HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Infrastructure bonanza: What about streets?

Written November 18th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

One segment of Albany’s infrastructure that needs help is the city streets, and the question is: Are they going to get it from the trillion-dollar “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” that Biden and Democrats in Congress have turned into law?


Council hears long-distance plea on trucks

Written November 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In an unusual move, the Albany City Council Wednesday listened to a disembodied voice on the telephone asking it to oppose bigger trucks on the nation’s roads.


30 years in Congress: Still plugging away

Written August 15th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Monday afternoon didn’t promise any greater excitement elsewhere, so why not take in a public “town hall” meeting put on by Congressman Peter DeFazio, the Democrat who has represented Oregon’s 4th District since way before anybody worried about global warming. So I went.


Keep passenger trains rolling

Written March 4th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Amtrak may not make sense in dollars and cents, but I’d hate to see Albany and much of the country lose passenger train service. So I’m glad the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed HR 749, the Amtrak funding bill. As Oregon’s Congressman Peter DeFazio said on the floor of the House, without passenger trains we’d […]


Obama against sound forest policy

Written September 19th, 2013 by

The Obama administration says the president would veto a bill by Oregon congressmen to revive the timber economy of some Oregon counties. It’s another indication of how liberals cling to their favorite policies even though the policies have failed. In this case, the idea is that in order to save the northern spotted owl, there […]


No gun grabbers these

Written March 22nd, 2013 by

It took a while — a month, actually — but Congressman Kurt Schrader has given me a response to questions about what kind of gun control measures he would support. In short, he seems to agree with Congressman Peter DeFazio, who said in a letter in February he doubted the U.S. House would consider bans on […]


The gun issue: DeFazio responds

Written February 21st, 2013 by

Our two mid-valley congressmen responded very differently on an issue of current concern. I asked Reps. Kurt Schrader in the 5th District and Peter DeFazio of the 4th what they thought of the current gun control proposals. I sent each one an email via the contact addresses provided on their congressional websites. Schrader’s office replied, […]


 
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