Commentary: Gauging government before we vote (May 4, 2022)
May 4, 2022
If we needed any proof that an urban-rural (liberal-conservative, ideological) divide truly exists in Oregon, last week’s announcement by the state Appeals Court that it was overturning a local jury’s decision in the “Timber Case” should qualify.
The fact that there even was an appeal is confirmation.
Of course, nobody – those who supported the verdict or those who didn’t – really expected the state to simply pay $1.1 billion to Linn and 12 other rural counties, and 151 local taxing districts who joined in accusing the state of shorting them on timber revenues they contende...