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July 17, 2014

Don't wait to hit 'rock bottom' before seeking help

by Teal Bohrer
Needing to hit “rock bottom” is a myth. True “rock bottom” is death, but people with addiction can hit multiple “rock bottoms’: loss of job, loss of kids, jail time, unintentional overdose.…
July 17, 2014

It's our turn to invest in transportation infrastructure

by Craig Dirksen, Pam Treece, Sandra McDonough
Every day in our region people from all walks of life depend on transit and our system of highways, roads and bridges. From getting to work or to the doctor to getting parts to factories and…
July 17, 2014

Behind Oregon City's Hidden Tax on West Linn Residents

by Thomas Frank
The city of Oregon City wants to charge the Tri City Service District (of which West Linn is a partner) and South Fork Water Board (of which West Linn is a co-owner) a tax hidden in the form of…
July 10, 2014

No reason to overreact to cougar sightings

by Editorial Team
Late last month, the city of Hillsboro responded to a report that a cougar was sighted near the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve by closing the trails at the popular park. At around 8:30 a.m.…
July 10, 2014

Readers' letters

by The Tidings
Water infrastructure upgrades needed in near future I am on the South Fork Water Board as part of my City Council duties. Recently, I attended the American Water Works Association annual…
July 10, 2014

Don't extend time for turning in Oregon ballots

by Paul Gronke
The final tally for the 2000 U.S. presidential election in Florida was George W. Bush, 2,912,790 votes, and Al Gore, 2,912,253 votes — a difference of 537 votes. Of course, everyone knows that…
Kelly
July 03, 2014

How to be a good summer party host

by Mikel Kelly
It’s that time of year again. Summer’s here, and you know what that means — at least for us old-timers. Barbecues. Parties. Entertaining on the deck. It used to be that summer meant swimming,…
July 03, 2014

Protect pollinators like our lives depend on it

by Scott Hoffman Black and Aimee Code
A single pesticide application killed 50,000 wild bumblebees in Oregon last year, dealing a devastating blow to 300 or more colonies. The one bright spot in this tragedy is that the Oregon…
July 03, 2014

Refuting the editor's note

by Bob Thomas
I wrote a column in June 12, 2014, issue of the Tidings headlined by Tidings editor Luke Roney as “Council taking WL in wrong direction”. At end of my column there was in my opinion…
June 26, 2014

Focus on responsible gun ownership

by Editorial board
Every time a gun-related tragedy occurs, the cry goes out to ban certain types of weapons, establish waiting periods or pass other gun legislation, but in the end, nothing ever really gets done.…

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Jones
Jun 26, 2014

The difference between listening and agreeing

by Mike Jones
As city councilors it is our job to represent the residents and businesses of West Linn. It is a role that comes with great responsibility, and we take it seriously. During our terms, we must…
Jun 26, 2014

Reader's letter

by Luke Roney
Media fabricates ‘facts’ in gun debate The last issue of this paper contained both an opinion and a Citizen’s View on the subject of gun ownership. Both contained claims and “facts” picked from…
Jun 19, 2014

Right to bear arms does not mean we must accept gun violence

by Hillsboro Tribune
The anxiety and frustration is growing, and a tipping point has to be coming soon ... doesn’t it? Week after week now, we hear of a shooting at a school somewhere in the United States. It’s an…
Jun 19, 2014

Readers' letters

by The Tidings
Are residents being represented? I attended the recent “meet the contractor” meeting hosted by the Lake Oswego-Tigard partnership (LOT). For those of you who don’t know, LOT is constructing a…
Jun 19, 2014

Your vote could help put a stop to rampant gun violence

by Sarah Finger McDonald
My heart and soul feel heavy with the knowledge that another child has died in a school shooting and another community is grieving, this time in Oregon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the…
Jun 12, 2014

West Linn is 'more than just a town'

by West Linn City Council
A tragic car accident on Sunday has left the community of West Linn mourning the loss of two teens. The grief and the sadness could be felt all across the city Monday as news of the accident…
Frank
Jun 12, 2014

City needs 'economic SWAT team'

by Thomas Frank
On June 2, the West Linn City Council approved the regulatory streamlining project. This project lays the groundwork for solid economic development in West Linn. There are several significant…
Jun 12, 2014

Council taking WL in wrong direction

by Bob Thomas
A column by Brenda Perry, entitled “City should work for residents, not developers” and a letter by Jack Norby entitled “Treatment plant chickens come to roost” in May 15 Tidings were both very…
Jun 12, 2014

Residents, speak now or never

by Brenda Perry
My dear fellow citizens, do you want to have a say in the future of West Linn? Then now is the time to take notice and speak up before these rights disappear. You perhaps say, “I am too busy. I…
Jun 12, 2014

'Earthquakes' essential to personal transformation

by Lauren Kyles
During the past three years, I’ve made more than a fair number of poor decisions. It’s funny how we can do a million amazing things, accomplish our goals and completely transform, but we turn…




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