11 Nov

Eminent domain can’t p...

At 70-years old, Bob Lowery isn't anxious to sell the home he and his wife live in: the decades of family memories it holds can't be replaced at any price. One of his children was born in the house. However, the City of Keizer might co...

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04 Nov

Oregon’s hunger rankin...

Oregon can no longer claim the dubious honor of being the "hungriest state in the nation." According to the 2002 food insecurity rankings released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), that title now belongs to Oklaho...

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28 Oct

Why are health care costs go...

People are becoming smart shoppers when it comes to health care. That's helping to control and reduce costs. (Please note: There is a difference between health care and health insurance.) More organizations have begun to buy health ...

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21 Oct

Who’s responsible for your c...

Who is responsible for your children’s education? One hundred fifty years ago the answer would have been obvious, parents were responsible. Today, that answer is much more debatable. Two years ago a Portland Public Schools board mem...

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14 Oct

The gridlocking of Portland...

Last week the Texas Transportation Institute released its annual congestion rankings, and named Portland the 8th-worst city in America for traffic. Portland officials, upset that even Seattle is now ranked more favorably (12th), compla...

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07 Oct

Do I hear $75,000? $65,000 p...

Competitive bidding has been successfully employed around the world to help reduce the cost of government services and improve their quality. Competitive bidding could help reduce government payroll costs. Jerry Yudelson wrote about...

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30 Sep

How unfriendly to small busi...

The Small Business Survival Committee just released its 2003 Small Business Survival Index, which ranks states according to how friendly their policies are for small business and entrepreneurship. Oregon falls close to the bottom; only...

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