Forest Grove's Opinions

May 27, 2015

Statute of limitations for rape needs to go

by Editorial board
The emotional trauma from rape doesn’t magically disappear after a handful of years. Survivors potentially face a lifetime of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and other symptoms of…
May 27, 2015

Letters to the editor

by (None)
Group searching for soldiers from Army’s 2nd Infantry The Second (“Indianhead”) Division Association will be holding its annual national reunion in San Antonio, Texas, this year. We would like…
May 27, 2015

Grad night parties have been saving lives for decades

by Lisa Maisel and Lisa Downing
The Forest Grove High School Grad Night Committee would like to thank all of the people who have helped us raise funds for the 2015 grad night party. During the process of raising money, the…
May 20, 2015

This is why we remember our veterans

by Suzanne Bonamici
A Vietnam veteran from Aloha recently contacted my office and asked if we could help him get medals to honor two soldiers killed in action many years ago. This Aloha veteran served alongside…
May 20, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Overwhelmed by kindness of restaurant owner I wanted to let someone know about a Forest Grove business that went above and beyond to help me. My dad, Bob Richards, passed away back in February.…
May 20, 2015

Monday is a day of honor and remembrance

by News-Times
On May 25, veterans, public officials and citizens will come together at sites around Washington County to honor those who gave their lives while serving in the military. There will be somber…
May 13, 2015

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…
May 13, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Cornelius Fire Levy is a valuable insurance policy Please support the Cornelius Fire Levy. The levy will ensure our citizens have critical lifesaving services. Nobody wants to pay more taxes or…
May 13, 2015

A day in the life: a legislator's perspective

by Susan McLain
April 29, 2015: At 6:15 a.m. I started my drive to Salem for another day as a legislator. It was cloudy but clear as I went down through Gaston from my home in Forest Grove. I worked my way…
May 06, 2015

Pacific University has resources to help with sexual assault

by Various
We were deeply saddened to read about this student’s unwanted sexual experience (“Sexual assault 101,” News-Times, April 29 issue). My heart goes out to her and to all students who have…

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May 06, 2015

Contradictions seen in gun bill

by Betsy Johnson
The 2015 Oregon Legislature is shaping up to be one of contradictions — more gun control for those who obey the law, but possibly more government protection for those who have broken the law.…
May 06, 2015

Let's talk about the elephant in the room

by (None)
Forest Grove is not Ferguson. Or Baltimore. Or North Charleston. That much is clear after the News-Times’ lengthy investigation into allegations of racial profiling that resulted in this week’s…
May 06, 2015

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…
Apr 29, 2015

Cornelius voters should support local fire levy

by Pamplin Media Group
On their May 19 ballots, voters in Cornelius will be asked to support a five-year local option levy for fire protection services. Officially, the ballot title reads as follows: “Shall Cornelius…
Apr 29, 2015

Grandusky, Marble, Schlegel, Moore, Frame for school board spots

by Staff
The first thing you have to do when you’re running for public office is show up. In our deliberations over who to endorse in local school board races in the May 19 election, the failure of…
Apr 29, 2015

Head Start program helps moms in prison bond with babies

by Leslea Smith
The tableau is typical: a new mother with a wide smile, her eyes shining, embracing her baby while she gently sways in a tall-backed rocking chair. This scene, however, is not a commonplace one:…
Apr 29, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Little League organizers grateful for all the support An open letter to the Forest Grove community: Please accept our sincere gratitude for your help during the 2015 Little League Softball…
Apr 22, 2015

Democrats need to find more funds for 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 earlier…
Apr 22, 2015

Fast pace of legislative session continues

by Susan McLain
The Legislature has now been in session for two months, and the fast pace doesn’t show much sign of slowing down. Every day is a full day of meeting with folks on issues that they care about,…
Apr 22, 2015

Letters to the editor

by (None)
Lack of empathy leads to bad policy choices I believe lack of empathy is at the root of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s bad policy decisions. Empathy is defined as “identification with and…




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