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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The Malheur Gang as martyrs?

Written March 11th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Still jailed in Portland several weeks after their arrests, the Harney County occupiers are experiencing what they should have known before: Rebellion is punished as a crime only if it fails. Still, their treatment so far seems needlessly harsh.


Resolving the issues? Fat chance!

Written January 30th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

In Harney County we just watched an attempt to spark an uprising against increasing government control over the way citizens — western ranchers in this case — must live and work. The attempt failed. But the government is not about to change its approach, so the urge to rebel will fester and grow.


Good change: Letting the public see

Written January 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The FBI on Thursday told us what happened when several of the Malheur refuge protesters were arrested and one was killed. It demonstrated that informing the public is the right thing to do, and that it can be done in a timely manner even while a formal investigation is still going on.


And now, the loss of a life

Written January 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

We have to wait to find out exactly what happened, but so far the terse FBI announcement leaves a bad taste about the arrests of some of the protesters in Harney County and the killing of one of them.


Walden’s message: Worth hearing

Written January 6th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Most of the cartoonists and editorial writers holding forth about events in Harney County don’t know the first thing about the place. They should spend a few minutes and listen to Congressman Greg Walden, whose 2nd District includes all of Eastern Oregon.


Malheur matters: Injustice exposed

Written January 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

On social media, someone wanted to know why the media aren’t saying “terrorists” when they talk of the people who took over buildings at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. The answer is simple. Terrorists they’re not.


 
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