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February 03, 2016

Our opinion: Next on the governor's list: a compromise on tax

by Editorial board
When it comes to the proposed gross receipts tax in Oregon, this state’s residents — and particularly their elected leaders — have a choice. They can quickly agree on a reasonable plan to raise…
February 03, 2016

Construction to begin soon at MacLaren

by Fariborz Pakseresht and Dan Berger
In the coming months you will start to see construction equipment moving in and out of MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. The activity is part of several renovation and construction projects…
February 03, 2016

Letter to the editor: Gilliam ignores constituents on immigration

by Independent readers
In 2013 Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton/Hubbard) spearheaded the failed attempt to put driver cards in the hands of people in our country illegally. Now, he’s at it again. Gilliam ignored the…
February 03, 2016

The command to forgive is unconditional

by Will Robertson
People talk to me about forgiveness from time to time. The conversation usually goes something like this: “I know I’m supposed to forgive (fill in name or relationship here), but I don’t think…
January 27, 2016

Immigration reform, not discrimination, is needed

by Rep. Vic Gilliam
A simplistic view of immigration can be tempting given decades of federal mismanagement of our borders as well as grave concerns for our safety in light of growing international terrorism. Some…
January 27, 2016

Letters to the editor: Residents don't realize UGB is a big deal

by Independent readers
After 20 years it’s finally official: Woodburn’s Urban Growth Boundary expansion has been approved. I’m not sure that “the man on the street” is aware of how important and awesome this is for…
January 27, 2016

Minimum wage plan needs more work

by Editorial board
Sometimes when a public policy initiative gets trashed from opposite ends of the political spectrum, it means the author has found a sensible middle ground. Other times, it means he or she needs…
January 20, 2016

Inmates deserve better shot at reform

by Editorial Board
As we dive into a new year with a fresh start, it seems appropriate to consider a group of individuals who are in great need of society’s forgiveness and help. People being released from…
January 20, 2016

What is a Christian 'for,' anyway?

by Will Robertson
In the view of many these days, being a Christian is an end in itself. If I confess my sins and say a prayer, I get to go to heaven when I die. Going to church services is encouraged, but it is…
January 13, 2016

Following current events? I've got good news and bad news

by Will Robertson
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” — Isaiah 41:10 (New International…

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Jan 13, 2016

No such thing as a quick fix in weight loss

by Lindsay Keefer
We humans are always looking for shortcuts, wanting to be told there’s a quick fix for everything. I can’t say that I’m immune to this desire, but I have proven to myself time and time again…
Jan 13, 2016

Woodburn schools should look to MASD

by Editorial board
Mount Angel School District is wrapping up projects from its $10.4 million bond that was approved by voters in the November 2013 election. Half the bond money went toward a significant…
Jan 06, 2016

Falling victim to package thieves at Christmas

by Phil Hawkins
Several weeks before Christmas, my Facebook feed was flooded with news of seasonal Grinchness most foul. Perhaps you saw it pop up on your feed or the local news too: videos of thieves brazenly…
Jan 06, 2016

No faith required to believe in God

by Will Robertson
Some people tell me that it takes a lot of faith to believe in God. Some have even told me that I am exercising blind faith in order to believe in a God for whom no objective evidence exists. I…
Jan 06, 2016

Get a healthy start to the New Year

by Susan Johnson
Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Do a Google search, and you’ll find health-related resolutions are among the most common: lose weight, exercise more, eat…
Jan 06, 2016

Let's make 2016 another banner year

by Editorial board
With 2015 being such a banner year for the Woodburn area, it’s hard to look ahead to what 2016 will bring without an optimistic eye. Here is a sampling of our hopes and dreams for the Woodburn…
Jan 26, 2016

Is it Christian to get involved in politics?

by Will Robertson
I have frequently been asked my opinion about Christians’ involvement in politics. This includes running for and serving in office, as well as simply voting. The people asking this question are…
Jan 26, 2016

Student's experience in South America broadened horizons

by Daniel Garcia-Archundia
For my college semester abroad, I lived in Santiago, Chile for three and a half months. While there, I studied education and social justice. Unlike a great majority of study abroad programs, I…
Dec 30, 2015

2015 a banner year for Woodburn

by Woodburn Independent
Well, there’s another year in the books, and what a year it was. 2015 was truly a momentous period for the city of Woodburn, one that will leave an impact on the area that few other calendar…
Dec 30, 2015

Home of the Brave a growing program

by Rep. Vic Gilliam
Cameron Smith, Oregon’s Director of Veterans’ Affairs, recently took a group of us on an indelible Christmas time tour in the shadow of our state’s Capitol. The Home of the Brave is a Salem…



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