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Portland's Opinions

November 20, 2014

Our Opinion: Income tax is wrong way to fix streets

by Editorial Board
Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick want to fix your streets. Toward that goal, they have shown a level of leadership and political courage that’s increasingly hard to find in…
November 20, 2014

My View: Better programs needed to help the poor

by Adam Davis
It is getting to be that time of year. Pretty soon the television stations will be airing all the different versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and we’ll hear Ebenezer Scrooge’s…
November 20, 2014

Readers' Letters: Damascus doesn't need a compromise

by None
With all due respect to Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, there are lessons to be learned in Damascus, and the need for a wee bit of compromise isn’t high on the list (Compromise will be needed…
November 18, 2014

My View: Republicans' control of the U.S. Senate means a reduced…

by Ben Gaskins
The Nov. 4 general election was very good for Republicans nationwide: they grabbed control of the Senate, increased their lead in the House of Representatives and won more governor’s races and…
November 18, 2014

Readers' Letters: Infill is ruining our neighborhoods

by None
Metro President Tom Hughes recently wrote in your paper that Oregonians overwhelmingly support efforts to keep new development close to our cities (Residents prefer careful growth to sprawl,…
November 13, 2014

Our Opinion: Don't let transportation plans run out of gas

by Editorial Board
The Oregon Legislature may be losing a key transportation advocate, but that doesn’t alter the need for this state to improve its roads, highways, bridges and other means of moving people and…
November 13, 2014

My View: Keep access to Web content equal for all

by Candice Watkins and Ron Wyden
The governing principle of the Internet to date has been net neutrality — bits are bits, and Internet service providers should not prioritize content delivery based on ability to pay. Net…
November 13, 2014

My View: Compromise will be needed to guide Damascus

by Shirley Craddick
When I drive through Damascus on my way to the office or a meeting, I can’t help but think of one word: Potential. Amid the beautiful valleys and buttes, Damascus has the potential to be a…
November 13, 2014

City's ramrod efforts disrespect citizens

by None
The citizen grassroots effort to give Portlanders a vote on the new tax before it is ever implemented is NoStreetFee.com (Hearing set for latest street fee proposal, Nov. 6). It is disrespectful…
November 11, 2014

My View: Caring for wounded warriors

by Richard Edelson
With the help of the Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center in Tigard, doctors are helping out by treating veterans without charge Like many World War II veterans, my father, Capt. Zanly Edelson,…

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Nov 11, 2014

My View: Momentum on Willamette Falls project inspirational

by Carlotta Collette
I love the expression about success having many parents, while failure is an orphan, it usually refers to who claims credit or avoids blame. But real success actually requires many parents,…
Nov 06, 2014

Our Opinion: Voters should demand better choices

by Editorial Board
The general election that ended Tuesday won’t be fondly remembered in Oregon for exciting statewide candidates, stimulating policy debates or honest campaigning. We wouldn’t go as far as to say…
Nov 06, 2014

Readers' Letters: Students need to be fed for success

by None
Encouraging as it is to read a story about the expansion of free and reduced lunches among Portland Public Schools, worrisome facts were presented that indicate further steps need to be taken.…
Nov 06, 2014

My View: Opera's history filled with unsung heroes

by Paul R. Meyer
This article (Bravo for 50 Years, Oct. 23) brought back many memories of Portland Opera. I served on the board of Portland Opera with Dorothea Lensch, a wonderful person and a great asset to…
Nov 04, 2014

My View: Don't pay for 'nothing,' fund universal care

by Samuel Metz
What are the saddest parts of the Cover Oregon debacle? The first is that our state government spent $250 million for software development that, in the end, left us with ... nothing. Not only…
Oct 30, 2014

Our Opinion: New TriMet, union contract a fare deal

by Editorial board
With all the chatter recently about the Nov. 4 statewide election, Portland-area residents may not have noticed a quieter vote taking place last week that will have a positive long-term impact…
Oct 30, 2014

My View: Residents prefer careful growth to sprawl

by Tom Hughes
Oregonians know that there are two kinds of strawberries — ours and everything else. The former are small, juicy and sweet, and take a bit longer to grow. The latter might be big and red, but…
Oct 30, 2014

Readers' Letters: City creates its own parking problems

by Pamplin Media Group
The city needs to stop requiring people to build parking and then undercutting the ability of them to recoup that investment by giving away nearby parking for free (City angles for parking’s…
Dave Wenzel
Oct 29, 2014

A common occurrence: Life in the blender

by Dave Wenzel
Hollis and I parent what is known as a “blended” family. Blended in the sense that both of us were widowed, we met and married. I brought four kids in, she brought two (something she…
Oct 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…