month : 07/2017 2 results

2017 Session produced good things for rural Oregon

On Friday, July 7, the gavel came down one last time to signal the end of Oregon’s 2017 legislative session. It was the final moment of a packed, productive, sometimes disappointing and occasionally contentious five months in the Capitol. From the first day of the session, much of our discussion, sometimes heated, centered around our perceptions of the differing needs between rural and urban areas of the state. Here in Jackson County we sit somewhere in the middle of that polarity. ...

A vote for reproductive equity

On Saturday morning, I cast a vote in support of House Bill 3391B, the Reproductive Health Equity Act. Sometimes, as in this case, a piece of legislation suddenly feels exceptionally personal. I graduated from high school in 1973, the same year Roe v. Wade was decided by the United States Supreme Court. That case was the third in a series of decisions by the court that changed our lives. In 1965 in the Griswold case, the court ruled that the state of Connecticut could not ban birth ...