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As contradictory as it may seem, gun-control advocates should breathe a sigh of relief that a proposed ballot measure to outlaw assault weapons in Oregon won’t go before voters in November.

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The news last week was heartbreaking on a number of levels: Special Olympics Oregon announced that, because of financial troubles, it was canceling the statewide summer games it had planned to hold next month in Corvallis.

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The United States has two kinds of elections officials. One kind worries that the wrong people might vote. The other kind believes it’s their responsibility to ensure that every qualified voter can exercise the franchise. Oregon, thankfully, has a chief elections officer of the second type.

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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…