Category Archives: Opinion

Editorial: Whisnant bill is a good step to PERS reform

The Oregon Legislature, it seems, is not averse to reform of the Public Employees Retirement System. House Bill 4046, a bipartisan measure sponsored, in part, by Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, and Knute Buehler, R-Bend, took just over two weeks to make it through the state House and sits on the Senate president’s desk. Moreover, House […]
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Editorial: Whisnant bill is a good step to PERS reform;

The Oregon Legislature, it seems, is not averse to reform of the Public Employees Retirement System. House Bill 4046, a bipartisan measure sponsored, in part, by Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, and Knute Buehler, R-Bend, took just over two weeks to make it through the state House and sits on the Senate president’s desk. Source: Editorial: […]
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Janet Stevens column: Crook County doesn’t have absurdly high food prices

Statistics can be deceiving. Unless you understand what went into them, it’s awfully easy to misunderstand what’s come out. That’s what appears to have happened with the most recent Map the Meal Gap map from Feeding America. Take the map at face value, and it appears that Crook County residents have the highest per-meal cost […]
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Editorial: A salute to all who farm

The future has never been brighter for those who choose to cultivate the land, and make a life from it. Most U.S. farms are small by one definition or another. A 100-acre apple orchard in central Washington can be described as small, and so can a 500-acre corn-and-soybean farm in southern Minnesota. So can 10 […]
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Column: The time has come for industrial hemp 

I recently had the honor of hearing President Donald Trump address my fellow members at the 99th Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville, Tenn. Not surprisingly, he addressed major agricultural issues like tax reform, regulatory reform, rural broadband access, Waters of the U.S. and trade policy. Source: Column: The time has […]
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Editorial: Wolf transplant bill signals frustration among ranchers

Introducing an apex predator in their midst that they are powerless to control will certainly motivate westside livestock producers and rural residents to join the fight. The Washington House of Representatives last week voted in favor of a bill that would require the Department of Fish and Wildlife to study moving wolves from Eastern Washington […]
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Editorial: Fix loopholes in disclosure forms

It can be hard to know when Oregon candidates and public officials get sweet deals. The state requires them to fill out a statement of economic interest, but it has enough loopholes to make it a joke. House Bill 4077 would plug some loopholes. It also leaves some open. The bill needs more work. Source: […]
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Editorial: A legislative two-step on education

The Oregon House of Representatives this week passed a pair of bills that at first glance don’t seem to have that much in common, other than the fact that they both involve the state’s education system in some way. But if you take a peek under the hood of both measures, you’ll see that they […]
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There Are Changes Bigger Than Self-Driving Cars Coming

Online shopping and the automation of jobs are going to transform cities. Everybody in the business of cities these days is talking about autonomous vehicles and how they will change our urban future: less parking, more continuous traffic, no traffic signals, Uber without drivers. But the truth is that the change we are beginning to […]
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Our View: Congress — not local cops — responsible for ICE

Sheriffs and police have to straddle ideological fault lines. This is a complicated time to be a rural sheriff or small town police chief. There is a nationwide opioid crisis and a worrisome resurgence of methamphetamine use in the Pacific Northwest — with associated thefts and break-ins. Meanwhile, federal immigration enforcement under the Trump administration […]
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