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Local COVID management better for all

Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to make the metrics governing whether schools can operate advisory, rather than mandatory, is a good one, not only for state officials but for the people they serve.

How effective the “freeze” imposed nearly two months ago or other largely unilateral edicts from Salem have beeen in slowing the spread of the coronavirus is unclear, but what is clear is that they have had a lot of effects – on all of us.

We’ve heard from public officials about the rise in domestic violence rates; from teachers and coaches about students with vacant stares, who find it di...