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March 25, 2015

Shine a light on government secrecy

by Editorial Board
For 40-plus years, Oregon has claimed to have transparency in government. Public records and public meetings laws approved in 1973 are supposed to enforce the ideal that the people’s business…
March 25, 2015

Readers' letters

by (None)
‘You chose to treat our guys as winners’ Just a quick note of thanks to Pamplin Media and the good folks at the Wilsonville Spokesman for your coverage of our team and the outstanding kids…
March 18, 2015

Kitzhaber, put spotlight to good use

by Michael Calcagno
It’s never too soon to start down the road to redemption. The power of public attention can be used for good or for evil. Many who receive it are determined to milk it dry, climbing higher and…
March 18, 2015

Support the transition from coal to clean

by Patrick O'Herron
Electricity generation from coal is declining in Oregon and across the United States — and for good reason. As a healthcare provider I see that coal is a threat to public health, contributing to…
March 11, 2015

My View: Inmate family program should be spared

by Brian Lindstrom
“Stop worrying about things you can’t control. Just focus on being a second-grader.” That’s what Nova, an inmate mother, said tenderly as she hugged her 7-year-old daughter, Malique, goodbye…
March 11, 2015

Electric cars benefit people, economy, air

by Zach Henkin
Many Oregon families received an unexpected Christmas present this year in the form of lower gas prices. This “gas dividend” helped families put more presents under the tree. This trend may be…
March 04, 2015

Our Opinion: Vaccination issue begs for open debate

by Editorial Board
Last Friday, Gov. Kate Brown said that Oregon needs to have “a broader discussion” about the death penalty and criminal justice system. We also feel the same approach needs to be taken with the…
March 04, 2015

Letter: Thank the classified staffat WL-Wilsonville schools

by (none)
League opposes 2nd Amendment resolution At their business meeting on Feb. 19, the Board of Clackamas County Commissioners are voting on “A Resolution in the Matter of Supporting Second Amendment…
March 04, 2015

Life may good - but fortunately, it's not that good

by Mikel Kelly
The other person who lives at our house said something last week that struck me as practically profound. It got me thinking, anyway. “Can you imagine what it would be like if every dumb little…
February 25, 2015

Common Core eliminates cursive

by Gale Gipson
The more that people understand what Common Core is, the less they seem to like it. The reason I am opposed is that it is a federal takeover of our schools. If it wasn’t for Bill Gates and his…

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Feb 25, 2015

My View: Pamplin partnership fills journalism gaps

by Mark Garber
oregoncapitalinsider.com John Kitzhaber final public statement In his final public statement as Oregon governor, John Kitzhaber evaded personal responsibility for the ordeal he put his state…
Feb 25, 2015

Economics for a livable future

by Peter Wright
A recent article by Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson asked whether debt (government, business and household) helps economic growth and reduces unemployment, or the opposite. He…
Feb 18, 2015

Our Opinion: Rape prosecutions shouldn't be limited

by Editorial board
Victims of rape and sexual assault must cope with their emotional pain for life. Why, then, does Oregon law allow the people who perpetrate these crimes to be freed from the threat of…
Feb 18, 2015

Let's talk about cheating cheaters and their cheating ways

by Mikel Kelly
Let me guess — you were thinking just the other day that you are the only person in the world who is not achieving your goals by cheating. I know, right? Me, too! So, there must be two of us,…
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Feb 18, 2015

Leaders react to Kitzhaber's resignation

by Jim Redden
Oregon leaders were quick to react to Gov. John Kitzhaber's announcement that he will resign, effective Feb. 18. Most express sadness at the turn of events that will end Kitzhaber's 35-year…
Feb 11, 2015

Our Opinion: Hayes flap clouds Kitzhaber initiatives

by Editorial Board
There’s really no reason to skirt around the question of whether Cylvia Hayes’ relationship with Gov. John Kitzhaber has put money directly into her bank account. With each new revelation about…
Feb 11, 2015

Climate change is a fact we must accept now

by David Hedges
People who say the Clackamas River holds water enough to slake the thirst of a burgeoning population have their heads in the sand — an appropriate metaphor, given the shrinking glaciers and…
Feb 11, 2015

Community Sharing needs community support

by Rich Truitt
Did you know ... * That 1 out of 8 families in Wilsonville lives below the poverty line? * That a local nonprofit known as Wilsonville Community Sharing (WCS) serves those in need with food,…
Feb 04, 2015

Two Views: Minimum-wage hike too simplistic

by Joe Gilliam
If the merits of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour were as simple as proponents state, politicians would have done it years ago and taken credit ever since. But last week the nonpartisan…
Feb 04, 2015

Two Views: Higher pay creates better future for all

by Andrea Paluso
Ostensibly, 2014 was a good year for the U.S. economy. The national unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent — the lowest in 6.5 years — while job growth averaged 246,000 per month. It’s tempting…

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