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Portland's Opinions

April 24, 2014

My View: After lean years, it's time for PPS to invest, prosper

by Carole Smith
On March 31, I had the pleasure of presenting to the Portland Public Schools board my seventh budget proposal as superintendent. The $534 million general fund budget I proposed for the 2014-15…
April 24, 2014

Readers' Letters: New water district would hurt progress

by None
Ballot Measure 26-156 sets up a new government bureaucracy to manage water and sewer utilities in Portland. There is no guarantee that this new bureaucracy will reduce rates. It may actually…
April 24, 2014

My View: New ideas solve Portland housing needs

by Eli Spevak
Why are so many big, bulky new homes popping up in neighborhoods across Portland? This is a symptom of developers responding to rules put in place a generation ago. As demographic shifts yield…
April 24, 2014

Our Opinion: Kafoury understands county chair role

by Editorial board
It’s passion vs. placidity in the race for Multnomah County chair, and voters should opt for the calming presence of Deborah Kafoury over the bold promises made by Jim Francesconi. The county…
April 22, 2014

Our Opinion: Wehby is GOP's best shot

by Editorial board
Oregon Republicans have a choice in the May primary between a candidate who could give fits to U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley in November’s general election, or one who’s more likely to serve as a…
April 22, 2014

My View: Nevada showdown: All hat, no cattle

by Debra J. Saunders
Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his well-armed supporters forced the well-armed federal government to back down and return Bundy’s seized cows — which were seized because Bundy, 67,…
April 17, 2014

Additional printed paper enriches family

by None
Thank you for continuing and increasing your local newspaper’s presence. This is particularly welcome with our other local news source apparently being gutted by its out-of-state owners. My…
April 17, 2014

Our Opinion: Jules Bailey is right pick for county

by Editorial Board
Can you name three things Multnomah County’s government does? The sad reality is that most ordinary people don’t have a clue. But we are pleased to note that the two candidates running for…
April 17, 2014

Tigard must stand up to transit bullies

by Erik Halstead
As a Tigard resident, I am not shy to say I voted “yes” for Ballot Measure 34-210 (opposing high-capacity transit lines in the city of Tigard). I, like many other Tigard residents, am…
April 17, 2014

Tilikum Crossing embraces First Oregonians

by Chet Orloff
Most people have just learned the name of Portland’s new transit bridge: Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People. The committee unanimously recommended this name to TriMet because we believe it…

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Apr 15, 2014

Our state's HIGH values

by Max Margolis
Trust state leaders with marijuana policy? Let's talk before we do something we'll regret It looks like the state’s legislative effort to legalize marijuana has failed, so another petition drive…
Apr 15, 2014

There's a big hit, and this baby is gone

by Roland Martin
A few weeks ago my niece, Raquel, was jumpy and excited about going to her first basketball practice. The 10-year-old was given one extracurricular activity to enroll in by my wife. With us…
Apr 10, 2014

Our Opinion: New water, sewer district is not answer

by Editorial Board
On the surface, the idea of creating a water and sewer district in Portland has appeal. After all, what could be more democratic than having elected representatives whose sole function is to…
Apr 10, 2014

Readers' Letters: Voters, don't put water decisions in wrong…

by None
Your story “Drowning in water district confusion? Read voters guide” (Sources Say, April 3) is apt for the appalling mess Ballot Measure 26-156 is. The promoters, some of the city’s biggest…
Apr 10, 2014

My View: City vacation rental rules fail to catch air

by Steve Unger
Recently, when Airbnb announced that Portland was to be its initial “shared city,” Mayor Charlie Hales scored a huge victory in having Portland become the first city in the world for which…
Apr 10, 2014

My View: Read our lips: Less trust, fewer taxes

by Adam Davis, DHM Research
Regardless of where they live in the state, Oregonians want to improve K-12 education, fill potholes and assist low-income children and seniors — and they are willing to pay more in taxes to…
Apr 08, 2014

Best government Big Money can buy

by Susan Estrich
The Supreme Court has done it again. By a 5-4 vote, with the court’s five Republican appointees on one side and the four Democratic appointees on the other, the court struck down limits on total…
Apr 08, 2014

My View: Port is the key to local oil-by-rail concerns

by Michael Sheehan
Ports continue to say 'yes' to oil, gas train shipments that could be risky business I would like to respond to arguments raised by proponents of the increasing number of the highly explosive…
Apr 03, 2014

Readers' Letters: Nice building, but rent's too high

by None
This is an interesting concept, and one that should be explored when possible, but there are two distinct sets of industrial users (City’s industrial site solution rises from NW parking lot,…
Apr 03, 2014

My View: Old Town/Chinatown needs a vibrant mix

by David Dysert
I have lived in Portland for the better part of the past 20 years, and much has changed since I first arrived to attend college. I remember parking in an abandoned rail yard gravel pit near the…