Opinion

A carbon tax and shift can grow Oregon economy

BY  DR. THOMAS POTIOWSKY, DR. JENNY LIU, AND JEFF RENRO | OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS

04.02.13 Thumbnail co2Our lives are surrounded by regulations to influence behavior, from not smoking in public places to not polluting waterways and being civil in public. Usually, a violation of these regulations is associated with a fine or a tax to discourage greater use, as in the cigarette tax.

The business case against the CRC

BY JOE CORTRIGHT | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

03.25.13 Thumbnail BridgeSure, it would be nice to have a newer, fancier bridge connecting Portland and Vancouver, especially if someone else paid for it. But look closely at what’s actually being proposed — a $3.5 billion, 5-mile long, twelve-lane freeway widening project that just happens to cross a river — and you’ll see that there’s a strong business case against the CRC.

Unmanned civilian aircraft offer new uses, jobs for Oregon

BY COLLINS HEMINGWAY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

03.21.13 Thumbnail UAVUnmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), often called “drones” in their military capacity, have jumped to the forefront of public consciousness because Congress has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to let these vehicles fly around the nation’s skies within a few years.