Tigard's Opinions

March 26, 2015

Soapbox: Spring break can bring troubles with binge drinking

by Andrew Mendenhall
Andrew Mendenhall, M.D., is medical director of Hazelden in Beaverton Oregon’s weather’s been glorious for weeks, so you can’t blame students if they’ve caught spring fever. But for too many…
March 26, 2015

Soapbox: Frohnmayer's Oregon Blueprint and the embrace of…

by Betsy Johnson
Sen. Betsy Johnson, serves Oregon’s District 16. Nine years ago, Dave Frohnmayer — then president of the University of Oregon — was invited to speak to the Oregon Community Foundation, a…
March 19, 2015

Our Opinion: Shine a light on government secrecy

by Editorial Board
For 40-plus years, Oregon has claimed to have transparency in government. Public records and public meetings laws approved in 1973 were supposed to enforce the ideal that the people’s business…
March 12, 2015

Soapbox: State should ban sales to minors, leave adults alone

by Gregory Conley
Gregory Conley is the president of the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit organization based in Hoboken N.J. that advocates for small- and medium-size businesses in the vapor product and…
March 12, 2015

Soapbox: Protect kids from nicotine hazards

by Elizabeth Steiner Hayward and Kathleen Taylor
State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a family physician and mother, represents Northwest Portland and Beaverton. State Rep. Kathleen Taylor, a mother and former management auditor for the State…
March 12, 2015

Soapbox: Inmate family program should be spared

by Brian Lindstrom
“Stop worrying about things you can’t control. Just focus on being a second-grader.” That’s what Nova, an inmate mother, said tenderly as she hugged her 7-year-old daughter, Malique, goodbye…
March 05, 2015

Soapbox: Oregon prison populations fall, but investment must…

by Doug Harcleroad
Doug Harcleroad is Senior Policy Advisor with the Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance The media has repeatedly written articles and produced TV news stories about the rise in prison populations around…
Former managing editor of several community newspapers, including the Woodburn Independent, Lake Oswego Review and the Times papers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune, and he contributes a regular column.
March 05, 2015

Column: Life may good - but fortunately it's not THAT good

by Mikel Kelly
The other person who lives at my house said something last week that struck me as practically profound. It got me thinking, anyway. “Can you imagine what it would be like if every dumb little…
February 25, 2015

Faith leaders reject 'personal belief' vaccine exemption

by Rev. Chuck Currie
This commentary first appeared in The Huffington Post and was reprinted in our sister paper, the News-Times in Forest Grove. As faith leaders, we have watched with growing concern the debate…
February 25, 2015

Vaccination issue begs for open debate

by Editorial Board
Last Friday, Gov. Kate Brown said that Oregon needs to have “a broader discussion” about the death penalty and criminal justice system. We also feel the same approach needs to be taken with the…

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Feb 25, 2015

Oregon has tough love for environment

by Adam Davis, DHM Research
When it comes to our state’s future, we Oregonians often are divided (sometimes deeply) on such things as what the role of government should be, how much to tax ourselves, and where to spend…
Feb 19, 2015

Our Opinion: Pamplin partnership fills journalism gaps

by Mark Garber
In his final public statement as Oregon governor, John Kitzhaber evaded personal responsibility for the ordeal he put his state through, resorting instead to a worn-out excuse of too many fallen…
Former managing editor of several newspapers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune.
Feb 19, 2015

Column: Let's talk about cheating cheaters and their cheating…

by Mikel Kelly
Let me guess — you were thinking just the other day that you are the only person in the world who is not achieving your goals by cheating. I know, right? Me, too! So, there must be two of us,…
Feb 05, 2015

Soapbox: Community colleges are ladder to success

by Jeremy Brown
Jeremy Brown is president of Portland Community College, Oregon’s largest post-secondary educational institution, serving 90,000 students each year. This month President Obama announced an…
Feb 05, 2015

Our Opinion: Hayes flap clouds Kitzhaber initiatives

by Editorial Board
There’s really no reason to skirt around the question of whether Cylvia Hayes’ relationship with Gov. John Kitzhaber has put money directly into her bank account. With each new revelation about…
Feb 05, 2015

Soapbox: YMCA will bring much to Tigard, if we can get it

by Neal Brown
Neal Brown is a Tigard resident Tigard may not yet have our new YMCA in the downtown area, but we started the New Year with a big step towards attaining this goal. All of us working to make this…
Former managing editor of several local newspapers, including The Times, Mikel Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
Jan 29, 2015

Column: How we look might be important - but probably not

by Mikel Kelly
There was a time when I’d be walking down the street, catch a glimpse of my reflection in a store window and be shocked that even though I expected to see one of the lesser Rolling Stones — you…
Mar 19, 2015

Our Opinion: Allow voters to decide term limits issue

by Hillsboro Tribune/Doug Burkhardt
In early March, two Washington County residents filed a petition with the Washington County Elections Office to place term limits on those serving on the Washington County Board of…

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