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Oregon takes pride in being first on such things as statewide land use planning and requiring deposits on returnable bottles. Add to that list the 2015 and 2017 bills that allow pharmacists to prescribe and sell most kinds of hormone-based birth control even if a woman has not seen a physician.

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Worrisome news broke out of New York on Tuesday as word came of a reporter from The Associated Press who was allegedly grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of an Environmental Protection Agency building by a security guard while trying to cover a meeting on water contaminants.

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Oregonians have it easy where voting is concerned. Our ballots come to our doors; we fill them out and mail them back to the local county clerk. That ease should help keep Oregonians engaged enough to vote in their elections, but it does not. This year, unless voters get busy, it’s possible …

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Educational leaders routinely bemoan the measly length of Oregon’s school year, one of the shortest in the country. They lament that Oregon students receive a year’s less education by the time they graduate from high school than their counterparts in Washington state.

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You’re grocery shopping. And you’re hungry. You know it’s a mistake, but you have to get it done. You wander aisle by aisle, being careful to follow your list or sticking to certain meal ingredients. Maybe a bag of chips or cookies make it into your cart, but you otherwise do really well. It…

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News this week that both Director Doug Paxton and Chief of Surgery Dinesh Ranjan of the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center have been removed from their positions and reassigned was welcome, but bittersweet.

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Eugene Police made the tough decision in concluding that Officer Charles Caruso, caught on videotape throwing a handcuffed man to the ground and punching him repeatedly, should be kicked off the police force. The city fired Caruso following an investigation into the September 2013 incident a…