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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Kitzhaber wants a tax hike

Written September 5th, 2013 by

Governor Kitzhaber is pushing for a special session of the legislature that would raise taxes in order to restore teaching days and jobs in Oregon school districts. His statement confirms that where state government is concerned, enough is never enough. It always wants more — always for a good cause, of course. On Sept. 4 […]


Mascots? Cut the baloney…

Written August 15th, 2013 by

Whether Governor Kitzhaber vetoes the Indian mascot bill or not — he has until Aug. 19 to decide — the affected schools might consider cutting through all the baloney on this issue on their own. To refresh your memory, the state Board of Education decided that schools with Indian names and mascots had to ditch […]


Veto mascot bill? Go ahead!

Written August 6th, 2013 by

Governor Kitzhaber says he wants to veto Senate Bill 215, and he should. It’s a terrible bill, even though the sponsors meant well. This has to do with Indian names and mascots at some Oregon schools. The state Board of Education decided in 2012 to ban the use of Indian mascots and imagery. It threatened to […]


For a happier Oregon?

Written April 27th, 2013 by

Our Gov. John Kitzhaber and his lady are about to return from Bhutan. That’s a little kingdom of about three-quarters of a million people sandwiched between China and India. In recent years it made a name for itself with a concept it calls an index of “gross national happiness,” which purports to measure how content […]

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O&C Panel: No conclusion

Written February 8th, 2013 by

If you didn’t expect much from Governor Kitzhaber’s O&C Panel, you were not disappointed when the group’s report came out on Feb. 7. Still, the report was useful in one respect. It summarized once again the long and convoluted history of the O&C lands, the forest lands originally granted to the Oregon & California Railroad […]


O&C Panel: No conclusion

Written February 8th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

If you didn’t expect much from Governor Kitzhaber’s O&C Panel, you were not disappointed when the group’s report came out on Feb. 7. Still, the report was useful in one respect. It summarized once again the long and convoluted history of the O&C lands, the forest lands originally granted to the Oregon & California Railroad […]


Governor: Tax hikes for seniors?

Written January 15th, 2013 by

Governor John Kitzhaber’s message to the legislature on Jan. 14 sounded a hopeful tone, as these messages should. But he was short on actual recommendations, more than once saying only that this or that issue “needs thoughtful deliberation.” For example, he said the state must continue to work to generate more jobs, and he believes […]


 
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