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Well, Duh….

The headline in the Eugene Register-Guard* print edition on March 5 reads: Bullying persists despite state laws The article opens with: Despite Oregon’s eight-year-old anti-bullying law, about one-third of Oregon teens report having been harassed according to a review released Wednesday by a coalition pushing to strengthen the law. Did the writer really expect that a piece of legislation would eliminate bullying? Glancing around I notice theft, fraud, murder, speeding, and so on, are still pretty rampant despite endless rounds of legislation. Some in the Oregon legislature (see HB 2599) seem to think that since the current law hasn’t worked...

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Requiescat In Pace ~ Seattle PI: 1843-2009

Today marks the end of the Seattle PI‘s print edition: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the region’s pioneer newspaper and the city’s oldest continually operating business, a newspaper that both shaped and was shaped by the community it covered, prints its last edition Tuesday — nearly a century and a half after its forebear first rolled off a hand-cranked Ramage press promising to be “the best and cheapest promulgator of all sorts of useful information.” The above linkis to the PI’s new online offering. Here is a message from the PI staff and some readers: We switched from the Seattle Times to...

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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.