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October 23, 2014

Measure 86 makes education a priority

by Editorial Board
Measure 86, which was referred to this November’s statewide ballot by the 2013 Oregon Legislature, opens up the opportunity for Oregon to provide greater support for students who want to get a…
October 23, 2014

Mileage tax would be better than vehicle registration fee

by Russ Dondero
I’m voting “no” on Washington County’s Ballot Measure 34-221, the $30 vehicle registration fee for road maintenance and operations. I’m not opposed to improving county roads, but what I do…
October 23, 2014

Save our community roads by approving Measure 34-221

by Pamela Treece
Roads and city infrastructure are an investment like any other — they must be maintained in order to retain value. It would be foolish to purchase a home and never clear the gutters. The same…
October 23, 2014

LIGHTING UP CANCER

by Jaime Migdalene
Light the Night walk helps people with blood cancers find a path to recovery Most people have no idea how powerful their presence is. For the thousands of people whose lives are impacted by…
October 17, 2014

Measure 88 makes the roads safer for all

by Ron Louie
In November, Oregonians have an opportunity to make our roads safer. We can improve our communities. We can improve our economy. And we can do it by voting “yes” on Measure 88. This measure is…
October 17, 2014

Letters to the editor from our readers

by Christina Lent
Renovated public safety center is a solid investment As a long-time Beaverton volunteer and former staffer at the Domestic Violence Resource Center, I am very familiar with the police and court…
October 17, 2014

Governor's race offers poor choices

by Editorial board
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

A few random conclusions reached while waiting in traffic

by Mikel Kelly
I didn’t know if I was ever going to get to work last Friday. In fact, I was pretty sure I was going to die of old age in a couple of different places along the way. My eight-mile commute…
October 15, 2014

It's time for Beaverton to invest in public safety

by Denny Doyle
When I became mayor in 2009, I knew we were privileged to live in a great city. However, I also knew we had many challenges that needed to be addressed that had sat idle for years with no…
October 15, 2014

Preserve our investment by maintaining our roads

by Washington County Board of Commissioners
Our transportation infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy. Our roads are an investment not only in our local economy but an investment in our way of life. All of us depend on these roads…

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Oct 09, 2014

Workplace policies must change with economic realities

by Suzanne Bonamici
I remember working at my mother’s small retail store as a teenager, helping her assist customers, stock shelves and change window displays. The store kept my mother busy, and she worked…
Oct 09, 2014

Letters to the editor from readers

by Beaverton Valley Times
Community input helped shape Public Safety Center plan As a member of Beaverton’s Committee for Community Involvement I have watched the Public Safety Center process unfold. I have been…
Oct 08, 2014

Voters should support creation of a true public safety center

by Editorial Board
It’s been nearly 30 years since the Beaverton Police Department moved into a temporary location on Griffith Drive. In those three decades, the department has nearly tripled in size, as Beaverton…
Oct 02, 2014

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…
Sep 25, 2014

Concussion risk must be treated more seriously

by Editorial Board
At a time when our community’s children are increasingly sedentary and prone to childhood obesity, the value of competitive sports in school has never been greater. Yet, even as parents and…
Sep 25, 2014

SHED LIGHT ON ISSUES

by Mark Garber
Newspapers' endorsements can give readers a closeup look at candidates, ballot issues In almost every respect, newspapers have updated their way of doing business in the time since I entered…
Sep 18, 2014

Secrets of how to have a dream wedding revealed

by Mikel Kelly
I just went to a wedding last weekend, but I’m not going to talk about that one here. It’s too fresh in all of our minds to make complete sense of. You need some time after significant events —…
Sep 18, 2014

Swim lessons just make sense to prevent drowning events

by Tiffaney O'Dell
Strategies to make swimming areas safer are being proposed after a recent tragedy took the lives of four members of one family in Hagg Lake, near Forest Grove. I would propose a different…
Sep 18, 2014

Public isn't embracing a denser future

by Editorial Board
The prevailing sentiment among urban planners is that the Portland area is headed toward — and would benefit from — a denser future where more residents are living in condominiums, apartments…
Former managing editor of several community newspapers, including the Woodburn Independent, Lake Oswego Review and the Times papers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune, and he contributes a regular column.
Sep 11, 2014

If you aren't able to laugh at things, why even go on?

by Mikel Kelly
On more than one occasion last week, I was reminded about the importance of laughing. The first instance came up during a talk I was giving to the Gresham Lions Club about this column thing I do…



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