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July 28, 2016

We do need to build a wall after all - but not the one you think

by Mikel Kelly
Donald Trump was a little bit right when he announced we should build “a great wall.” We do need a wall, to keep out the people who are ruining our lives. But the thing is, he wasn’t right to…
July 28, 2016

County failed in transparency regarding rural reserves

by Jim Bernard
It’s worse than “disingenuous.” That’s the word used in a story by the Wilsonville Spokesman about the so-called “public process” that Clackamas County engaged in around three recent open…
July 28, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
Support Axelrod for a better WL I was pleased to learn that Mayor Axelrod has decided to run for re-election. Having sat in on several West Linn City Council meetings since he assumed office in…


July 21, 2016

Reader's letter

by Tidings
Support Axelrod for a better West Linn I was pleased to learn that Mayor Axelrod has decided to run for re-election. Having sat in on several West Linn City Council meetings since he assumed…
July 21, 2016

Financially overburdened taxpayers should look long and hard at…

by Editorial Board
School leaders throughout the state should display the same rational thinking that the Bend-LaPine School Board demonstrated last week when it came out against a 2.5 percent gross receipts tax…
July 21, 2016

The Stuff of Secrets

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
It was the eyeglasses that got me hooked. Pulled from dresser drawers, night stands and other nooks around the house, the glasses represented more than 50 years of nearsightedness and the most…
July 21, 2016

Return to democracy creates savings

by Paul McGilvra
Here in West Linn, the ‘Return to Democracy’ provided by the election of Russ Axelrod, Brenda Perry and Bob Martin to our city council continues to move strongly ahead. Their positive record of…
Mikel Kelly is the former editor of The Times, and former chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune. He contributes a regular column.
July 14, 2016

It's not really easy being an expert on everything

by Mikel Kelly
The other person who lives at our house and I were watching TV the other day when she observed, “Isn’t it interesting how good we are at seeing everybody’s faults?” I had to agree, because it’s…
Rob Christner
July 14, 2016

Let's make sure all Oregon high schoolers have access to…

by Rob Christner
I am among the select teachers who teach high school career technical education in Oregon. There aren’t nearly enough of us, because right now Oregon doesn’t fund vocational and career technical…
July 14, 2016

Chene Blanc: a beautiful but troubling name

by Rebecca Adams
Chene Blanc means white oak. Quercus garryana if you prefer the Latin. Chene Blanc is also the name of the Upper Midhill development slated for an appeal hearing later this month. Another appeal…

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Jul 07, 2016

Here's to the revivial of the Op-Ed page

by Spokesman
Welcome to the opinion page. This page can best be described as “shared use.” Here we print opinions authored by local residents or area officials/experts and by staff of this newspaper or…
Jul 07, 2016

A difficult but neccessary decision

by David Hawbecker
Recently I received a letter notifying me that my 60th high school reunion will be coming up in October. With my high school in central California and me now living in Oregon I probably will…
Jul 07, 2016

Panel takes closer look at metro traffic

by Beyer, McKeown
Members of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization recently traveled throughout the East Portland metro area, observing traffic congestion challenges,…
Jun 30, 2016

Stop fighting, settle Cover Oregon suit

by Editorial Board
It would be hard to say which entity the public distrusts more — big business or big government. As such, many people in Oregon will have trouble deciding who was tricked or who was the…
Jun 30, 2016

Maybe peeking at the world through a keyhole really isn't all…

by Mikel Kelly
If you had grown up on the Oregon coast in the 1950s — like I did — chances are you would have gotten your information about the outside world in tiny, confusing pieces. Oh, sure, we had our…
Jun 30, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
Initiative 28 will restore funding to schools Recent Tidings editorials say Oregon public education needs more funds, slams I-28, the 2.5 percent tax on corporations larger than 25 million, and…
Leslie Pugmire Hole
Jun 23, 2016

Farming: The other way to make a living

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
As usual, the coming of summer prompts me to think of growing things and thinking of growing things prompts me to wonder, not for the first time, whether or not I would have made good farmer. Do…
Jun 23, 2016

Oregon's economy: Weeds in the rose garden?

by Adam Davis
Have you heard? Everything is coming up roses in Oregon. How appropriate considering we just passed our Rose Festival time of year. “All good news” according to the Oregon Office of Economic…
Jun 23, 2016

Brown should disavow IP 28, set the stage for true reform

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate that she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest…
Jun 23, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Tidings
‘Trigger’ to explore impact of gun violence In light of the recent gun violence in Orlando killing of 49 people and wounding of 53, it is an amazing coincidence that a screening of “Trigger” is…