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June 30, 2016

Stop fighting, settle Cover Oregon suit

by Editorial Board
It would be hard to say which entity the public distrusts more — big business or big government. As such, many people in Oregon will have trouble deciding who was tricked or who was the…
June 30, 2016

Maybe peeking at the world through a keyhole really isn't all…

by Mikel Kelly
If you had grown up on the Oregon coast in the 1950s — like I did — chances are you would have gotten your information about the outside world in tiny, confusing pieces. Oh, sure, we had our…
June 30, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
Initiative 28 will restore funding to schools Recent Tidings editorials say Oregon public education needs more funds, slams I-28, the 2.5 percent tax on corporations larger than 25 million, and…


Leslie Pugmire Hole
June 23, 2016

Farming: The other way to make a living

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
As usual, the coming of summer prompts me to think of growing things and thinking of growing things prompts me to wonder, not for the first time, whether or not I would have made good farmer. Do…
June 23, 2016

Oregon's economy: Weeds in the rose garden?

by Adam Davis
Have you heard? Everything is coming up roses in Oregon. How appropriate considering we just passed our Rose Festival time of year. “All good news” according to the Oregon Office of Economic…
June 23, 2016

Brown should disavow IP 28, set the stage for true reform

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate that she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest…
June 23, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Tidings
‘Trigger’ to explore impact of gun violence In light of the recent gun violence in Orlando killing of 49 people and wounding of 53, it is an amazing coincidence that a screening of “Trigger” is…
June 21, 2016

Our opinion: Governor needs to oppose gross receipts tax

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest attempt to…
June 17, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate…

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding election-year tradition of inviting the two major candidates for…
June 16, 2016

Change comes from within, without

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
Orlando, summer of 2016. That’s how it will be remembered. Like an event, another tally to our list. Just a few decades ago we never would have thought it possible that mass shootings would…

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Jun 16, 2016

Working a little harder

by Teri Cummings
A striking difference in governing styles quickly surfaced between West Linn’s three newest City Council members and the other two councilors during the Sunset Primary School appeal hearings.…
Jun 16, 2016

Exercise key to success

by Michael Harper
One of us is a successful insurance professional and former professional basketball player. The other is the executive director of the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest. Despite…
Jun 17, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Tidings
Well done, Axelrod and Perry I recently read Rebecca Adams’ Citizen's View about the Sunset School decision – (West Linn Tidings June 9). I also read the findings report from the decision, which…
Jun 09, 2016

Proposed corporate sales tax could be a great thing for schools

by Michael Taylor
What an irresponsible headline (“Tax would raise billions but cut jobs and growth,” West Linn Tidings June 2). If one used your conclusion that Oregonians will pay more because of this tax on…
Jun 09, 2016

- Paving Paradise -

by Meredith Olmsted
Barrington Heights has no park. Never did, never will. So it is with envy I think of the beautiful parks in our neighboring Savannah Oaks and Sunset areas. And it was with dismay that I recently…
Jun 09, 2016

Council discovers elegant solution to Sunset dilemma

by Rebecca Adams
I would not have thought it possible, but through the mess and turmoil of public process, an elegant and workable solution to the Sunset School land-use conflict has been forged. I call it “the…
Jun 09, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings Readers
West Linn: Learn how to protect our water Recently the U.S.Geological Survey, in partnership with multiple Clackamas County cities, sampled streams in our area and tested them for pesticides…
Jun 09, 2016

Giant flushing toilet is next for Sunset Park

by Peggy Kirkendall
This letter is a follow up to the previous letter in a mid-April issue of the Tidings, entitled “A Perfect Storm in the Making.” The storm came whipping first through the West Linn Planning…
Jun 02, 2016

Tax would hurt those it aims to help

by Editorial Board
A new analysis by state economists should make public employees think twice about the harm they’d do to low-income Oregonians if the unions and their backers succeed in pushing through a gross…
MIKEL KELLY
Jun 02, 2016

There's one thing I know something about, but not what you'd…

by Mikel Kelly
It has been suggested, a time or two in my life, that my most unique personal achievement may very well have been my selection to the Waldport High School Class of ‘65 Senior Hall of Fame as…