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Mikel Kelly
April 15, 2015

Mikel Kelly: When you reach this age, you'll be mad about…

by Mikel Kelly
Two important people in my life — the other person who lives at our house plus my recently retired friend Jim — both admitted long ago that they were actively practicing (for when the time…
April 15, 2015

Washington County on right track: planning is essential

by Hillsboro Tribune
Most Washington County residents probably believe long-range planning is a good thing, and planning for the future is simply common sense. From our perspective, planning is extremely wise, and…
April 09, 2015

Beaverton, Hillsboro school district boundaries seem just fine…

by Hillsboro Tribune
On March 17, members of the Hillsboro School Board engaged in a heated exchange after school board member Glenn Miller presented a detailed request that the board consider redrawing the school…
April 01, 2015

Making Gain Share equitable for all

by Editorial board
Oregon politicians talk incessantly about the need for better jobs in this state. And for good reason: When more people are working at higher wages, the income taxes they generate help pay for…
April 01, 2015

Mary VanderWeele: Push state to properly fund our K-12 schools

by Mary VanderWeele
I’m worried for our students and our state. Why? We are in a growing economy but the school funding proposal before the legislature is still short of pre-recession levels. Oregonians have one of…
April 01, 2015

A Kelly, by any other name, is probably also full of blarney

by Mikel Kelly
I confess to being curious what would happen if I walked into a pub in Ireland and announced that my name is Mike Kelly. Would somebody buy me a drink, or would they shout, in unison, “So?????”…
March 25, 2015

Dave Frohnmayer's Oregon Blueprint

by (none)
He urged us to recapture the center from which both progress and stability usually flow. Nine years ago, Dave Frohnmayer — then president of the University of Oregon — was invited to speak to…
March 25, 2015

Spring break doesn't need to include binging

by (none)
Oregon’s weather’s been glorious for weeks, so you can’t blame students if they’ve caught spring fever. But for too many young people, spring break means party time, and the risks associated…
March 25, 2015

How to build at better workforce

by Pamplin Media Group
Workforce. Everyone knows we need one. And most of us want a better one — ready and skilled for the demands of the modern workplace. The question is do we mean it? Last December, the…
March 18, 2015

Shine a light on government secrecy

by Editorial Board
For 40-plus years, Oregon has claimed to have transparency in government. Public records and public meetings laws approved in 1973 were supposed to enforce the ideal that the people’s business…

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Mar 18, 2015

Allow voters to decide term limits issue

by Hillsboro Tribune/Doug Burkhardt
Last week, two Washington County residents filed a petition with the Washington County Elections Office to place term limits on those serving on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.…
Mar 18, 2015

Oregon's 'no' vote on casinos comes back to bite it

by Beaverton Valley Times
Letter to the editor for March 19, 2015 The casino being built in La Center, Wash., will be devastating to the Oregon economy to say the least. Oregonians shot themselves in the foot by voting…
Mar 11, 2015

Pair of bills tightens rules on e-cigarettes

by Gregory Conley
State should ban sales to minors, leave adults alone Before the Oregon Legislature adjourns in July, state legislators should ensure that they ban the sale of vapor products, commonly referred…
Mar 11, 2015

Beaverton schools need our financial support: Superintendent…

by Jeff Rose
*This story has been appended. It is not a secret where Oregon stands in terms of our support for schools compared to the rest of the country. Our kids go to school a year less than the national…
Mar 11, 2015

Oregon needs to tighten regulations on e-cigarettes for all ages

by Elizabeth Steiner Hayward and Kathleen Taylor
Protect kids from nicotine hazards Currently, Oregon is behind the nation when it comes to protecting our kids from exposure to nicotine. Although teen use of traditional cigarettes is…
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.
Mar 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…
Mar 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…
Feb 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…
Feb 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…
Feb 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…

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