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A former editor for several Oregon newspapers, including the Woodburn Independent, Lake Oswego Review, Beaverton Valley Times and The Times, Mikel Kelly now works on the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune and contributes an occasional column.
April 16, 2015

Column: When you reach this age, you'll be mad about everything,…

by Mikel Kelly
Two important people in my life — the other person who lives at our house plus my recently retired friend Jim — both admitted long ago that they were actively practicing (for when the time…
April 09, 2015

Our Opinion: Transportation funding must not remain in gridlock

by Editorial board
Here’s a timely question: What’s moving slower in the Portland metropolitan area, the traffic at 5 p.m. on local freeways, or the efforts to do something about those snarled conditions? When it…
April 09, 2015

Soapbox: Maybe it's time for an Oregon Owner's Manual

by Adam Davis
Adam Davis, who has been conducting opinion research in Oregon for more than 35 years, is a founding principal in DHM Research, an independent, nonpartisan firm. Visit: dhmresearch.com. Now that…
April 09, 2015

Soapbox: State must reinvest its marijuana money

by Miles Vance
Dan Bristow, M.D., is the Chairman of the Public Information and Education Committee for the Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association With the legalization of recreational marijuana, the…
April 02, 2015

Our Opinion: Making Gain Share equitable for all

by Editorial board
Oregon politicians talk incessantly about the need for better jobs in this state. And for good reason: When more people are working at higher wages, the income taxes they generate help pay for…
April 02, 2015

Soapbox: State needs to properly fund K-12 schools

by Miles Vance
Barry Albertson is a member of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board. An open letter to all Oregon legislators (red or blue, House or Senate). The recent news is that many of you are “OK” with House…
April 02, 2015

Soapbox: State needs to properly fund K-12 schools

by Miles Vance
Barry Albertson is a member of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board. An open letter to all Oregon legislators (red or blue, House or Senate). The recent news is that many of you are “OK” with House…
Former managing editor of several community newspapers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
April 02, 2015

Another Point of View: A Kelly, by another other name, is…

by Mikel Kelly
I confess to being curious what would happen if I walked into a pub in Ireland and announced that my name is Mike Kelly. Would somebody buy me a drink, or would they shout, in unison, “So?????”…
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…
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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…

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Mar 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…
Mar 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…
Mar 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…
Mar 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…
Mar 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.
Mar 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…
Feb 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…
Feb 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…
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…




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