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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Reflections on our lack of peace

Written June 12th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

This was my view of the Yachats River at low tide Saturday afternoon. Tranquil scenes like this, and lots of time spent riding bikes, tend to make us forget that the world is not a peaceful place. Then we get word of an event, like the mass shooting in Florida Sunday morning. That reminds us how things really are.

Let’s have justice for email leaker

Written May 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

It was disappointing to learn — from Nigel Jaquiss’s excellent story in the current Willamette Week — that Michael Rodgers is still on forced albeit paid leave from his job in Oregon state government, still being investigated by the state police as well as the attorney general, and still under threat of losing his freedom […]

Honor leakers; don’t punish them

Written February 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Well, this is not a good start when it comes to transparency versus secrecy in government. The Oregonian reports that the administration of Gov. Kate Brown has launched a criminal investigation into the leaking of some some crucial Kitzhaber emails. And that’s a big mistake.

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.

That’s not believable, Governor

Written February 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Governor Kitzhaber evidently thinks of Oregonians as idiots who will believe anything. He now wants us to believe that he called Secretary of State Kate Brown and asked her to hustle back from a conference in Washington, D.C., so he could tell her he was not resigning. Really?

Democrats to enlarge voter rolls

Written February 9th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

It’s no surprise that Democrats in the legislature are about to enact a bill intended to vastly increase the number of voters likely to vote Democratic. The upshot is that Oregon’s one-party government will become even more firmly entrenched in the years to come.

Low turnout no big deal

Written May 16th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

  If we want more citizens to vote, we’ll have to make elections interesting. Oregon elections sometimes are, but in most respects this primary is not.

A foreign ‘attack’ on Oregon

Written February 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

So why would foreigners hack the online systems of the Oregon secretary of state, and what were they hoping to steal or achieve? Secretary of State Kate Brown and her staff said they believe no credit card information was compromised. So is there anything else worth trying to steal?

House wants more ‘voters’

Written June 26th, 2013 by

Over the objections of 28 members, mostly Republicans, the Oregon House has passed a curious bill that aims to get every citizen in the state registered as a voter whether they want to be or not. It would work this way. The DMV has a record of every citizen with a driver’s license. Under HB 3521, if […]

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