Our Opinion: Children's Levy is worth renewing

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Among the priorities are early childhood programs, child abuse intervention and prevention, hunger relief, after-school programs, youth mentoring and…

My View: UP reaction over sexist speech inexcusable

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Inaction and silence are equal acts of violence.I walked out that night and immediately started a longer version of this piece, which was published…

Our Opinion: Concussion effort needs schools' help

Portland Tribune - Opinion
If educators truly care about the safety of the kids they teach, they should provide the requested records promptly so that this collaborative,…

My View: We need to make real climate progress

Portland Tribune - Opinion
This Earth Day, Congress should recommit to doing more. We need to make real climate progress, strengthen environmental and natural resource…

Letters: Prevent cut-through traffic

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also wonder who will pay to operate the homeless navigation center and shelter announced for the Pearl District.

My View: ACCESS students left with no place to go

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Revoking our promised building - 10 minutes before spring break - effectively prevented any of these 350 children and families from being able to…

My View: Workplace has vital part in MeToo

Portland Tribune - Opinion
We know that many, if not most, people do not report domestic violence for fear of reprisal, social, and economic consequences. One way to protect…

Letters: Are students pawns for political groups?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also thank Rob Nosse for his service and support Nick Fish for reelection.

My View: Beverly Cleary's birthday adds up to a big…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Most of Cleary's books are set in Northeast Portland's Grant Park neighborhood, where she was raised and they were based on her childhood experiences.

My View: The little community center that could

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Tell Big City to stop threatening closure, again and again, and instead help the Friends of Woodstock Community Center make sure that Woodstock can…

My View: Ballots, boycotts create lasting change

Portland Tribune - Opinion
In light of 2018 being the 50th anniversary of King's assassination in Memphis, it is also vital now - with the Parkland High School massacre fresh…

Letters: Think about Wapato operating expenses

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also write in about knowing Ariana Garay, increasing rents, letting dogs patrol schools, and ending corproate personhood.

Don't buy your prescriptions without some discount

Clackamas Review - Opinion
T. Michael Norris, MD, FAAFP, is a volunteer doctor and board member of Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine

Our Opinion: County shouldn't sell Wapato yet, but consider…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
After spending nearly $100 million on the never-used jail, the county should reject selling it for $5 million

My View: Portland's city park plan hurts wildlife

Portland Tribune - Opinion
I get it: Every sport has advocates and rightfully needs a venue. The problem is, in Forest Park's case, wildlife needs a place too, not just to…

Letters: Stop blaming poor for homelessness

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Readers also write in on how to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., NAFTA, and subsidies to encourage affordable housing.

Our View: Don't let new rules scrap recycling

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Paying an extra $3 a month to preserve that system is worthwhile, as long as the additional fee is accompanied by other efforts to bring balance back…

My View: Police gang team priotizes public safety

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The Gang Enforcement Team has provided the highest level of service over the years. They've continued to evolve and change with the growing needs of…

Letters: Bus would be cheaper than new streetcar

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also write in about previous efforts to cut PERS costs and the importance of understand petitions before signing them.

My View: Refusing to vaccinate your kids is not abuse

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon needs to get back to its roots of building families. Judges need to focus attention on keeping the families together rather than easily…

Our Opinion: Resource officers make schools safer

Portland Tribune - Opinion
While school resource officers make news whenever they are involved in a shooting, their real value comes in preventing them.

My View: Student activism, not apathy, refreshing

Portland Tribune - Opinion
I've been covering education issues since the late 1980s. I remember a time - 1990s, we're looking right at you - when students didn't seem to care…

Letters: Don't wait for the city to fix sidewalks

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also write in about the Greatest Generation and always blaming corporate America for bad personal decisions.

My View: TriMet shows pension reform possible

Portland Tribune - Opinion
TriMet's pension reform offers a valuable guide to the Oregon Legislature on how to contain and reverse the spiraling PERS disaster.

Letters: Voters can repeal state's sanctuary law

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also write in about using more police to increase traffic safety, the importance of understanding school names, gun violence, and the…

Our Opinion: The time is now, to do prepare for the big…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
A recent study reveals that we can no longer afford to postpone local efforts to prepare for the next major earthquake

Letters: Raising height limits enriches developers

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers are also concerned about whether politics trumps science, big corporations buying healthy food brands, punishing student protesters, the…

My View: Self-driving cars will worsen congestion

Portland Tribune - Opinion
At a time when we need to be taking steps to reduce auto travel and global carbon emissions, new ride-hailing and self-driving car technologies will…

Letters: Unhappy, crowded animals

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also praise Portlanders helping special needs children in Bangladesh and question the cost of the justice system.

Our Opinion: Are needles the new symbol of Portland?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
People who become addicted to drugs deserve compassionate options to break their addictions. But Portland's residents and neighborhoods also deserve…

My View: It's time for common-sense gun reform

Portland Tribune - Opinion
If you want to start banning firearms, first study F.B.I. Violent Crime Statistic for 1, 5 or 10 years. You will find that 80 percent of firearms…

Letters: Rules should be the same for all

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers are also concerned about using firearms outside a range and what could replace NAFTA.

Are we the dumbest generation?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Due to a few factors, the generation of the internet could be the dumbest generation yet

Our Opinion: Retailers move a step in right direction

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregonians are all too familiar with the lethal force of the AR-15. It was the weapon used by the gunman in the 2012 Clackamas Town Center shooting,…

My View: Analyze county's mental health system

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The fact is, Multnomah County contains the biggest population of all counties in Oregon, and with that it is important to provide adequate health…

'Yes' votes will expand fire services westward

Beaverton Valley Times - Opinion
Measures 34-280 and 34-281 shouldn't be on the ballot, but since they are, voters should approve them.

Letters: Voters should rule on sanctuary cities

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also think it's time to get rid of assault rifles and don't like diesel engines.

My View: Our Greatest Generation

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The combat vets didn't want to call attention to themselves as they (correctly) felt their families couldn't possibly understand the horror they'd…

Letters: Time for limitations on 'long guns'

Portland Tribune - Opinion
In addition to guns and gun control laws, our readers are concerned about homeless people camping in parks and natural areas.

My View: Local oversight could improve foster care

Portland Tribune - Opinion
If counties can administer the state's Medicaid program through Coordinated Care Organizations, why couldn't they similarly oversee child welfare?

My View: Explore use of smart guns to limit violence

Portland Tribune - Opinion
My suggestion is that cities, counties and states should band together and announce that as of a date certain in the not too distant future - say, as…

Letters: Keep up the pressure to change gun laws

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers react to the Florida high school schooling, and the idea of having Portlanders vote on residential density increases.

Our Opinion: Legislative session worthy of praise

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Because this is 2018 - an even-numbered year - the Legislature is supposed to eschew complicated legislation in favor of making mid-biennium budget…

I will not carry a gun into school

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Students are demanding an answer to their question, but arming teachers is not that answer.

Letters: Be informed about both good, bad news

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also weigh in on issues ranging from the cap and trade bill to gun control to professional politicians

Remembering Tony Kneidek and the Marmot Road deer

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Through eavesdropping and osmosis, Tony made me a better reporter, writes columnist Paul Keller.

My View: VW deceit shows need for cap and trade

Portland Tribune - Opinion
It is worth shining a light on VW since their behavior paints a stark picture as to the lengths corporations will go to try and circumvent…

My View: TriMet execs must rethink light rail

Portland Tribune - Opinion
TriMet's ridership is in a steady decline. It peaked in fiscal 2012 and ridership has dropped in each of the past three years. Only 2.4 percent of…

Letters: You can crowd humans only so much

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also write in about how PPS treats special needs students and the power of public employee unions.

Our Opinion: Equity needed in storm drainage fee

Portland Tribune - Opinion
City officials should work with staff to create a better system of paying for off-site storm water treatment that is fair to all Portland property…

LETTER: Beverage tax threatens small business…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I sell many items that would be included in this tax: soda, juice, energy drinks, coffees and teas.

My View: Parents must prepare kids for the worst

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Start talking to your kids tonight. They will listen to your input. It's a good discussion. And if you do it casually and with the right tone, it…

Letters: 'Bummer gun' stories make us safer

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Plus, our readers think city leaders should do more to help the homeless, but don't believe tent cities belong in parks and natural areas.

My View: Cap-and-trade could harm manufacturing

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon manufacturers share our state's passion for environmental protection. We take seriously our mission to provide opportunity to workers and…

My View: Oregon must lead on protecting climate

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregonians are poised to reap substantial economic, health, and quality-of-life benefits from the Clean Energy Jobs bill. Our state has the…

Letters: Submit infill plan to a public vote

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also offer their opinions on changing the name of Jeffrson High School and spending plans for the Sullivan Gulch Trail.

Our Opinion: Portland school board talks…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
We understand why the union, board and even some teachers, would like to keep certain documents hidden away. In the past six months, both the…

My View: PDX Bridge helps youth cross to college

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon needs an education system that puts our students on equal footing with the highest-performing states, but we must make sure that our most…

Letters: Our downward spiral to authoritarianism

Portland Tribune - Opinion
And our readers want you to remember the origin Victor the Viking, the Portlnd State Univeristy mascot.

Our Opinion: A solution to 'bummer gun' journalism

Portland Tribune - Opinion
As newsrooms shrank during and since the last recession and readers turned to their phones for news, coverage skewed toward what was easy, cheap and…

My View: Freeway bridge should link 8th Avenue

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The Sullivan's Gulch Trail, which avoids busy street intersections, is a great example of true 'Vision Zero' accident-prevention planning.

Letters: City must work on what's important

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also write in about vanishing comics and the cap and trade bill before the 2018 Oregon Legislature.

Our View: Jefferson name debate offers vital lessons

Portland Tribune - Opinion
It's understandable that the Jefferson label causes concern in a school with 45 percent African-American enrollment. It's also understandable that…

Letters: Where will renaming movement end?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also express themselves on climate change, unreinforced masonry buildings and home schooling.

COMMENTS: Homeless campers plan to resist city…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
These comments were posted on The Outlook's website and Facebook page. Here's what people are saying

My View: Single-payer health care cuts costs

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Insurance administrators are not evil. They are, rather, a product of our uniquely dysfunctional health care system.

Letters: Tall buildings would create 'canyon'

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also express their views renovated Portland Public Schools buildings, smart meters, gun law reciprocity, the health care systems, and oil…

My View: Unreinforced masonry - What price safety?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Mandating that owners retrofit their buildings at unaffordable costs without provisions for adequate and reliable sources of funding can only lead to…

Letters: System is rigged against average citizens

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also weigh in on possible solutions for growing congestion and the continuing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

Our Opinion: Go slow on cap, trade legislation

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The most compelling reason to wait is to keep faith with Oregon voters, who agreed in 2010 to allow the Legislature to meet every year.

My View: Let parents choose education options

Portland Tribune - Opinion
As parents, we have the right and the responsibility to say it's time for us to have the power to choose the education options that are best for our…

Letters: Safety fixes could worsen congestion

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also express themselves on issues ranging from climate change to increasing residential densities to Oregon's initiaitve process to fire…

Our Opinion: Start PPS reforms at state agency

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon's legislative leaders recently formed a panel of lawmakers to tour the state in an effort to shape a major education reform effort. We suspect…

My View: What's the chance of a woman president?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Studies also have found that, for the voice of a collective group to be heard, that group must achieve a critical mass - around 30 percent. If we're…

OPINION: Trump protest planned at PDX airport

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, demonstration is at an officially permitted free-speech zone.

Letters: Don't buy argument against cap-and-trade

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Plus, our readers note that colleges also use Quaker as mascot and ask what is government is for?

What's the chance of a woman president?

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's holding women back? Both structural and cultural barriers keep women from advancing.

Let's talk about REAL education reforms

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Oregon is failing its public school students. We've known about this for years.

Our Opinion: 'A' for effort on education panel

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Doing the same thing year after year - arguing about two sets of budget numbers, and citing 'best practices,' and shaking our heads when state…

My View: Bikers will mar Forest Park slopes

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Bikers travel several times as far as hikers, having several times as much impact on wildlife as hikers due to their speed, greater distance…

Letters: 'Yes' vote ensures kids' health care

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers are split over the Medicaid funding measure on the Jan. 23 special election ballot.

My View: Forest Service failed to protect lodge

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Losing Multnomah Falls Lodge to a forest fire would have been extremely poor public relations for the Forest Service, the agency that brought you…

My View: Cap-and-trade won't help environment

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Housing supply is lagging demand because we've created so many barriers to housing construction. Removing those barriers should be a top priority for…

Letters: A case for a carbon fee

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers are also concerned about Ballot Measure 101, which would ratify certain health care taxes approved by the 2017 Oregon Legislature to help…

My View: Will Portland still be Portland without Mt…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
While I mostly support the vibrant development taking place here, I want to honor my ancestors' legacy and make sure we preserve the views of our…

My View: Top 10 Oregon poll findings of 2017

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Despite everything that went on, Oregonians in every corner of the state remained consistent, and in agreement, on what they value about living in…

My View: PCC begins 2018 with optimism, hope

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Education changes lives and opens doors to opportunities that benefit the greater community. A recent economic impact study shows a return of $3.70…

Letters: Think about big picture at Franklin High

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also voice their opinions about allowing two accessory dwelling units in much of Portland and the carbon cast-and-invest bill to be…

Our Opinion: Shore up levee before it's too late

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The Portland area needs to learn from the experiences in New Orleans and Houston, where devastating urban floods - a decade apart - led to divisive…

Though not deadly, let's not resort to name calling

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Don't call people names no matter how mad you are at the time. It never makes things better.

Avoiding a New Year's hangover, the American…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
As soon as he uttered 'five minutes,' I knew we were in for a long, strange trip.

My View: Health care tax doesn't pass fairness test

Portland Tribune - Opinion
We're proud to stand up for the 1.2 million Oregonians without a lobbyist, who aren't beholden to special interests, and who were too busy working to…

Letters: Actions speak much louder than words

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also expess their opinions about Ballot Measure 101 and the Portland Art Museum's plan to cover its outdoor sculpture court.

A new kind of resolution: recycle

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
There are two main ways we can ruin recycling, writes editor Leslie Pugmire Hole.

My View: New TriMet leader must provide vision

Portland Tribune - Opinion
TriMet must design attractive transit alternatives to freeway travel, and explain why adding more freeway lanes will not reduce congestion - it will…

My View: Merkley's LNG criticism is off-base

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Merkley's criticism of Jordan Cove is simply wrong. Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality and Energy Facility Siting Council approvals show…

Letters: Policy tweaks won't make Oregon rich

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Readers also express themselves on such issues as reducing the federal government's public land holdings, drivers idling their cars, and what our…

Our Opinion: Vote yes on Ballot Measure 101

Portland Tribune - Opinion
A 'yes' vote on Measure 101 allows the democratic process to work, gives lawmakers a year to monitor the new financing package they passed last…

My View: Let's elect city leaders by district

Portland Tribune - Opinion
A districted system would democratize City Hall. It also would create a strong case for dismantling the ineffective commission system. Portland is…

Letters: Historic districts thwart density

Portland Tribune - Opinion
It's no surprise, then, that the Irvington historic district, billed on its website as 'one of the largest in the entire United States,' with 2,800…

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