Bradbury would create ‘Bank of Oregon’ if he were governor

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By Harry Esteve, The Oregonian

January 20, 2010, 11:32AM

The state of Oregon should have its own bank so taxpayer dollars could help fund local businesses instead of boosting the profits of big multinational banks, says Bill Bradbury, Democratic candidate for governor and former secretary of state.

Bradbury announced his proposal today in Portland as part of his plan to find jobs for more Oregonians. The state bank, modeled on one in North Dakota, would form the cornerstone of his jobs proposal, he said. READ MORE



By Kathryn Smith, January 26, 2010

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A bill HR 3326, The Department of Defense Appropriations Act is currently up for vote on the Senate floor. An amendment in the Act proposes a national debt ceiling hike to $13 trillion dollars, using “entitlement spending” to pay for it. Facts here on the Government Executive website:  see also the Senate website at www.senate.gov

“Entitlement spending” to pay for this national debt is Social Security, Medicare, Veteran’s Benefits, and Medicaid, according to an aid in my Senator’s office. Basically, this means that all of the above programs will either be cut back or could possibly disappear entirely as funds are diverted to paying for the monstrous debt. More

Dairy farming tragedy

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Paul Grondahl
Times Union
Sat, 23 Jan 2010 21:48 EST

Copake – For hours, the backhoe and bulldozer worked at the grim task, burying the remains of a Gothic farming tragedy.

The backhoe’s large metal claws dug into the dirt and opened a long, deep trench in the fertile Columbia County soil, pocked with cow dung and the deep imprints of 1,500-pound Holstein hooves.

There was no delicate way to bury these 51 beasts. The bulldozer’s heavy, flat blade pushed the cows into the mass bovine grave, their striking black-and-white patterned hides gone slack in death.

For years, they had provided a livelihood for a dairyman who said little and bent to his arduous task generally alone, rarely saying much to neighbors, preferring to keep to himself.

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