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Portland's Opinions

October 02, 2014

Our Opinion: 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 02, 2014

Readers' Letters: Community college bond fills a big need

by Pamplin Media Group
We are fortunate to have a high-quality, affordable college in our community. Clackamas Community College trains workers for high-demand jobs and provides an opportunity for students to earn…
October 02, 2014

My View: Metro ignores housing needs, desires

by Dave Nielsen
Metro has released an innovative housing preference study that shares what housing choices people want and will make — even when faced with trade-offs on important housing and neighborhood…
September 30, 2014

My View: Public flunks on key education issues

by Adam Davis
School has started and student testing will soon be underway. And as we know, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. So what about a test for us adults? The question: What public…
September 25, 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…
September 25, 2014

My View: Zoning change must consider landowners

by David Johnston
I commend the Tribune for following the development of the city’s comprehensive land-use plan. It is a matter of great public importance, and updating regulations for institutions such as…
September 25, 2014

Readers' Letters: Don't get stung, get 'sweet' revenge

by Pamplin Media Group
I’m sorry that Michael Carlson feels like someone is not giving permission for his beehives out of spite (Beekeepers stung by prejudice, Sept. 16). But, if he re-commits the money he collected…
September 23, 2014

SHED LIGHT ON ISSUES

by Mark Garber
Newspaper endorsements should go lighter on advice and heavier on expanding understanding In almost every respect, newspapers have updated their way of doing business in the time since I entered…
September 23, 2014

My View: Bond keeps future in sight for students

by Greg Chaimov
When Marissa Powell graduated from high school in 2009, she had already earned 94 college credits at Clackamas Community College. She was nearly halfway toward her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M…
September 18, 2014

Our Opinion: 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…

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Sep 18, 2014

Readers' Letters: Create infill without destroying houses

by Pamplin Media Group
I just finished reading your story “Where do most want to live? In the suburbs (Sept. 9).” Wow. I live on Northwest 21st Avenue and given the explosive number of out-of-state and out-of-region…
Sep 18, 2014

My View: PCC Southeast campus will renew area

by Jessica Howard
Transformation, that’s what the new Southeast Campus of Portland Community College will do for Southeast Portland. Beginning this fall, the former PCC Southeast Center — a fixture in the area…
Sep 16, 2014

My View: Intel deal made mockery of democratic process

by Russ Dondero
The Intel Strategic Investment Program deal unanimously passed in a joint session of the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Hillsboro City Council on Aug. 26 is a classic backroom…
Sep 11, 2014

Our Opinion: Don't let concussions ruin young lives

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 04, 2014

Readers' Letters: Create infill without destroying houses

by Pamplin Media Group
Regarding Justin Wood’s opinion piece, titled “Demolitions meet city’s growing needs (Sept. 2),” it should be noted that opponents of the demolition of old and historic homes are not opposed to…
Sep 11, 2014

My View: Choose or lose parks replacement bond

by Nick Hardigg
This summer, the nonprofit Portland Parks Foundation traveled the city talking to people about parks at more than 100 events. Our most popular handout, by far, was a sticker proclaiming “Love…
Sep 09, 2014

My View: 'No strategy' is bad way to fight terror

by Susan Estrich
The horrifying footage of the second beheading of an American journalist by ISIS, this time freelancer Steven Joel Sotloff, a 31-year-old from Florida who loved journalism, has again placed the…
Sep 09, 2014

My View: If you only had a limited number of words to share with…

by Simon Tam
Do you ever notice that most people are most their productive right before they leave for a big vacation? That’s when the to-do list is brought out: major projects at work that need to be…
Sep 04, 2014

Our Opinion: Clean up brownfields for right reasons

by Editorial Board
Portland’s leaders are placing a lot of hope — and potentially a pile of money — on the possibility of turning abandoned properties into thriving commercial or industrial endeavors. It’s good…
Sep 04, 2014

My View: Forest legislation must work for everyone

by Tony Hyde, Faye Stewart and Simon Hare
One of the most important issues facing Oregonians is future management of 2.6 million acres of O&C forests. Under federal law, these lands are required by the O&C Act to be managed for…