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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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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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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…

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You’re likely to see the number 350,000 often between now and Jan. 23, 2018, when Oregon voters will cast their ballots on Measure 101, which would adopt a slate of health care taxes the Legislature approved earlier this year.

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Looks like you got through the first big weekend of the holiday shopping season. If you’re among those people who get their holiday “to-do” list done with a month or so to go before Christmas, well, nice work — but the rest of today’s editorial will be of no interest to you.