Beaverton's Opinions

December 25, 2014

Soapbox: Time to part sea on religious attitudes

by Adam Davis
It’s the time of year when thoughts, even in politically liberal Portland, turn to Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, kaftans to wear during Kwanzaa ... and dare I say — whatever the word may…
December 25, 2014

Soapbox: Don't burden schools with more tests

by U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
Quality public education is key to building strong, vibrant communities and giving our children a foundation to grow into productive, well-rounded adults. As a member of the U.S. House Committee…
December 25, 2014

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

by (none)
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

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,…
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…
December 04, 2014

County is wise to revise animal 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…
November 27, 2014

Lincoln's day of Thanksgiving still heals

by Editorial Board
With this proclamation, dated Oct. 3, 1863, the nation’s president, Abraham Lincoln, set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. Proclamation The year that is drawing towards…
November 27, 2014

Congress should set aside politics on immigration

by Rev. Chuck Currie
As politicians argue about President Obama’s executive action on immigration, faith leaders — long proponents of comprehensive immigration reform — are applauding the president and challenging…
November 27, 2014

Letters to the editor from our readers

by Beaverton Valley Times
President Obama’s action on immigration is ‘meaningful first step’ After spending more than a year urging Speaker Boehner to take up the Senate’s bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill, I am…

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Nov 27, 2014

Aloha family stands up for immigration reform

by Yollixpa Rios Martinez
Since August of 2013, our father Jesus Cipriano Rios Alegria has lived behind bars at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center. Alongside him, countless other fathers and mothers, brothers,…
Nov 20, 2014

State needs to keep focus on transportation

by Editorial Board
The Oregon Legislature may be losing a key transportation advocate, but that doesn’t alter the need for this state to improve its roads, highways, bridges and other means of moving people and…
Nov 13, 2014

Honoring our World War II veterans

by Editorial Board
They did not consider themselves heroes. When Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, young men quickly flocked to join the military, volunteering to do their…
Nov 06, 2014

Going beyond a day of honor and recognition

by Cameron Smith
November 11th is one day out of the year that we pause collectively as a nation to celebrate the service and sacrifice of our military, veterans and their families. I am proud that we mark the…
Nov 06, 2014

Could your city improve its urban forest?

by Brian Wegener
Trees in cities produce a whole menu of benefits: beautification, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, fruits and nuts, improved water quality. City trees are especially important for creeks…
Oct 30, 2014

Job-hogs might be charming, but they still have all the jobs

by Mikel Kelly
There are not enough jobs out there to go around. We all know that, right? So, how is it that some of the very best-paying and most glorious gigs around are hogged by the same handful of people?…
Oct 30, 2014

New TriMet, union contract a fair deal

by Editorial board
With all the chatter recently about the Nov. 4 statewide election, Portland-area residents may not have noticed a quieter vote taking place last week that will have a positive long-term impact…

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