Category Archives: Mail Tribune

Election security bill is long overdue

There are wide differences of opinion over the Mueller report and what it says or does not say about President Donald Trump. Congress is sorting through that now. But regardless of the president’s involvement, there can be no debate that Russia did, in fact, breach election systems in this country in 2016, and can be […]
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Billions of dollars and nonsense in Salem

Remember: It’s all about the children. After all, since the air has been let out of a trial balloon recommending that 16-year-olds vote, and the student activism following the Parkland school murders hasn’t inspired the Legislature to enact meaningful reforms, the task of protecting and planning for the well-being of our children remains squarely in […]
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Updated climate bill contains many protections

Most Americans think clean energy is preferable to fossil fuel sources, want a planet that can support life as we know it through their children’s lives, and appreciate a growing economy with reduced health care costs and good-paying jobs. These are the principles that led legislators, supported by a statewide coalition of concerned Oregonians, to […]
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Lightning enlightenment | Mail Tribune

New satellite technology primarily designed to track a cloud’s life cycle also could be used to predict whether it will produce lightning — potentially giving the National Weather Service a more timely heads-up before the bolts come down. Called “day cloud phase distinction RGB” — red, green, blue — the technology is based on the […]
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Highway 238 closure will be for bridge rail work

Q:I saw this somewhat confusing sign on Highway 238 in Medford this weekend that said Highway 238 closed June 2. It didn’t say which stretch of the highway or whether it is all of Highway 238, which seems strange. I drove past that sign heading west toward Jacksonville, but when I returned to Medford I […]
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Kicking back taxes is no way to run a state 

Oregon’s biggest-ever “kicker” means the state’s economy is doing well. That’s good news. It also means we’re set for another battle in Salem over whether to spend some of that money to benefit Oregon and its residents or refund it all to individual taxpayers in the mistaken belief that it prevents “excessive taxation.” It does […]
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Farmland loss is dire, but there are solutions

Southern Oregonians need to know that farmland in our region is being rapidly lost to non-agricultural uses — but that there are solutions. Once land is converted away from agricultural use, it rarely returns, so the best path forward is to provide voluntary tools that help farmers and ranchers keep their working landscapes working. We […]
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How much more help do wolves need?

The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states. California says it opposes delisting the wolf, while Washington state said it agrees. […]
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Bankruptcy won’t solve PERS problems

Q: All we hear about as the Legislature continues to dither is the growing doom and gloom of our PERS system. If we are in such debt, can’t Oregon simply cut its losses eventually and declare bankruptcy? A: People often ask this question, usually thinking of the 2013 example when Detroit filed for Chapter 9 […]
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Oregon expands federal free lunch program

A proposal in the Oregon Legislature could affect what the state’s neighborhoods look like for decades to come. House Bill 2001 would increase density in single-family neighborhoods in the Portland metro area and every other city in the state with a population above 25,000. If passed, the bill would allow developers to build up to four […]
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