Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Editorial: Growing enrollment shows value of OSU-Cascades

In an otherwise gloomy report on enrollment at Oregon’s public universities, Oregon State, and particularly its Cascades campus, stands out. It’s actually seen enrollment grow at a time when its sister schools are faced with a declining number of students. That’s true both of four-year universities and schools in the state’s community college system. Source: […]
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Editorial: Allow testing of driverless cars

It’s likely that in the 2019 legislative session Oregon lawmakers will debate what to do about driverless cars. Should Oregon allow their sale to the public? Should Oregon allow testing? Rep. Susan McLain, D-Hillsboro, is drafting a bill for the 2019 session that would allow limited testing. She’s right to take that approach. At this […]
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Low flows, dry winter could spell trouble for Crooked River fish

Managers must balance water storage for irrigation against the needs of fish. It could be a tough winter for redband trout and other fish living in the Crooked River, thanks to a decision to hold more water in Prineville Reservoir Earlier this fall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that it planned to release 50 […]
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Editorial: Find a less lopsided way to do redistricting

If Kevin Mannix, a former state lawmaker from Salem, were serious about a balanced method of redrawing legislative and congressional districts every 10 years, the initiative measure he hopes to put on the 2020 ballot would look very different. There are far better and fairer ways to take redistricting away from lawmakers and place it […]
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Editorial: Avoid free speech limits

This election season in Oregon has been an expensive one, with the race for governor setting new spending records. It’s no wonder then, that the idea of limits on campaign spending looks attractive. It looks especially attractive to Gov. Kate Brown, who promised during the campaign to send to voters a constitutional amendment to allow […]
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Editorial: Oregon continues to fail foster children

A state audit found in January that Oregon’s child welfare system was so disorganized and inconsistent that it was putting some of the state’s most vulnerable children at risk. Millions were misspent. Lawsuits forced the state to pay out other millions for failure to protect children. And the audit said the agency’s response to problems […]
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Low flows, dry winter could spell trouble for Crooked River fish

Managers must balance water storage for irrigation against the needs of fish. It could be a tough winter for redband trout and other fish living in the Crooked River, thanks to a decision to hold more water in Prineville Reservoir Earlier this fall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that it planned to release 50 […]
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Oregon Democrats have the numbers for 2019 agenda

With sweeping wins in races for governor and the Legislature, Oregon Democrats see a clear mandate to move on their agenda for 2019.Voters increased the Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate to three-fifths supermajorities, capable of passing tax and finance bills without Republican votes. Source: Oregon Democrats have the numbers for 2019 agenda; […]
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Editorial: Department of Justice orders release of records related to Oregon’s super-secret gas tax

DOJ rejected claim that transparency would hamper credit market. For an organization devoted to clear air and clean water, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is remarkably tolerant of potentially toxic secrecy. The same cannot be said, fortunately, for the state Department of Justice, which ordered DEQ this week to come clean with public records […]
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After election, legal scholars, lawmakers focus on Oregon’s jury law

Allowing juries to reach verdict without a unanimous vote could be eliminated. When Louisiana voters struck down a law on Tuesday that allowed juries to convict someone without a unanimous verdict, Oregon became the last state in the nation to permit the practice in criminal cases. Oregon’s constitution provides that a defendant can be convicted […]
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