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Mikel Kelly is the former editor of The Times, as well as chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune. He contributes a regular column.
April 28, 2016

Not sure I want to beat my addiction to daytime television

by Mikel Kelly
You know, they say sitting is the new smoking. You heard about that, right? It’s even been mentioned in television commercials, meaning it’s about as edgy and new now as Richard Nixon’s peace…
April 28, 2016

Voters are handed an illusion of choice

by Jeff Gudman
This short Oregon legislative session had a theme: Pass these bills or something worse awaits us on the ballot in November. Most parents are familiar with the tactic. A child is offered two…
April 28, 2016

Infrastructure for the 21st century (or how we brought fiber…

by Bill King
Large infrastructure projects have an economic multiplier effect and are essential for economic growth. In today’s polarized political environment, skeptics on both sides fear these projects…


April 28, 2016

Ways to help all students achieve

by Betty Reynolds
This is a dynamic time for public education and student achievement, with many opportunities for the public to play a part. The Oregon School Boards Association is working to help all students…
April 21, 2016

Politics! Where is it all going?

by David Hawbecker
For as long ago as I can remember I have been a political junkie. My first experience came when I was 12. My father took me to the train station to hear Harry Truman as he spoke from the…
April 21, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings readers
International diplomacy breakthrough You’ve all heard the speech, “We’re going to build a 30-foot wall.” Big applause!!! Then, “And, who’s going to pay for it?” The audience roars, “MEXICO!!!”…
April 21, 2016

Count me in on two conditions

by Rebecca Adams
Let’s apply a little tough love to the school district that we love so much. Sometimes even great institutions do wrong. But as our district teaches our children to be the best citizens they can…
April 14, 2016

Giving lip service to transparency

by Pamplin Editorial Board
This coming July 4, the nation celebrates its 240th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the federal Freedom of Information Act. The law was passed and signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson…
April 14, 2016

A perfect storm in the making

by Peggy Kirkendall
The West Linn Planning Commission has a huge task confronting them. It seems like they are being asked to decide between three entities: the West Linn Wilsonville School District, the City…
April 14, 2016

Reader's letter

by Tidings readers
Move on from park issue The writer of the opinion “To park...or to move on?” wonders “why” the parcel that is now a park, was zoned 4.5 residential “in the first place.” The motivation of the…

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Apr 07, 2016

Striking balance is the key

by Dave Hawbecker
When my son was kindergarten age we took steps to remove anything that resembled a gun from his collection of toys. Though we got static from family and friends, we held to our stand. However,…
Apr 07, 2016

To park ... or to move on?

by The Tidings
Sometimes public officials do things that are less outrageously awful or even impressively brave, but just downright ...puzzling. That was the case last week when the West Linn City Council…
Apr 07, 2016

Post-Easter Stress Syndrome

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
If it’s possible to have flashbacks to traumatic events from the past where no one died, no serious injuries were sustained and...well, no real trauma occurred — then I had one on Easter…
Mar 31, 2016

I'm really, really, really ready for the rain to stop

by Mikel Kelly
It’s March in Oregon, and I’m getting irritated. Oh, sure, it could be because it was just National Take Your Favorite Pencil to Work Day. But that’s not what’s getting on my nerves. No, it’s…
Mar 31, 2016

A love letter to Haggen

by Mieke Wiegman
On my way home yesterday, I saw all the large banners around our store, Haggen. The windows were plastered with slogans like: EVERYTHING MUST GO! This made me very sad indeed. I have been in…
Mar 31, 2016

Frank draws a line in the sand

by Alan Smith
Councilor Thomas Frank in his recent address to the Chamber of Commerce drew a line in the sand: “I will not support any council action that will create one ribbon of red tape.” (Tidings, March…
Mar 24, 2016

Can the state bypass your city charter?

by Rebecca Adams
Can the state bypass your city charter? That is not a hypothetical question. We are about to find out. With all the March excitement that’s going on in your life you may have missed the Big…
Mikel Kelly is the former chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune, and he contributes a regular column.
Mar 24, 2016

Maybe I WASN'T told there'd be no math, but I should have been

by Mikel Kelly
My friend Kevin and I were at the Diamond Lake store a few years back, and the power was off. Because the line of customers wanting to buy stuff was growing, the two guys working there jumped…
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Mar 17, 2016

Thoughts on the year ahead

by Brenda Perry
Last week I attended the National League of Cities conference in Washington, DC, and every session there reminded me of how lucky I am to live in West Linn. We don’t have the water issues of…
Mar 17, 2016

Reader's letter

by The Tidings
Rural reserve needs to stay in place John Ludlow’s “My View” article (“Clackamas County knows what’s best for Clackamas County,” March 3, 2016) has to be challenged for its selective use of fact…