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February 04, 2016

Education, training are the key

by Joe Christy
As a former County Juvenile Director, I was encouraged by our governor’s commitment to education and teacher training. However, I am still deeply concerned about high school graduation rates and how those disappointing rates affect our fragile…
Mikel Kelly
February 04, 2016

Life as a scullery maid really isn't that bad

by Mikel Kelly
I may have a future as a butler, or even a lady’s maid I know I watch way too much TV. But in my defense, I do tend to watch pretty high-quality television. For example, we not only watch “Downton Abbey” every Sunday night (which compared to staring…
February 04, 2016

Coal deal best path to clean energy

by Editorial board
Compromise achieved through coercion is not the optimal way to plan for Oregon’s energy future. However, it is in the best interests of the state’s two largest electric utilities and their customers to help shape the Oregon Clean Electricity and…
January 28, 2016

Next on the governor's list: a compromise on gross receipts tax

by Editorial board
When it comes to the proposed gross receipts tax in Oregon, this state’s residents — and particularly their elected leaders — have a choice. They can quickly agree on a reasonable plan to raise much-needed money for schools, or they can arm…
January 28, 2016

Oregonians should consider their school choice options

by The Times
When it comes to K-12 education, America’s parents want more choices. In fact, almost two thirds of parents — 64 percent — say they wish they had more options for their children’s education. In a society where Americans choose practically…
January 28, 2016

Coal compromise shows how the political system can work

by Editorial board
A compromise reached last week between environmentalists and major Portland utility companies is significant for two reasons: It potentially avoids a costly ballot measure battle this fall, and it could put Oregon on a reasonable path to reduce its…
January 28, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
MITCH misses the boat in lesson on Vikings I find this article ("Looting, Pillaging at Mitch Charter School" in the Jan. 21 edition of The Times), the actions of the teachers, children and their parents to be unbelievably insulting! I am Danish by…
January 21, 2016

Minimum wage plan needs to better address regional differences

by Editorial Board
Sometimes when a public policy initiative gets trashed from opposite ends of the political spectrum, it means the author has found a sensible middle ground. Other times, it means he or she needs to go back to the keyboard. In the case of Gov. Kate…
Miles Vance
January 21, 2016

MLK Day needed more than ever

by Miles Vance
Can we talk about Martin Luther King Jr. for a second? Many of you probably had the day off from work or school — I hope you did. I hope you got a chance to slow down. To sleep in a little bit. Maybe you spent some time with your family. Or, like so…
January 21, 2016

Building bonds: one family's story

by Marcy Gallegos
“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces,” said philosopher George Santayana. That’s a thought that resonates throughout the year. But like any masterpiece, families must be nurtured, kept healthy and protected from harm if they are to endure.…
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
January 14, 2016

Soapbox: Leaving behind 'No Child Left Behind'

by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-01) represents Oregon's 1st Congressional District, which includes Washington County. Along the Columbia River in rural Clatsop County, classrooms in Knappa are alive with arts, music, and meaningful career and…
January 14, 2016

Soapbox: Oregon needs continued attention on mental health

by Delmar de la Torre Stone
Delmar de la Torre Stone is executive director of the Oregon and Idaho Chapters of the National Association of Social Workers A recent Harris Survey has confirmed what we already knew: We are in the midst of a mental health crisis. The survey found…
Davis
January 14, 2016

Soapbox: Stand beside your neighbors, embrace the diversity

by Joelle Davis
Joelle Davis is past chair of the Washington County Human Rights Commission and a Tualatin City Council member. Our hearts broke for the people of Paris, Colorado Springs, and San Bernardino after the attacks in their respective cities. Our hearts…
January 13, 2016

Leaving behind 'No Child Left Behind'

by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
Along the Columbia River in rural Clatsop County, classrooms in Knappa are alive with arts, music, and meaningful career and technical education. It’s noteworthy that Knappa has arts and career-development programs, in part because it defies an…
January 13, 2016

Oregon needs attention on mental health

by Delmar de la Torre Stone
A recent Harris Survey has confirmed what we already knew: We are in the midst of a mental health crisis. The survey found that nearly half of Americans think they have, or have once had, a mental health condition, yet fewer than 38 percent have…
Miles Vance
January 06, 2016

A plea for civility in the New Year

by Miles Vance
Listen. I can use a calendar as well as you. Maybe. In any case, I acknowledge that Christmas is over, but just the same, I am asking Santa (or whoever else I might get to deliver it) for one more thing. Here’s what I want, and I want it not just…
Mikel Kelly
January 06, 2016

Key to making good resolutions is by not reaching too far

by Mikel Kelly
Because we have begun a New Year, I will now resort to that old newspaper cliché: making resolutions. I know, I know. I hate ’em, too. But you have to keep trying, right? And, like the poor devil crawling across the desert afraid to stop wiggling…
January 06, 2016

I'm the woman you hit with your car; did you see me?

by Sue Gohlke
To the driver in the compact white car who hit me and my dog on Monday morning at 10 a.m.: Wow. You didn’t even slow down. We were waiting on the corner of Durham and 99W for the walk sign to light up. Whichever one lit first, we were heading that…
December 31, 2015

Editorial: Hasta la vista, 2015

by Geoff Pursinger
This year was filled with too much violence, but tales of joy shined through. So long, 2015, and good riddance. Friday brings with it a new year, full of fresh starts, and we here at The Times couldn't be happier. It's an unfortunate fact of the…
Barry Albertson has served on the Tigard-Tualatin School Board since 2001.
December 29, 2015

Soapbox: Let's talk about how to fix our schools

by Barry Albertson
”No Child Left Behind” is out, “Every Student Succeeds Act” is in, and with them, another decade of K-12 oversight has come and gone. (The Times wrote about the ESSA bill earlier this year) What this new initiative will hold for public education is…
Pinneo
December 24, 2015

Soapbox: Syrian refugees desperately need our help

by Jeff Pinneo
Medical Teams International CEO Jeff Pinneo wrote this letter to The Times and the Seattle Times. The Tigard charity supplies medical supplies and assistance to disaster sites around the globe. Volunteers and staff in their Tigard office are…
The Times editor Miles Vance
December 24, 2015

Editor's Notebook: Journalism may be changing, but we're still here, dedicated

by Miles Vance
The face of journalism is changing. OK, that’s no surprise — the face of journalism is always changing — but in this case, the face of journalism is changing significantly here in Washington County. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported last week that…
Virginia OHanlon was 8 years old when she wrote her now-famous letter to the New York Sun.
December 24, 2015

Our Opinion: 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus'

by The Times
More than 100 years ago, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun newspaper. The letter — and the newspaper’s response — have become almost as much a part of the season as Christmas trees, gift giving and eggnog.…
December 16, 2015

What can we do after San Bernardino?

by Nancy Townsley
Across Oregon, people are looking for ways to cope with the latest mass shooting. To quell their bewilderment and pain, they baked cinnamon rolls, watched reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show” and quoted Julian of Norwich. “All shall be well, and all…
December 16, 2015

Is my life being erased, or do we just like to tear things down?

by Mikel Kelly
The first clue I had that my life was maybe being erased was many years ago when I decided to show my girlfriend the house where I used to live in Albany. It was 1966 and I was going to point out the big house on Ellsworth Street that had been…

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Dec 16, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Jack Dawes
Fischer Road project only serves cyclists Editor's note: Jack Dawes originally sent this letter to Washington County Public Information Officer Kimberly Haughn, then submitted it to The Times.…
Jan 07, 2016

Editor's Notebook: A plea for civility in the New Year

by Miles Vance
Listen. I can use a calendar as well as you. Maybe. In any case, I acknowledge that Christmas is over, but just the same, I am asking Santa (or whoever else I might get to deliver it) for one…
Jan 28, 2016

Our Opinion: Next on the governor's list: a compromise on gross…

by Editorial board
When it comes to the proposed gross receipts tax in Oregon, this state’s residents — and particularly their elected leaders — have a choice. They can quickly agree on a reasonable plan to raise…



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