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Portland's Opinions

December 18, 2014

School budget gives, then takes away

by Editorial board
The 2015-17 budget proposed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber shows the importance of both addition and subtraction. The plan, released earlier this month, raises some important, and quite familiar,…
December 18, 2014

Brittany Maynard made a moral choice

by Rev. Chuck Currie
Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman who moved from California to Oregon to avail herself of Oregon’s Death With Dignity law, has died, according to social media and news accounts. How we…
December 18, 2014

More apartments? That's not the answer

by None
Saying multifamily housing and apartments will take care of most of the needs of residents of the Portland metro area is ridiculous, and Metro is writing a narrative to fit its beliefs (i.e.,…
December 16, 2014

Jury's out on whether new PUB would work

by Editorial Board
Portland needs a better watchdog for its oft-maligned water and sewer bureaus, and the question is whether a proposed new oversight board will have the teeth necessary to adequately perform that…
December 16, 2014

Collaboration is crucial

by Greg Ness
When Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny pledged $500 million to the Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute if OHSU raises an equal amount, it created an…
December 16, 2014

Letters from readers

by Jim Redden
Street fee for pet projects? Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is bound to recognize that he needs to pull away from city Commissioner Steve Novick and put this proposal behind him (Final street fee…
December 11, 2014

City must adapt to disruptions like Uber

by Editorial Board
Portland and other cities have been regulating taxi service for decades to make sure riders are kept safe and don’t get cheated on their fares. For the most part, there hasn’t been much…
December 15, 2014

President Obama got it half right on immigration

by Elliott Young
President Barack Obama got it half right when he recently provided relief for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants. While this was a step forward for many families, more than 6 million…
December 12, 2014

Novick's street fee poll equally biased

by None
If you recently watched city Commissioner Steve Novick on TV, you saw another in a long list of hypocritical comments. This time he blasted the recent popular poll on attitudes toward the street…
December 09, 2014

Fair approach to fixing streets on table

by Jonathan Ostar
There’s a lot of heartburn and even more confusion over the current Portland street fee proposal. In public policy, the details matter. Residents and businesses will both contribute a fair…

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Dec 09, 2014

Demonstrations part of democracy

by Charlie Hales
Portland is a city that demonstrates. And that’s a great thing. Especially now, in a community and in a nation coming to terms with the divisive issues of racial inequity, income inequality, and…
Dec 04, 2014

Our Opinion: Is Portland headed the way of San Francisco?

by Editorial Board
Is the Portland area destined for a dense future in the pattern of San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C.? Or should the region’s development follow a more traditional model, with a mixture of…
Dec 04, 2014

Readers' Letters: Fallout from new pot law on the horizon

by None
As a member of the baby boomer generation, I must admit I’ve never smoked marijuana. When this marijuana measure first came before Oregonians to legalize this drug, it was quite vague. The focus…
Dec 04, 2014

My View: Street tax proposal no longer about fixing streets

by Andy Frazier
Something strange has happened. Somewhere along the way in the conversation about the city’s tax proposal, we lost sight of the problem: the need to fix our streets. I am a Portland small…
Dec 02, 2014

Two Views: Mayor should listen and fix street fee's hot mess

by Eric Fruits
The Urban Dictionary defines a “hot mess” as something that is in “obvious disarray or disorganization, esp. while remaining attractive in spite of this.” “Hot mess” also describes what is known…
Dec 02, 2014

Two Views: Forget the drama, street fee is a good compromise

by Ruth Adkins
There’s been a lot of drama around the proposed new street fee. The reality is that with the help of community stakeholders, Mayor Charlie Hales and city Commissioner Steve Novick have come up…
Nov 27, 2014

Lincoln's proclamation set the table for America's national day…

by The Review
On Oct. 3, 1863, presiding over a divided nation, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation making the traditional Thanksgiving celebration a nationwide holiday. Nearly 150 years later,…
Nov 27, 2014

My View: Denser areas outside city should be option

by Michael A. De Blasi
Regarding your story (Support for growth boundary not as universal as some think, Nov. 6), the urban growth boundary does not force higher prices. Every city in Oregon has a growth boundary;…
Nov 27, 2014

Readers' Letters: Vehicle fees, bond needed to fix streets

by None
The way I see it, Portland has a Bureau of Transportation with a budget that should already be leaning heavily toward funding safety projects and general road maintenance (More bumps ahead on…
Nov 25, 2014

Readers' Letters: Make Airbnb hosts list license numbers

by None
So the question is how do you get more Airbnb hosts to register? (Short-term rental hosts in no hurry to be legal, Nov. 6). Here’s one idea: Part of the new ordinance requires that the host’s…