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Portland's Opinions

September 23, 2014

My View: Bond keeps future in sight for students

by Greg Chaimov
When Marissa Powell graduated from high school in 2009, she had already earned 94 college credits at Clackamas Community College. She was nearly halfway toward her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M…
September 23, 2014


by Mark Garber
Newspaper endorsements should go lighter on advice and heavier on expanding understanding In almost every respect, newspapers have updated their way of doing business in the time since I entered…
September 18, 2014

Our Opinion: Public isn't embracing a denser future

by Editorial board
The prevailing sentiment among urban planners is that the Portland area is headed toward — and would benefit from — a denser future where more residents are living in condominiums, apartments…
September 18, 2014

Readers' Letters: Create infill without destroying houses

by Pamplin Media Group
I just finished reading your story “Where do most want to live? In the suburbs (Sept. 9).” Wow. I live on Northwest 21st Avenue and given the explosive number of out-of-state and out-of-region…
September 18, 2014

My View: PCC Southeast campus will renew area

by Jessica Howard
Transformation, that’s what the new Southeast Campus of Portland Community College will do for Southeast Portland. Beginning this fall, the former PCC Southeast Center — a fixture in the area…
September 16, 2014

My View: Intel deal made mockery of democratic process

by Russ Dondero
The Intel Strategic Investment Program deal unanimously passed in a joint session of the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Hillsboro City Council on Aug. 26 is a classic backroom…
September 11, 2014

Our Opinion: Don't let concussions ruin young lives

by Editorial Board
At a time when our community’s children are increasingly sedentary and prone to childhood obesity, the value of competitive sports in school has never been greater. Yet, even as parents and…
September 04, 2014

Readers' Letters: Create infill without destroying houses

by Pamplin Media Group
Regarding Justin Wood’s opinion piece, titled “Demolitions meet city’s growing needs (Sept. 2),” it should be noted that opponents of the demolition of old and historic homes are not opposed to…
September 11, 2014

My View: Choose or lose parks replacement bond

by Nick Hardigg
This summer, the nonprofit Portland Parks Foundation traveled the city talking to people about parks at more than 100 events. Our most popular handout, by far, was a sticker proclaiming “Love…
September 09, 2014

My View: 'No strategy' is bad way to fight terror

by Susan Estrich
The horrifying footage of the second beheading of an American journalist by ISIS, this time freelancer Steven Joel Sotloff, a 31-year-old from Florida who loved journalism, has again placed the…

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Sep 09, 2014

My View: If you only had a limited number of words to share with…

by Simon Tam
Do you ever notice that most people are most their productive right before they leave for a big vacation? That’s when the to-do list is brought out: major projects at work that need to be…
Sep 04, 2014

Our Opinion: Clean up brownfields for right reasons

by Editorial Board
Portland’s leaders are placing a lot of hope — and potentially a pile of money — on the possibility of turning abandoned properties into thriving commercial or industrial endeavors. It’s good…
Sep 04, 2014

My View: Forest legislation must work for everyone

by Tony Hyde, Faye Stewart and Simon Hare
One of the most important issues facing Oregonians is future management of 2.6 million acres of O&C forests. Under federal law, these lands are required by the O&C Act to be managed for…
Sep 02, 2014

My View: Class of 2015 has been penalized for Portland Public…

by Mike Rosen, Monique McClean, Lisa Zuniga and Tracy
The start of school is an opportunity for new beginnings, reconnecting with friends and teachers, and setting goals. And yet for Portland Public Schools’ older students, it appears we’re…
Sep 02, 2014

My View: Demolitions meet city's growing needs

by Justin Wood
Some neighborhood and anti-growth advocates recently have been using the word “epidemic” to characterize the demolition of existing housing that has been occurring in our city. In 2013, 273…
Aug 28, 2014

Readers' Letters: Don't like breastfeeding? Then don't look

by (none)
The management of The Ram Restaurant and Brewery wants everyone in its restaurants to have an enjoyable experience? Clearly it doesn’t want everyone to have an enjoyable experience, certainly…
Aug 28, 2014

Our Opinion: A cheap ride isn't always the best ride

by Editorial Board
The city of Portland is under pressure to give its stamp of approval to mobile ride-hailing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. Despite a growing list of followers and advocates for these…
Aug 28, 2014

My View: Don't sacrifice rural economy to make a point

by Steve Zika
I love the excitement expressed by the Portland Tribune’s editorial board for Intel Corp.’s plan to invest $100 billion in Washington County over 30 years. It gives me a thrill to know that a…
Aug 28, 2014

My View: City's demolition epidemic must be curbed

by Peggy Moretti and Brandon Spencer-Hartle
Portland is in the process of losing one of its greatest assets: the character of our older neighborhoods. From Eastmoreland to St. Johns, there is an epidemic of demolition, with the city…
Aug 26, 2014

My View: What went wrong in Ferguson?

by Susan Estrich
The short answer is: everything. I’m not talking about the killing of Michael Brown. A tragedy, whatever the facts. But what the facts are is something we don’t yet know. There are two…