Clackamas' Opinions

Former managing editor of the Times newspapers as well as the Lake Oswego Review and Woodburn Independent, Kelly is now chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune, and he contributes a regular column.
July 22, 2015

Finally, retirement is knocking on the door along with many…

by Mikel Kelly
David Letterman’s done it. So has Bob Schieffer. Much to my chagrin, Gary Larson, creator of “The Far Side,” did it years ago, before he had any business doing it. And the surviving members of…
July 22, 2015

Letters: Clackamas Service Center thankful; Exceed Enterprises…

by The Clackamas Review
The Clackamas Service Center, a community based non-profit whose main mission is to help alleviate food insecurity among those who are unsheltered and those on fixed and low incomes, was…
PRELIMINARY SITE PLAN SUBMITTED TO CLACKAMAS COUNTY - The proposed 72-lot subdivision would clear more than 300 trees and raze all the buildings on the evangelical property.
July 22, 2015

Jennings Lodge neighbors prepare for hearing on proposed 72-lot…

by Karen Bjorklund
On July 28, the Jennings Lodge Community Planning Organization (CPO) wants to bring together all interested community residents to prepare responses for the August public hearing on the proposal…
July 15, 2015

My View: Now that pot's legal: A transition, and a big…

by Ann Lininger
Late last month, state Rep. Andy Olson, Rep. Carl Wilson and I brought two cannabis bills to a vote in the Oregon House: House Bill 3400 helps implement voters’ decision to legalize adult use of…
July 15, 2015

The Supremes take the 'gay' out of marriage

by John Schrag
In the occasional journalism class I teach at Pacific University, some of my students treat adjectives like cheap salt, using them to spice up (and often over-season) their sentences. I advocate…
July 08, 2015

Our Opinion: TriMet tax hike won't be too painful

by Editorial Board
Business people don’t cheer wildly when TriMet talks about increasing taxes on their companies. However, in the case of a TriMet payroll tax hike now being contemplated, they at least can be…
FILE PHOTO - As reported last week in 'Recreational marijuana due for rocky rollout?' marijuana seeds were given away free July 1 in Clackamas to celebrate the legalization of the drug in Oregon. They were grown in the 'Bloom Room' of Mike Mullins and Jenifer Valley's small operation just east of Interstate 205 in unincorporated Clackamas County.
July 08, 2015

Letter to the editor: Legal marijuana presents new challenges

by The Clackamas Review
In Oregon we ended the failed prohibition of marijuana and will very soon be regulating and taxing the adult use of marijuana along the supply chain from growth to consumption. For years, Oregon…
July 08, 2015

Shorter life expectancies for our kids?Not we if build them more…

by Nicole Perry
May was Walk and Bike to School Month, but many kids can’t participate because they do not have a safe route to our school. This is a big problem. As moms and PTA leaders at Linwood Elementary…
July 07, 2015

Editor's note: City Manager David Frasher responds to J. Michael…

by Raymond Rendleman
In an address to City Commission last week about J. Michael Read’s Community Soapbox titled “We need Tri-City sewer issue resolved, not escalated,” Oregon City Manager David Frasher agreed with…
July 01, 2015

Show proper respect for graduates

by The Clackamas Review
My family and I attended a recent graduation, and while proud of the graduates’ achievements, I was not so proud of the audience. Out of consideration for future graduates, I feel it important…

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Jul 01, 2015

We need Tri-City sewer issue resolved, not escalated

by J. Michael Read
One of the best local examples of city/county collaboration is at risk. I am writing about the successful 35-year relationship between the cities of Oregon City, Gladstone and West Linn and…
Jul 01, 2015

Responding to sexual behavior problems in youth

by Barbara Peschiera
With so much attention in the media this past month regarding the Duggar Family and the actions of their eldest son Josh when he was a teenager, numerous issues have been raised surrounding…
Jun 24, 2015

Build character: Assemble a barbecue grill

by Mikel Kelly
I’m feeling pretty good about myself right now because last weekend I put a barbecue grill together. All by myself. First of all, I’m sure you’re asking, “Kelly, why would you even try something…
Jun 24, 2015

Letters: Support fight against ALS; Common Core lacking

by The Clackamas Review
I’m writing to ask for your support as I participate again this year in the Ride to Defeat ALS. It’s been an eventful year. After Fred was diagnosed with ALS, I decided to ride in the Ride to…
Jun 24, 2015

Unwanted marijuana grows: We can smell the difference!

by Shirley Morgan
Marijuana is a federally illegal drug and has never been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as medicine. Who in their right mind would call the local unregulated drug dealer growing…
Jun 17, 2015

Treatment, shelter serious issues for recovering addicts

by Gail Simmons
You wrote a previous article about Raising Heroin Awareness, and I thank you for that. Several groups have contacted me after that article (“New local group makes mission to educate about drug…
LESLIE ROBINETTE - Addressing the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce recently, Bob Stewart discusses ways to address adverse childhood experiences in students.
Jun 17, 2015

A turning point for Oregon schools

by Bob Stewart
You hear it every day: Oregon’s graduation rate should be much higher. Our students should be achieving more in math, reading, writing, and science. Those things are absolutely true. What will…
Jun 10, 2015

Letters: Orange Line not the future of transportation; Jennings…

by The Clackamas Review
Regarding the Pamplin Media Group editorial board’s May 27 posting about transportation, the Orange Line will indeed be remembered as the last transportation project, but only of its kind. It…
Jun 03, 2015

Poll: We aren't ready for tax hikes

by Adam Davis
Newspapers printed banner headlines, above the fold: “Supreme Court Overturns PERS Changes.” Since the announcement a few weeks ago, the chattering class in Oregon has been focused on assessing…
Jun 03, 2015

Milwaukie's public bike-repair stand:Here's your chance to make…

by Matt Menely and Greg Baartz-Bowman
Since 2011 Bike Milwaukie has led nearly 50 community bike rides, with hundreds of participants. All the rides have been fun but some have included mechanical break-downs and flat tires. When…

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