Endorsement: Pam Treece for Washington County commissioner

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
The Westside Economic Alliance head is eminently qualified to represent District 2.

Endorsement: Ryan Deckert for county chairman

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We believe the former state legislator stands out in a field of four credible candidates.

Gollnick: 'Smart guns' aren't so smart

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Technology can't solve sociological problems. It's just the wrong tool for the job.'

Kendall: Pacific University, much of Forest Grove in food…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Through my explorations of the Pacific University campus, I've realized that I live in a food desert.'

Letters to the Editor: April 25, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write about candidates for office, local history, contraceptives, law enforcement and more.

Endorsement: Jerry Willey for Washington County commissioner

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
In the District 4 race, both candidates are capable but Willey stands out with experience and relationships.

Morey: Keep the jobs pipeline local for water supply

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Those who manage our water are thinking and planning ahead to secure a new source for our water supply.'

Speirs: Judgment is reserved for our creator

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Trump was elected to bring back a failing economy and to revive the spirit of the American worker.'

Letters to the Editor: April 18, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers make pitches for candidates in Washington County, Metro and Oregon state elections.

Tariffs on newsprint could hurt American journalism

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We don't like talking about ourselves. But we worry about how tariffs could impact our ability to serve you.

Mitsui & Hinshaw: Collaboration that connects students to…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Portland Community College is achieving dramatically improved graduation outcomes for these students.'

Church: My Lai, Parkland and Dr. King

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'It is also vital now, with the Parkland high school massacre fresh in our memory, to look at systemic violence.'

Letters to the Editor: April 11, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers make their pitches for candidates and give their takes on legislative proposals.

Learn about local races when the chance presents itself

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
While we focus our attention on national politics, decisions close to home affect our day-to-day lives.

Hastings: Just say 'no' to NRA's political agenda

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Like apartheid falling in South Africa, the NRA will topple, and even the corporations ... will abandon them.'

Charles & Shepard: TriMet shows pension reform possible

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'TriMet's pension reform offers a valuable guide ... on how to contain and reverse the spiraling PERS disaster.'

Gardner & Weber: The truth about sports scholarships

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The odds of a sports scholarship paying for even a portion of a student's college education are miniscule.'

Letters to the Editor: April 4, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write to us about upcoming elections, Native American representation, school safety and more.

Retailers' moves a step in the right direction

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Restricting gun access to teenagers is wise, and if our lawmakers won't do it and our stores can, they should.

Emerick: More people with guns doesn't fix the problem

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Again, the root cause is guns. We must address weapons that can create such rapid and mass destruction.'

Parks: One step in reducing gun violence is simple

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
't was not that long ago that we had a ban on assault rifles. ... We have gone backwards on reasonable gun control.'

Lindsley: Seriously happy school gardens work for the…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'A 'garden per school' is proving its value as students achieve higher test scores.'

Currie: Honor Dr. King by joining the fight for social…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The gun violence that took Dr. King, and would soon take Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is now an epidemic.'

Ferreira: Vape rule fix needed to improve public health

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Economists conclude FDA regulations will prevent smokers from switching to safer alternatives.'

Letters to the Editor: March 28, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write about local history, gun control, web headlines, on-campus filming, sex ed and more.

Schools should support students when they speak out

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We understand the need for schools to maintain order, but allowing students to be heard is important, too.

Duyck: A way forward for Washington County Fairgrounds

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We can argue all day about how things should have been done in the past. What matters now is how we work together...'

Reverends: Sanctuary anniversary a time for reflection,…

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
'What we say about brothers and sisters, fellow members of our community, matters.'

Bourgeois: 'Greatest Generation' built strong nation

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I have only a handful of World War II pals left and I treasure each moment I can spend with them.'

Stride: Development, conservation in the Willamette Valley

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'For those that have the spirit of conservation in them, it manifests in many ways.'

Students: Neil Armstrong Middle School works to spread…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Even though Respect Week has ended, we need to continue spreading this awareness.'

Letters to the Editor: March 21, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers share their thoughts on the Washington County Fair Complex and Alzheimer's legislation.

This year's short session worked by being short

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
Oregon legislators will have time to more thoroughly tackle big, contentious issues in 2019.

Sitter: Gun violence solutions aren't as simple as some…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'What is needed is not smart guns but smart legislators willing to research problems and dialogue honestly.'

Wentz: A tale of two countries

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Which country you live in is apparently decided by what you are willing to see, hear and think.'

Felton: Glad to see column promoting biblical values

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'It used to be that most people, whether they practiced them or not, acknowledged biblical values.'

Housing for all should be the goal

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our leaders need to do what they can to put roofs over residents' heads, regardless of income level.

Spiesschaert: Fairgrounds deserve better than county's…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The destruction of this incredible gem ... is a breach of trust beyond all comprehension.'

Hutchison: Look to God, not gun control, after school…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Let's try returning to a value system similar to that which was in place when the country was formed.'

Novick: 'Smart guns' could be smart way to limit gun…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Studies show that a move to smart guns would significantly reduce gun deaths in a variety of ways.'

Letters to the Editor: March 7, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers follow up on a story about a new book and a column about Washington County's trees from last month.

Hillsboro School Board is right to re-address…

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
School-based health centers are vitally important, and so is birth control access.

Bilderbacks: Prospector's sequoias are our Gold…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'He planted seeds more than 130 years ago that still resonate with Washington County residents.'

Feik: Sustainability Commission works to reach the…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Many global actions determine ... conditions. We have to be aware of those actions but act locally.'

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 28, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers react to calls for gun control and arming teachers after the Parkland, Fla., shooting.

Time to have a difficult conversation about guns

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It is unacceptable that our elected officials fail to act to prevent mass shootings.

Our changing newsroom welcomes two new reporters

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Stephanie Haugen and Kathy Fuller are succeeded in their roles by Olivia Singer and Mandy Feder-Sawyer.

Warren: Federal Reserve was in good hands with…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'In Yellen's four years at the Fed helm, not once did the jobs report come in negative.'

Starrett: Could local oversight improve foster care…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I'm concerned that by virtue of its size, a large centralized state agency may never do a satisfactory job...'

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 21, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our readers write to us with a different view on Facebook and deep concerns about a Supreme Court case.

It's not too late to nominate your Amazing Kid!

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We look forward to hearing, and telling, the stories of amazing young people in western Washington County.

Mitsui: PCC enters 2018 with optimism

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Education changes lives and opens doors to opportunity that benefit the greater community.'

Harris: Tax reform legislation should be moral…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Whatever our political affiliation, we would do well to judge the tax reform law in the context of Jesus' words.'

Schley: Deactivate Facebook and participate

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'A social networking site that kept me from being as social as I prefer to be ... isn't very social, is it?'

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 14, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A reporter says goodbye, and readers write about graduation rates, voter assistance and biblical wisdom.

Fire authority an opportunity to pull together as…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We think the idea to unify our local fire agencies is a good one, and we are excited to see it develop.

McLain: Session an opportunity for accountability…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I have ensured that we remain focused on making our government nimble and productive.'

Stride: Reading animal tracks in western Oregon is…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The best way to learn tracking is to go out and find tracks in snow and soft earth.'

Weiss: Family Fiesta creates new community…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'This year's Family Fiesta reminded me of why we created the event two years ago.'

Duke, Teske and Valliere: County needs regional…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The Washington County Board of Commissioners has been providing valuable support for this work.'

Maybe a microcosm, but community's outcomes are…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
National debates over immigration and healthcare resonate locally, as shown by PCC and Measure 101.

Wenzl: Act on science - pass Clean Energy Jobs

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'As a teacher, as a mom and as a Forest Grove city councilor, I care about ensuring ... Oregon moves forward.'

Richardson: Prepare for disaster

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We each can do something to prepare for the future, and now is the time to start.'

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 31, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers wonder about development issues in Forest Grove, like a new grocery store and strained services.

Don't be scared - prepare

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Disaster could strike from North Korea or the Cascadia fault. Don't let fear paralyze you. Be ready.

Seward: Right-wing 'fairy tales' gave us President…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Bad things happen when Fox News and right-wing media organizations start telling fairy tales.'

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 24, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers address a Cub Scout tradition and Oregon's initiative petition system.

Make 2018 the year you end 'wishful recycling'

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Most of us already put in the effort to recycle. It's time to put in a little bit more to do it right.

Letters to the editor: Jan. 17, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers reflect on Donald Trump's language and suggest volunteering at a local emergency shelter.

Campanella: Time to focus on school choice in…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Finding the right school is important, because every child has unique talents, challenges, and needs.'

Merten: Grow plants, be happy in 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Make your New Year's resolution one that you will find success with before your interest fades.'

Learn to live with population growth

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our communities will have to adapt to growing populations and changing demographics. That's nothing new.

Letters to the editor: Jan. 10, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers weigh in on Measure 101, Trump's North Korea tweet and citizen participation.

Hayden and Parrish: Health care tax doesn't pass…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The question we're are asking Oregonians to consider isn't whether we should fund Medicaid.'

Nishimura: College a vital component to success

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'A person with a college degree has a better chance at finding a better paying job.'

Warren: Trump tax cut means economy will get worse

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Stimulating a weak economy can create a strong one; stimulating a strong economy can create a bubble.'

Taking stock of 2017 in western Washington County

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It was a year like no other, and it was a year like any other. Now comes the New Year.

Don't believe the hype on Measure 101 - vote 'yes'

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Both sides are indulging in hyperbole, but we think the state tax law deserves some time to work.

McLain: Clean energy bill for farmers, first…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'In 2018, the Oregon Legislature has an historic opportunity to ... make a difference for Oregonians.'

Greer: Tax code changes will pummel Oregon

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'If a state wishes either to become or remain stable and productive, (it) must invest in its people.'

Sexual harassment a long-overdue conversation

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Many Oregon women who find themselves in a hostile work environment remain silent.

Here's how to preserve your holiday heirlooms

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A keeper finds a place for everything and loves any small, eclectic gift, which to them shows the character of the gifter.

Policies that starve public education hurt economic…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Capital is now in great abundance, but policies that starve public education and research to send back more capital to corporations and individuals…

Now&Then: Saving lives was just something Ron…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The former Gaston fire chief, who died last week, is remembered in a story from 1962.

My View: Give to the arts by year-end

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregonians may get a 2017 tax credit for giving to the Oregon Cultural Trust and qualifying arts organizations by Dec. 31.

Campus experience outweighs online alternative

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
College is a place to open your horizons and meet new people, but distance learning takes this opportunity away.

What do we want for Christmas? Peace

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It seems peace, compassion and empathy have taken a backseat to rampant fear, violence and vitriol.

My View: Kids' health shouldn't be a budget…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Congress has cut funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program; Sen. Ron Wyden vows to fight for funding to allow the program to continue.

When it's time to say 'me too'

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
I didn't understand the value of the metoo meme ... I mean, who can't say 'me too'?

What my father taught me about women

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
I told my father it wasn't right to act that way. He said women asked for it by the way they dressed.

GOP tax plan threatens education for decades to come

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
There are many reasons to criticize these bills, but the attacks on education could have very long-lasting effects.

'Progress' in county should make room for wildlife…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
If the people of North Plains wish to have wildlife as part of their community they should advocate for saving the forest and open space that is left.

Letters to the editor

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Writers weigh in on healthcare measure, Pacific University fundraising campaign, shooter identity following tragedy

We can answer JFK's clarion call this Thanksgiving

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It was perhaps JFK's call to serve the nation and the world that touched me more than anything.

Higher Education Act will create a better future

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Congresswoman says she and other politicians are working to reduce the burden of educational debt

'Faceless, nameless other' was me, 35 years ago

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
I never want to forget what it felt like to stand on the outside, alone and in need, nor how the hospitality of people I did not know welcomed me…

PERS problem calls for multi-pronged solution

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Oregon's lawmakers must take several smaller steps that at least mitigate the worst potential effects.

Specter of illegitimate elections looms large with…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It's ironic that the Trump base lauds the Russian hackers since their partisan brethren in the past were staunch anti-communists.

Museum's move back to PCC Rock Creek applauded

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We had to downsize our exhibits a little bit, but I really tried to include as many panels and informative pieces as possible.

Veterans deserve our support every day

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It's important to remember that veterans are defending us 365 days a year, and to remember them an equal number of days.

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