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May 20, 2015

Measuring weed impairment a key to keeping roads safe

by Nick Wooldridge
As additional states pass medical and recreational marijuana laws, many fear an unintended consequence of legalization — an upsurge in the number of impaired drivers on the highway. For those…
May 20, 2015

Mikel Kelly: Memorial Day is coming! Memorial Day is coming!

by Mikel Kelly
Don’t look now, but Memorial Day is coming, and you know what that means. It’s time to buy a mattress. Or a car. Or, if you’re a real red-blooded American, a mattress AND a car. Perhaps, like…
May 20, 2015

We need to make better use of school facilities

by Mary Feller
I was very surprised at the proposed $148 million price tag for the new South Cooper Mountain high school. I do not doubt that the architectural plans were thoughtfully and fully vetted, and I…
May 06, 2015

Richard F. LaMountain: Voters' wishes ought to be respected

by Richard F. LaMountain
Last November, via the Measure 88 referendum, Oregonians overturned the 2013 state law that offered driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The magnitude of that rejection — the margin was…
May 06, 2015

Mary Feller: Why no women on Tigard High School's Wall of Fame?

by Mary Feller
Gender discrimination and racial discrimination are once again prevalent in Tigard High School's choices for the "distinguished alumni" chosen for its 2015 Academic Hall of Fame. In 2014, four…
May 06, 2015

Russ Dondero: Homelessness is serious in county

by Russ Dondero
Attending a packed Joint Ways & Means Committee hearing at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus in late April, the economic challenges facing Oregonians were clearly evident from all…
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.
April 23, 2015

Column: As long as we're human, there will be mistakes

by Mikel Kelly
Last week's Lake Oswego Review contained one of those boo-boos that leaves everybody in my business a little sick to their stomachs. On Page A9, a pair of guest commentaries by Steve Coury and…
April 23, 2015

Our Opinion: Now is the time to invest in education

by Editorial board
One of the nation’s shortest school years would get shorter and some of the nation’s largest class sizes would get bigger if a K-12 education budget approved by the Oregon Legislature last week…
April 22, 2015

Our Opinion: Now is the time to invest in education

by Editorial board
One of the nation’s shortest school years would get shorter and some of the nation’s largest class sizes would get bigger if a K-12 education budget approved by the Oregon Legislature last week…
April 22, 2015

Mikel Kelly: As long as we're human, there will be mistakes

by Mikel Kelly
Last week’s Lake Oswego Review contained one of those boo-boos that leaves everybody in my business a little sick to their stomachs. On Page A9, a pair of guest commentaries by Steve Coury and…

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A former editor for several Oregon newspapers, including the Woodburn Independent, Lake Oswego Review, Beaverton Valley Times and The Times, Mikel Kelly now works on the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune and contributes an occasional column.
Apr 16, 2015

Column: When you reach this age, you'll be mad about everything,…

by Mikel Kelly
Two important people in my life — the other person who lives at our house plus my recently retired friend Jim — both admitted long ago that they were actively practicing (for when the time…
Apr 09, 2015

Our Opinion: Transportation funding must not remain in gridlock

by Editorial board
Here’s a timely question: What’s moving slower in the Portland metropolitan area, the traffic at 5 p.m. on local freeways, or the efforts to do something about those snarled conditions? When it…
Apr 09, 2015

Soapbox: Maybe it's time for an Oregon Owner's Manual

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. Visit: dhmresearch.com. Now that…
Apr 09, 2015

Soapbox: State must reinvest its marijuana money

by Miles Vance
Dan Bristow, M.D., is the Chairman of the Public Information and Education Committee for the Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association With the legalization of recreational marijuana, the…
Apr 02, 2015

Our Opinion: Making Gain Share equitable for all

by Editorial board
Oregon politicians talk incessantly about the need for better jobs in this state. And for good reason: When more people are working at higher wages, the income taxes they generate help pay for…
Apr 02, 2015

Soapbox: State needs to properly fund K-12 schools

by Miles Vance
Barry Albertson is a member of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board. An open letter to all Oregon legislators (red or blue, House or Senate). The recent news is that many of you are “OK” with House…
Apr 02, 2015

Soapbox: State needs to properly fund K-12 schools

by Miles Vance
Barry Albertson is a member of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board. An open letter to all Oregon legislators (red or blue, House or Senate). The recent news is that many of you are “OK” with House…
Former managing editor of several community newspapers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
Apr 02, 2015

Another Point of View: A Kelly, by another other name, is…

by Mikel Kelly
I confess to being curious what would happen if I walked into a pub in Ireland and announced that my name is Mike Kelly. Would somebody buy me a drink, or would they shout, in unison, “So?????”…
Apr 16, 2015

Our Opinion: County on right track, planning is essential

by Hillsboro Tribune
Most Washington County residents probably believe long-range planning is a good thing, and planning for the future is simply common sense. From our perspective, planning is extremely wise, and…
May 14, 2015

Our Opinion: PERS ruling pushes state to the edge

by Editorial Board
Oregon has a mere two years to avert fiscal disaster — and its leaders must acknowledge both the depth of the problem and the need to act before it’s too late. A disappointing Oregon Supreme…




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