Forest Grove's Opinions

March 25, 2015

Frohnmayer's 'Oregon Blueprint' and the embrace of citizenship

by (none)
Nine years ago, Dave Frohnmayer — then president of the University of Oregon — was invited to speak to the Oregon Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the…
March 25, 2015

There are good reasons to ban plastic bags

by John Hayes and Elaine Cole
The Forest Grove Sustainability Commission voted to send a recommendation to the Forest Grove City Council to enact a ban on single-use plastic bags at checkout counters at city businesses. The…
March 25, 2015

Transparency in government vital in free society

by Editorial Board
For more than 40 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…
March 25, 2015

In case of ex-coach, will punishment fit the 'crime'?

by Wade Evanson
Robert Schuppert Jr. is guilty, per the police, the district attorney’s office, and a jury of his peers. But according to Schuppert, to the alleged victim, to her mother, and to a lie detector…
March 18, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Honored to represent the Banks community I read with deep regret about Chance Ford, a constituent from Banks, who is the victim of a tragic accident. As this story advanced, I learned that a…
March 18, 2015

Governors too often put economics ahead of people

by Russ Dondero
The endemic “sickness” of the John Kitzhaber era just keeps spilling out in the headline news of local media outlets. The latest revelation is about a forestry advisor to Kitzhaber who, like…
March 18, 2015

Strong support for library levy is positive sign

by Hillsboro Tribune
A recent telephone poll revealing a high level of voter support for the county’s library system is very good news. In January polling, researchers at Campbell DeLong Resources, Inc., a…
March 11, 2015

Let voters decide on term limits measure

by Doug Burkhardt
Last week, two Washington County residents filed a petition with the Washington County Elections Office to place term limits on those serving on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.…
March 13, 2015

Legislators wrong to approve hidden gas tax

by Mark Richman and Dan Mason
Those of us in Washington County spend a lot of time stuck in traffic. Thanks to the recent votes of three Washington County legislators, that’s not going to change any time soon. With less…
March 11, 2015

SIP fails to provide adequate government revenue

by Walt Hellman
Back in the day when a new major industry came to town, it paid its full share of property taxes. This money was needed to fund the expanded roads, schools and other government services required…

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Mar 04, 2015

Vaccination issue should spark an open debate

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

Letter to the editor

by Various
Please tell it like it is Regarding the Kitzhaber debacle: please refrain from referring to Ms. Hayes as “his fiancé.” Just call it like it is: she is his mistress. Do you really think they will…
Mar 04, 2015

Poverty can make you ill

by Dick Stenson, Ann Barr-Gillespie
The aroma of the wholesome home-cooked chowder, dense with ham, onions, cabbage, potato and corn, spread throughout the teaching kitchen at the Virginia Garcia Wellness Center in Cornelius.…
Feb 25, 2015

Faith leaders reject 'personal belief' vaccine exemption

by Rev. Chuck Currie
As faith leaders, we have watched with growing concern the debate over vaccinations. The common good of our nation relies on all of us looking out for one another. We have to remember how our…
Feb 25, 2015

Supporting the wild places is a good idea

by Hillsboro Tribune
Development and growth seems to be happening all around us these days. Our communities are losing green spaces at an alarming rate as planners and developers make way for more houses, more…
Feb 25, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Energized by Kate Brown as our new governor I’m incredibly optimistic and energized by a Kate Brown governorship, despite the circumstances leading up to it. At her swearing in, she struck a…
Feb 25, 2015

It was nice of Kate to show John the door, don't ya know

by John Schrag
Our new governor, just a week on the job, has already faced a stream of questions, but so far has failed to answer the most important one: Can she make hotdish? Kate Brown, you see, claims she…
Feb 25, 2015

Joe Gale staffers did what they had to do

by Pamplin Media Group
It wasn’t Sandy Hook. Fortunately, no one died or was physically hurt. A lost night’s sleep on the part of a principal and an emboldened sense of vigilance by administrators, teachers and…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber failed to slow the growing scandal at a press conference before the start of the 2015 Oreon Legislature.
Feb 18, 2015

Kitzhaber failed to protect his office's integrity

by Editorial board
With his welcome decision to resign on Friday, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s personal house of cards came tumbling down. His abdication was assisted by a hard push from leaders of his own party, and…
Feb 18, 2015

Oregon needs to be ready for massive earthquake

by Sig Unander
Are we ready for a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake? The seismic vulnerability of much infrastructure and many homes and workplaces in Washington County, and the limited preparations made so…




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