Category: Government

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Why Keep Public Salaries Secret?

Well, I can’t think of any good reasons. As long as these entities and their employees want to pretend that they are public servants then they need to walk the talk: transparency! But, in today’s Eugene Register-Guard you will find this as the quoted key reason: “I could see people being upset,” Barnhart said. “Some people don’t want their spouses to know how much they make. This is going to make it available for the world to see. I don’t know what kind of liability we have for their privacy.” Help me with this, please! Some people do not want...

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What To Do With Gamboa

It is unfortunate that Ernesto Gamboa let himself be co-opted by thugs engaged in an immoral government activity but that is no excuse to provide him official asylum. On the other hand the government has no legitimate authority to make him go anywhere. If he can find private employment, can sustain himself, then he should not be interfered with. Of course, all the people Gamboa lied to over the years may have some interest in claiming compensation for his involvement in their kidnapping and imprisonment.

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Dog Days In Salem

vickie walker introduced legislation to allow dogs in the state capital (as if there aren’t enough already) and, surprisingly, not everyone agrees with her: One lawmaker who told her he wouldn’t support it was Rep. Wayne Krieger, R-Gold Beach. “I have three dogs and I love them, but I don’t want dogs under my seat, peeing on the wall or leaving mangy hair everywhere,” he said. “This is the Capitol. It’s not a doghouse.” Ya know, if this is krieger’s understanding of dogs I certainly feel sorry for the three he owns. Perhaps he needs a visit from pet protective...

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Thieves in Eugene?

The Lane Transit Authority thinks it has a problem with riders who do not pay full fare: Drivers have estimated that 2 percent to 5 percent of riders get away with an invalid fare, although one said recently that the number can be 15 percent to 20 percent on a busy day. Really, though, even 20% greatly understates the problem: After a recent review of operations, Lane Transit District has decided it will look into the problem of “fare evasion” — riders who don’t pay enough in fare, unknowingly or on purpose. ….. A payroll tax on local businesses provides...

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Washington’s New Cell Phone Law

Washington’s new cell phone law makes it illegal to use a hand-held phone. Right-Mind says: Yesterday, #1 son was hit on his bicycle in Moscow by a driver who was talking on his cell phone (#1 son is fine; but the bike needed to go into the shop). Personally, I think this is great news. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a near-accident because of people talking-and-driving. Unfortunately, the new law does nothing to stop people from talking-and-driving. It will, though, make it harder for you to determine whether someone’s poor driving is due to talking on...

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Shutter the Legislative Doors

From Eye On Boise: If legislators need a reason to start wrapping up their session, now that it’s moved into its 64th day, here’s one: Today is the opening of the filing period for the May primary election, and every seat in the Legislature is up for a vote. Here is a better one: If they end the session there will be no more misguided legislation passed. With respect to the May primary election: apply term limits. Send all the incumbents home.