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September 02, 2015

Save democracy: Instead, run as an Independent

by Dan Meek
The Independent Party of Oregon is now the third major political party in Oregon because more than 5 percent of registered voters in the state have joined it. Until now, concerned voters in…
September 02, 2015

Stuff comes in one end and later goes out the other

by Mikel Kelly
This is my official goodbye column. OK, a “sort-of” goodbye — because, even though I officially retire from my longtime newspaper post as of Friday, I have received permission from the big…
September 02, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
Resident offers big thanks to The Excavators, LLC I would like to say THANK YOU to a local Aloha business. The Excavators, LLC, deserves a community thanks. On Aug. 31, a few neighbors got…
ADAM DAVIS
August 26, 2015

Get ready for election- year show business

by Adam Davis
Did the Oregon Legislature meet this year? Many Oregonians would say, “I think so, but I’m not sure.” They’ve been taking place, those meetings conducted by political party operatives and big…
August 26, 2015

Jerralynn Ness gave 40 years of service to the poor

by Lou Ogden
Selfless, committed, collaborative, inspiring. The accolades flow easily when describing Jerralynn Ness, who plans to retire this year after 43 years of service to Washington County residents at…
August 26, 2015

Turn your eyes to big oil and watch the crooks

by Miles Vance
Today, a barrel of oil closed at $40.98. Last winter, when oil hovered around $43 a barrel, gasoline was selling for around $1.99 per gallon. Today gas sells between $2.85 and $3.20 a gallon in…
Former managing editor of several community newspapers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
August 19, 2015

Cleaning out the files after 40-some years reveals plenty

by Mikel Kelly
In case you hadn’t heard, I’m getting ready to retire. So, I’ve devoted much of my spare time over the past dozen weeks or so to tidying up my work area. I’m kind of a packrat, so that has meant…
August 19, 2015

It's a new party, but where does it stand?

by Editorial Board
Voter confusion may have helped the Independent Party of Oregon get where it is today, but going forward, a muddled message will not serve the party well if it wants to become a legitimate force…
August 12, 2015

Voters aren't ready to fall in line

by Editorial board
Are Oregonians just being their normal cantankerous selves, or is something deeper occurring in their collective psyche? In the same week that a statewide poll showed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders…
August 12, 2015

I can't believe it's been 50 years since high school graduation

by Mikel Kelly
You might think I’m making this up, but my 50-year high school reunion is coming up. I know what you’re thinking — how could somebody as young as me be that long out of high school, right? Well,…

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Aug 12, 2015

State laws put our own kids at unfair disadvantage now

by The Times
Late last month, I received a postcard from my state senator, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, touting what it termed the Oregon legislature’s 2015 “accomplishments.” Among them: “Increased tuition…
Aug 09, 2015

Bring reality back into growth decisions

by Editorial board
The perennial question of whether the Portland area should grow outward or inward is back before the Metro Council, which is required to decide whether the urban growth boundary is sufficiently…
Aug 09, 2015

TriMet tax hike plan will benefit the region

by Editorial Board
Business people don’t cheer wildly when TriMet talks about increasing taxes on their companies. However, in the case of a TriMet payroll tax hike now being contemplated, they at least can be…
Aug 09, 2015

Uber wants to be part of the solution

by Brooke Steger
The Uber app was built to give more people access to safe, reliable transportation options. Here in the Portland metropolitan area, we are working to accomplish that mission and are proud of the…
Mikel Kelly
Jul 29, 2015

The summer of 1958, when life was simple - yet awesome

by Mikel Kelly
I know we’ve already had something like 85 days this year that were 90 degrees or above, but to this native Oregonian, summer is only just now really getting here. There are many reasons we…
Jul 29, 2015

Legislative session serves all of Oregon

by Rep. Tina Kotek
The Legislature recently concluded its 2015 session with a long list of accomplishments that will improve the lives of Oregonians. We worked to expand opportunities for working families, invest…
Jul 22, 2015

Subsidies not the answer for wheelchair-accessible cabs

by Editorial Board
Since Uber and Lyft opened for business in Portland, an ongoing controversy has ensued over whether their disruptive business models are good or bad for Portland consumers. While many riders…
Jul 22, 2015

Protecting your wishes for end-of-life care

by Rep. Earl Blumenauer
The Obama Administration recently took an incredibly important step in empowering patients and their families, by improving end-of-life care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…
Jul 15, 2015

Oregon Promise doesn't go far enough

by Editorial Board
When it comes to higher education, Oregon has a problem. When the Oregon Education Investment Board launched the 40-40-20 plan, it was ambitious, to say the least. It aimed for 40 percent of…
Jul 15, 2015

Our Opinion: Stalled transportation proposal was really doomed…

by Editorial Board
Oregon lawmakers brought down the gavel on another legislative session this week with all the excitement of elementary school students on the verge of summer break. It was, in many ways, a…



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