HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

D’s, R’s and Nons: The local numbers

Written October 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In case it matters, and maybe it does in local politics, Democrats have a slight edge in Albany registrations over Republicans. But both major parties are running behind the number of Albany voters signed up as nonaffiliated.


Even ‘closed,’ venue proves too inviting

Written April 15th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The “closed to the public” signs that had been posted at the Albany Skatepark on March 23 are long gone, and young people on bikes, boards and other things with wheels have reclaimed the popular spot. But the city says it’s still meant to be closed.


Thanksgiving’s over, but …

Written November 28th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The only point here is that there’s more to Thanksgiving besides turkey, football and a big family meal. Among many other things, we have reason to be grateful for the uncrowded, open countryside near which many of us have the privilege to live. (hh)


Secession in California?

Written September 4th, 2013 by

In Northern California, the Siskiyou County board of supervisors has voted 4-1 to secede from the state of California. It’s a symbolic action that won’t go anywhere. But it highlights a problem in modern America:  For people alienated from the system, there’s no longer a place to go. Part of what shaped America was that […]


Education chief for one year

Written June 25th, 2013 by

After about a year on his $280,000-a-year job, Rudy Crew is leaving to become a college president in New York City. Last year Governor Kitzhaber hired him as Oregon’s first chief education officer to oversee what the governor and others see as a program to improve public education from kindergarten through graduate school. He signed […]


Self-service gas in emergencies?

Written March 8th, 2013 by

Senate Bill 127 in the Oregon legislature is rekindling an old debate that had all but died out: Self-service gas, yes or no? Oregon and New Jersey remain the only states in the country where motorists are not allowed to pump their own fuel at gas stations open to the public. It’s a silly law, […]


Tobacco banned — again

Written January 8th, 2013 by

Since the first of the year, the governor’s smoking ban has been in effect in most of Oregon state government. Wait a minute, you say. Wasn’t smoking banned already? Yes, it has been, for many years. State law bans it in any work place, including bars and taverns. And now some colleges including Oregon State […]

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