or less level the whole time it has been of concern. State officials say the stay-home mandate and the edict to close restaurants and the like has been working, so keep it up. But how do they […]

Our Days of Corona: Watch construction

Written April 3rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

People meandering around Albany, on foot or on the bike, for something to do during these Days of Corona don’t have many sights to attract their attention. So how about watching the goings-on at construction sites?

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