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February 10, 2016

Does forgiving someone validate their sinful actions?

by Will Robertson
How can I forgive someone who has done something bad to me or to someone I care about? And if I forgive someone without them really showing sincere repentance, doesn’t that just enable them, or…
February 10, 2016

Court battle points to deeper issues

by Woodburn Independent
A decision in the Court of Appeals last week has brought an old feud in northern Marion County back to where it started in spring 2014. Even before voters turned down a $5.9 million general…
February 10, 2016

Letters to the editor: Gilliam offers hope with immigration…

by Woodburn Independent readers
Gilliam offers hope with immigration reform In response to the letter by Cynthia Kendoll attacking Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton/ Hubbard) for supporting immigration reform, she tells us that…
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February 10, 2016

Movie review: 'Deadpool' is (mostly) dead-on

by Tyler Francke
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: So the slate of upcoming films for 2016 walks into a bar, and the bartender says, ‘Hey, I don’t have enough seats for 600 superhero movies!” OK, that wasn’t a…
February 03, 2016

Our opinion: Next on the governor's list: a compromise on tax

by Editorial board
When it comes to the proposed gross receipts tax in Oregon, this state’s residents — and particularly their elected leaders — have a choice. They can quickly agree on a reasonable plan to raise…
February 03, 2016

Construction to begin soon at MacLaren

by Fariborz Pakseresht and Dan Berger
In the coming months you will start to see construction equipment moving in and out of MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. The activity is part of several renovation and construction projects…
February 03, 2016

Letter to the editor: Gilliam ignores constituents on immigration

by Independent readers
In 2013 Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton/Hubbard) spearheaded the failed attempt to put driver cards in the hands of people in our country illegally. Now, he’s at it again. Gilliam ignored the…
February 03, 2016

The command to forgive is unconditional

by Will Robertson
People talk to me about forgiveness from time to time. The conversation usually goes something like this: “I know I’m supposed to forgive (fill in name or relationship here), but I don’t think…
January 27, 2016

Immigration reform, not discrimination, is needed

by Rep. Vic Gilliam
A simplistic view of immigration can be tempting given decades of federal mismanagement of our borders as well as grave concerns for our safety in light of growing international terrorism. Some…
January 27, 2016

Letters to the editor: Residents don't realize UGB is a big deal

by Independent readers
After 20 years it’s finally official: Woodburn’s Urban Growth Boundary expansion has been approved. I’m not sure that “the man on the street” is aware of how important and awesome this is for…

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Jan 27, 2016

Minimum wage plan needs more work

by Editorial board
Sometimes when a public policy initiative gets trashed from opposite ends of the political spectrum, it means the author has found a sensible middle ground. Other times, it means he or she needs…
Jan 20, 2016

Inmates deserve better shot at reform

by Editorial Board
As we dive into a new year with a fresh start, it seems appropriate to consider a group of individuals who are in great need of society’s forgiveness and help. People being released from…
Jan 20, 2016

What is a Christian 'for,' anyway?

by Will Robertson
In the view of many these days, being a Christian is an end in itself. If I confess my sins and say a prayer, I get to go to heaven when I die. Going to church services is encouraged, but it is…
Jan 13, 2016

Following current events? I've got good news and bad news

by Will Robertson
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” — Isaiah 41:10 (New International…
Jan 13, 2016

No such thing as a quick fix in weight loss

by Lindsay Keefer
We humans are always looking for shortcuts, wanting to be told there’s a quick fix for everything. I can’t say that I’m immune to this desire, but I have proven to myself time and time again…
Jan 13, 2016

Woodburn schools should look to MASD

by Editorial board
Mount Angel School District is wrapping up projects from its $10.4 million bond that was approved by voters in the November 2013 election. Half the bond money went toward a significant…
Jan 06, 2016

Falling victim to package thieves at Christmas

by Phil Hawkins
Several weeks before Christmas, my Facebook feed was flooded with news of seasonal Grinchness most foul. Perhaps you saw it pop up on your feed or the local news too: videos of thieves brazenly…
Jan 06, 2016

No faith required to believe in God

by Will Robertson
Some people tell me that it takes a lot of faith to believe in God. Some have even told me that I am exercising blind faith in order to believe in a God for whom no objective evidence exists. I…
Jan 06, 2016

Get a healthy start to the New Year

by Susan Johnson
Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Do a Google search, and you’ll find health-related resolutions are among the most common: lose weight, exercise more, eat…
Jan 06, 2016

Let's make 2016 another banner year

by Editorial board
With 2015 being such a banner year for the Woodburn area, it’s hard to look ahead to what 2016 will bring without an optimistic eye. Here is a sampling of our hopes and dreams for the Woodburn…



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