Category Archives: Guest Opinion

 Oregon’s new death-penalty law is not retroactive. It’s how the law works.

Oregon’s new law limiting the definition of aggravated murder doesn’t give those with affirmed death sentences grounds for a reversal, write law professors Stephen Kanter and Aliza B. Kaplan, noting that it would only apply to those whose convictions or sentences are overturned. The law does not need a “fix,” as some prosecutors are seeking, […]
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 Justice system should be grounded in clear rules. New death-penalty law needs a fix to uphold that standard

District Attorney Kevin Barton writes that the passage of Senate Bill 1013, which has a much broader reach than backers portrayed, raises bigger questions about the ability of the Legislature to overturn the will of the people. Source: Opinion: Justice system should be grounded in clear rules. New death-penalty law needs a fix to uphold […]
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Shelly Boshart Davis: Rural Oregon can’t afford cap and trade

I’m excited to be in Florence this week for the annual Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit. As a first-time attendee, I’m looking forward to hearing from many of my colleagues, local leaders from our coastal communities, and policy experts on a range of important issues. One discussion I’ll be paying particular attention to is the […]
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As I See It: OSU’s thoughtful forest stewardship

I wonder if Kathleen Dean Moore sees the irony in excoriating Oregon State University for logging its forests while holding a promotion of her 240-page book. In her recent As I See It piece, she is correct that our forests do provide us with soul-calming venues to research our own thoughts and feelings. She was […]
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Epstein isn’t the only one. Too many people kill themselves in jail. 

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Conditions are dire, and jails lack the resources to address inmates’ mental health. Last weekend, financier and […]
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Opinion: Why Bonneville can’t save salmon

The Northwest is not winning the battle to save wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River. Although most of the 12 listed salmonid stocks in the basin demonstrated a weak upward trend for a couple decades, that progress has stalled. Total returns of salmon and steelhead passing Bonneville Dam last year slipped to the […]
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Guest View: House Bill 2001 will poison our communities – Opinion

Gov. Kate Brown recently signed House Bill 2001, the 2019 Oregon Legislature’s generous giveaway to big real estate investment corporations. HB 2001 radically upzones targeted areas of older and poorer single-family neighborhoods, including large swaths of Eugene and Springfield. Source: Guest View: House Bill 2001 will poison our communities – Opinion – The Register-Guard – […]
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Frazier | Rural communities provide the keys to economic success

Portland may fuel Oregon’s economy, but the city fails to propel its youth toward economic opportunity. Thankfully, Portland officials can learn from other places about giving young Oregonians the support they need to thrive. These are the places in Oregon where the grass is really greener, places where housing is less segregated, the middle class […]
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Moving the BLM puts our public lands in peril

County commissioners in the rural American West possess the daunting authority of Afghan warlords, it’s been said. They wield their power by demanding federal agencies do their bidding in the vast expanse of public lands in which the counties are embedded. Too often, they have their way. Last month, the Trump administration announced a plan […]
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How we can help prevent children from dying in hot cars

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. How we can help prevent children from dying in hot cars. […]
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