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Ripped Safety Net

A way to mend it is finally available

BY SARAH HENDRICKSON, M.D.

For the past three decades, I have loved living in Lane County. I've been a family doctor, a consultant for drug court and for the jail medical services, and I'm now Lane County's public health officer. I know how troubled some lives can be, and I understand the mistakes some people make. But Lane County's public safety system is broken, and I am ashamed of us. The voiceless victims of the drug abuse underbelly of our community pass through my work at Public Health every day. [Read More]

 

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No on Measure 43

It puts vulnerable teens in a bureaucratic maze

BY KELLIE DEVORE

Measure 43 may sound reasonable at first, but it isn't as simple as it seems. We all want to encourage parental involvement and strong, healthy family communication. And at Planned Parenthood, we have learned that the best way to promote good family communication and strong values is to start early. But teaching about responsibility and values has to happen before a young woman gets pregnant, not by government-mandated parental notification in a flawed measure like 43. [Read More]

 

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Revolving Door

The case against arbitrary term limits

BY THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

When it comes to who represents us in Salem, Oregon voters should have the final say. But Measure 45 would prevent us from electing lawmakers we support and from deciding for ourselves when we need a change in Salem. Measure 45, put on Oregon's ballot with mostly out-of-state money, is a recycled version of the same term limits we have tried in Oregon once before. Our organizations are united in our opposition to Measure 45. Here's why: [Read More]

 

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Tony's Palm Card

The view from the left field bleachers

BY TONY CORCORAN

Been livin' down here as a hermit for the last three years in the foothills of the Cascades, south of Cottage Grove. I've missed you folks, and I've missed doing the column. Jeannie still lets me clean the horse stalls, so I have continued with my fascination for all things political. [Read More]

 

 

 










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