Confessions of a past and present phone failure

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I love the ability to write little stories to people and not actually have to talk with my mouth.

Voters should hold prosecutors accountable

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Oregon's District Attorneys have worked to lock in the outdated policies of the 1990s.

Technology has a dark side in family connectivity

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Is it possible that in fact with all these devices we are becoming alone together?

Council compensation has been an equalizer

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The demands on its elected officials have escalated as Gresham grows to 4th-largest city in Oregon.

LETTER: Massive floods form Columbia River Gorge

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Most canyons and gorges were formed catastrophically, notes our reader, including the Columbia Gorge

The one 'present' I never expected, but can't wait to be…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I owe my positive prognosis to early detection and years of faithful screenings.

Readers react to demise of Parent Teacher Organization

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The story reports that the school was apparently having difficulty attracting parent volunteers.

Our Opinion: Good legislation requires good data

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
One of the most helpful steps in moving forward on the issue would be to get good data.

LETTERS: Media is culpable for violent attacks

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What's Inside This Article: Corbett unity needed on school replacement building issue.

In Our Opinion: Attorney general right to sue over DACA

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
White House decision won't make America safe, will cost money, and violates Equal Protection Clause.

Oregon law stops local police from assisting ICE agents

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We must maintain the trust of all residents so they too feel free to report crimes.

COMMENTS: Trump creates 'schism' in Multnomah County GOP

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The story first appeared at the bottom of Page A1 of the Friday, Sept. 29, edition.

Newspapers are more important than ever

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
It's newspaper journalists who get beyond the scores to tell the real stories that impact us all.

LETTERS: Hogan Butte opens to public

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Readers sound off on the missing address in a recent article regarding Hogan Butte Nature Park.

My View: Too late to fix PERS by fooling Oregonians

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The only viable answer to Oregon's pension crisis is to reduce benefits for government workers.

COMMENTS: Teens are identified all the time in news

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The response to that editorial has been mixed. Here's what Facebook viewers have said:

Why we need a single-payer system

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
All these single payer plans provide better care to more people for less money.

Our Opinion: Don't politicize public records requests

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The unfortunate ways that Portland Public Schools and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's office responded to potentially embarrassing records…

Catastrophic Fires: Don't buy 'climate change'

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The experts aren't explaining why 95 percent of the large wildfires are on federal forest lands.

LETTERS: Call crime by its name

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More Comments: Fire damage in the Gorge, Don't give candidates free campaign space.

One question: What's the price of stupidity?

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Responsible news outlets will always carry on an internal dialogue before making a decision.

My View: North Korea threat requires focused diplomacy and…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
While denuclearization should remain our long-term goal, our immediate goal must be both an end to North Korea's testing of nuclear warheads and…

Logging is a cure worse than disease

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Their argument is twisted - to save our forests, they say we must cut them down.

Rain, rain, don't dare go away

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Rain: It's just another four-letter word, writes Editor/Publisher Steve Brown.

My View: Better-managed forests are good for our…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
GOP candidate: Our forests and public lands are in trouble and Oregon needs stronger leadership and new policies to save them.

Health Care Tax would hurt middle class

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Taxes on hospitals will raise the costs of care across the board, our columnist argues.

Letting wilderness areas burn is playing with fire

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
As of last week, 11,000 acres are burning out of control in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area.

Oregon ablaze: Let's take steps to minimize future fires

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The number of human-caused wildfires is rising, and climate change is exacerbating conditions.

LETTERS: Today's unwise decisions will make matters worse

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Not opening bottlenecks in the Rose Quarter, I-205 and so on will only increase traffic.

Liberty, justice, opportunity must extend to everyone

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
My job is to represent all Oregonians with respect to the agency divisions I manage.

Oregon ablaze: Let's take steps to minimize future fires

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The number of human-caused wildfires is rising - plus climate change and fuel buildup are exacerbating conditions that threaten trees and community…

LETTER: Rep. Johnson knows a bad tax when he sees it

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Letter writer David Buoy of Brightwood says a Sandy Post news story incorrectly characterizes Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, with supporting a…

Stronger, resilient forests emerge from the ashes

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EAGLE CREEK FIRE: Mother Nature tends to take care of starting enough fires on her own. Let's not lend her a hand.

LETTER: Community shines amid tragic fire in the Gorge

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Letter writer Dave Dyk of Gresham shares his thoughts on the local response to the Eagle Creek Fire.

There's plenty we can do to help Houston (and our own…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We understand the urge to get up and do something. Here are some ideas to get you started.

COMMENTS: RingSide Grill closes its doors

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The following reader comments were first made on The Outlook's Facebook page:

An open letter to Rep. Parrish

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Stakeholders understand we cannot afford thousands of Oregonians losing nationally-lauded coverage.

COMMENTS: Residences over retail proposed in Fairview 

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What's Inside? Gresham City Council backs mechatronics and Rip Caswell's family sculpting.

No more delays on Stark Street

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Though the completion date has been fluid, the latest date is Sept. 29, which is ahead of schedule.

LETTERS: Finally, I can agree with Donald Trump ... sort of

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside? Kudos to Rep. Johnson on statewide water issue, one reader writes.

Differences only make us stronger

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Thank you, Mayor Bemis, for a heartfelt statement that embraces our racial, cultural differences.

Press must remain free of interference

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
A free press is the only way to ensure the free flow of information and the exchange of ideas.

LETTER: Tearing down statues doesn't solve anything

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I applaud Sharon Nesbit's article in the Friday, Aug. 18, edition of the Outlook.

Why I hate the Hood to Coast Relay Race

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The last time I ventured out on 'Hood to Coast' day, I deeply regretted it, our columnist says.

Centennial board makes right call

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
After finding solid middle ground, we hope the opposition to the name changes will subside.

Beware of cruel new phone scam that sinks to new low

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I'd like to warn you all about a new and particularly cruel scam that recently impacted my family.

In Our Opinion: 'Cover All Kids' a win for everyone

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Legislature should be lauded for formation of the bill providing health care for all of Oregon's youth

Troutdale should retain Cherry Park Road zoning

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We're waiting to hear the compelling argument that would justify the zone change.

LETTERS: Water treatment becomes necessity

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More Letters: Grateful for support from Monnes Anderson, one letter writer writes.

Sun, moon, Earth make a great team

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Thanks to a gift from the sun, moon and our earth, we're getting that campaign for free.

Oregon doubling down on equity for all

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Addressing the harmful practice of profiling by police is a major win for our state.

Bottle drop centers are not like the old days

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
There's a big change taking place in the way we're being asked to turn in our cans and bottles.

LETTER: TriMet, bring back paper tickets

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Transit riders should have the option of using 'the old ways,' one reader argues.

LETTERS: Political correctness has been taken too…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside? Suing drug companies won't end addiction, Common sense is out the window.

Keep the name, but seize upon teaching moment

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Nobody has a monopoly on the truth, but this business goes too far, even for me.

My View: Slow down on Bull Run water decision

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We deserve accurate, refined information and sufficient time to digest it. We must not be forced into a hasty decision that we may regret and never…

LETTERS: Libraries should build on technology, not…

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More letters! Gresham Arts Festival continues to 'amaze,' writes Judy Han of Gresham.

My View: Vouchers bleed public school funding

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
In many cases, these programs are simply a way for privileged students to receive taxpayer-subsidized tuition while underfunding the public schools…

Lessons learned sitting around the campfire

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I knew we were on a three-day journey that would make or break one of us, our columnist writes.

America's opioid epidemic demands a scalable…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The scale of the crisis is beyond what our health care system can accommodate.

LETTERS: Dialogue with lawmakers aids community…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside? Are we filling landfills with historic artifacts? Follow the money on Rep. Mark Johnson.

My View: Let parents wield school spending power

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The National Association of Education Progress reports that only 34 percent of Oregon fourth-graders tested 'proficient' in reading in 2015; and Oregon…

Oregonians don't want vouchers, they want good…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
If we want to help students, we should start by fully funding public education.

MY VIEW: Merger with sheriff is fiscally…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
How could I support a proposal that harms the taxpaying citizens of Fairview in the future?

LETTERS: Prompt reporting needed on local criminal…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside This Article? Disabled people can't rely on city, one readers writes.

Crime reporting empowers citizens through…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We respectfully ask that Sheriff Reese consider the value of a well-informed community.

Hey, world? Feel free to stop sharing loudly

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
My specialty as a young person was writing letters that convinced girls I was clever.

Oregon's nonprofit agencies can't rescue state…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Oregon has close to 20,000 registered nonprofits, which make significant contributions to the economic, social and environmental future of the state.

A deeper look into what makes Oregon great

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I have been in Oregon almost a year. But for most of that time I felt a little bit like a complete stranger.

Lawmakers make strides for transparency, equity

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Over the coming weeks, in our news and commentary pages, you can expect to find more analysis and exploration into why so many things fell apart.

Does my most humiliating moment beat yours?

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Will the chance of some potential splendor in the sand change the course for this solitary scribe?

In Our Opinion: State needs this transportation…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Despite our misgivings about ODOT, it would be unwise to forgo what could be a bipartisan opportunity.

My View: Repeal of Obamacare would hurt neediest

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Last week, I met a man who lost his front teeth in a car accident over three years ago. I'll call him Jerry.

New look honors past, embraces future

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
All these factors contribute to the ongoing stability of our newspapers and websites - a stability that's quite rare in today's media environment.

No-repair-needed home meets the money pit

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We were second owners of that house, a tidy little tract constructed abode that eventually sucked us dry in repairs.

Federal legislation could clearcut forest…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Certain projects that have a small impact on the environment are 'categorically excluded' from analysis.

Does anyone out there remember the 'Zigzag Rooters'?

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Our columnist pens a bittersweet reflection on basketball, Blazermania, and, in a way, life itself.

Leaders agree: Act now on transportation

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
This is bigger than any one city, county or metro area. This affects us all, which is why we must all work together.

Troutdale made right call on design proposals

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Troutdale City Manager Ray Young made the right call in recognizing a serious problem in the making.

'The only guarantee in life seems to be change'

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We've had a child at Sandy High for 18 consecutive years. For our family it is definitely the end of an era.

Eye protection essential before viewing eclipse

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special solar filters.

Our Opinion: Use the tax system we have

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Democrats who control the 2017 Legislature are mostly unwilling to support spending cuts to PERS.

My View: Bottle return hassles hinder recycling

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Well, recycling bottles is already a thankless task, but it's undoubtedly worsened by machines that reject many of our attempted deposits.

LETTERS: Welcome, Amazon!

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: Predictive scheduling takes away my choice, Problem solved thanks to 'My Gresham' app.

Time to decide our path: Action or apathy?

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We can't continue to kick the can down the road only to revisit this problem again in two years.

There is no defense for victimizing women

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I have no sympathy for senators, or highly paid media moguls, or anybody else who can't manage to behave themselves.

LETTER: Lawmakers creating divisions between…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
These are ideas that have good intentions and good sound-bite emotion.

Protests made no point about free speech

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Victory for what purpose? For being the loudest? The most outrageous? Having the snarkiest tweets?

Our Opinion: Rallies distasteful, but so is…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The first, slated for Sunday, June 4, is billed as a Trump Free Speech Rally aimed at 'exercising free speech' in 'one of the most liberal areas on…

LETTERS: Leaders need to protect undocumented…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: Schedule change bill would punish employers and workers.

Richardson's plan would let sun shine on public…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Exemptions are being used to keep the public, and journalists, from finding out what happens behind closed doors.

It's time to treat Bull Run water

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The city has resisted such treatment because of its expense and because many residents desire to drink minimally treated water.

You know the movies; here's how Timberline Lodge…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Many Hollywood movies have been made at our historic lodge right up there in our backyard high atop Mount Hood.

LETTER: 'Predictive scheduling' will hurt college…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I learned that working hard for - and with - my employer allowed me to complete my education.

The primary problem of Oregon's Motor Voter Law

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
An ever-shrinking share of Oregonians has the opportunity to vote in primary elections, which is the often the only real contest where party…

Solving area's transportation needs requires strong…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We need leaders that have the tools to solve the education funding gap, so all our Oregon children are elevated.

MHCC bond defeat will have costly consequences

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What happens when an earthquake drops an unreinforced building on students and college employees? Do we shrug and say, 'At least we saved $40 a year.'

My View: Housing bill promotes family stability

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
As the owner of over 700 rental units, we know the challenges and economic risks landlords face every day.

LETTER: As we usher in the new let's preserve the…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
So this little attachment to the past is worth keeping at a time when there is an attempt to erase history.

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