OPINION -- Out-of-state biotech corporations and their allies have contributed $600,000 out of a total of more than $800,000 to fight Jackson County’s May 20 initiative to ban the growing of genetically engineered (GE or GMO) crops, an eye-popping amount for a small county election. Monsanto has given over $183,000, DuPont Pioneer nearly $130,000 and Syngenta $75,000. The Oregon Farm Bureau has donated over $50,000, much of which could be pass-through money, since it receives thousands of dollars from biotech firms.
OPINION -- On the face of it, a general obligation bond for OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute seems to be a no-brainer. A down payment to match (and not a penny less) Phil Knight's $.5 Billion generous gesture. Win the war on cancer. Good paying jobs.
OPINION -- It seems like almost weekly we read about a data breach. Some data breaches reach the media because they involve breaches affecting 500 people or more and are required to be reported on a government website.
OPINION -- “As some put it, personal data will be the new "oil" - a valuable resource of the 21st century. It will emerge as a new asset class touching all aspects of society.”
OPINION -- The mainstream media should be ashamed of its minimal attempts at informing the American people about the TranPacific Partnership (TPP).
OPINION -- In the 1960's many airports, department stores, businesses and municipalities experimented with pay toilets as a means to generate extra revenue. Thankfully, pay toilets are a thing of the past, having been removed from our society for reasons that should be obvious to anyone with even a slight amount of common empathy.
OPINION -- September 4, 2013 -- Oregon holds the dubious distinction of ranking number one in the country for retailers illegally selling cigarettes to underage kids. Moreover, we have ranked number one three out of the past five years and ranked in the top five the other two years.