Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Global warming - Ted Kulongoski takes a step toward California standards as a judge weighs a lawsuit.
"SALEM -- Lawsuit or not, Gov. Ted Kulongoski appears determined to bring California's tougher tailpipe standards for cars and light trucks to Oregon to combat global warming.
In a key step in that direction, Kulongoski directed the state Department of Environmental Quality to write a California-type rule that would apply to 2009 model year cars and light trucks. Vehicles made and sold before the 2009 model year would not be affected."
College not end-all
Preparing teenagers for college ought not to be our high schools’ single, all-consuming job. Yet judging by what one of its members writes in the right-hand column on this page, that’s what the Oregon State Board of Education seems to want.
It is obvious now that students had better pay attention in English, math, and science if they want to continue their education so they can land a decent job in the global economy.
read the entire piece
Preparing students for college, and by extension the job force should be thier ONLY purpose, anything else is purely a bonus, or detraction. And, if it is not the only purpose, what else are schools schools there to do?
How did this happen in a state that constantly tries to limit the rights of gun owners?
Anyone wanna laywhetheron wether the Oregon Supreme Court will reverse the decision?
"HILLSBORO (AP) Â? A housekeeping bill passed by the 2003 Legislature inadvertently wiped out a tool used by police to keep guns out of the hands of people considered dangerous.The judge ruled, moreover, that not only had Sheriff Rob Gordon erred when he took away BatesÂ? permit, but that no Oregon sheriff can use the Â?danger to self or othersÂ? revocation clause to take away the gun permits of Oregonians in the future.
The legislative mishap was discovered this fall, when the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that the Washington County sheriff had no right to confiscate the gun permit of Tom Bates, of Raleigh Hills, for making threats to state officials and phone company employees.
Before, the dangerousness clause allowed sheriffs to make the case that some Oregonians are unfit to carry a gun. But a 2003 bill did away with it by accidentally inserting the word Â?andÂ? between two crucial phrases.
In the old wording, the clause read: Â?Any act or condition that would prevent the issuance of a license under ORS 166.291 to 166.293 is cause for revoking a concealed handgun license.Â?
In the new wording, legislators wrote: Â?Any act or condition that would prevent the issuance of a license under ORS 166.291 and 166.293 is cause for revocation...
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Monday, November 28, 2005
Cost cutting’s hidden priceRead the entire commentary at The Oregon Daily Emerald.
In my opinion
By Ailee Slater
November 28, 2005
Thanksgiving weekend, Wal-Mart gleefully became one of the only big box retailers to surpass expected holiday sales.
Apparently, the recent documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” didn’t achieve its intended outcome. Wal-Mart sales are rapidly rising, and company executives are working hard to promote a friendly image. With Wal-Mart now poised to become more successful than ever, it seems that the nation is slowly forgetting the Wal-Mart hullabaloo of days gone by.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
"....Saying she wants to break up the "good old boys" cronyism of state politics, state Sen. Vicki Walker of Eugene announced Monday she'll challenge Gov. Ted Kulongonski in the Democratic primary next year."
...."We must have the courage to say a casino on every street corner is not the way to fund education, public safety or health care. ... I don't want Oregon to be Las Vegas," Walker said.
"....Walker scoffed at critics who assailed her for challenging Kulongoski and potentially aiding the GOP."
"I don't worry at all about that," she said. "I'm not at all afraid of Kevin Mannix."
Ya know, I somehow don't think that Saxton and Atkinson are afraid Kevin Mannix either. However, they probably should be more concerned with Vicki Walker than Teddy K.
Oregon state senator plans to challenge Kulongoskistory quoted from The Seatle Post Intelligencer
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
EUGENE, Ore. -- State Sen. Vicki Walker announced Monday that she will challenge Gov. Ted Kulongoski in the Democratic primary next year.
Walker formally entered the race with little fanfare, choosing to make the announcement from her home. "The reason I did it here is because I'm just an average Oregonian," Walker told Oregon Public Broadcasting.
"I live in a modest home in a modest street, in a great neighborhood with fabulous people around me, and I want Oregonians to know that I'm just one of them," she said.
Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson, another fellow Democrat, has already announced that he will challenge Kulongoski in 2006.
The Republican primary race is likely to be a rematch of 2002 between former state Republican Party Chairman Kevin Mannix and Portland lawyer Ron Saxton. State Sen. Jason Atkinson also is running.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
9th Circuit Court Outrage! Parental Rights DeniedA constant progresion these kinds of rulings makes this news that much more attractive:
"The new ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stating, “There is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children...Parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students,” has Californians in an uproar, and rightfully so.
The liberal ninth district court known for it’s legislating from the bench, such as in the recent case where the court ruled the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it contains the words ''under God,'' dismissed a lawsuit on November 3, 2005, by California parents who were sued the school district because a sex survey with inappropriate, nosey questions was given to children in the first, third, and fifth grades. The survey was administered by the Palmdale School District and asked students questions such as if they ever thought about having sex or touching other people’s “private parts” and whether they could ''stop thinking about having sex.''
GOP move to advance 9th Circuit split draws heat from Democrats
"WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican plan to advance a break-up of the San Francisco-based Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals is drawing heat from Democrats.
House Republicans have included a break-up of the Ninth Circuit in a budget bill that would be immune from Senate filibuster.
The measure would create a Ninth Circuit covering California, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, and a new 12th Circuit covering Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Arizona."
Alliance Gives $50,000 To Anticrime Effort
"The Portland Business Alliance will donate $50,000 to the city's plan to get repeat criminals off downtown streets and into housing.
The donation is meant to help Mayor Tom Potter's efforts to cut crime and the perception of crime in the city's center. Potter announced the plan in October to positive reviews from business leaders concerned about aggressive panhandlers and drug dealers on downtown streets."
Potter Asks For Higher Bar for Zones of Exclusion
Both in the Oregonian, on the same day, doesn't anybody at City Hall see the Irony?
"Mayor Tom Potter wants to set a higher standard of proof for excluding people from Portland's drug-free and prostitution-free zones by requiring a criminal charge be brought before police can bar someone from a part of the city.
However, county prosecutors say such changes will weaken the controversial ordinance, result in fewer exclusions and embolden drug sellers on Portland's streets."