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Guest Column: The checks are not in the mail

This has been a week of bad news, worse news and occasional good news in Oregon government. But instead of recounting all those downs, ups and sideways, let’s check in on a continuing issue: unemployment. Oregon’s unemployment compensation system mirrors the nation’s — a disgrace. Many jobless Oregonians have been waiting for months for promised […]
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‘OPB Politics Now’: A whirlwind special session – OPB

Oregon lawmakers finished a whirlwind legislative session on Monday. They worked 15 hours. They passed 11 bills. And they managed to close a $1.5 billion budget shortfall. On this week’s “OPB Politics Now,” we walk you through the second special session of the summer. Source: ‘OPB Politics Now’: A whirlwind special session – OPB

Editorial: Don’t give up on redistricting ballot measure

The U.S Supreme Court has made five rulings this year to change lower-court rulings that would have altered state election laws because of the pandemic. The fifth was this week and for Oregon. The court’s stay could well doom an Oregon ballot measure from getting on the November ballot. That’s unfortunate because the ballot measure […]
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State should let localities spend COVID funds

The Legislature opened and closed its special session to balance the budget Monday, but took no action on releasing more of the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund money the state received on behalf of local governments. Legislative leaders should move quickly to send the rest of that money to local jurisdictions who can put it to […]
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Our view | Breaching Snake dams still not a good option

Though hardly the last word on Lower Snake River dams, federal agencies with jurisdiction have affirmed in a final environmental impact statement that breaching four dams in Eastern Washington is a bad idea.We agree. Let the lawsuits continue. Source: Our view | Breaching Snake dams still not a good option | Hydrography |

Commentary: OSU deserves support to produce next generation of farmers

As an Oregon dairy farmer, I’ve seen struggles from the pandemic and stress on food supply firsthand. When the pandemic hit, consumers and farmers were anxious about food security, especially when supply chains were interrupted, but people also became more aware of where their food was coming from and how vital local farms are. As […]
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As Pac-12 postpones college football season, OSU moves fall term online

The Pac-12 Conference announced this week that it will postpone all fall sports, including college football, through at least the end of 2020. The same day, Oregon State University President F. King Alexander announced that the majority of fall classes would be online. We talk with Alexander about how the college football season’s postponement will […]
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Editorial: County government could make a difference in housing

Deschutes County commissioners cannot solve the housing problems in the county. But they can help. And they are working with county staff to see what they can do to develop a countywide approach. County commissioners recently reviewed a draft housing study of the county and this week the county’s planning commission is scheduled to look […]
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Opinion: True to our mission, OFRI tells the story of Oregon’s forests

It’s a privilege to tell the story of all of Oregon’s forests, but it’s also a challenge, writes Erin Isselmann of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. The organization strives to provide objective, science-based information that helps keep Oregonians informed about the forests that cover nearly half the state. Source: Opinion: True to our mission, OFRI […]
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Opinion: I was freed from prison due to COVID-19 concerns. The governor should release many more.

Luis Polanco, Jr., writes that inmates are unable to physically distance in the tight living quarters that they share. While he is grateful the governor commuted his sentence, he thinks many more need to be released to thwart the spread of COVID. Source: Opinion: I was freed from prison due to COVID-19 concerns. The governor […]
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