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September 18, 2014

Public isn't embracing a denser future

by Editorial Board
The prevailing sentiment among urban planners is that the Portland area is headed toward — and would benefit from — a denser future where more residents are living in condominiums, apartments…
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.
September 18, 2014

Column: Secrets of how to have a dream wedding revealed

by Mikel Kelly
I just went to a wedding last weekend, but I'm not going to talk about that one here. It's too fresh in all of our minds to make complete sense of. You need some time after significant events —…
September 11, 2014

Our Opinion: County's road plan is wise approach

by Editorial Board
There’s a wise philosophy about maintaining your automobile: “Pay now, or pay more later.” In short, it means if you try to save a few dollars by forgoing oil changes, for example, you’ll face a…
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.
September 11, 2014

Column: If you aren't able to laugh at things, why even go on?

by Mikel Kelly
On more than one occasion last week, I was reminded about the importance of laughing. The first instance came up during a talk I was giving to the Gresham Lions Club about this column thing I do…
September 11, 2014

Soapbox: Tigard planners should revisit definition of…

by Aly Pierce
When my husband and I were looking for a place to relocate our young family, there were several items on our wish list. Topping the list, right behind good schools, was a safe street. We hailed…
September 04, 2014

Soapbox: Thank a union worker

by Callie Vandewiele
Callie Vandewiele graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove in 2008. She is currently completing a master’s of philosophy degree in gender studies at the University of Cambridge. It’s a…
September 05, 2014

Soapbox: Save our Tigard neighborhoods

by Mary and Don Feller
Mary Feller has been a Tigard resident for 49 years. She received Tigard’s Exemplary Citizenship Award for 2012 and has been active in the Tigard Historical Association for nearly 30 years,…
August 21, 2014

Intel places big bet on state's future

by Editorial Board
Intel Corp.’s plan to invest $100 billion in Washington County during the next 30 years resounded like an economic thunderclap. And, like a bolt of economic lightning, the pact offered a jolt to…
Kelly
August 21, 2014

Is your relationship fizzling? It's probably your fault

by Mikel Kelly
I’ve been thinking about becoming a relationship advice columnist ever since I received a press release headed, “From fizzle to sizzle: how to reignite a relationship.” Now, this was four full…
August 07, 2014

The secret to long-term success: joining a sorority

by Donna King
Around this time of year, high school graduates are preparing to attend college in the fall and exploring the question, “Do I want to join a sorority?” Sororities might not be for everyone, but…

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Aug 07, 2014

It's time to end discrimination of military veterans

by Doug Wilkinson
I am writing to bring attention to the Warfighter Rights Movement. This is a movement that I am proud to be a part of, not only as an advocate for veterans rights, but as executive officer and…
Aug 07, 2014

Tips to keep your garden thriving when the temperature sizzles

by Lindsey Berman
When summer temperatures sizzle, our gardens feel the hot sun as much as we do. Help your plants beat the heat with a little extra tender loving care, without wasting water or money in the…
Jul 24, 2014

Nation must improve care for veterans

by Suzanne Bonamici
For generations, our country has reaped the benefits of a powerful military — a military that has defended our freedom and helped pursue peace and autonomy for other nations abroad. Service…
Kelly
Jul 24, 2014

Being old means never having to say you're sorry

by Mikel Kelly
People are always coming up to me and sticking their phone in my face and imploring me to look at a picture of something. “Well?” they’ll say. “What do you think of that?” If it’s a true friend,…
Jul 24, 2014

Editorial: Atiyeh's quiet style is a blueprint for today

by Editorial Board
The Oregon that former Gov. Vic Atiyeh led when he took office in January 1979 was a much different place than today. Timber was still the state’s economic king. The symbiotic relationship…
Jul 31, 2014

Our Opinion: A little advice for Oregon's next governor

by Editorial Board
On July 18, Gov. John Kitzhaber and state Rep. Dennis Richardson squared off in the first gubernatorial debate of the year at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Salem. The…
Jul 31, 2014

Soapbox: Beyond the pothole, what else about transportation is…

by Adam Davis
When it comes to transportation, street maintenance dominates the discussion. You public officials out there, you’ve got a popular issue. It doesn’t mean you’ll be successful getting money out…
Jul 31, 2014

Soapbox: Atiyeh's humanity evident in his actions

by Jackie Winters
In spring 2009, former Oregon Gov. Victor Atiyeh was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. I congratulated him at the time on receiving this…
Aug 28, 2014

Soapbox: Sheriff promises action in wake of jail incidents

by Pat Garrett
Pat Garrett is sheriff of Washington County. Transparency is one of those buzz words you hear at election time. Taxpayers demand it, and elected officials promise it. It can be very difficult to…
Aug 28, 2014

Soapbox: What is the light rail plan?

by Kathy Newcomb
Vote 'yes' for Measure 34-220 by Sept. 16 Kathy Newcomb is a Tualatin resident. In Tualatin by Sept. 16, we will be voting via Measure 34-220 to require a public vote of approval after we learn…



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