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The pot bureaucracy

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014
To many voters, Measure 91 sounds like a libertarian initiative in step with Oregon's progressive outlook.
After all, what could be more far out on Nov. 4 than legalizing the sale and manufacture of marijuana, and ending a costly front in the ineffective "war on drugs" that has gone on longer than the last ice age?
Freedom-loving voters should
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Rescue proves need for Coast Guard helicopter

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
If there was ever any doubt about the value of having a Coast Guard rescue helicopter close by for a quick response in times of emergency, the incident last weekend at Fogarty Creek State Park should settle the matter.
Scarcely a week had passed since U.S. Coast Guard officials announced they would be closing the Newport Air Facility on Nov.
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Pull the plug on free college

Posted: Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014
Gov. John Kitzhaber's pledge to send all willing and capable Oregon high school graduates to college for at least two years on the state's dime has finally emerged from the doctor's laboratory, and is worthy of a theatrical gasp of horror.
We want to scream, "It's alive," and search for a plug to pull before this monster gets out.
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Closing Coast Guard air facility is bad decision

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014
The announcement made late last Thursday that the U.S. Coast Guard would be closing its air facility in Newport at the end of November came as a shock to many here on the central Oregon coast.
In fact, even Oregon's federal legislators, those who play a role in approving the federal budget, were caught completely unaware, nobody knew anything about
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