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Portland's Opinions

September 01, 2015

Readers' Letters: Public colleges "defraud" too

by Super User
For-profit “colleges” commit outrageous fraud against unsuspecting families, but state universities are not far behind. First, state legislators have drastically cut education budgets, partly…
COURTESY DAN MEEK - Dan Meek
September 01, 2015

My View: Save democracy: run as an Independent

by Dan Meek
The Independent Party of Oregon is now the third major political party in Oregon because more than 5 percent of registered voters in the state have joined it. Until now, concerned voters in…
September 01, 2015

My View: Timber policies hurt habitat

by Timothy Christopher
Our nation’s forest management policies are literally destroying the forests we believed they were to protect. The discussion here in Oregon and the West isn’t if or when we will have a forest…
August 27, 2015

Our Opinion: For-profit colleges need regulating

by Editorial board
The potential for fraud or deception by for-profit colleges in Oregon might seem to be a case of buyer beware. And indeed, students ought to do thorough research about these privately operated…
August 27, 2015

My View: Apprenticeships key to job training

by David A. Plant
Regarding John M. Vincent’s article, Manufacturing Growth: Limited by Lack of Workers, Business Tribune, June 23: Politicians proclaim that the answer to globalization is to upgrade the skills…
August 27, 2015

My View: New science standards empower students

by Bradford Hill
When we return to school in the fall, teachers and students will dive into an exciting new era of learning in science. Thanks to Oregon’s adoption of new, stronger science standards, we are…
August 27, 2015

My View: Apprenticeships key to job training

by David A. Plant
Regarding John M. Vincent’s article, Manufacturing Growth: Limited by Lack of Workers, Business Tribune, June 23: Politicians proclaim that the answer to globalization is to upgrade the skills…
August 25, 2015

My View: Medicare, Medicaid have proved worth

by Susan Johnson and John Hammarlund
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act. Most people who will become eligible for Medicare this year were…
August 25, 2015

My View: It's time to reform city structure

by David Krogh
The Tribune’s recent editorial outlining a proposed Portland City Commission restructuring plan is both timely and informative. The proposal would make city commissioners representative by…
August 25, 2015

Readers' Letters: There's many vital tasks for geology office

by Pamplin Media Group
Regarding the story, State geology agency’s future a little shaky (Aug. 13): There are a number of functions that the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries should be tasked with…

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Aug 20, 2015

Our opinion: It's a new party, but where does it stand?

by Editorial Board
Voter confusion may have helped the Independent Party of Oregon get where it is today, but going forward, a muddled message will not serve the party well if it is to become a legitimate force in…
COURTESY: DREAMSTIME
Aug 20, 2015

MY VIEW: Get ready for election show business

by Adam Davis
Did the Oregon Legislature meet this year? Many Oregonians would say, “I think so, but I’m not sure.” They’ve been taking place, those meetings conducted by political party operatives and big…
Aug 20, 2015

Letters: Others will pay for our short-sightedness

by Pamplin Media Group
Re: Has comprehensive plan lost its balance? (story Aug 6): “Jobs vs. environment” is a tired, old frame. Hardly original. To me, retaining some land as rural farm or forest sounds like balance.…
Aug 18, 2015

Readers' letters: Forget about climate change, fix the streets

by Pamplin Media Group
Mayor Charlie Hales is not “leading the charge” on climate change (story Aug. 11). President Obama is. Hales is, however, using the city charge card for international trips that he hopes will…
MARTHA BENNETT
Aug 18, 2015

MY VIEW: Make most of land within boundary

by Martha Bennett
Local farms and forests. Clear air. Clean water. More time with friends and family and less sprawl. These things are easy to take for granted but they aren’t an accident. The Portland…
NATE BOND
Aug 18, 2015

MY VIEW: Homeownership not in Metro plan

by Nate Bond
Skyrocketing home and rental prices, a lack of affordable options for middle-class families, increased congestion and strain on roads and highways — this is life in San Francisco and Seattle.…
Aug 13, 2015

Voters aren't ready to fall in line

by Editorial board
Are Oregonians just being their cantankerous selves, or is something deeper occurring in their collective psyche? In the same week that a statewide poll showed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders within…
Aug 14, 2015

My View: Changes would improve witness IDs

by Aliza B. Kaplan
Oregon police departments must improve their practices for identification of suspects by eyewitnesses to crime. Our state is not immune from miscarriages of justice due to erroneous eyewitness…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The urban growth boundary determines where new development cvan occu. If the Metro Council is not going to expand the UGB this year, it needs to speed up the next review and do a better job of engaging all stakeholders.
Aug 06, 2015

Bring reality back into growth decisions

by Editorial board
The perennial question of whether the Portland area should grow outward or inward is back before the Metro Council, which is required to decide whether the urban growth boundary is sufficiently…
Aug 04, 2015

My View: Ride firms must all follow same rules

by Raye Miles
Will the Portland City Council require Uber to provide ADA-compliant wheelchair accessible vehicle service at the same level required of Portland’s cab companies? Or will our city leaders cave…