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Portland's Opinions

October 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…
October 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…
October 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
October 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…
October 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…
October 28, 2014

Two Views on Measure 34-221: Yes: County fee will save our roads

by Pamela Treece
Roads and city infrastructure are an investment like any other — they must be maintained in order to retain value. It would be foolish to purchase a home and never clear the gutters. The same…
October 28, 2014

Two Views on Measure 34-221: No: 'Hidden tax' is a temporary fix

by Russ Dondero
I’m voting no on Washington County’s Ballot Measure 34-221, the $30 vehicle registration fee for road maintenance and operations. I’m not opposed to improving county roads, but what I do oppose…
October 28, 2014

Quoth 'Star Trek': Trust in government is 'dead, Jim'

by Adam Davis
Public opinion about government in Oregon is like a sick cancer patient. So sick in fact that it is time to convene a tumor board to review and discuss the medical condition and treatment…
October 23, 2014

Our Opinion: Parks bond measure worthy of support

by Editorial Board
Among the many items Portland residents will be asked to decide in this year’s election will be Measure 26-159, the Portland Parks Replacement Bond. Earlier this year, we expressed our support…
October 23, 2014

My View: Funds are desperately needed to maintain parks

by Amanda Fritz
As your parks commissioner, I’m proud that Portland Parks & Recreation has a long history of using taxpayers’ money wisely. The bureau, which manages 209 parks on 3,445 acres, plus about 7,800…

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Oct 23, 2014

Two Views on Measure 86: Yes: Make education an achievable goal

by Heather Conroy
It’s no secret that many working families in Oregon are falling behind. We know that for many Oregonians, the key to getting ahead financially is a college degree or skills acquired through…
Oct 23, 2014

Two Views on Measure 86: No: Let market values drive tuition…

by Mike Montchalin
Because it is a public policy mistake to ponder whether Oregon is doing too little or too much to help prospective students go to college, voters should say “no” to Ballot Measure 86 this…
Oct 21, 2014

Two Views on Measure 92: Trust, not labels, is real GMO issue

by Julie Crosse
You’ve probably seen the barrage of attack ads from the No on Measure 92 campaign. The chemical conglomerates and big out-of-state corporations that earn billions in profits from the sale of…
Oct 21, 2014

My View: Climate hysteria pays political dividends

by Gordon Fulks
It was something that was never supposed to happen in climate science where so many are so happy with the vast largesse they receive from American taxpayers in exchange for supporting a…
Oct 21, 2014

Two Views on Measure 92: GMO label measure lacks reliability

by Ruth Carey
As a nutritionist and dietitian for 30 years, I understand how important it is for food labels to be accurate and reliable so that consumers can make informed decisions about the foods they buy.…
Oct 16, 2014

Our Opinion: Three measures that get it right

by Editorial board
For better or worse, the city of Portland is the champ when it comes to finding new and creative ways to dislodge a few more dollars from taxpayers. The arts tax and the proposed street…
Oct 16, 2014

Two Views: Measure 88 makes the roads safer for all

by Ron Louie
In November, Oregonians have an opportunity to make our roads safer. We can improve our communities. We can improve our economy. And we can do it by voting “yes” on Measure 88. This measure is…
Oct 16, 2014

Two Views: Measure 88 would drive nation to chaos

by Elizabeth Van Staaveren
There is clear evidence that states giving driver’s licenses to unauthorized immigrants attract more unauthorized immigrants. This is an important reason to vote “no” on state Ballot Measure 88.…
Oct 14, 2014

Lighting up cancer

by Jaime Migdalene
Light the Night walk helps people with blood cancers find a path to recovery Most people have no idea how powerful their presence is. For the thousands of people whose lives are impacted by…
Oct 09, 2014

Our Opinion: Kitz or Richardson? None of the above

by Editorial board
Many Oregon voters, we suspect, are uninspired by their options in the gubernatorial race. We know we are. Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, is running for an unprecedented fourth term at a time…