Category Archives: Opinion

Editorial: The state’s bag ban is annoying, but needed

We have mixed feelings about Oregon’s new plastic bag ban, but ultimately we support the law, which is set to take effect in January. That’s right, residents of Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home and other communities: If you live anywhere in Oregon, “single-use” plastic bags won’t be an option offered at checkout when you go to […]
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Editorial: Needed progress made on surprise medical billing reform

If you can get past most of the contentious debates about health care, you can find reforms that Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Surprise medical billing is one. Congress has made important bipartisan — yes bipartisan in the middle of the impeachment proceedings — progress on how to reform it. It’s one of the […]
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Editorial: State won’t use stereotypes in custody cases

It’s doubtful that Eric Ziegler and Amy Fabbrini, of Redmond, set out to improve services for Oregon parents with intellectual disabilities when they sought to regain custody of their two sons in 2016. They just wanted their kids back. But their fight, which was successful, was the trigger that led to a settlement reached in […]
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Editorial: Police have problem telling hemp from marijuana

Law enforcement agencies in Oregon are key to keeping marijuana off the black market. That, in turn, is critically important in a state that’s made weed legal despite a federal ban on the drug. Now, thanks to the federal legalization of hemp, law enforcement’s job is harder than it used to be. Source: Editorial: Police […]
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Editorial: Robocall bill just shy of becoming law

It could be a matter of days before federal legislation that cracks down on robocalls becomes law. The Palllone-Thune TRACED Act sailed through the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday by a 417-3 vote margin. It had previously passed the Senate with 97 votes. Source: Editorial: Robocall bill just shy of becoming law | Opinion | […]
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O&C lands ruling far from the last word

A federal judge’s ruling that 40,000 acres of former Oregon & California Railroad lands in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument must remain in timber production is far from the last word on this question, and even if it is eventually upheld, it would affect only a portion of monument land and perhaps much less than the […]
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Janet Stevens column: Permanent supportive housing plans are promising

Permanent supportive housing may not be the complete solution to chronic homelessness in Central Oregon, but it’s certainly likely to become a big part of the mix. Now, thanks to Central Oregon FUSE (Frequent Users System Engagement) it’s beginning to become a reality. The idea behind permanent supportive housing, one of two housing-first models, sounds […]
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Editorial: USDA should rework its hemp testing rules

Farmers have been poring over the details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interim rules governing the production of hemp. They haven’t liked a lot of what they see. If nothing else, the rules have ended a lot of people’s dreams of quick, big money in the hemp business. Source: Editorial: USDA should rework its […]
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Our view | Forest plan and public opinions

The Forest Service is having another go at writing new long-term management plans for the three national forests in the Blue Mountains and this time, officials hope, things will be different. Whether this new approach yields the success that has eluded the agency for more than a decade, however, is no certain thing. Source: Our […]
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Editorial: Oregon needs an open primary

The Independent Party of Oregon, all 124,777 of them, is giving nonaffiliated voters in the state something the two majors refuse to do. It will allow the 948,697 (as of October) nonaffiliated registered voters a chance to have a say in its primary election. More power to them. Source: Editorial: Oregon needs an open primary […]
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