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February 11, 2016

Save the Savanna

by Ed Schwarz
The White Oak Savanna Park is a natural park located at the corner of Tannler Drive and Blankenship Road in West Linn. Thanks to contributions from Metro, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department,…
Mikel Kelly
February 11, 2016

Life as a scullery maid really isn't all 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…
February 11, 2016

Gateway to gambling for kids

by Tidings readers
Games a gateway to gambling As a parent of two kids, I’m concerned about the prominence of entertainment that I view as a gateway to gambling. Often a focal point of birthday parties, these…
February 04, 2016

Next on the governor's list: a compromise on 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…
February 04, 2016

Clackamas is an economic leader

by Martha Schrader
Clackamas County is on the road to economic prosperity. Together, we can ensure our county is prepared for a 21st century future with strong communities, a trained workforce and modern…
February 04, 2016

A preschool for the community

by The Tidings
Support community preschool West Linn Community Preschool, a parent-child co-operative, has been a local family tradition since 1977, offering low cost, high quality education and scholarship…
January 28, 2016

New West Linn City Council working well together and it's…

by Roberta Schwarz
I recently had the opportunity to go to part of the West Linn City Council’s annual retreat. It is so good to know that the citizens in our small town are invited to attend this meeting. I saw…
January 28, 2016

School choice matters for Oregon families

by Andrew Campanella
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…
January 28, 2016

West Linn's fiber network of the future

by Thomas Frank
One of this year’s City Council goals is to research the feasibility of a municipal fiber network. Other Oregon cities have moved forward and created their own municipal fiber utility. These…
January 21, 2016

When B.A. stands for 'Big Anchor'

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
As a parent, there is nothing worse than having a truism you repeated to your children over and over again proven false. Well, possibly there are worse things but this one is right up there.…

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Jan 21, 2016

Wapato idea warehouses the poor

by Street Roots editorial team
Siting mass shelter at vacant jail nothing short of warehousing the poor far away When one advocate brought a petition to Street Roots and others in the community hoping to gather public support…
Jan 21, 2016

Big Bad Democracy

by Alan Smith
The Our Opinion in the Tidings titled “A defection or clearing the decks?” seems to assume that the majority of voters, who elected a democratic City Council over the last three brutal…
Mikel Kelly
Jan 14, 2016

Key to making good resolutions? Just don't reach 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…
Jan 14, 2016

A defection or clearing the decks?

by The Tidings
Well, we’re nearly there. One or two more key people and West Linn will have almost completed a clean sweep of its civic leaders. The year has been a whirlwind of change for the city. A mayor, a…
Jan 07, 2016

Readers' letters

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
Council gets a new vibe West Linn City Council meetings have a certain mood to them and I think that mood is shifting. The shift started soon after Russ Axelrod was elected mayor, but has…
Jan 07, 2016

Tax initiative best bet for K-12

by Mike Taylor
Are you kidding me? That was my response to Jeff Gudman’s “OPINION PIECE” concerning his reasons for opposing the proposed citizen’s initiative for a 2.5 percent tax on corporation’s sales that…
Dec 31, 2015

Headlines we want to write in 2016

by The Tidings
School parking lot traffic evaporates after parents discover kids know how to walk Stafford Hamlet selects tagline: A little bit country 2016 closes with no teen deaths in WL Residents agree:…
Dec 24, 2015

Readers' letters

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
Team needs a boost for championship event I am the captain of the Golden Dragons Club Crew Women 2016, the dragonboat team hightlighted in your Dec. 10 paper. We want to thank you so much for…
Dec 24, 2015

Life as I knew it is being erased

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…
Virginia OHanlon was 8 years old when she wrote her now-famous letter to the New York Sun.
Dec 24, 2015

It's as true today as it was in 1897: Yes, there is a Santa Claus

by The Times
More than 100 years ago, a little girl wrote a Letter to the Editor of the New York Sun newspaper. The letter written by the little girl — her name was Virginia O’Hanlon — and the newspaper’s…



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