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Gresham's Opinions

FILE PHOTO - Diane McKeel
April 25, 2017

Elect McKeel, Mattson to MHCC board

by Editorial Board
We looked for candidates with energy, a broad base of community involvement and for people who are in-step with the needs of the surrounding industries and communities.
COURTESY - John A. Charles Jr.
April 25, 2017

My View: Nothing wrong with promoting cars

by John A. Charles Jr.
Auto mobility is a wonderful thing, and there is no reason to feel guilty about new roads.
FILE PHOTO - Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence.
April 25, 2017

LETTER: State must take action on increasing revenue

by Tricia Curley
We need our legislators to be invested so that all Reynolds School District children get the education they deserve.


April 12
April 21, 2017

Some 'lost causes' worth conversation, consideration

by Pamplin Media Group
Any bill in Salem with a 'fiscal impact' - that is, a price tag - is probably dead on arrival.
FILE PHOTO - President Donald J. Trump
April 21, 2017

LETTERS: 'Enjoy the ride' with unfit president

by Readers
What's Inside: Why won't police pull the fuse on fireworks, Accusations against Hays damage his reputation.
Bob Joondeph
April 21, 2017

Bill would benefit Oregonians with disabilities

by The Times
Whenever and however a disability arises, it may have a profound effect upon a person's perception of and expectation for their life.
FILE PHOTO - Steve Brown
April 18, 2017

Vote yes on MHCC's capital improvement bond

by Steve Brown
It's critically important that this measure be passed, and we hope you join us in supporting this measure.
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April 18, 2017

Our Opinion: Address budget, taxes for long term

by Editorial Board
Democrats and Republicans - and the interest groups that fund them - must budge on some long-held positions.
FILE PHOTO - Mt. Hood Community College
April 18, 2017

LETTERS: MHCC needs to expand, modernize and catch up

by Readers
What's Inside: Finally, someone speaks the truth about Donald J. Trump
COURTESY PHOTO - Diane L. Gruber
April 14, 2017

GUEST OPINION: Diane L. Gruber

by Diane L. Gruber
Democrats have created a false narrative about President Trump and Russia. We should all be rooting for our president.
FILE PHOTO - Adam Davis
April 13, 2017

My View: Trump budget clashes with state values

by Adam Davis
Items in the president's budget are similarly out of tune with Oregonians' values.
KOIN 6 NEWS PHOTO - The Oregon State Capitol Building.
April 13, 2017

Legislature should fix housing bill while there's time

by Editorial Board
Lifting the ban on rent control could lead to a checkerboard of regulations.
FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel.
April 13, 2017

Letter: Elect former commissioner Diane McKeel to college board

by Kelly Carroll
It is hard for me to think of a more skilled, experienced and qualified person than Diane McKeel as a candidate for the Mt. Hood Community College Board of Directors.
OPB PHOTO - Fairview City Hall in 2007.
April 11, 2017

Fairview misses chance to re-set incentive package

by Editorial Board
The Outlook almost always appreciates Tosterud's pragmatic style of city governance, but on this subject we part ways.
FILE PHOTO - Dave Wenzel
April 11, 2017

Data doesn't support raising kids in culture of fear

by Dave Wenzel
The overall protective environment we have created for our kids impacts their sense of trying new things.
Christy Scattarella
April 07, 2017

My View: Supreme Court ruling on students with disabilities raises bar for Oregon

by Christy Scattarella
What will 'appropriately ambitious' look like for Oregon's nearly 77,000 students with disabilities?
KOIN 6 NEWS PHOTO - A United States Postal Service dropbox in downtown Portland.
April 07, 2017

LETTERS: Indiana student seeks help with Oregon class project

by Readers
What's Inside: State needs to keep fingers off our money.
FILE PHOTO - A teen smoker.
April 04, 2017

Raise age to buy, use tobacco to 21

by Pamplin Media Group
Deaths from tobacco use are the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Oregon, according to the state Public Health Division, and most people start smoking before they turn 20.
FILE PHOTO - A teen smoker.
April 04, 2017

Raise age to buy, use tobacco to 21

by Editorial Board
Deaths from tobacco use are the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Oregon.
April 04, 2017

State needs to keep fingers off our money

by Pamplin Media Group
Letter writer Carlton Bruce of Sandy says the state government has plenty of money, it's just over spending.
April 04, 2017

Access to medicine outweighs the risks

by John Johnson
The current law restricting pseudoephedrine has not solved the problem, yet burdens those who depend on these medicines for relief with unnecessary and costly visits to the doctor.
Rep. Carla Piluso
April 02, 2017

Stable housing is a public safety issue

by Rep. Carla Piluso and Rep. Chris Gorsek
Reps. Carla Piluso, District 50, and Chris Gorsek, District 49, are working to pass housing stability for all renters, including survivors of domestic violence and their children.
Steve Brown
March 31, 2017

Look for opportunities to defeat hate with kindness

by Steve Brown
We hope Hasel Afshar can take comfort in knowing thousands of people in the metro area stand behind him with offers of support and acceptance.
Mayor Casey Ryan
March 31, 2017

Mayor of Troutdale stands with victim of hate crime

by Casey Ryan
Troutdale Mayor Casey Ryan calls on his community to make connections and to treat each other with compassion.
March 31, 2017

Legislative action needed on equal pay for women

by Mardy Stevens
Letter writer Mardy Stevens of Gresham is a strong advocate for equal pay for women.

Don't miss the local news

Mar 31, 2017

Tobacco-free parks is right move for city

by Brittany Duffy-Goche
Letter writer Brittany Duffy-Goche says visitors to Gresham's public parks shouldn't have to breathe second-hand smoke.
Mar 31, 2017

Citizenship required

by Frank Bonneau
Letter writer Frank Bonneau says the U.S. Constitution mandates that immigrants seek citizenship.
FILE PHOTO - Three revolvers.
Mar 28, 2017

Legislature must act to keep guns away from children

by Paul Kemp, Robert Yuille and Lily Raff McCaulou
It is time for Oregon to create a clear expectation for gun owners that they must safely store their firearms.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis delivers his State of the City speech Wednesday at the Army National Guard Armory, 544 N.E. Division St.
Mar 24, 2017

Mayor Bemis delivers message of optimism for Greshamites

by Steve Brown
I departed the event feeling good about our local government, but mainly feeling even better about the town where we do business.
KOIN PHOTO - Mhmm... delicious cancer.
Mar 24, 2017

LETTER: Parks should be smoke-free for all users

by Brittany Duffy-Goche
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in our state.
Mikel Kelly
Mar 24, 2017

Where did our society really start going wrong? In gym class

by Mikel Kelly
I'm not one of those P.E. haters who's waited more than half a century to sound off about this.
FILE GRAPHIC - Legislators outdo state agencies in high fees, long waits for public records.
Mar 21, 2017

Legislature should require more transparency

by Editorial Board
'Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth.' - Thomas Jefferson
KOIN PHOTO  - Medicines containing pseudoephedrine are shown behind the counter at the pharmacy.
Mar 21, 2017

Oppose bill, keep pseudoephedrine out of reach in Oregon

by Marianne Daoust
Pseudoephedrine fuels our illicit drug trade while depleting our community resources.
FILE PHOTO - Shirley Craddick
Mar 21, 2017

Cooperation leads to better sidewalks in Gresham

by Shirley Craddick
It was a difficult question for everyone. But, working together, Gresham and Metro were able to work out a solution.
COURTESY PHOTO - This meme appears on the Dublin Airport Facebook profile, warning visitors to the country to avoid the scathing mistake of refering to the day as 'St. Patty's Day.'
Mar 17, 2017

It's St. Paddy's Day, not St. Patty's Day

by Steve Brown
Happy St. Paddy's Day, everyone. But be careful how you say it.
CONTRIBUTED - Sarah Radcliffe
Mar 17, 2017

Jail is no place for the mentally ill

by Sarah Radcliffe
Between 40 to 80 percent of people incarcerated in the jail have mental health concerns.
EO MEDIA GROUP PHOTO - Gillnetters fishing in Columbia River.
Mar 17, 2017

Commission applauded for following the science

by Joan Dukes
The issue is a Kitzhaber policy that has failed to meet its own goals.
COURTESY GRAPHIC - County commissioners agreed to a land deal in December, purchasing the 3.54-acre property for approximately $1.25 million.
Mar 14, 2017

EDITORIAL: Sheriff's HQ is a welcome addition to Troutdale

by Editorial Board
There are a couple of intrinsic benefits to having the Sheriff's Office in downtown Troutdale.
Mar 14, 2017

EDITORIAL: Let your thoughts be heard on Imagination Station

by Pamplin Media Group
Wood vs.plastic: The Troutdale City Council will wait to see how expert builders want to handle the redesign of Imagination Station.
OPB PHOTO - Roman Zaragoza-Sanchez is shown here with two of his children.
Mar 14, 2017

LETTERS: Why didn't he pursue citizenship earlier?

by Readers
What's Inside: SnowCap dinner and auction event a smashing success, Jaywalkers own some of responsibility for collisions
WIKIPEDIA PHOTO - Not Pictured: President Donald J. Trump.
Mar 09, 2017

LETTERS: What? Me worry?

by Readers
What's Inside: Many ways to end homelessness, Rock salt can damage Mount Hood, too.
FILE PHOTO - Rep. Mark Johnson
Mar 09, 2017

Leadership needed to narrow state's funding gap

by Rep. Mark Johnson
The irony of this situation is that we are experiencing record general fund revenues in Oregon.
FILE PHOTO - An ODOT traffic sign.
Mar 07, 2017

Release of public records crucial in review of ODOT's performance

by Pamplin Media Group
Lawmakers are being denied the information they need to assure themselves that the review was done well.
FILE PHOTO - SUN program teacher Jonathan Wolloch shows students how to collage.
Mar 07, 2017

Put social workers back in our schools

by Kelly Skellenger
Put simply, four out of five students with mental health issues go unaided. We can do better.
FILE PHOTO - Mikel Kelly
Feb 27, 2017

There's fake news, and then there's genuine fake news

by Mikel Kelly
We can read (and write, for that matter) just about anything we want.
COURTESY WIKIMEDIA/OREGON STATE SENATE - Oregon State Senate districts, shown by blue Democrats and red Republicans.
Feb 27, 2017

Redistricting will move Oregon forward

by Dennis Richardson
To ensure fairness, process must be free from partisan influences.
FILE PHOTO - A man places a dot where he lives at a Metro-hosted trail open house.
Feb 27, 2017

LETTERS: Metro leaves a mess behind on existing trails in the…

by Readers
What's Inside: Give the women in your life a break, put yourself in their jeans