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October 29, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Outgoing councilor supports Lonergan To the editor: I hope this letter will reach some Woodburn voters who haven't yet turned in their ballots. Frank Lonergan and Terry Will are the two…
October 29, 2014

Reflection on truth of Jesus leads to new-found zeal

by Suzanne Ybarra
A song on the radio captures my attention every time it’s on: “We believe in God the Father. We believe in Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit and He’s giving us new life. We believe in…
October 28, 2014

Our Opinion: Measure 92 slaps bad label on Oregon

by Editorial board
The two sides in the debate on genetically engineered foods have turned Oregon into a battleground in a food fight with global implications. The decision for voters, however, should come down to…
October 28, 2014

My beef with political birdcage linings

by Phil Hawkins
Since I began writing regular opinion pieces for our occasionally-weekly Independent Voices column, my wife has always tried getting me to write about politics. “Phil, you’re so handsome, strong…
October 22, 2014

Feeling welcomed and safe at NMSD

by Boyd Keyser, NMSD superintendent
Creating a welcoming, respectful and safe school community is on the top of our mission statement at North Marion School District. Oftentimes, the real challenge is trying to balance the safe…
October 22, 2014

Governor's race offers poor choices

by Pamplin Media Group
Many Oregon voters, we suspect, are uninspired by their options in the gubernatorial race. We know we are. Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat running for an unprecedented fourth term, has not…
October 15, 2014

Lonergan's experience key in Ward 5

by Woodburn Independent
The race for Woodburn City Council’s Ward 5 is between two men who have both been involved in city government and who are passionate about what they do. Frank Lonergan has represented the ward…
October 15, 2014

Carney the best candidate for Ward 3

by Woodburn Independent
Longtime Woodburn City Councilor Pete McCallum has decided not to run for re-election, and his departure means a new face will represent Ward 3. Robert Carney and Julie Anne Hughes are vying for…
October 15, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Woodburn Independent
Area residents discuss political races in advance of November general election No one more dedicated to city than Lonergan To the editor: In the 12-plus years that I served on Woodburn's…
October 15, 2014

Big changes ahead for schools, locally and statewide

by Chuck Ransom, WSD superintendent
Woodburn School District superintendent urges continued and renewed focus on early childhood education The beginning of a new school year is always exciting. At the school district, greeting our…

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Oct 15, 2014

Elected officials should respect the law and will of the people

by Russ Baglien
Columnist says some current state and federal office holders have not followed the directives of the Constitution or voters This has been a hectic summer for your sometimes journalist. My wife,…
Oct 14, 2014

MCC: Dickey, Cameron a close call

by Tyler Francke
The race for Marion County Commissioner Position 1 is a close one, with two highly intelligent and approachable candidates. Kevin Cameron and Diana Dickey are two capable, knowledgeable and…
Oct 14, 2014

MCC: Passion for the position is key

by Tyler Francke
In the race for Marion County Commissioner Position 2, incumbent Janet Carlson and new challenger Carla Mikkelson show a wide breadth of knowledge and skills yet are vastly different from each…
Oct 14, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Tyler Francke
Carney endorsed by outgoing councilor To the editor: I am pleased to write this letter of endorsement and support for Robert “Rob” Carney who is running for Woodburn City Council from Ward III.…
Oct 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…
Sep 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).
Sep 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…
Sep 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).
Sep 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…
Sep 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…



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