Category Archives: Opinion

Editorial: Any new carbon bill should return money to Oregonians

The 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature was a doozy. With supermajorities in each house, Democrats didn’t have to worry about passing most tax bills, which they did with abandon. Republicans stewed until those in the Senate found a way to force their Democratic counterparts to the bargaining table. They picked up their papers and […]
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Editorial: Don’t use state health care program as an ATM

Does your job not pay enough? Rent too expensive? Need a college degree? Where do you go for help? If your answer was, “I will talk to my doctor.” Congratulations! You’re thinking just like the state of Oregon. Under the 289-page proposed contracts with coordinated care organizations — the state’s method of delivering Medicaid — […]
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Editorial: Oregon shortchanges special education

It’s no secret that educating K-12 students who qualify for special education services costs more than educating students without disabilities. The state recognizes that: It gives school districts twice as much money per student for special education students than it does for those without disabilities. Sort of. Source: Editorial: Oregon shortchanges special education;

Editorial: State shouldn’t be blocking pot competition

Oregon has a backlog of some 1,000 pot-related businesses seeking licenses from the state. The state’s answer to the problem is wrong. The 2019 Legislature gave the Oregon Liquor Control Commission permission to declare a moratorium on new licenses. Existing marijuana business couldn’t have asked for more — a state-protected industry. There’s nothing like getting […]
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Legislature fails to deliver fire help

The 2019 legislative session will be remembered more for what it didn’t accomplish than for what it did, thanks in large measure to the two walkouts staged by Senate Republicans to block legislation they didn’t like. That makes it all the more frustrating that a relatively tiny request by Southern Oregon lawmakers to address the […]
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Lukens column: How a savvy business, shallow reporting have given Eugene a hate-crime headache;

SafeHome.org used crime data exactly as FBI says not to. Is Eugene one of the nation’s hate-crime capitals? Don’t count on it. But that’s one message contained in a shoddy report sent to newsrooms around the country and, unfortunately, latched onto by credulous reporters at even respectable organizations. Source: Lukens column: How a savvy business, […]
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Editorial: District voters get final say on Boquist

Perhaps the action taken by the Senate Special Committee on Conduct against state Sen. Brian Boquist is meant only as a placeholder until an investigation into his threats against Senate President Peter Courtney and Oregon State Police troopers is finished. In an extraordinary session held on Monday, the four senators on the committee decided against […]
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Capital Chatter: The real reason that HB 2020 failed

Gov. Kate Brown announced last week that she would issue executive decrees, if necessary, to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. Her words cheered supporters of House Bill 2020 — the carbon cap-and-trade legislation that died in the Oregon Senate — and worried the legislation’s opponents. However, it is unclear what executive orders and agency […]
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Editorial: State should fund rollout of ShakeAlert

Last week’s earthquakes in California were a useful reminder to West Coast residents to review their preparations for the next big earthquake — or, really, any natural disaster. But they also offered an opportunity to check into the status of the ShakeAlert early warning system, which could provide a warning of a few seconds or […]
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State lacks basic cyber hygiene

Imagine a customer service survey composed of a series of questions and circles to fill in according to your level of response: A circle left blank means “Poor.” A half-darkened circle means “Making progress.” A completely darkened circle means “Excellent.” If you were the company owner reviewing the composite results of the survey, you would […]
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