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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The answer: Openness and candor

Written February 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Kitzhaber affair would not have cascaded into a debacle if he had been forthcoming from the start. So the lesson for public officials once again is this: Complete and utter openness is the only thing that offers any hope of repairing serious mistakes.


Governor Brown: Expect her to act

Written February 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

John Kitzhaber’s resignation elevates to the governor’s office Kate Brown, and this raises the possibility and the hope that the executive part of the state government will actually get things done.


Why vote in a one-party state?

Written November 5th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The election has shown that in Oregon failure is an option after all. The majority of Oregon voters does not care that through lax management and poor judgment, the state government under John Kitzhaber has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on failed health-care and bridge planning projects.


Dennis Richardson’s quest for governor

Written April 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon has not elected a Republican governor since Vic Atiyeh won his second term in 1982. Dennis Richardson hopes to end the GOP drought this year. In Albany Wednesday night, he spoke and answered questions. And from what I heard, I’d say he has a shot.


Has Kitz earned fourth term?

Written December 9th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Gov. John Kitzhaber will seek another term in 2014, his second consecutive term and fourth overall. The way Oregon votes lately, he’ll probably get what he wants — but maybe not if enough voters look at what he’s actually done.


 
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