Woodburn's Area Opinions

August 26, 2015

The good ol' days versus the good new days

by Lindsay Keefer
I recently stumbled across a diary I kept from 2000-2002. Apart from the nauseating teen speak about crushes, frustrating classes and unfair parents, I was struck by little things that show just…
August 26, 2015

Learn how to increase stress reducers, avoid stress producers

by Jonie Brown, R.N.
We all have stress in our lives. We may experience stress over our jobs and finances, from planning a wonderful vacation or even purchasing that dream home you have always wished for. No matter…
August 25, 2015

My View: Medicare, Medicaid have proved worth

by Susan Johnson and John Hammarlund
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act. Most people who will become eligible for Medicare this year were…
August 25, 2015

Our opinion: It's a new party, but where does it stand?

by Editorial Board
Voter confusion may have helped the Independent Party of Oregon get where it is today, but going forward, a muddled message will not serve the party well if it is to become a legitimate force in…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Objectivity be darned: This reporter is giving his endorsement to this box of tissues' candidacy for president of the United States.
August 19, 2015

Why this box of tissues should be president

by Tyler Francke
Candidate is classy, approachable and recognizable There is currently a presidential race underway in this country. You may have heard about this. As of this writing, there are five confirmed…
August 19, 2015

Members' concerns should be addressed

by Woodburn Independent
On the outside Woodburn Estates & Golf would appear to be the same sleepy residential neighborhood it has always been. But appearances, as they say, can be deceiving. In truth, it seems there is…
COURTESY OF RUTH DESANTIS - Hazel Smith
August 19, 2015

A tribute to 'Woodburn's matriarch'

by Russ Baglien
Columnist Russ Baglien reflects on the life and legacy of long-time Woodburn resident Hazel Smith, who died last month As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, Woodburn has been blessed with many…
August 19, 2015

Reflecting on the rewards of pet ownership

by Dr. Patrick L. Paradis, DVM
Have you ever considered all the reasons we own pets? For some, dogs are used for hunting, police work and show. Decades ago, dogs existed only as farm animals and they had specific duties to…
August 12, 2015

Reliving the joys of moving

by Phil Hawkins
In the last column I wrote, I waxed poetically about the unfathomable complexities of first-time home ownership. This prompted one reader to point out that complaining about buying a home is not…
August 12, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Give credit to original Fiesta leadership To the editor: Most of the Fiesta Mexicana Leadership is no longer with us; hence a few words to explain our side of the Fiesta Mexicana story from a…

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Aug 12, 2015

FHDC project could benefit whole city

by Woodburn Independent
The Farmworker Housing Development Corporation is growing beyond its name. FHDC is now investing in developments that serve underprivileged communities, and its leaders are recognizing that it…
Aug 05, 2015

Don't miss out on a weekend of fun

by Woodburn Independent
It’s Fiesta time! No matter your age, ethnicity, social status or cultural heritage, we’re pretty confident that you can find something to enjoy at Woodburn’s 52nd annual Fiesta Mexicana. Who…
SUBMITTED - Before and after shots of Editor Lindsay Keefer: On the right, she's pictured before losing 30 pounds.
Aug 05, 2015

A lazy person's guide to weight loss

by Lindsay Keefer
I’ve been overweight for most of my life. Overall, I’ve always been comfortable in my own skin and I haven’t stressed about appearances. I even forget to wear makeup most days. But it has…
Jul 29, 2015

Take baby feeding advice with grain of salt (not literally)

by Tyler Francke
On behalf of my wife and myself, I’m pleased to inform you that our little one turned 15 months this past week. We’ll probably wait a couple more years before we start working on her college…
Jul 29, 2015

As the legislative world turns... and the dust settles

by Rep. Vic Gilliam
Oregon is a one-party controlled state right now. For Democrats it’s easy to take credit for anything good emerging from the Legislature. Republicans are tempted to blame them for all the bad.…
Jul 29, 2015

Police chief will have big shoes to fill

by Woodburn Independent
In the coming week, there will be three opportunities for members of the Woodburn community to give input on what they want to see in our new police chief. Chief Scott Russell announced his…
Jul 22, 2015

Pretending to be an adult

by Phil Hawkins
I’ve got a somewhat serious question for our readers, particularly those among you who are older than my wizened 32 years of life. When, if ever, do you stop feeling like you’re pretending to be…
Jul 22, 2015

Keep these tips in mind when traveling with your pet this summer

by Patrick L. Paradis, DVM
Are you considering taking your pet with you this summer on vacation? According to petrelocation.com, 60 percent of families traveled with their pet in 2010 and that number continues to grow.…
Jul 21, 2015

Our Opinion: Oregon Promise doesn't go far enough

by Editorial Board
When it comes to higher education, Oregon has a problem. When the Oregon Education Investment Board launched the 40-40-20 plan, it was ambitious, to say the least. It aimed for 40 percent of…
Jul 15, 2015

Helping at camp brings back memories

by Lindsay Keefer
This week marks yet another year of our church’s summer camp in the middle of nowhere outside Washougal, Wash. I’ve been pretty heavily involved in the camp since moving to the Pacific…



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