HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

What our state lawmakers want

Written January 14th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Mid-valley legislators want all kinds of law changes this session, ranging from big ones like the low-carbon fuel standard to less expensive items, such as letting Interstate 5 be known as the “Purple Heart Trail.”


Next legislature: An editorialist’s feast!

Written November 12th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

What can we expect from the 2015 Oregon legislature? I put the question to Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, who was unopposed in winning another two-year term in the House, and Sen.-elect Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, who will replace Republican Betsy Close of Albany in January.


Finally, a useful campaign ad

Written October 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Much of the campaign propaganda raining down on us now is based on distortion and falsehood. Now and then there’s a useful exception. A newly arrived mail piece, for  example, has just reminded us that, unfortunately, one mid-valley candidate favors a state program to make motor fuel more expensive.


Big money aims at Albany senator

Written September 25th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon has been suffering from one-party government for years now. And if you’re a voter in Senate District 8 (Albany and Corvallis), a super-rich guy in California is counting on buying your vote in order to help cement and prolong our state’s unfortunate fate.


District 8 Senate race: Uneven money

Written June 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

As far as campaign money is concerned, the contest for state Senate in District 8 (Albany and Corvallis) is a fairly lop-sided affair. Democrat Sara Gelser of Corvallis, a state representative hoping to move to the Senate, has raised almost twice as much in cash contributions for her campaign as Republican Sen. Betsy Close of Albany […]


CRC tolling: The answers

Written January 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Two state representatives, Andy Olson of Albany and Sara Gelser of Corvallis, have found answers to my questions about tolling on the proposed new interstate bridge in Portland, the $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing. No, there will be no toll booths if the bridge is built. Instead, here is how it would work:


Panel prefers UP as rail route

Written December 17th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

A committee of elected officials has decided plans for expanding passenger rail service in the Willamette Valley should make use of the existing Union Pacific mainline, but it also wants to give additional consideration to routing future trains at least partly along Interstate  5.


Senator Close makes it official

Written October 17th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

As expected, state Sen. Betsy Close, R-Albany, next year will run for a four-year term in the position to which she was appointed a year ago. She talked to me on camera just before she announced her plans at a reception at the Albany Golf and Event Center Thursday evening. She plans to file on Friday. […]


Rep. Olson’s plan: He’ll file again

Written September 23rd, 2013 by

Here’s a bit of news from the political front. In an email on another subject, I asked Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany: “And by the way, are you going for another term in the House in ’14 or do you have other plans?” His answer a few days later, on Sept. 22: “I do plan to […]


Seed versus seed in the valley

Written September 10th, 2013 by

A struggle for survival is taking place in the Willamette Valley’s farm economy. Either grass seed or specialty vegetable seeds may not survive. That’s the impression I got from a discussion at the Corvallis City Club on Monday. Grass seed growers, no longer allowed to burn their fields every few years, need an economical rotation […]


 
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