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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

‘Climate crisis’ and the loss of freedom

Written November 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Newspaper readers in Albany and around the world this week got treated to a “warning of a climate emergency.” The warning would be easier to heed if the recommendations of the authors were not as ominous as they sound.


Let’s have universities run leaner

Written April 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The news about the latest price hikes at Oregon State University makes one wish for a radical innovation in higher education. This would be the creation of a bare-bones and no-frills system to educate and train all those interested, not just those who can afford it or are willing to indebt themselves for life.


No respect for ‘Beavers’ rail car

Written July 28th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Graffiti artists — let’s call them vandals instead, for that’s what they are — attack everything they can reach. And that evidently includes the boxcar the Portland and Western Railroad had painted in honor of Oregon State University.


What the hell, it’s only money!

Written October 22nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It’s nice to be reminded now and then, and especially just before an election, how casually public money is being thrown around at various levels of government. Three examples spring to mind.


It’s about money, not studying

Written May 6th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

When it comes to big-time college sports, forget all the nonsense you hear about “student-athletes.” It’s not about studying. It’s about money, and there seems to be no shortage of that.


Ditch ’40-40-20;’ it’s misguided

Written February 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It’s time to repeal or just ignore Oregon’s so-called 40-40-20 goal, which isn’t doing anything for anybody except the higher education establishment. But the president of Oregon State, among others, thinks it’s still a great idea.


Only the players get zilch

Written January 9th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Once again there’s talk in the NCAA of possibly paying college athletes for their work. The argument against it is that the athletes are getting a more or less free education, and that should be enough. It’s a dubious argument considering that participation in top-flight athletic programs is a year-round obligation that doesn’t leave much […]


Public records? OSU resists

Written December 29th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The way reporter Bennett Hall of the Corvallis Gazette-Times told the story in Sunday’s paper, the administration of Oregon State University is proving difficult when it comes to letting go of public information. That’s not exactly in the spirit of Oregon’s claim on government transparency.


Oregon will cut universities loose

Written April 13th, 2013 by

Oregon’s three biggest public universities are about to undergo a big change in how they are governed. This could be good if it holds down or even lowers the price of attendance, as unlikely as that is. It will be a mistake if it accelerates the soaring rise in tuition and fees and results in […]


 
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