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Posted May 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

In 2013, the Oregon Legislature did a good thing. Faced with a soaring prison population that was projected to cost the state $600 million over 10 years for new prisons, lawmakers decided instead to change sentencing for carefully selected crimes and invest more money into community corrections, drug and mental health treatment and probation, all proven to reduce recidivism at far less cost than incarceration.So far, it's working. The state's prison population has leveled off and...

Posted May 22, 2015 at 11:01 PM

If Oregon government officials were looking for good news from the Supreme Court's recent ruling rejecting most of the reforms legislators made to the state's Public Employee Retirement System, it was hard to find.Well, there was this...

Posted May 21, 2015 at 11:01 PM

A Beaverton lawmaker has a plan to offer recent Oregon high-school graduates a free community college education at what seems to be a reasonable cost to the state. The Legislature should give his plan serious consideration — but only if it...

Posted May 20, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Once more, voters in Josephine county have refused to take responsibility for their own safety, defeating a proposed tax levy that would have paid for sheriff's deputies and jail beds. That means no relief for rural residents who can't get law...

Posted May 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

A relatively minor earthquake hit Salem in 1993. It cracked the dome of the state Capitol, nearly caused the rotunda to collapse and shifted the gold pioneer statue atop the dome. A major subduction zone earthquake — "the big one"...

Posted May 18, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife appears to be making a sincere effort to protect hunters and anglers from license fee increases as it struggles to cover a shortfall in its budget. Lawmakers should go at least as far, and should make...

Posted May 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Here we go again.The state's economy is on the rebound, and the state economist, being cautious as economists tend to do, underestimated the tax revenue the state would collect. So the "kicker" — a misguided and misunderstood law if...

Posted May 15, 2015 at 11:01 PM

While the Legislature continues to wrestle with crafting regulations regarding the use and sale of recreational marijuana, we expect that one of its primary concerns will be keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors.To that end, we were...

Posted May 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Ask Oregonians what they think about the ongoing debate over marijuana and you'll get one of several answers: Supporters of the approved measure to legalize marijuana are likely to say, "Just get on with it and approve it already." Opponents are...

Posted May 13, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Despite all the good things that have happened in downtown Medford over the past several years, one piece of the revitalization puzzle remains missing: residential development. That's why it's puzzling that the Site Plan and Architectural...

Posted May 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The Oregon Senate passed a bill on Monday to curtail electronic cigarettes in the state. Part of the measure was long overdue; the other part was premature.Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, as they are known, were developed in China,...

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