HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Dark topic on a sunny day: On homelessness

Written July 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

By definition, ending homelessness means having people find a roof over their heads. But as Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa has learned over more than 20 years as a volunteer working on housing, this is far more challenging than just providing a roof.


Albany gas tax: Two vote no

Written February 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

In the May 15 primary, Albany voters will be asked to approve a city gas tax of 5 cents per gallon. But two councilmen say the idea of a local tax on motor fuel is either wrong or premature.


Pot issue still occupies mayor, council

Written May 11th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa is determined to keep marijuana shops — medical and otherwise — at least 300 feet from residential zones, and she seems to be counting on three council members to help her do that. What’s hard to see is how this matters much when starting July 1, all adults in Oregon will be entitled to […]


 
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