Forest Grove's Opinions

July 29, 2015

Legislation makes Oregon better

by Susan McLain
The legislative session has ended, and I am able to sit down and reflect on what has transpired over the last several months. It has been a whirlwind of an experience, let me tell you! As I look…
July 29, 2015

Senator proud of bills he backed in legislative session

by CHuck Riley
It’s hard to believe the 2015 legislative session has ended! Sine Die ended up being just after 6 p.m. on Monday, July 6. We passed a lot of important legislation this session, and it was an…
July 29, 2015

Gun replica phone case is a daft idea

by (None)
A number of years ago, there was a Saturday Night Live skit about a company called “Bad Idea Jeans.” The clever SNL troupe created a series of mock advertisements that showed people doing dumb…
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July 22, 2015

Protecting your wishesfor end-of-life care

by Rep. Earl Blumenauer
The Obama administration recently took an incredibly important step in empowering patients and their families by improving end-of-life care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…
July 22, 2015

Oregon has a problem with higher education

by Editorial Board
When it comes to higher education, Oregon has a problem. When the Oregon Education Investment Board launched the 40-40-20 plan, it was ambitious, to say the least. It aimed for 40 percent of…
July 22, 2015

Intel spins its job reduction plans

by Russ Dondero
Multiple news sources reported recently that Intel is implementing cuts in its work force, including its plants in Washington County. But typical of such plans, Intel is not willing to lay its…
July 15, 2015

Media portrays government in very negative light

by Walt Hellman
How many times during the past couple of months have you heard or read a story about our government that made you feel good about government? I suspect that number is probably very low, or even…
July 15, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Don’t sell off fairgrounds to make quick profit It appears the Washington County Commissioners may decide to give approximately 16 acres of the county fairgrounds to the city of Hillsboro in…
July 15, 2015

Legislature had some nice successes in 2015

by Editorial Board
With the adjournment of the 2015 Legislature, both sides are counting their political victories and defeats, and beginning their preparations for upcoming elections. But amidst the seemingly…
July 08, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Oregonians have ‘Right to Try’ with personal liberty bill Oregon’s Right to Try Bill (HB 2300), which passed the Senate 29-0 on July 1, was re-passed with some restrictive amendments in the…

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Jul 08, 2015

With hardball politics, transportation bill was doomed from start

by Pamplin Media Group
July 11 is almost upon us, and it appears the Oregon Legislature is looking forward to adjourning like an elementary school student looks forward to summer break. With majorities in both the…
Jul 08, 2015

State school funding deserves better

by Jeff Rose
Is the state of K-12 education in Oregon analogous to the boiling frog? The premise of the anecdote is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out. However, if it is placed in…
Jul 01, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Per-mile gas tax would stick it to little guy Hooray for the rich and mighty! By putting a per-mile fee on people (“Per-mile fee should be road to the future,” News-Times, June 24 issue) once…
Jul 01, 2015

The Supremes take the 'gay' out of marriage

by John Schrag
In the occasional journalism class I teach at Pacific University, some of my students treat adjectives like cheap salt, using them to spice up (and often over-season) their sentences. I advocate…
Jul 01, 2015

TriMet tax hike plan will benefit region

by Editorial Board
Business people don’t cheer wildly when TriMet talks about increasing taxes on their companies. However, in the case of a TriMet payroll tax hike now being contemplated, they at least can be…
Jul 01, 2015

Animal services expects a 'ruff' Fourth of July

by (None)
Fourth of July is No. 1 week for stray pets to arrive at county shelters County animal-services workers are gearing up for a busy Fourth of July this year. Deborah Wood, manager of Washington…
Jun 24, 2015

Heat wave brings note of caution to Washington County

by (None)
It’s going to get hot, hot, hot this week, folks. With the National Weather Service predicting temperatures at or above 100 degrees by Saturday — and with area forest land already drier than…
Jun 24, 2015

Per-mile fee should be road to the future

by Randal O'Toole
In 1919, my home state of Oregon was the first to tax gasoline and dedicate the revenue to roads. Now Oregon is moving to become the first state to replace gas taxes with a per-mile fee.…
Jun 24, 2015

Savings plan provides help and hope

by Griff O'Brien
In 2008, while trying to take care of her cancer-stricken father in Tigard, Elizabeth Ebert lost her caregiving job. When her father died, she and her three daughters found themselves homeless.…
Jun 17, 2015

If you see an error in paper, call the editor

by Staff
If you see a mistake in your hometown newspaper, who you gonna call? The editor or the reporter who wrote the story. At the News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune, we strive for accuracy. It’s our…




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