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November 19, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
School board seeks input for bond To the editor: In the next two months, the Woodburn School Board will be working with its citizens’ advisory committee and interested community members to come…
November 19, 2014

North Marion should look at SRO

by Independent staff
The North Marion School Board is considering upgrades to the district’s security, most notably by arming a security officer. At a community forum Oct. 27, the roughly 40 community members in…
November 12, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Best Assoc. Building RFP from brewpub To the editor: I would like to see the agency base their recommendation on a prioritized list of criteria. My recommendation for a criteria priority would…
November 11, 2014

WWII vets' work can't be forgotten

by Pamplin Media Group
They did not consider themselves heroes. When Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, young men quickly flocked to the military, volunteering to do their part…
November 05, 2014

The things that just don't make any sense

by Tyler Francke
As a news reporter, my instincts have been finely tuned for maximum efficiency and effectiveness, much like the strings of a Stradivarius or the soundboard of a Steinway grand piano. This unique…
November 05, 2014

More on early childhood education

by Chuck Ransom, WSD
Last month I briefly touched on what the Woodburn School District is doing to prepare young students for a lifetime of learning. That editorial sparked a lot of interest, and I thought it would…
November 05, 2014

Take time to honor vets this year

by Independent staff
Veterans Day is a time to thank the men and women who have stood up and defended our country during some of the nation’s darkest moments. It’s hard to pinpoint why, but it seems that many…
November 05, 2014

Take steps to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes

by Jonie Brown, R.N., Legacy Medical Group
Every day, we are seeing more and more people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It is now a national epidemic. This is not type 1 diabetes, which we see far less often. Type 1 is usually diagnosed…
October 29, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Outgoing councilor supports Lonergan To the editor: I hope this letter will reach some Woodburn voters who haven't yet turned in their ballots. Frank Lonergan and Terry Will are the two…
October 29, 2014

Reflection on truth of Jesus leads to new-found zeal

by Suzanne Ybarra
A song on the radio captures my attention every time it’s on: “We believe in God the Father. We believe in Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit and He’s giving us new life. We believe in…

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Oct 28, 2014

Our Opinion: Measure 92 slaps bad label on Oregon

by Editorial board
The two sides in the debate on genetically engineered foods have turned Oregon into a battleground in a food fight with global implications. The decision for voters, however, should come down to…
Oct 28, 2014

My beef with political birdcage linings

by Phil Hawkins
Since I began writing regular opinion pieces for our occasionally-weekly Independent Voices column, my wife has always tried getting me to write about politics. “Phil, you’re so handsome, strong…
Oct 22, 2014

Feeling welcomed and safe at NMSD

by Boyd Keyser, NMSD superintendent
Creating a welcoming, respectful and safe school community is on the top of our mission statement at North Marion School District. Oftentimes, the real challenge is trying to balance the safe…
Oct 22, 2014

Governor's race offers poor choices

by Pamplin Media Group
Many Oregon voters, we suspect, are uninspired by their options in the gubernatorial race. We know we are. Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat running for an unprecedented fourth term, has not…
Oct 15, 2014

Lonergan's experience key in Ward 5

by Woodburn Independent
The race for Woodburn City Council’s Ward 5 is between two men who have both been involved in city government and who are passionate about what they do. Frank Lonergan has represented the ward…
Oct 15, 2014

Carney the best candidate for Ward 3

by Woodburn Independent
Longtime Woodburn City Councilor Pete McCallum has decided not to run for re-election, and his departure means a new face will represent Ward 3. Robert Carney and Julie Anne Hughes are vying for…
Oct 15, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Woodburn Independent
Area residents discuss political races in advance of November general election No one more dedicated to city than Lonergan To the editor: In the 12-plus years that I served on Woodburn's…
Oct 15, 2014

Big changes ahead for schools, locally and statewide

by Chuck Ransom, WSD superintendent
Woodburn School District superintendent urges continued and renewed focus on early childhood education The beginning of a new school year is always exciting. At the school district, greeting our…
Oct 15, 2014

Elected officials should respect the law and will of the people

by Russ Baglien
Columnist says some current state and federal office holders have not followed the directives of the Constitution or voters This has been a hectic summer for your sometimes journalist. My wife,…
Oct 14, 2014

MCC: Dickey, Cameron a close call

by Tyler Francke
The race for Marion County Commissioner Position 1 is a close one, with two highly intelligent and approachable candidates. Kevin Cameron and Diana Dickey are two capable, knowledgeable and…



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