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Time for the state to back off on COVID

Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority have been in the driver’s seat in Oregon’s response to COVID for well over a year now. 

What’s been the result?

Depends, of course, on whom you ask. On one side are those who fully buy in to the play-it-safe-at-all-costs strategy, which essentially is the one Oregon has adopted through most of the last year. They say lives have been saved by Oregon’s restrictions, which trumps any damage to people’s livelihoods, psyches or other indicators of community health.

On the other side of the spectrum, views range from those significantly...