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Oregon Considered

Cultivating New Farmers

June 13, 2005

0613_farmer2.jpgThe "buy local" trend has had a tremendous impact on agriculture in the Portland metro area.

Farmers markets are popping up everywhere; more people are buying weekly boxes of organic produce from specialty farms; and chefs are shaping their menus based on ingredients from local fields.

This trend has brought some new faces to agriculture, and it's finally reaching a group with a lifetime of farming expertise.

complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Future of Minnis' Education Stability Plan in Doubt

Rural Organizing Project Begins March

Clarendon Elementary Featured in Writing Film

Commentary: A Parent's Graduation

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About this quote:

"Republicans have remained in the majority for much of that time. But again and again, they take a public relations beating as Democrats push to boost school funding, while fiscal conservatives in the GOP try to hold the line. "

I wish someone would explain to me:
1) Why adding new tax breaks while never questioning the old ones is "fiscally conservative".

2)Why "our caucus has decided on a number" politics which often involves back room small group decision making rather than hammering out everything in well advertised public hearings is best for schools and the common good of Oregon.

3)Why isn't there more discussion of HOW school money is spent rather than just "deciding on a number for schools"? Is it a question of "how the game is played"? If so, where in the Oregon Constitution are the rules written?

4)Why are caucuses allowed to have closed meetings, and why so little outrage when stunts are done like not naming the bills to be discussed at a committee hearing?

5)Whether all newly elected school board members agree with the actions of the OSBA and their lobbyist.

6)Whether there is a role for ordinary citizens who are not active members in Coalition for School Funding Now, PTA, Stand for Children, OEA, OSBA, COSA--are individuals just supposed to be spectators?

7) Is our only input when we vote for legislators?
Some legislative offices act as if only lobbyists for recognized groups have input.

Posted by: Liz Toy at June 13, 2005 09:42 PM

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