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Hospital wars v. downtown wars

Ajournalist of our acquaintance expresses some skepticism about the usefulness of those “top 10 stories of the year” lists you see at the end of each year. We argued in their favor, mainly on grounds that they offer some distance and perspective, a look at what’s going on aside from the daily and weekly ins and outs.

In offering evidence of that, note today’s piece in the Eugene Register-Guard about the reader votes on the top story of the year locally: Was it the ongoing development wars between PeaceHealth and McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center (two hospitals), or downtown redevelopment?

Which sounds awfully insiderish and even self-promotional. But: The discussion of what and why certainly helps put those long-running stories in some perspective for us.

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