Woodburn's Area Opinions

May 27, 2015

Letters to the editor: Thanks to voters

by Independent readers
School board grateful for support To the editor: I am writing to thank the Woodburn community for their support of the Woodburn School District bond in last week’s election. Thanks to their hard…
May 27, 2015

Victory for bond is victory for Woodburn

by Woodburn Independent
Election night last week was abuzz with cheers and excitement as ballot returns revealed the Woodburn School Bond had passed by a decisive vote. Though results aren’t official until June 8, the…
May 20, 2015

Memorial Day is coming! Memorial Day is coming!

by Mikel Kelly
Don't look now, but Memorial Day is coming, and you know what that means. It's time to buy a mattress. Or a car. Or, if you're a real red-blooded American, a mattress AND a car. Perhaps, like…
May 20, 2015

Be creative and inclusive with project

by Woodburn Independent
Last week, discussion regarding proposed concepts of First Street at the?Woodburn City Council meeting delved into a number of ideas, and it got us at the Independent more than a little excited.…
May 20, 2015

Could your dog be obese? What you can do about it

by Dr. Patrick L. Paradis
Loving pet owners like to make sure their dogs are well taken care of, as it should be. However, sometimes it’s possible to provide too much for our dogs when it comes to food. Combined with a…
May 20, 2015

Recognizing signs that age is affecting your loved one

by Ty Burlingham
Dad sometimes leaves the garage door up all night with his keys in the car. Mom stays in the same outfit for days and limits her bathing. Uncle Henry’s desk is stacked with piles of bills,…
May 13, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Woodburn Independent
Support for bond an obligation To the editor: I am 82 years old, retired on a fixed income. I have resided in Woodburn for the past 32 years. I have no relatives in the Woodburn public schools…
May 13, 2015

Casualties, process troubling in UGB war

by Woodburn Independent
In a process that has seen more road blocks than an Oregon driver during the start of the spring construction season, it is with cautious optimism that we say the city of Woodburn’s urban growth…
May 06, 2015

St. Paul bond clearly has supporters

by Woodburn Independent
Community members in the St. Paul School?District came forward somewhat recently and proposed the district go out for a bond to expand and upgrade facilities. What transpired has become Measure…
May 06, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Call on governor to sign background check bill To the editor: Oregonians are more than just residents — they are members of active and engaged communities. Donald is home to just under 1,000…

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Apr 29, 2015

Tips on managing seasonal allergies

by Dr. Brian Bedolla
Spring is here! It is a time of blooming flowers but also of increased pollen levels … which means allergies. Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies. Symptoms can be mild but also…
Apr 29, 2015

Hubbard Fire at turning point with bond

by Woodburn Independent
This election, the residents of the Hubbard Rural Fire Protection District are being asked to vote on a $780,000 bond to bring the district to operating conditions. Measure 24-386, if passed,…
Apr 29, 2015

Get involved in the school district budget process

by Rep. Betty Komp
I hope all of you are enjoying the wonderful spring weather. Here at the legislature we have been very busy. We are almost halfway through our 2015 session. I again have the opportunity to…
Apr 29, 2015

Background check bill isn't the answer

by Rep. Vic Gilliam
The House Rules Committee just heard seven hours of public testimony on a single measure: Senate Bill 941-A, the “background check bill.” My heart grew heavy as we were graphically reminded of…
Apr 29, 2015

Letters to the editor: Readers weigh in on Woodburn school bond

by Independent readers
School bond addresses essential needs To the editor: We have come a long way since 1891. There were probably several age groups in one room with many different needs and levels. We survived, but…
Apr 22, 2015

Letters to the editor: Vote yes on bond for a successful…

by Independent readers
Vote yes on bond for a successful community To the editor: Successful communities — those that are highly sought after places to work and live — value their children and support their public…
COURTESY OREGON YOUTH AUTHORITY - Scott (left) and Dylan, residents at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, work in the garden there. The garden produces about 3,000 pounds of fresh produce every year, which equals about $8,000 worth of the youths' consumption.
Apr 22, 2015

OYA's green programs help youths connect to community

by Fariborz Pakseresht and Dan Berger
Gardens overflowing with 3,000 pounds of produce annually. Fishermen putting salmon and halibut by catch to good use by donating it to provide youth with fresh, healthful dinners. Solar-powered…
Apr 22, 2015

WSD can't keep kicking can down road

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn School District is asking voters to approve a $65 million bond measure this May. The bond proposes ways to alleviate overcrowding, replace deteriorating portable classrooms and…
Apr 08, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Coaches grateful for community support To the editor: The Woodburn girls and boys golf teams would like to thank our sponsors for being part of our first fundraiser at OGA course at Tukwila. We…
Apr 08, 2015

Bone up: It's never too late to focus on - and improve - bone…

by Dr. Eleanor Zawada
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become so fragile and brittle that falls or slight movements like bending or stepping off a curb, or even a cough, can cause a fracture. Because those…




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