05 Aug

PERS reforms are not "f...

The mass exodus of Oregon public employees—due to pending changes in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS)—has become a news diet staple. The August 4 Oregonian headline was typical: "PERS changes cause bailout." The story featur...

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29 Jul

Peaceful revolution and reca...

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 p...

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15 Jul

Now Playing: Tax to the Futu...

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 Congre...

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15 Jul

An alternative to tuition in...

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 highe...

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08 Jul

Lincoln County schools clean...

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 studi...

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01 Jul

Euphemisms and American Revo...

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 gov...

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24 Jun

A qualified teacher in every...

A June 22 Oregonian story reported that a significant number of Oregon middle school teachers will probably not meet the definition of "highly qualified," as outlined in the federal No Child Left Behind act. To meet this requirement teac...

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