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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…
March 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.…
March 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…
March 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…
March 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…
March 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.
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…

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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…
Feb 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.
Feb 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,…
Feb 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…
Feb 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…
Feb 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…
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…

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