Month: July 2003

Peaceful revolution and recalling politicians

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John F. Kennedy once remarked, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” Think seriously about JFK’s words as the recall effort against California Gov. Gray Davis continues.

Oregon voters passed an initiative 95 years ago that helps (more…)

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Now Playing: Tax to the Future

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Why should doing something that is legal today land you in jail tomorrow? It shouldn’t, and the framers of our U.S. Constitution made that abundantly clear.

Article 1 Section 9 reads, “No … ex post facto Law shall be passed” by Congress; Article 1 Section 10 declares, “No State shall … pass … any ex post facto Law …” The Oregon Constitution Section 21 concurs, “No ex post facto law … shall ever be passed …” There can be little doubt that (more…)

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An alternative to tuition increases

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The Oregon Board of Higher Education approved a change that allows state universities to charge students based on the number of credits they take. Schools can now raise fees for students taking heavy course loads.

Opponents of the higher fees pointed to the (more…)

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Lincoln County schools clean up

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Salem-Keizer School District board members just learned that they could have reduced expenses $2 million a year by contracting out bus services to a private company. That’s the good news.

Unfortunately, the district committee that studied the private bids did not notify the school board about the potential savings; rather, it recommended (more…)

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Euphemisms and American Revolutions

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Former Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh just testified in Salem about fixing the state’s tax system-that’s a euphemism for increasing taxes. He told legislators, “We are not elected to make only the easy decisions.”

First things first, Oregon government has a spending problem, and legislators have already (more…)

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