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December 18, 2014

Soapbox: Homeless veterans deserve our help

by Leda Garside
Leda Garside, RN, is clinical services manager for Salud Services, an outreach program of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation. With Veterans Day behind us, we need to remember that we still have…
December 18, 2014

Sheriff's office focuses on building relationships, trust

by Pat Garrett
Pat Garrett is sheriff of Washington County. National news is filled with examples of failed police and community relations. While the most recent events happened in other states, we cannot…
Former managing editor of several local newspapers, including The Times, Mikel Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
December 11, 2014

Column: If you don't want to know what kids really think, don't…

by Mikel Kelly
Because I was waiting to become mature before having kids — and therefore never had any (that maturity thing never actually happened, you see) — I have not been subjected to massive, nonstop…
December 04, 2014

Soapbox: Through street contradicts 'Safe Route to Schools'

by Linda Day
Linda Day has lived in Tigard for nearly 30 years. “Safe Route to Schools,” a new program being rolled out by the city of Tigard, is confusing quite a few residents, as well as parents of school…
December 04, 2014

Soapbox: Downtown Tigard projects have major flaws

by Reid Iford
Reid Iford is a Tigard resident. After an intensive six-week review of projects in the downtown Tigard city center area, I have uncovered major systemic flaws in vision, process and design.…
November 27, 2014

Lincoln's day of Thanksgiving still heals

by Editorial Board
With this proclamation, dated Oct. 3, 1863, the nation’s president, Abraham Lincoln, set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. Proclamation The year that is drawing towards…
November 27, 2014

Congress should set aside politics on immigration

by Rev. Chuck Currie
As politicians argue about President Obama’s executive action on immigration, faith leaders — long proponents of comprehensive immigration reform — are applauding the president and challenging…
November 06, 2014

Soapbox: Tigard officials just say 'no' for sake of city code

by Mary Feller
Tigard resident Mary Feller talks about changes to her neighborhood on Little Bull Mountain. Since July 2014, I have been researching Tigard City Planning Code to find a way for the Planning…
Former managing editor of several local newspapers, including The Times, Mikel Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
November 10, 2014

Job-hogs might be charming, but they still have all the jobs

by Mikel Kelly
There are not enough jobs out there to go around. We all know that, right? So, how is it that some of the very best-paying and most glorious gigs around are hogged by the same handful of people?…
November 10, 2014

Going beyond a day of honor and recognition

by Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, served three tours in Iraq as a U.S. Marine and talks about the importance of Veterans Day. November 11th is one day out of…

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Oct 23, 2014


by Jaime Migdalene
Light the Night walk helps people with blood cancers find a path to recovery Most people have no idea how powerful their presence is. For the thousands of people whose lives are impacted by…
Oct 23, 2014

Soapbox: Levy renewal will prevent more cuts in schools

by Dana Terhune
Fun fact: Not one, not two, but three Tualatin High School students were accepted into Harvard this year. Fun fact: The 2014 Tigard High class earned 1,634 college credits their senior year. The…
Oct 23, 2014

Lou Ogden deserves four more years as mayor

by Editorial board
The race for Tualatin mayor features two candidates who care deeply about their community and who can point to long records of community service. After meeting with each of the candidates and…
Oct 23, 2014

Letters to the editor from our readers

by Christina Lent
Support school district's levy renewal to keep 55 teachers Please help our community's children by voting "yes" on Measure 34-224. A vote of "no" will terminate the funding for very successful…
Oct 23, 2014

Tualatin needs to keep current mayor, council to solve congestion

by Cheryl Dorman
I recently had the opportunity to listen to candidates at a community forum hosted by the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce. Not surprisingly, all of the candidates for mayor and City Council agreed…
Dec 04, 2014

Our Opinion: County is wise to revise animal control ordinance

by Editorial Board
With more people moving into Washington County, there are many more pets moving in as well. That can lead to potential problems, because there are always a handful of irresponsible pet owners…
Dec 11, 2014

Our Opinion: Is Portland headed the way of San Francisco?

by Editorial Board
Is the Portland metropolitan area destined for a dense future in the pattern of San Francisco and Vancouver, British Columbia? Or should the region’s development follow a more traditional model,…
Dec 11, 2014

Soapbox: There is an ugly truth about high school sports

by Audrey Bay
Audrey Bay is a Tigard resident. A glaring 100-yard gap emerged between the two teams eight minutes into Saturday’s 6A OSAA Football Championship. The Central Catholic Independent School not…
Dec 18, 2014

Our Opinion: School budget gives, then takes away

by Editorial Board
The 2015-17 budget proposed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber shows the importance of both addition and subtraction. The plan, released earlier this month, raises some important, and quite familiar,…

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