Erik Lukens column: One way to fix Oregon’s short-session charade

Why not make even-year legislative sessions a lot longer?

Oregon voters on Tuesday approved a collection of taxes to fund health care. The vote … Read more

Column: Oregon’s wasteful bottle bill gets supersized

Salem’s love affair with the outdated program continues

The new year will bring yet another expansion of Oregon’s bottle bill, a largely redundant … Read more

Erik Lukens column: Prepare for new push to ban Deschutes River Trail footbridge

Recent events point to trouble for controversial river crossing

Reincarnation may or may not happen with people, but it certainly does with legislation. Bills … Read more

Erik Lukens column: The folly of adopting a ward system in Bend

Dicing up the city would add complexity and limit voter choice for no apparent gain

Here are a couple of questions approximately zero people ask as they inch along Reed … Read more

Erik Lukens column: Ted Ferrioli, health care taxes and the PERS gravy train

Courtesy of lawmakers and the governor, voters get another lesson in cynicism

On its website, the Secretary of State’s Office has posted a slew of arguments for … Read more

Erik Lukens column: Oregon needs more leadership, less grandstanding from governor

Kate Brown’s constituents get a timely reminder of the state’s crisis of competence

November 2017 has turned out to be a difficult month for Gov. Kate Brown. The … Read more

Lukens column: Texting while driving? Meet Senior Trooper William Duran

Bend-based officer with Oregon State Police is determined to make a difference

If you’ve been cited in Deschutes County recently for driving while fiddling with your phone, … Read more

Lukens column: In Crook County land case, BLM clings foolishly to secrecy

Public comments demonstrate the value of openness

If the Bureau of Land Management ran an aquarium, it would screen the fish from … Read more

Lukens column: In new park, Bend’s dog owners get the smoker treatment

District bans a potentially unpopular park use on a flimsy pretext. Sound familiar?

If you live in or near Bend, and if you own a dog with which … Read more

Lukens column: Is religious intolerance the Oregon Democratic Party brand?

Party chair all but calls official’s support for ‘traditional marriage’ hate speech

Like plenty of people, I don’t share Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s views on the … Read more

Lukens column: Does a murder conviction require a unanimous jury in Oregon?

Contradiction between state law, Constitution creates confusion, disagreement

On Sept. 17, a front-page story about jury verdicts elicited critical emails from a handful … Read more

Lukens column: Bend won’t win over voters by waging war on cars

The city can expand transportation options without squeezing out the one most people use

When it comes to transportation, the city of Bend is capable of impressive tone-deafness. A … Read more

Lukens column: Jehovah’s Witnesses, public property and the First Amendment

Is a complaint about proselytizing in Redmond’s Dry Canyon valid?

Yell “free speech” and “controversy” in a crowded room, and odds are those around you … Read more

Erik Lukens column: Brad Avakian-style campaign a risky choice for Team Kate

Partisan attacks on a moderate like Knute Buehler likely to backfire

Hot on the heels of Bend Republican Knute Buehler’s announcement this month that he’ll run … Read more

Lukens column: Housing advocates would transform impact fees into luxury taxes

Proposed changes would use system development charges to encourage ‘good’ development

If they know what system development charges are at all, most Bend residents probably believe … Read more

Erik Lukens column: The barriers to improving civility, order in downtown Bend

Fed-up business owners may need to get creative

A handful of people fed up with conditions in downtown Bend took their frustration to … Read more

Erik Lukens column: In Bend, tourism (blaming) season is here

Yes, tourists create headaches. But so do the rest of us

Bend is awfully nice in the summer, but it isn’t perfect. The wait for a … Read more

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