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Council sticks with ‘harmony’

Written July 12th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council Wednesday night voted 4-2 against changing the ordinance authorizing the city’s Human Relations Commission. Despite nearly two hours of speeches by supporters of the change, the question of how the different words would change the volunteer commission’s work was never answered.

Albany flap: Inclusion vs. harmony

Written June 29th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Harmony evidently is not good enough as a goal, so Albany’s Human Relations Commission wants a change in its official mission to include striving for “diversity, equity and inclusion.” The city council’s response on Wednesday: “Not so fast.”

Council reacts to irrational handbill

Written December 3rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Was the Albany City Council resolution¬†“regarding the rights of all city of Albany residents” really necessary? Or does it give people the wrong impression? Does it make them think the city or its current residents have something for which to atone?

Two official languages?

Written June 20th, 2013 by

When I saw this sign at South Medford High School the other day, my first thought was that we ought to be giving Spanish speakers a little more credit. Do the people responsible for that sign really believe that students who grew up speaking Spanish can’t figure out what “office” means? Of course they can, […]

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