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January 15, 2015

Soapbox: More highways will make traffic worse

by Karli Petrovic
Karli Petrovic is communication and membership coordinator for 1000 Friends of Oregon. There’s a reason why the statistics published in the Portland Business Alliance’s 2014 Economic Impacts of…
January 15, 2015

Soapbox: Governor's budget only a housing start

by John Miller
John Miller is executive director of Oregon Opportunity Network. Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed 2015-2017 state budget brings good tidings to housing advocates across Oregon. He believes Oregon…
January 08, 2015

Soapbox: Performing arts benefit students

by Barry Albertson
Barry Albertson is a member of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board. Everyone knows that our schools are busy places, but never busier than around the December holidays. This is true for all aspects…
Former managing editor of several community newspapers, including the Woodburn Independent, Lake Oswego Review and the Times papers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune, and he contributes a regular column.
January 08, 2015

Point of View: There's still just nothing to do

by Mikel Kelly
When we used to find ourselves going out of our skulls with boredom and made the mistake of saying “There's nothing to do” within earshot of my mom, we would invariably get that same reply that…
Former managing editor of several local newspapers, including The Times, Mikel Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
January 01, 2015

Point of View: Fight Chronic Hostile Lunacy Syndrome

by Mikel Kelly
Hi there. I’m the official non-attorney spokesperson for a nonprofit organization formed to protect those suffering from Chronic Hostile Lunacy Syndrome. What is CHLS, you ask? Well, let me tell…
January 01, 2015

Our Opinion: Asking voters to decide county transit plans is a…

by Editorial Board
There those activists go again. In 2014, voters in the cities of Tigard and Tualatin approved separate ballot measures that would require a public vote before light-rail lines could be built…
December 25, 2014

Our Opinion: Yes, Virginia, there is still a Santa Claus

by Pamplin Media Group
Editor’s note: ‘Is there a Santa Claus?’ is the question that Virginia O’Hanlon asked the editor of the New York Sun in September 1897. The letter was turned over to Francis Pharcellus Church to…
December 18, 2014

Soapbox: Homeless veterans deserve our help

by Leda Garside
Leda Garside, RN, is clinical services manager for Salud Services, an outreach program of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation. With Veterans Day behind us, we need to remember that we still have…
December 18, 2014

Sheriff's office focuses on building relationships, trust

by Pat Garrett
Pat Garrett is sheriff of Washington County. National news is filled with examples of failed police and community relations. While the most recent events happened in other states, we cannot…
Former managing editor of several local newspapers, including The Times, Mikel Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
December 11, 2014

Column: If you don't want to know what kids really think, don't…

by Mikel Kelly
Because I was waiting to become mature before having kids — and therefore never had any (that maturity thing never actually happened, you see) — I have not been subjected to massive, nonstop…

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Dec 04, 2014

Soapbox: Through street contradicts 'Safe Route to Schools'

by Linda Day
Linda Day has lived in Tigard for nearly 30 years. “Safe Route to Schools,” a new program being rolled out by the city of Tigard, is confusing quite a few residents, as well as parents of school…
Dec 04, 2014

Soapbox: Downtown Tigard projects have major flaws

by Reid Iford
Reid Iford is a Tigard resident. After an intensive six-week review of projects in the downtown Tigard city center area, I have uncovered major systemic flaws in vision, process and design.…
Dec 04, 2014

Our Opinion: County is wise to revise animal control ordinance

by Editorial Board
With more people moving into Washington County, there are many more pets moving in as well. That can lead to potential problems, because there are always a handful of irresponsible pet owners…
Dec 11, 2014

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

by Editorial Board
Is the Portland metropolitan area destined for a dense future in the pattern of San Francisco and Vancouver, British Columbia? Or should the region’s development follow a more traditional model,…
Dec 11, 2014

Soapbox: There is an ugly truth about high school sports

by Audrey Bay
Audrey Bay is a Tigard resident. A glaring 100-yard gap emerged between the two teams eight minutes into Saturday’s 6A OSAA Football Championship. The Central Catholic Independent School not…
Dec 18, 2014

Our Opinion: 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,…
Dec 25, 2014

Soapbox: Time to part sea on religious attitudes

by Adam Davis
Adam Davis, who has been conducting opinion research in Oregon for more than 35 years, is a founding principal in DHM Research, an independent, nonpartisan firm. It’s the time of year when…
Dec 25, 2014

Soapbox: Don't burden schools with more tests

by U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Beaverton represents Oregon’s 1st Congressional District. Quality public education is key to building strong, vibrant communities and giving our children a…

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