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Portland's Opinions

September 02, 2014

My View: Class of 2015 has been penalized for Portland Public…

by Mike Rosen, Monique McClean, Lisa Zuniga and Tracy
The start of school is an opportunity for new beginnings, reconnecting with friends and teachers, and setting goals. And yet for Portland Public Schools’ older students, it appears we’re…
September 02, 2014

My View: Demolitions meet city's growing needs

by Justin Wood
Some neighborhood and anti-growth advocates recently have been using the word “epidemic” to characterize the demolition of existing housing that has been occurring in our city. In 2013, 273…
August 28, 2014

Readers' Letters: Don't like breastfeeding? Then don't look

by (none)
The management of The Ram Restaurant and Brewery wants everyone in its restaurants to have an enjoyable experience? Clearly it doesn’t want everyone to have an enjoyable experience, certainly…
August 28, 2014

Our Opinion: A cheap ride isn't always the best ride

by Editorial Board
The city of Portland is under pressure to give its stamp of approval to mobile ride-hailing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. Despite a growing list of followers and advocates for these…
August 28, 2014

My View: Don't sacrifice rural economy to make a point

by Steve Zika
I love the excitement expressed by the Portland Tribune’s editorial board for Intel Corp.’s plan to invest $100 billion in Washington County over 30 years. It gives me a thrill to know that a…
August 28, 2014

My View: City's demolition epidemic must be curbed

by Peggy Moretti and Brandon Spencer-Hartle
Portland is in the process of losing one of its greatest assets: the character of our older neighborhoods. From Eastmoreland to St. Johns, there is an epidemic of demolition, with the city…
August 26, 2014

My View: What went wrong in Ferguson?

by Susan Estrich
The short answer is: everything. I’m not talking about the killing of Michael Brown. A tragedy, whatever the facts. But what the facts are is something we don’t yet know. There are two…
August 26, 2014

My View: We need to know when our food has been modified

by Anne and Rene Berblinger
As Oregon family farmers, we enthusiastically support the ballot measure to label genetically engineered foods. It would help Oregonians tell the difference between locally grown real food and…
August 21, 2014

Our Opinion: Old Town/Chinatown needs bold action

by Editorial board
Mayor Charlie Hales says he’s ashamed of Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown district. That sentiment is somewhat understandable. Despite marvelous attractions in the district, such as the Lan Su…
August 21, 2014

My View: Candidate with most votes should win

by John Koza
Existing state “winner-take-all” statutes award 100 percent of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in each state. Because of that,…

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Aug 21, 2014

Readers' Letters: Don't like breastfeeding? Then don't look

by No byline
The management of The Ram Restaurant and Brewery wants everyone in its restaurants to have an enjoyable experience? Clearly it doesn’t want everyone to have an enjoyable experience, certainly…
Aug 21, 2014

My View: Build bridges, but fix rest of infrastructure, too

by Tobias Read
There’s been a lot of talk lately about building bridges in the Portland area. Clearly the need to solve the safety and congestion problems crossing the Columbia River hasn’t gone away. Yet, the…
Aug 19, 2014

My View: Mental illness battle is not a fair fight

by Susan Estrich
When the news rippled out on Monday that Robin Williams had committed suicide, even I thought — for a moment — “but he had everything.” As if suicide is a “choice.” I say “even I” because I know…
Aug 19, 2014

Readers say Oregon should take a second look at dental therapists

by No byline
Readers' Letters Congratulations to the Portland Tribune on a good article (Oregon won’t smile on dental therapists, July 17). I was interviewed for the article and want to clarify a few things…
Aug 14, 2014

Reed fossil fuel divestment isn't answer

by Pamplin Media Group
First, do you really think that Reed College — a small, somewhat unknown liberal arts school — divesting from fossil fuels would have any effect at all on solving “the biggest challenge in human…
Aug 14, 2014

My View: It's time to end discrimination of military veterans

by Doug Wilkinson
I am writing to bring attention to the Warfighter Rights Movement. This is a movement that I am proud to be a part of, not only as an advocate for veterans’ rights, but as executive officer and…
Aug 14, 2014

My View: Please share a 'happy thought' with Reynolds students,…

by Susan Bowker
I’m Nana to Jesse Martin, who attends Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Nothing prepares you as a nana to get the call I received on the morning of June 10. The call went like this: “Mom, have…
Aug 14, 2014

Our Opinion: Intel invests in state's economic future

by Editorial Board
Intel Corp.’s plan to invest $100 billion in Washington County during the next 30 years resounded like an economic thunderclap. And, like a bolt of economic lightning, the pact offered a jolt to…
Aug 12, 2014

My View: Governor's race leaves many voters with difficult…

by Russ Dondero
Oregon voters will have a Catch-22 choice in this November’s general election: to vote for incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber for his fourth term or to vote for a relatively unknown Oregon…
Aug 12, 2014

My View: Politics swamps GOP's election plans

by Lawrence Kudlow
Businesses created more than 200,000 new jobs for the sixth straight month. Second-quarter gross domestic product rebounded by 4 percent from the winter-weather doldrums. And the Manufacturing…