Keep the kicker, pay down PERS

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We'd love to get a small check in the mail. But we'd really love to have a stable education budget.

Shepherd: One paycheck away from homelessness

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'For the majority of our guests, life just kicked them in the teeth one too many times and getting up is hard.'

Lima: Creating memories for those struggling to have them

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The best of their works will ... help the Alzheimer's Association blunt the pain of a relentless disease.'

Liberty in the crosshairs

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A parent reacted understandably; police did their jobs; and yet, the latest scare at school feels preventable.

Thatcher: Time once again to talk about time

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'There are plenty of reasons to do away with the time change. What seems more controversial is on what time to stay.'

Cook: Christmas is all about blessing the 'small'

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'It is just that I believe the good Lord has a particular liking for small. And humble. And out-of-the-way.'

Goodrich: When you are new

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'It is important to think about the next job even before you take a new position.'

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 5, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers express concern about racism in schools and the idea of ending birthright citizenship.

Forest Grove, Hillsboro on right side with plastic bag bans

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
They may be convenient, but there are good alternatives, and it's a measure that respects our environment.

Rusch: Get your facts straight on PERS

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Supporting a public pension plan ... speaks volumes about what we value in Oregon.'

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 28, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
This week's mailbag features an explanation of bus electrification plans and an endorsement of the HPV vaccine.

Putting the 'giving' in Thanksgiving

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The spirit of the season calls for us to think of those less fortunate and lend a hand. There is no shortage of need.

Charles: TriMet heading down costly road with electric buses

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Using battery-electric buses simply changes where greenhouse gases are emitted, which is meaningless.'

Connolly & Hagerbaumer: Praise for TriMet electric bus plan

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'In the coming years, the climate benefits of electric buses will continue to increase.'

Walker: The ties that bind

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Food for thought on this week of Thanksgiving from a Forest Grove writer and poet.

California fires are everyone's problem

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our loved ones are dealing with them. Our local firefighters are pitching in. And they can happen here, too.

Cook: Of birds and men

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Dixie and I had free reign on great pheasant habitat. ... Except for Dixie, I was totally alone for those five hours.'

Bahl: In hot market, job hunt can still go cold

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Many people with I/DD have the motivation, ambition and ability to work and earn a paycheck.'

Goulding: Churches, partners try to meet needs of homeless

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We are not a solution to homelessness ... we're simply trying to save lives during the winter months.'

This was a gross election cycle. It doesn't have to be this…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Some candidates ran civil campaigns. Some lost their tempers or embraced dirty tactics. We can all do better.

Hutchison: A modest proposal for fixing healthcare system

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'All of us should have a portion of our income tax dedicated to pay for all of our healthcare.'

Brewer: Clean Energy Jobs will benefit all Oregonians

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Beyond what any one farm, business or even an entire industry can do, we need ... to slow global warming.'

Witt: Improving water infrastructure is important goal

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We must work to ensure ... safe, clean drinking water for all Oregon communities.'

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 7, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
In our first post-election mailbag, readers are concerned about hate in America and bridging the Columbia.

Vote! If you have your ballot, there's no good reason not to

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We're in favor of citizen participation, and voting, especially in Oregon, is one of the easiest ways to do it.

Rubio: Ballot Measure 106 would harm all Oregonians

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'No matter how you feel about abortion, no one should be denied ... services due to unaffordability or identity.'

Hauser: Oregon students deserve well-paid teachers

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'And like teachers elsewhere, Oregon teachers must contend with underfunded schools.'

DiGrande: Why I'll vote 'yes' on Ballot Measure 105

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'There are legal, economic and moral reasons why our immigration laws are written as they are.'

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 31, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
This is our final mailbag of letters to the editor before Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

One command for one fire district makes sense

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Emergency services aren't something to be territorial about. Officials, and voters, should approve a merger.

Mitsui: CTE helps students gear up for future jobs

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'CTE is a proven method to maintain economic success. ... Funding is half the battle, though.'

Cook: Dancing with Michael

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Like many first responders, they headed into the storm as others ran away. God bless them!'

Stride: Nothing but nibbles (yet) fishing Lee Falls

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The river was cold and clear. ... After a summer-long drought, this river was not hurting for flow.'

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 24, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The election dominates readers' thoughts, with opinions expressed about local and state candidates alike.

Endorsement: Bring back divided government with Buehler

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The governor isn't the root of all of Oregon's problems. But we do think the challenger would shake things up.

Endorsement: Sollman deserves re-election in HD 30

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
After two years in the Legislature, it's clear that the state representative has learned a lot.

Endorsement: Hardworking McLain best choice in HD 29

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The incumbent has a firm grasp of policy, a bank of committee assignments and a strong track record.

Endorsement: Vial's independent streak a winner in HD 26

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
There are two great candidates, but there's no one quite like Rich Vial in Salem. Voters should keep him there.

Endorsement: Know-how distinguishes Mitchell in HD 32

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The political newcomer from Astoria should be elected to this sprawling open seat.

Endorsement: Witt the safe, moderate choice in HD 31

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
He's not a legislative dynamo, but he knows the district and he's not afraid to stray from the party line.

Endorsement: Well-respected Noble our choice in HD…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
He represents his district well and is enthusiastic about working across party lines in the Legislature.

Endorsement: Take a chance on Flores in SD 15

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
The incumbent is more experienced, but he hasn't gotten results. Voters should give his challenger a shot.

Endorsement: Re-elect Betsy Johnson in SD 16

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Plus, our thoughts on SD 13, also a contested Senate race that is close to a foregone conclusion.

Goodrich: At work, what if you disagree?

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'To gain confidence and save your energy ... be willing to let go if you have to, and live to fight another day.'

Valfre: Ballot initiatives to benefit vulnerable…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Together, Measure 26-199 and Measure 102 will enable our region to house up to 12,000 people.'

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 17, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
In an extra-large mailbag, readers write about election issues, Brett Kavanaugh and the NFL.

Endorsement: Johnston, Wenzl, Downeysmith for…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
This trio of City Council candidates stands out from the pack. Voters should pick them this fall.

Endorsement: Pace, Allen, Alcaire for Hillsboro…

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
City voters should re-elect their two City Council incumbents and elect Beach Pace to join them.

Endorsement: Colgan, Hernandez for Cornelius

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Their experience volunteering on city committees makes them natural fits for the City Council.

Mayors: Affordable housing crunch requires regional…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'That's why we're united in support of Measure 26-199, the regional affordable housing bond.'

Nieves: Forest Grove residential solar incentives…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Up until recently, solar panels were expensive to install and not as effective as they are today.'

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 10, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in with opinions on Oregon and Washington County elections and anger at Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Endorsement: Curse the darkness, or light a candle

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Sure, Metro's affordable housing bond isn't perfect. Yes, we have questions. But we do believe it will help.

Endorsement: Harrington is right choice to lead…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
She's open to new ideas, unlike her opponent. Washington County would be better served by her leadership.

Duyck: Dreaming big for Washington County…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The recent groundbreaking for the long-awaited Event Center is a milestone.'

Kass: Families depend on 'sanctuary' affirmation…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Passage of Measure 105 ... sends a chilling message to these children. ... Vote no on 105.'

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 3, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about the county chair race, Colin Kaepernick, tolls and more.

Endorsement: Ballot box no place to set fiscal…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Measures 103 and 104 may be well-intentioned, but we don't think the constitution should be changed this way.

Louie: To keep communities safe, vote no on Measure…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'When local police begin to do the work of federal immigration agents, people no longer feel safe calling us for help.'

Frome: How to treat your kids' sports injuries

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'As parents, we're there for them when they win, and we're there for them if they stumble and fall too.'

Puckett: Moving in the wrong direction

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The state tries to tell businesses what the consumer wants, and oftentimes they are simply wrong.'

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 26, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about election candidates and measures, including Hillsboro and Forest Grove city councils.

Endorsement: Don't repeal 'sanctuary' law that works

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Washington County's sheriff and DA say Measure 105 won't make us safer. We, too, urge a 'no' vote.

Frome: Take steps to prevent sports injuries

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Here are four things you can do to help prevent injury so your children can play as long as they love the sport.

Cook: It doesn't matter

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
''You see, there is nothing that you can do that will increase my love for you. ... You are still loved by your Papa.''

Pickel: Pass Clean Energy Jobs bill for kids' sake

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I can see how investments would help businesses like mine and families in communities everywhere.'

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 19, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers support candidates for election and advertise upcoming city programs, among other topics.

Hops, and Hops fans, showcase what makes community…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A recent conversation Hillsboro's mayor had shows the power sport can have in promoting community.

Endorsement: Measure 102 changes are justified

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It has no organized opposition, it doesn't raise taxes and it makes sense for Oregon.

Goodrich: Managing the boss

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'You can make conversations more of a two-way street, and get to see your boss in a new light.'

Hutchison: Tolls, restrictions, fees, signals make…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I don't understand why we have to repeatedly give the government more, for doing nothing except collect the money.'

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 12, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about the election, climate change, an upcoming festival and more.

Metro should support Hillsboro in smart growth

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Local cities are growing. They need to grow responsibly. This round of UGB expansion requests is sensible.

Starr: Without tolls, drivers pay with their time

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Every place where variable tolls have been implemented systemwide, congestion is reduced.'

Hellman: Tolling is wrong choice to reduce…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We can't fight a problem if we deny it exists. ... We can and should declare a war on congestion.'

Chamberlain: Labor Day for reflection, empowerment,…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'History has shown us that when workers are pushed down, we always find a way to get back up.'

Cooper: Those with mental illness shouldn't stand…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Normalizing the experience helps you realize that it's not just you. You're not alone.'

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 5, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about Rep. Janeen Sollman's work, Tanasbourne Party in the Park and Oregon's property taxes.

No matter who you are, 'back to school' is laden…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Maybe it turns your life upside-down. Maybe it creates a minor inconvenience. Really, it's about what's next.

Introducing ... Janae Easlon

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our new About Town and special sections editor grew up in Vernonia and is a Western Washington University alum.

Canon & Dondero: Why hasn't private sector fixed…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We have yet to meet anyone who enjoys seeing this problem play out before our eyes in our communities.'

Cook: Funeral for a fish

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'She was doing what she could do, and it was the right thing to do - bury her pet.'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 29, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Clean energy advocacy, business input, lottery opposition and support for abuse victims are topics this week.

Tolls must add capacity to area highways

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It's an idea worth looking at, but only if it truly alleviates our ever-growing congestion problem.

Khut: Defining what we love about Oregon through…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The visionary drive for Oregon's land use planning movement came from early environmental organizations.'

Merten: Free Harvest Table celebrates school garden…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'This rich soil we have ... is also helping grow edible produce in our schools.'

Blankinship: 'Education' sure isn't what it used to…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Imagine what the employment statistics might be if all of the 'students' were at the same percentage as 60 years ago.'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 22, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers express support for state candidates and respond to last week's opinion section.

The news isn't 'fake' just because you see things…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We join other news outlets around the country in calling for an end to attacks on the free press.

Barton & Garrett: Measure 105 won't make community…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Immigrant communities and families may become greater targets for criminals.'

Raichart: Housing solutions may be simpler than…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'What if we could recognize at least some of the causes and make changes that would reverse the trend...?'

Dondero: While Trump plays to his base, who runs…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'While Trump basks in the glory of his base, he forgets that we only have one president ... who represents us all.'

Goodrich: Moving toward solutions

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Be sure to encourage two-way communication, and consider the other person's point of view.'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 15, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers update us on the Welcome Garden at a Forest Grove church and opine on political signs.

From the Publisher: E-editions have arrived

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'You're now able to read each week's newspaper from tablets, smartphones and any device in between.'

Welcome to western Washington County, Street of…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It's the ideal way to showcase the changing face of South Hillsboro and surrounding communities.

Dawson: Private sector can make housing affordable

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Private developers in the Portland region have shown it's possible to build more residences at a lower cost.'

Gurtov: While Rome burns, U.S. goes in wrong…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle. We are seeing them play out in real time.'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 8, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about Oregon's senators, Alzheimer's research, airport regulations and more.

Right to free speech is inviolable, even when it…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
In poor taste for a Liberty High student to wear a 'border wall' shirt to school? Sure. Proper to prohibit it? No way.

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