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Portland's Opinions

April 28, 2015

My View: HB 2043 will help citizen jobseekers

by Elizabeth Van Staaveren
Elizabeth Van Staaveren A bill that would help Oregon’s unemployed and underemployed citizens directly and at little cost to the state is languishing because House leadership will not allow a…
April 23, 2015

Our Opinion: Roads need to be top priority for Oregon

by Editorial board
In her State of the State address at the Portland City Club last week, Gov. Kate Brown made an appropriate plea for the cause of transportation. The governor correctly pointed out that traffic…
April 23, 2015

Our Opinion: Statute of limitations for rape too short

by Editorial board
The emotional trauma from rape doesn’t magically disappear after a handful of years. Survivors potentially face a lifetime of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and other symptoms of…
April 23, 2015

My View: Bigger is not better in Oregon - and nation

by Tracy Canada
After reading the Portland Tribune’s March 26 article “Is state population growth good or bad? Residents are divided,” I was heartened to see that your paper rightly addressed population growth…
April 22, 2015

Wyden: Trade pact keeps global Internet free, open

by Sen. Ron Wyden
In recent weeks, some of my allies in the Internet community have asked why I am working on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, which they see as harmful to the…
April 21, 2015

My View: Higher minimum wage good for state

by Chuck Sheketoff
There are few actions the Legislature can take that would be as good for Oregon’s working families and economy as boosting the minimum wage. Right now too many Oregon working families don’t earn…
April 21, 2015

Readers' Letters: More details about trade treaty, please

by Pamplin Media Group
Regarding the article about the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), April 7 Portland Tribune: I wish you had provided more detail concerning skepticism about the…
April 21, 2015

My View: Raising wages isn't government's job

by Steve Buckstein
The Cascade Policy Institute submitted the following as formal written testimony to the Oregon House Business and Labor Committee and the Senate Workforce Committee for its joint public hearing…
April 21, 2015

My View: Expanded background checks a positive step for…

by Dr. Gene Uphoff
Dr. Gene Uphoff As an Oregon medical professional, I am encouraged to see our leaders in Salem using this legislative session to take positive steps to improve the health of Oregonians and help…
April 16, 2015

My View: Make energy rating of buildings public

by Kevin Cosgriff and Gary Young
Portland has more than 5,000 commercial buildings, and each year some $335 million is spent on energy for these structures — corresponding to nearly one-quarter of Portland’s greenhouse gas…

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Apr 16, 2015

Our Opinion: Now is the time to invest in education

by Editorial board
One of the nation’s shortest school years would get shorter and some of the nation’s largest class sizes would get bigger if a K-12 education budget approved by the Oregon Legislature last week…
Apr 14, 2015

Readers' Letters: $15 minimum wage right path for state

by Pamplin Media Group
A recent article states that Oregon Democrats aren’t unified behind how to raise the minimum wage. While this is true, SB 610 to raise the minimum wage to $15 over three years has 16 sponsors,…
Apr 14, 2015

My View: Are all of our children ready for school?

by Rebecca Gladstone
The League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund has released a new study. On behalf of the League, I urge you to read “Children-at-Risk — early learning, early intervention,” which asks,…
Apr 14, 2015

My View: Employer child care credit needed

by Elanna Yalow and Sandra McDonough
One legislative action this session that parents, employers and policymakers should all support is renewal of the Employer Provided Dependent Care Tax Credit. This important credit encourages…
Apr 09, 2015

Our Opinion: Uber, ride services must play by rules

by Editorial board
Exactly 100 years ago, unregulated drivers were picking up passengers in Portland and charging them a nickel for a ride across town. Those jitney cabs sprang up in Portland without advance…
Apr 09, 2015

My View: Neighborhoods: We're in it together

by Pamplin Media Group
Jim Redden’s article (“Minorities Vs. Neighborhoods?” March 12, 2015), was certainly a conversation-starter. However, though a good start, the story of the evolution of community engagement in…
Apr 07, 2015

My View: Cab companies under siege

by Raye Miles
On April 9, the Private For Hire Transportation Innovation Task Force will present recommendations to Portland City Council for new regulations allowing Uber and Lyft to roll into Portland. If…
Apr 07, 2015

Readers' Letters: Police body cameras will help everyone

by Pamplin Media Group
Regarding the item in your paper (Electric cars benefit people, economy, air, guest column, March 10) and my own experience: Buying or leasing a new electric car actually saves the driver money…
Apr 02, 2015

Our Opinion: Making Gain Share equitable for all

by Editorial board
Oregon politicians talk incessantly about the need for better jobs in this state. And for good reason: When more people are working at higher wages, the income taxes they generate help pay for…
Apr 02, 2015

My View: Maybe it's time for an Oregon owner's manual

by Adam Davis
Now that voter registration is easier in Oregon, thanks to the Motor Voter Registration Law, it may be time to use the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for one more thing: helping assure we…