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January 22, 2015

Times Editorial: Minimum wage hike would backfire on the poor

by Editorial Board
Oregon legislators pushing for a $15 per hour minimum wage are revealing an astonishing lack of understanding about how this state’s economy works. The $15 per hour proposal is one of several…
January 22, 2015

Mikel Kelly: How to sell your soul to the devil - the right way

by Mikel Kelly
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t lament the fact that we no longer have the Weekly World News to enrich our lives — and here’s a perfect example. Last week, I ran across an article online…
January 22, 2015

Hiring High School Interns Could Help Small Businesses in Oregon

by Valerie Ding and Moss Hardman
Hiring High School Interns Could Help Small Businesses in Oregon “Think you should hire an intern? Think again,” wrote Samantha Drake in a recent Entrepreneur article, before proceeding to list…
January 22, 2015

John Miller: Governor John Kitzhaber's new state budget a good…

by John Miller
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed 2015-2017 state budget brings good tidings to housing advocates across Oregon. He believes Oregon should invest an additional $100 million in affordable housing…
Miles Vance
January 15, 2015

Looking ahead to a year of great stories

by Miles Vance
Our most valuable asset will continue to be our readers To all our valued readers in Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and the surrounding areas, let me begin with this — It’s nice to meet…
Photo Credit: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Some of the prescription cough syrup recovered by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
January 11, 2015

Woman arrested in regional prescription cough syrup scheme

by Jim Redden
Washington County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a woman in what appears to be an organized scheme to fraudulently obtain and resell prescription cough syrup in California. Sirenna Guice, 20,…
Former managing editor of several local newspapers, including The Times, Mikel Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
January 01, 2015

Point of View: Fight Chronic Hostile Lunacy Syndrome

by Mikel Kelly
Hi there. I’m the official non-attorney spokesperson for a nonprofit organization formed to protect those suffering from Chronic Hostile Lunacy Syndrome. What is CHLS, you ask? Well, let me tell…
January 01, 2015

Our Opinion: Asking voters to decide county transit plans is a…

by Editorial Board
There those activists go again. In 2014, voters in the cities of Tigard and Tualatin approved separate ballot measures that would require a public vote before light-rail lines could be built…
January 01, 2015

Soapbox: Good Samaritan shares her side of story

by Courtney Brown-Davis
Courtney Brown-Davis is an Aloha resident. I’m the woman who called the police about a guy on a bike stealing Christmas packages from the porches of Washington County residents last week. KATU…
December 25, 2014

Soapbox: Time to part sea on religious attitudes

by Adam Davis
It’s the time of year when thoughts, even in politically liberal Portland, turn to Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, kaftans to wear during Kwanzaa ... and dare I say — whatever the word may…

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Dec 25, 2014

Soapbox: Don't burden schools with more tests

by U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
Quality public education is key to building strong, vibrant communities and giving our children a foundation to grow into productive, well-rounded adults. As a member of the U.S. House Committee…
Dec 25, 2014

Our Opinion: Yes, Virginia, there is still a Santa Claus

by (none)
Editor’s note: ‘Is there a Santa Claus?’ is the question that Virginia O’Hanlon asked the editor of the New York Sun in September 1897. The letter was turned over to Francis Pharcellus Church to…
Dec 18, 2014

Soapbox: Homeless veterans deserve our help

by Leda Garside
Leda Garside, RN, is clinical services manager for Salud Services, an outreach program of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation. With Veterans Day behind us, we need to remember that we still have…
Dec 18, 2014

Our Opinion: School budget gives, then takes away

by Editorial Board
The 2015-17 budget proposed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber shows the importance of both addition and subtraction. The plan, released earlier this month, raises some important, and quite familiar,…
Dec 18, 2014

Sheriff's office focuses on building relationships, trust

by Pat Garrett
Pat Garrett is sheriff of Washington County. National news is filled with examples of failed police and community relations. While the most recent events happened in other states, we cannot…
Dec 04, 2014

County is wise to revise animal ordinance

by Editorial Board
With more people moving into Washington County, there are many more pets moving in as well. That can lead to potential problems, because there are always a handful of irresponsible pet owners…
Nov 27, 2014

Lincoln's day of Thanksgiving still heals

by Editorial Board
With this proclamation, dated Oct. 3, 1863, the nation’s president, Abraham Lincoln, set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. Proclamation The year that is drawing towards…
Nov 27, 2014

Congress should set aside politics on immigration

by Rev. Chuck Currie
As politicians argue about President Obama’s executive action on immigration, faith leaders — long proponents of comprehensive immigration reform — are applauding the president and challenging…
Nov 27, 2014

Letters to the editor from our readers

by Beaverton Valley Times
President Obama’s action on immigration is ‘meaningful first step’ After spending more than a year urging Speaker Boehner to take up the Senate’s bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill, I am…
Nov 27, 2014

Aloha family stands up for immigration reform

by Yollixpa Rios Martinez
Since August of 2013, our father Jesus Cipriano Rios Alegria has lived behind bars at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center. Alongside him, countless other fathers and mothers, brothers,…




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