Woodburn's Area Opinions

July 29, 2015

Take baby feeding advice with grain of salt (not literally)

by Tyler Francke
On behalf of my wife and myself, I’m pleased to inform you that our little one turned 15 months this past week. We’ll probably wait a couple more years before we start working on her college…
July 29, 2015

As the legislative world turns... and the dust settles

by Rep. Vic Gilliam
Oregon is a one-party controlled state right now. For Democrats it’s easy to take credit for anything good emerging from the Legislature. Republicans are tempted to blame them for all the bad.…
July 29, 2015

Police chief will have big shoes to fill

by Woodburn Independent
In the coming week, there will be three opportunities for members of the Woodburn community to give input on what they want to see in our new police chief. Chief Scott Russell announced his…
July 22, 2015

Pretending to be an adult

by Phil Hawkins
I’ve got a somewhat serious question for our readers, particularly those among you who are older than my wizened 32 years of life. When, if ever, do you stop feeling like you’re pretending to be…
July 22, 2015

Keep these tips in mind when traveling with your pet this summer

by Patrick L. Paradis, DVM
Are you considering taking your pet with you this summer on vacation? According to petrelocation.com, 60 percent of families traveled with their pet in 2010 and that number continues to grow.…
July 21, 2015

Our Opinion: Oregon Promise doesn't go far enough

by Editorial Board
When it comes to higher education, Oregon has a problem. When the Oregon Education Investment Board launched the 40-40-20 plan, it was ambitious, to say the least. It aimed for 40 percent of…
July 15, 2015

Helping at camp brings back memories

by Lindsay Keefer
This week marks yet another year of our church’s summer camp in the middle of nowhere outside Washougal, Wash. I’ve been pretty heavily involved in the camp since moving to the Pacific…
July 08, 2015

Letter to the editor: GREAT Camp successful thanks to community…

by Independent readers
GREAT camp successful thanks to community support To the editor: The Woodburn Police Department recently held its annual GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) summer camp. This is a…
July 08, 2015

Woodburn shows pride in next generation

by Chuck Ransom, WSD Superintendent
I want to begin this month’s column by congratulating the Woodburn High School Class of 2015. This is an exceptional group of young women and men that our community sends into the world this…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - George Fox senior Hailey Ostrom, whose grandparents reside in Woodburn, is a living example of the educational opportunities golf creates.
July 08, 2015

More than a game - golf opens doors of opportunity

by Russ Baglien
They say that dynamite comes in small packages. When it comes to women’s golf, that is abundantly true. Hailey Ostrom, of Bend, stretches her 110-pound body pretty hard to reach a height of…

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Jul 07, 2015

Our Opinion: Transportation bill doomed from start

by Editorial Board
July 11 is just around the corner, and it appears the Oregon Legislature is looking forward to it like an elementary school student looks forward to summer break. With majorities in both the…
Jul 01, 2015

Much to learn about parenting, Costco

by Tyler Francke
Let’s talk about vomit. After all, I haven’t shared much about our resident 1-year-old lately, have I? Well, here we go. A couple of weeks ago, the wife and I decided to take a family trip to…
Jul 01, 2015

Donald project should inspire others

by Woodburn Independent
The perfect marriage of utilizing resources and serving the community is happening in Donald. North?Marion High School’s newly formed National Art Honor Society was looking for a way to serve…
Jul 01, 2015

Letter to the editor: Invest in Outdoor School

by Independent readers
Outdoor School invests in rural Oregon For nearly 60 years, Outdoor School has provided high-quality, placed-based science education to generations of Oregon students. Launched in 1957 in…
Jun 24, 2015

Plenty of fun on tap this summer

by Woodburn Independent
For anyone looking to have some fun in the summer months, the Woodburn area is the place to be. The St. Paul Rodeo, one of the nation’s top Fourth of July rodeos, kicks off June 30 and continues…
Jun 24, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Thanks to Mount Angel volunteers, businesses To the editor: Mount Angel is in bloom for 2015 thanks to the following businesses, Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce members, friends and volunteers…
Jun 30, 2015

Keeping sunburns at bay may help keep the cancer away

by Curtis Climer, M.D.
When I picked strawberries and blackberries as a youth, we always wore long sleeves and broad brimmed hats. This was good. When we went to the beach, the river, a lake or a pool, we were bare…
Jun 30, 2015

Friendly feral cats can be dangerous

by Patrick L. Paradis, D.V.M.
As the colder months give way to the warmer summer months, local animal shelters become overwhelmed with “kitten season.” Most cats give birth to their kittens during the summer and early fall…
Jun 17, 2015

Examples of positivity in the field

by Capt. Doug Garrett, WPD
As a veteran police officer nearing the end of my career it sometimes seems like it is harder and harder to ward off cynicism when it comes to my general outlook on public service and what…
Jun 17, 2015

Have a fun, but safe, summer

by Woodburn Independent
Summer may not officially begin until late June, but with school out and recent hot temperatures, it’s officially time for a safety reminder for those seeking fun in the sun, whether it be in…




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