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Woodburn's Area Opinions

October 01, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Komp has experience, concern for community To the editor: So why should we support someone with no experience over someone who is doing a great job for Woodburn? This is what I asked myself when…
September 30, 2014

Our Opinion: Open primary appeals to more voters

by Editorial board
Ballot Measure 90 — the open primary initiative — won’t cure all afflictions that plague the election process in Oregon and elsewhere, but it would give more people the chance to participate in…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Betty Komp (left) faces challenger Matt Geiger for the representative seat in House District 22 (Woodburn/Gervais/Salem).
September 23, 2014

HD 22: Geiger gives fresh perspective

by Independent staff
The battle for House District 22 representative is between two local residents devoted to and active in Woodburn. Betty Komp has served as representative for 10 years, and prior to that, she was…
September 24, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Courtney attentive to his constituents To the editor: After reading the editorial (“SD 11: Milne is in Woodburn’s corner,” Sept. 17, 2014 issue) last week in the Independent, I was sure they did…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Vic Gilliam (left) faces challenger Scott Mills (right) in the race for House District 18 (Hubbard/Aurora/Silverton).
September 24, 2014

HD 18: Gilliam a proven, flexible leader

by Independent staff
For those in House District 18, which encompasses much of North Marion County, Rep. Vic Gilliam faces a less strident critic in Democratic challenger Scott Mills than he did in the primary. Vic…
September 24, 2014

Educate yourself about breast cancer screenings

by Dr. Brian M. Bedolla
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a great reminder for all women and men to educate themselves about the importance of breast care. Breast cancer is a disease that affects many…
September 23, 2014

SHED LIGHT ON ISSUES

by Mark Garber
Newspaper endorsements should go lighter on advice and heavier on expanding understanding In almost every respect, newspapers have updated their way of doing business in the time since I entered…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Peter Courtney
September 17, 2014

SD 11: Milne is in Woodburn's corner

by Independent staff
The Nov. 4 general election will see two experienced politicians going head-to-head for the Senate District 11 seat. Democrat Peter Courtney has been representing Senate District 11 since 1998…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - This sign on a beach at the Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West indicates that Miami, 132 miles away, is farther than Havana, Cuba, which is at 105 miles.
September 17, 2014

Life is full of surprises...and so are husbands

by Lindsay Keefer
I love surprises. My husband knows this, but every time he tries to surprise me, he can’t keep it to himself and gives it away fairly quickly. That is, until recently. I was expecting our sixth…
September 17, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Milne brings ‘optimism about Oregon’s future’ To the editor: Patti Milne is running as the Republican candidate for Senate District 11, and I urge everyone to vote for her in the Nov. 4 general…

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Sep 26, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Walmart should control shopping carts To the editor: Woodburn is a city that is rapidly developing. My husband and I are young professionals attaining the American dream by building our first…
Sep 10, 2014

Sometimes you have to count your faucets

by Tyler Francke
What images does the phrase “home ownership” bring to mind? If you are an aspiring homeowner, it is probably something like this: A grinning husband with perfect teeth strides toward the “For…
Election 2014: Our View
Sep 03, 2014

Measure 88: Realism above idealism

by Independent staff
Measure 88 is a battle of idealism versus realism. The measure would allow the DMV to issue driver cards to Oregon residents who pass the written and behind-the-wheel driver knowledge test,…
Sep 03, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Love INC thanks supporters To the editor: Love In the Name of Christ of Woodburn would like to thank all who supported our second annual dinner auction held Aug. 15. A special thank you goes to…
Aug 27, 2014

Finding the merits in car camping

by Phil Hawkins
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with camping. As a reluctant outdoorsman at best, I like being able to set up my tent, sleep outside under the stars and warm myself by the fire. Camping…
Aug 27, 2014

A reflection on the bond and why it's still important

by Superintendent Chuck Ransom
In May, we lost our school bond election by 37 votes. At its July meeting, the Woodburn School Board approved running the bond again, but decided to wait to place it back on the ballot until…
Aug 27, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Vet could have helped situation To the editor: While reading “Random Acts Of Kindness” article by local vet Dr. Patrick Paradis (Aug. 20 edition of Woodburn Independent), it became abundantly…
Aug 20, 2014

Literacy an easy cause to support

by Independent staff
The North Marion Library is just one example how the dreams of a handful of people in a small community can be reached. Residents of Aurora, Donald and Hubbard have had to leave their towns to…
Aug 20, 2014

No parenting columns coming from this editor anytime soon

by Lindsay Keefer
My colleagues have filled the opinion pages in recent weeks with tales of parenthood — the good, the bad and the ugly. When April rolled around, I became the last holdout in our office to…
Aug 20, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Farm work would teach kids valuable lessons To the editor: I read with great interest your article in the Aug. 13 issue of the Independent. It was on the “Page from the Past” from the Aug. 18,…



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