The Press: Hundred-Year Shout

Sometimes when hard-pressed Oregon legislators are in doubt about how to vote on a complex new bill, they write in the margins of their legislative drafts: "Let's wait to hear what Charlie Sprague has to say about this."

They never have to wait long. In the aging brick office of the Oregon Statesman, seven blocks downtown from the state capitol in Salem, Publisher Charles Arthur Sprague has probably already tapped out his views for the next day's "It Seems to Me" column. Twenty years of such thoughtful, solid editorial guidance has given 63-year-old Republican...

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