Category Archives: Mail Tribune

Continue momentum Richardson started

Gov. Kate Brown says she wants a new secretary of state who won’t run for the job in 2020 because that person should be concentrating on running a presidential election instead of campaigning. We think Brown should choose the best person to carry on the legacy of the late Dennis Richardson, who brought a new […]
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Vindictive landlords take it out on tenants

Landlords who drastically raised rents or evicted longtime tenants without cause just before a statewide tenant-protection law took effect might have thought they were making a point about government overreach. But in fact, they merely proved why the law was needed in the first place. That doesn’t help the tenants affected by their landlords’ vindictiveness, […]
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Cap-and-invest is the wrong way to tackle carbon emissions

I would like to give my opinion and suggestions on HB 2020, the cap-and-invest bill that will pass in Salem on a totally partisan vote. We should do everything that we can to clean up and preserve our planet. We need a simple plan that will entice the top carbon emitters to reduce their emissions […]
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Cleaning up language is important

From time to time, laws that have been on the books for many decades need to be cleaned up to reflect society’s changing attitudes toward race, gender and sexual orientation, to list three examples. This housekeeping is largely symbolic, as the outdated attitudes reflected in old statutes are rarely if ever invoked, and often are […]
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Sports gambling not a sure bet for lawmakers

For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there’s an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it? As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to authorize sports gambling, lawmakers are debating whether the bets — like almost everything else in daily life — should […]
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Nevada considers distracted-driving law

Most states ban texting behind the wheel, but a legislative proposal could make Nevada one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash. The measure is igniting privacy concerns and has led lawmakers to question the practicality […]
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‘Medieval’ diseases return, hitting homeless hard

Jennifer Millar keeps trash bags and hand sanitizer near her tent, and she regularly pours water mixed with hydrogen peroxide on the sidewalk nearby. Keeping herself and the patch of concrete she calls home clean is a top priority. But this homeless encampment off a Hollywood freeway ramp is often littered with needles and trash, […]
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Rent-law backlash

Oregon’s first-in-the-nation rent-control bill may have had the unfortunate side effect of hurting some of the very renters it was supposed to protect. Some tenants say they saw hikes of up to $300 in their monthly rent, while some received no-cause eviction notices prior to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signing Senate Bill 608 on Feb. 28. The […]
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Chambers, Marsh tapped for fire council

Two Ashlanders will have seats on Gov. Kate Brown’s new Oregon Wildfire Council, charged with helping shape the state’s future road map for how it prevents, suppresses and recovers from wildfires and the community-threatening smoke that ensues each summer. Capt. Chris Chambers of Ashland Fire & Rescue and state Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, will sit […]
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The whales are coming

The greatest show on surf returns to the Oregon Coast late next week during the annual spring migration of gray whales off the state’s shores, and an army of volunteers will be available all week to help you spot them.The first of more than 20,000 gray whales already have been spotted on their way north […]
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