Category Archives: Guest Opinion

Guest Column: Will the GOP walk out? | Columns |

The plot thickened last week in the Oregon Capitol. Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., R-Grants Pass, confirmed what has been on everyone’s minds: All options remain on the table for Senate Republicans as the 2020 legislative session approaches. Source: Guest Column: Will the GOP walk out? | Columns | dailyastorian.com

The coronavirus outbreak is a true test of our trust in government.

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. For any response to a virus outbreak to be effective, people need to heed government officials’ […]
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Commentary: The rent crisis won’t go away without more housing

San Francisco, an archetype of the urban housing affordability crisis, appears to have decided that enough is enough. Proposition E, a ballot measure that will be voted on in March and is widely predicted to pass, will tie construction of new office space in the city to building subsidized, affordable housing. Source: Commentary: The rent […]
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Opinion: Power outages, climate threats should spark Oregon action on off-grid alternatives

At the Silvies Ranch outside of Burns, 600 off-grid homes are now under construction. Because it was too expensive to run power from the utility to the ranch, each homeowner will have a microgrid made up of solar panels and energy storage that provide electricity. Source: Opinion: Power outages, climate threats should spark Oregon action […]
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Editorial: A path forward through the Rose Quarter bottleneck

The challenges keep piling up for the Interstate 5 improvement project at the Rose Quarter. Under development for years, the estimated cost of adding a 1.7-mile long “auxiliary” lane in each direction has gone up as much as $295 million from the 2017 estimate of $500 million. Community members are criticizing the project both for […]
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Bill result in loss more protection public lands than gained wilderness designation

Senators Wyden and Merkley have introduced the ‘‘Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act’’ (MCEOA). The bill proposes to protect more than a million acres of newly designated wilderness under the 1964 Wilderness Act. However, MCEOA has many bad provisions that are not in the public interest. Source: Bill result in loss more protection public lands […]
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Opinion: Sequel committed to helping states serve at-risk youth

Since becoming chief executive of Sequel Youth & Family Services last year, I have seen first-hand the tremendous need for services to care for our nation’s most at-risk youth. The adolescents we serve face significant challenges, and I’ve listened to many heartbreaking stories of horrific and trauma-filled backgrounds. Source: Opinion: Sequel committed to helping states […]
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Legislative Days takeaways in lead up to short session

‘In essence, Oregon taxpayers are subsidizing luxury developments in the metro area. The entire Portland downtown area has been designated as an Opportunity Zone’. This was an incredibly busy week at the Capitol during Legislative Days, the last we’ll hold before next month’s short legislative session. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Legislative Days takeaways in […]
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Anniversary makes the case for Oregon millionaires’ tax 

To find the way forward, it often helps to look at the past. That’s certainly the case when it comes to tax policy. Rather than rely on preconceived notions, it’s essential to examine the real impact of significant policy changes. An important change in tax policy took place a decade ago this month, when Oregonians […]
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Column: Cap and Trade: Clever Accounting and Creative PR

“The real danger is when politicians and CEOs are making it look like real action is happening when in fact almost nothing is being done apart from clever accounting and creative PR.” –Greta Thunberg Thunberg’s right when it comes to Oregon cap-and-trade. Here’s why: the Oregon Global Warming Commission’s board vacancies in industries most vulnerable […]
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