26 Mar

Defuse drug testing debate t...

The Oregon Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court heard similar cases last week about the constitutionality of drug tests in school. Here in Oregon, sixteen year old Ginelle Weber and her parents object to Oakridge High School'...

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19 Mar

Universities can flourish wi...

The Oregon University System will sustain an additional $27.2 million in budget cuts, announced Governor Kitzhaber last week. The budget crunch should prompt universities to seek independence from budgeting decisions in Salem. One scho...

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12 Mar

Columbia River dredging: It&...

The Oregonian has stirred up debate recently with its investigative report on the proposed deepening of the Columbia River navigation channel. Now proponents and opponents are arguing about whether the net benefits will exceed the net ...

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05 Mar

Creative solutions for schoo...

School districts in Oregon face budget cuts that present opportunities to empower teachers, control costs and direct greater resources to the classroom. Districts should consider the following proposals. Health care: In the short-te...

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26 Feb

Urban renewal gets another b...

The Portland Development Commission has put 70 urban renewal projects on hold due to the recent Oregon Supreme Court decision in Shilo Inn v. Multnomah County. Amidst the collective hand wringing over the loss of funds, few are discuss...

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19 Feb

CAFE carnage: Death by fuel ...

Dozens of Oregonians are killed every year by fuel economy standards on new cars. The situation may soon get even worse. The federal government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards impose average mile per gallon (mpg) r...

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12 Feb

Greater health insurance fre...

Much noise was raised about protecting the Oregon Health Plan from budget cuts in the recent special legislative session. A more constructive ruckus would have started with the question: how can we get more affordable private health in...

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