Does anyone out there remember the 'Zigzag Rooters'?

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Our columnist pens a bittersweet reflection on basketball, Blazermania, and, in a way, life itself.

Leaders agree: Act now on transportation

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
This is bigger than any one city, county or metro area. This affects us all, which is why we must all work together.

Troutdale made right call on design proposals

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Troutdale City Manager Ray Young made the right call in recognizing a serious problem in the making.

'The only guarantee in life seems to be change'

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We've had a child at Sandy High for 18 consecutive years. For our family it is definitely the end of an era.

Eye protection essential before viewing eclipse

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special solar filters.

Our Opinion: Use the tax system we have

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Democrats who control the 2017 Legislature are mostly unwilling to support spending cuts to PERS.

My View: Bottle return hassles hinder recycling

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Well, recycling bottles is already a thankless task, but it's undoubtedly worsened by machines that reject many of our attempted deposits.

LETTERS: Welcome, Amazon!

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What's Inside: Predictive scheduling takes away my choice, Problem solved thanks to 'My Gresham' app.

Time to decide our path: Action or apathy?

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We can't continue to kick the can down the road only to revisit this problem again in two years.

There is no defense for victimizing women

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I have no sympathy for senators, or highly paid media moguls, or anybody else who can't manage to behave themselves.

LETTER: Lawmakers creating divisions between employers,…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
These are ideas that have good intentions and good sound-bite emotion.

Protests made no point about free speech

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Victory for what purpose? For being the loudest? The most outrageous? Having the snarkiest tweets?

Our Opinion: Rallies distasteful, but so is censorship

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The first, slated for Sunday, June 4, is billed as a Trump Free Speech Rally aimed at 'exercising free speech' in 'one of the most liberal areas on…

LETTERS: Leaders need to protect undocumented immigrants

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: Schedule change bill would punish employers and workers.

Richardson's plan would let sun shine on public records

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Exemptions are being used to keep the public, and journalists, from finding out what happens behind closed doors.

It's time to treat Bull Run water

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The city has resisted such treatment because of its expense and because many residents desire to drink minimally treated water.

You know the movies; here's how Timberline Lodge fit in

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Many Hollywood movies have been made at our historic lodge right up there in our backyard high atop Mount Hood.

LETTER: 'Predictive scheduling' will hurt college students

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I learned that working hard for - and with - my employer allowed me to complete my education.

The primary problem of Oregon's Motor Voter Law

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
An ever-shrinking share of Oregonians has the opportunity to vote in primary elections, which is the often the only real contest where party…

Solving area's transportation needs requires strong…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We need leaders that have the tools to solve the education funding gap, so all our Oregon children are elevated.

MHCC bond defeat will have costly consequences

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What happens when an earthquake drops an unreinforced building on students and college employees? Do we shrug and say, 'At least we saved $40 a year.'

My View: Housing bill promotes family stability

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
As the owner of over 700 rental units, we know the challenges and economic risks landlords face every day.

LETTER: As we usher in the new let's preserve the past

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
So this little attachment to the past is worth keeping at a time when there is an attempt to erase history.

Preserve GHS facade for future generations

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Kudos to Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, Mike McKeel, the Dwyre family and Centennial Little League.

OK, maybe I love my leaf blower a little too much

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
If you are having trouble finding happiness and balance in your life, I suggest you do what I did. Get a leaf blower.

LETTER: Protect Ginkgo trees outside Gresham High

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Geography teacher Hazel Newhouse instigated the plantings of these wonderful trees.

'Parenting is not for the squeamish'

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
My challenge to you is to not get caught up in a parenting style that is driven by sensationalized media reports that cause you to believe things are…

LETTERS: Preserve GHS facade for future generations

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: Vote yes on MHCC bond, Immunizations have no bearing on medical neglect.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Beverly Russell

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Mt. Hood Community College provides $4 of economic impact back to the local economy for every dollar invested.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: David Widmark

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I have seen wonderful facades of classic buildings saved. Gresham High School's can be too.

District must protect historic GHS facade

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I believe the district can achieve all the goals of security and modernization while also preserving the façade.

Time for business to lay out its plan

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
It's easier to unite in opposing something you hate than in building support for something you know needs to be done.

LETTERS: Thank you, Rep. Piluso

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: 'No-cause evictions' leave people vulnerable, Where did all the garbage cans go?

Investment in MHCC critical for our community

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
When we buy locally and invest locally in our community, we make our money count for our community.

LETTERS: Investment in MHCC pays off for community

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What's Inside: Mt. Hood Community College needs your support as it meets students' needs

LETTERS: Bond will make MHCC an education leader

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What's Inside: End imbalance of funding by approving Mt. Hood college bond, Tell lawmakers to end no-cause evictions.

Make full education funding the state's top priority

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Reynolds is as high a need district as I have ever worked in and operates on a shoestring.

Pepsi ad shows sacred cows on parade

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Outrage over Pepsi's new protest-themed ad is common here in the Pacific Northwest.

OUTLOOK EDITORIAL: 'Predictive scheduling' bills are…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The Outlook opposes 'predictive scheduling' bills under consideration in Salem, declaring them as anti-business and enti-employee.

LETTERS: It's time to reinvest in MHCC

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: MHCC can't continue to finance its future on a credit card, Oregon's funding of K-12 schools is immoral.

Elect McKeel, Mattson to MHCC board

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We looked for candidates with energy, a broad base of community involvement and for people who are in-step with the needs of the surrounding…

My View: Nothing wrong with promoting cars

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Auto mobility is a wonderful thing, and there is no reason to feel guilty about new roads.

LETTER: State must take action on increasing revenue

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We need our legislators to be invested so that all Reynolds School District children get the education they deserve.

Some 'lost causes' worth conversation, consideration

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Any bill in Salem with a 'fiscal impact' - that is, a price tag - is probably dead on arrival.

LETTERS: 'Enjoy the ride' with unfit president

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: Why won't police pull the fuse on fireworks, Accusations against Hays damage his reputation.

Bill would benefit Oregonians with disabilities

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Whenever and however a disability arises, it may have a profound effect upon a person's perception of and expectation for their life.

Vote yes on MHCC's capital improvement bond

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
It's critically important that this measure be passed, and we hope you join us in supporting this measure.

Our Opinion: Address budget, taxes for long term

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Democrats and Republicans - and the interest groups that fund them - must budge on some long-held positions.

LETTERS: MHCC needs to expand, modernize and catch…

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What's Inside: Finally, someone speaks the truth about Donald J. Trump

GUEST OPINION: Diane L. Gruber

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Democrats have created a false narrative about President Trump and Russia. We should all be rooting for our president.

My View: Trump budget clashes with state values

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Items in the president's budget are similarly out of tune with Oregonians' values.

Legislature should fix housing bill while there's…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Lifting the ban on rent control could lead to a checkerboard of regulations.

Letter: Elect former commissioner Diane McKeel to…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
It is hard for me to think of a more skilled, experienced and qualified person than Diane McKeel as a candidate for the Mt. Hood Community College…

Fairview misses chance to re-set incentive package

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The Outlook almost always appreciates Tosterud's pragmatic style of city governance, but on this subject we part ways.

Data doesn't support raising kids in culture of fear

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The overall protective environment we have created for our kids impacts their sense of trying new things.

My View: Supreme Court ruling on students with…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What will 'appropriately ambitious' look like for Oregon's nearly 77,000 students with disabilities?

LETTERS: Indiana student seeks help with Oregon…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: State needs to keep fingers off our money.

Raise age to buy, use tobacco to 21

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Deaths from tobacco use are the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Oregon, according to the state Public Health Division, and most people start…

Raise age to buy, use tobacco to 21

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Deaths from tobacco use are the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Oregon.

State needs to keep fingers off our money

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Letter writer Carlton Bruce of Sandy says the state government has plenty of money, it's just over spending.

Access to medicine outweighs the risks

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The current law restricting pseudoephedrine has not solved the problem, yet burdens those who depend on these medicines for relief with unnecessary…

Stable housing is a public safety issue

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Reps. Carla Piluso, District 50, and Chris Gorsek, District 49, are working to pass housing stability for all renters, including survivors of…

Look for opportunities to defeat hate with kindness

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We hope Hasel Afshar can take comfort in knowing thousands of people in the metro area stand behind him with offers of support and acceptance.

Mayor of Troutdale stands with victim of hate crime

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Troutdale Mayor Casey Ryan calls on his community to make connections and to treat each other with compassion.

Legislative action needed on equal pay for women

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Letter writer Mardy Stevens of Gresham is a strong advocate for equal pay for women.

Tobacco-free parks is right move for city

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Letter writer Brittany Duffy-Goche says visitors to Gresham's public parks shouldn't have to breathe second-hand smoke.

Citizenship required

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Letter writer Frank Bonneau says the U.S. Constitution mandates that immigrants seek citizenship.

Legislature must act to keep guns away from children

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
It is time for Oregon to create a clear expectation for gun owners that they must safely store their firearms.

Mayor Bemis delivers message of optimism for…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I departed the event feeling good about our local government, but mainly feeling even better about the town where we do business.

LETTER: Parks should be smoke-free for all users

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in our state.

Where did our society really start going wrong? In…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I'm not one of those P.E. haters who's waited more than half a century to sound off about this.

Legislature should require more transparency

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
'Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth.' - Thomas Jefferson

Oppose bill, keep pseudoephedrine out of reach in…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Pseudoephedrine fuels our illicit drug trade while depleting our community resources.

Cooperation leads to better sidewalks in Gresham

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
It was a difficult question for everyone. But, working together, Gresham and Metro were able to work out a solution.

It's St. Paddy's Day, not St. Patty's Day

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Happy St. Paddy's Day, everyone. But be careful how you say it.

Jail is no place for the mentally ill

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Between 40 to 80 percent of people incarcerated in the jail have mental health concerns.

Commission applauded for following the science

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The issue is a Kitzhaber policy that has failed to meet its own goals.

EDITORIAL: Sheriff's HQ is a welcome addition to…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
There are a couple of intrinsic benefits to having the Sheriff's Office in downtown Troutdale.

EDITORIAL: Let your thoughts be heard on…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Wood vs.plastic: The Troutdale City Council will wait to see how expert builders want to handle the redesign of Imagination Station.

LETTERS: Why didn't he pursue citizenship earlier?

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: SnowCap dinner and auction event a smashing success, Jaywalkers own some of responsibility for collisions

LETTERS: What? Me worry?

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: Many ways to end homelessness, Rock salt can damage Mount Hood, too.

Leadership needed to narrow state's funding gap

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The irony of this situation is that we are experiencing record general fund revenues in Oregon.

Release of public records crucial in review of…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Lawmakers are being denied the information they need to assure themselves that the review was done well.

Put social workers back in our schools

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Put simply, four out of five students with mental health issues go unaided. We can do better.

There's fake news, and then there's genuine fake…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
We can read (and write, for that matter) just about anything we want.

Redistricting will move Oregon forward

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
To ensure fairness, process must be free from partisan influences.

LETTERS: Metro leaves a mess behind on existing…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: Give the women in your life a break, put yourself in their jeans

Oregon's wounded warriors deserve passage of Senate…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Do we still care about our disabled veterans? They made a sacrifice for all of us.

LETTER: Please come to visit, but take the trash…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Apparently I live in a trash can, one Corbett reader writes.

You can help shape Outlook opinion pieces

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I'm inviting people from East County to join me in forming an Outlook editorial board.

My View: Most residents unaware of budget crisis

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
If Oregonians don't understand the magnitude of the problem, they will not make the needed compromises.

Treasurer did well in forest decision

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
No one walked away from last week's meeting happy. But that doesn't mean it wasn't the right thing to do.

Our Opinion: Time to talk details on budget deal

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Peter Courtney and Tina Kotek are doing more than they let on.

LETTERS: Boy Scout says teachers deserve to be paid

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's Inside: Protect the right to reproductive health, Trump administration is hurting animals, too

Give us your Amazing Kids nominees soon

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The selected Amazing Kid will be honored along with outstanding youths from throughout the metro area.

Put a cork in it: Oregon needs hiring freeze now

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Most states, when they confront financial hard times, put a hold on hiring.

True confession: Avoiding a longtime friend

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
There's nothing weird about the Metro area's traffic congestion, it's just aggravating.

LETTERS: Don't let funding evaporate for outdoor…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Even More Gresham Letters Inside: Saying nothing is saying something

Commission betrays interests of sport anglers

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
My View: 175,000 Columbia River sports anglers are being betrayed and taken for a ride.

Our mission: Prepare all students for success

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Public schools are for everyone. Federal law prohibits public schools from asking about, or maintaining information on, a student's immigration…

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