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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 […]


The Nike deal: A quest for certainty

Written December 11th, 2012 by

When Nike says jump, Oregon jumps. That used to apply mainly to the University of Oregon athletic department. Now it applies to state government as a whole. The governor called a special session for Dec. 14 to give him the authority to negotiate a deal with the Beaverton-based apparel company. The deal is that Oregon […]


Pick up those plastic bags!

Written December 3rd, 2012 by

Hey, if you don’t want the next Oregon legislature to ban the use of plastic grocery bags, quit throwing them around the countryside. Far too often we see plastic bags dangling in the bushes or being blown into ditches. This provides a handy argument for those who want the bags banned. The last legislature narrowly […]


The marijuana rebellion

Written November 18th, 2012 by

We in Oregon should be grateful to our neighbors to the north on the issue of legalization of pot. They’ve done what Oregon voters refused to do, and thus they are taking a lead in trying to make some sense of this aspect of American life and law. Like Washington state, Colorado also voted in the […]


On passing cyclists

Written October 25th, 2012 by

For people who ride bikes, there’s bad news from California. The governor, Jerry Brown, has vetoed a bill that would make it unlawful for drivers to pass bicyclists closer than three feet. According to a report in Bycycling magazine, the governor said he was worried about a provision allowing drivers to cross the double center line […]


 
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