Woodburn's Area Opinions

December 17, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Reader enjoyed ‘clueless consumer’ report To the editor: Kudos to Tyler Francke for his delightful take on being a clueless consumer (Woodburn Independent, “Independent reporter a ‘clueless…
December 17, 2014

Fiesta plans headed in right direction

by Independent staff
The city of Woodburn has taken the reins of Fiesta Mexicana for 2015, and it’s seeking the public’s input to improve the festival. We certainly appreciate that the city is taking the time to…
December 17, 2014

Share yourself to connect with others and leave a positive impact

by Suzanne Ybarra
One pre-Christmas afternoon, a friend and I went shopping at one of Salem’s discount clothing stores. While my friend looked for a little black dress, I was patiently waiting to go home.…
December 17, 2014

'The Forgotten 500' an untold war story of 'a daring plan'

by Russ Baglien
In the past several months, I have read three books. All three were fascinating and two added to my education. My most recent read was “The Forgotten 500,” the story of the rescue of over 500…
December 10, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Bureaucrats seem to mask schools’ struggles as success To the editor: At the Nov. 20 Gervais School Board meeting, those in attendance got to listen to a presentation by three groups of Oregon…
December 10, 2014

Restarting the conversation about the school bond

by Chuck Ransom, WSD supt.
Last May, the Woodburn School District asked the community to renew a 20-year bond for major repairs and renovations as well as to make needed safety improvements for our schools. It was an…
December 10, 2014

Local charities still need donations

by Independent staff
The holiday season is well under way, and with it comes the need for donations to help the less fortunate. There are many people right here in the Woodburn area who won’t be able to afford a…
December 10, 2014

Independent reporter a 'clueless consumer'

by Tyler Francke
I am a clueless consumer. If there is a new trend in holiday shopping this year, I am guaranteed to find out about it sometime after Valentine’s Day. Until very recently, I thought a “pillow…
December 10, 2014

Staying stress free during the holidays

by Megan Hatch, ERYT, CYT
The holiday season is a time for joy, but it can also be a time of difficulty. Perhaps we are having a hard time affording the gifts we would like to give. Maybe the coming together of family…
December 03, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Woodburn Independent
Time to stop daylight savings and production of US penny To the editor: The politicians of this country cannot accomplish much of anything. However, they manage to receive massive benefits and…

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Dec 03, 2014

Response to fire story unfortunate

by Woodburn Independent
Being in the newspaper business, we know that one of the most common criticisms of the media is that it focuses too much on “bad news.” Sure, for many news outlets, stories about crime, scandal…
Dec 03, 2014

Christmas comes early to Hawkins home

by Phil Hawkins
Independent reporter returns to his roots in time for the holiday season It’s often quoted that on Thanksgiving weekend, roughly every American in the country is simultaneously going over the…
Nov 26, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
NM staff appreciates help with celebration To the editor: On Oct. 31, the Positive Behavior Integrated Support team at North Marion Middle School (NMMS) took nearly 400 students to The Pumpkin…
Nov 26, 2014

Much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

by Lindsay Keefer
Thanksgiving is a holiday that seems far too often overlooked. With each passing year, it seems to be a blip on the radar, as people forego the turkey dinner for lines at big box stores, turning…
Nov 26, 2014

We're thankful for you, Woodburn

by Independent staff
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us. Many of us will be gathering around the table with our families to eat a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. As we celebrate this holiday of…
Nov 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…
Nov 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…
Nov 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…
Nov 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…
Nov 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…




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