Category Archives: Opinion

Editorial: Gross receipts tax proposal gets worse

The Oregon Legislature must, by law, come up with a balanced budget by July 10. That’s a problem. The state expects to pay out about $1.4 billion more in the coming two years than it will have in revenues coming in. The solution? If you’re a legislative Democrat, that’s obvious: Raise taxes, but do so […]
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Our View: Beware unintended consequences – Opinion

The 73 million Americans who voted for someone other than Donald Trump for president — outnumbering Trump voters by more than 10 million — might understandably support the national movement to sidestep the Electoral College and award the top job in future elections to the winner of the popular vote. Oregon is on its way […]
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Steve Duin: The war hero and the whip woman

Forgotten? Willard Nanegos? Not quite. But all traces of the guy were fading, vanishing from the world he once helped to save. Source: Steve Duin: The war hero and the whip woman | OregonLive.com

Public agencies shouldn’t hide behind feel-good words (Guest opinion)

There’s a disturbing pattern in Oregon of public agencies trying to avoid an anti-government mood by hiding behind squishy feel-good branding. Source: Public agencies shouldn’t hide behind feel-good words (Guest opinion) | OregonLive.com

Impeachment bill deserves a public vote: Editorial q

Oregon didn’t need an impeachment process to oust former Gov. John Kitzhaber in 2015. Amid mounting influence-peddling allegations against him and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, Kitzhaber resigned, having lost the support of key allies in the Legislature. Source: Impeachment bill deserves a public vote: Editorial | OregonLive.com

A good use of lottery funds | Opinion

The Oregon Lottery generates more than $1 billion a year for the state, most of it dedicated to education (57 percent) and economic development (27 percent). The Eugene Civic Alliance is asking the Legislature to approve $6 million in lottery bond-backed funds for a project that fits comfortably in both categories: the creation of a […]
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A Coordinated Attack

The Central Oregon Patriots believe in guns, God and the Constitution, but they’re not a militia. Source: Oregon Business – A Coordinated Attack

Editorial: Gross receipts tax proposal gets worse

The Oregon Legislature must, by law, come up with a balanced budget by July 10. That’s a problem. The state expects to pay out about $1.4 billion more in the coming two years than it will have in revenues coming in. The solution? If you’re a legislative Democrat, that’s obvious: Raise taxes, but do so […]
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Our View: Catching the sun

Oregon’s tax credit for rooftop solar installations is due to expire at the end of the year, but a local climate group is preparing to help homeowners beat the deadline.Rogue Climate is working to duplicate a Corvallis-based program that offers several ways to assist homeowners who want to install alternative energy systems. Source: Our View: […]
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Oregon’s Budget Disaster: Coming Soon To Your Own State Capitol

The West Coast has long been a political touchstone for America, a harbinger of the future for states back east. The current budget situation in Oregon continues that trend – and in the worst possible ways.