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Former managing editor of several community newspapers, including the Woodburn Independent, Lake Oswego Review and the Times papers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune, and he contributes a regular column.
March 04, 2015

Mikel Kelly: Life may be good - but it's not quite THAT good

by Mikel Kelly
The other person who lives at my house said something last week that struck me as practically profound. It got me thinking, anyway. “Can you imagine what it would be like if every dumb little…
March 04, 2015

Oregon prison populations fall, but investment must continue

by Doug Harcleroad
The media has repeatedly written articles and produced TV news stories about the rise in prison populations around the country and in Oregon. Many of the stories explain the substantial public…
February 25, 2015

Faith leaders reject 'personal belief' vaccine exemption

by Rev. Chuck Currie
Editor’s note: This commentary first appeared in The Huffington Post and was reprinted in our sister paper, the News-Times in Forest Grove. As faith leaders, we have watched with growing concern…
February 25, 2015

Oregon has tough love for environment

by Adam Davis, DHM Research
When it comes to our state’s future, we Oregonians often are divided (sometimes deeply) on such things as what the role of government should be, how much to tax ourselves, and whereto spend…
February 25, 2015

Cops' job is hard enough - say 'Thank you'

by Ian King
The past year has seemed an especially tough year to be a cop. It was a year that, upon reflection, demonstrated the arduous societal challenges of law enforcement, while at the same time…
February 19, 2015

Pamplin partnership in Capital Bureau fills journalism gaps

by Mark Garber
In his final public statement as Oregon governor, John Kitzhaber evaded personal responsibility for the ordeal he put his state through, resorting instead to a worn-out excuse of too many fallen…
Former managing editor of several newspapers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune.
February 18, 2015

Let's talk about cheating cheaters and their cheating ways

by Mikel Kelly
Let me guess — you were thinking just the other day that you are the only person in the world who is not achieving your goals by cheating. I know, right? Me, too! So, there must be two of us,…
February 18, 2015

Vaccines prevent misery - use them

by Dr. Paul Lewis
Misery. That is all I could think when I walked into the hospital room and saw the 2-year-old boy screaming in his crib. His bloodshot eyes hadn’t closed for hours. An endless stream of snot…
February 12, 2015

Rape prosecutions shouldn't be limited

by Editorial board
Editorial Victims of rape and sexual assault must cope with their emotional pain for life. Why, then, does Oregon law allow the people who perpetrate these crimes to be freed from the threat of…
February 11, 2015

Marijuana use even more dangerous for teens

by Miles Vance
Guest Opinion Parents, I encourage you to open a dialogue about teen cannabis use. This summer, cannabis will become legal in Oregon for retail adult purchase and home production. Just like with…

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Feb 11, 2015

Mark Hass and Tobias Read at least start the talk on taxes

by Miles Vance
Letter to the Editor State Senator Mark Hass (SD 14) and Representative Tobias Read (HD 27) broached the topic of tax reform in their Town Hall at Beaverton City Library last week. Hass produced…
Feb 07, 2015

Our Opinion: Hayes flap clouds Kitzhaber initiatives

by Editorial Board
There’s really no reason to skirt around the question of whether Cylvia Hayes’ relationship with Gov. John Kitzhaber has put money directly into her bank account. With each new revelation about…
Feb 07, 2015

Soapbox: YMCA will bring much to Tigard, if we can get it

by Neal Brown
Neal Brown is a Tigard resident Tigard may not yet have our new YMCA in the downtown area, but we started the New Year with a big step towards attaining this goal. All of us working to make this…
Feb 05, 2015

Community colleges are ladder to success: Reader Opinion

by Jeremy Brown
This month President Obama announced an ambitious proposal to fund two years of community college for eligible students. Many lauded this announcement as a potential game changer. Others…
Jan 22, 2015

Times Editorial: Minimum wage hike would backfire on the poor

by Editorial Board
Oregon legislators pushing for a $15 per hour minimum wage are revealing an astonishing lack of understanding about how this state’s economy works. The $15 per hour proposal is one of several…
Jan 22, 2015

Mikel Kelly: How to sell your soul to the devil - the right way

by Mikel Kelly
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t lament the fact that we no longer have the Weekly World News to enrich our lives — and here’s a perfect example. Last week, I ran across an article online…
Jan 22, 2015

Hiring High School Interns Could Help Small Businesses in Oregon

by Valerie Ding and Moss Hardman
Hiring High School Interns Could Help Small Businesses in Oregon “Think you should hire an intern? Think again,” wrote Samantha Drake in a recent Entrepreneur article, before proceeding to list…
Jan 22, 2015

John Miller: Governor John Kitzhaber's new state budget a good…

by John Miller
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed 2015-2017 state budget brings good tidings to housing advocates across Oregon. He believes Oregon should invest an additional $100 million in affordable housing…
Miles Vance
Jan 15, 2015

Looking ahead to a year of great stories

by Miles Vance
Our most valuable asset will continue to be our readers To all our valued readers in Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and the surrounding areas, let me begin with this — It’s nice to meet…
Photo Credit: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Some of the prescription cough syrup recovered by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Jan 11, 2015

Woman arrested in regional prescription cough syrup scheme

by Jim Redden
Washington County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a woman in what appears to be an organized scheme to fraudulently obtain and resell prescription cough syrup in California. Sirenna Guice, 20,…

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