Remembering Tony Kneidek and the Marmot Road deer

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Through eavesdropping and osmosis, Tony made me a better reporter, writes columnist Paul Keller.

My View: VW deceit shows need for cap and trade

Portland Tribune - Opinion
It is worth shining a light on VW since their behavior paints a stark picture as to the lengths corporations will go to try and circumvent…

My View: TriMet execs must rethink light rail

Portland Tribune - Opinion
TriMet's ridership is in a steady decline. It peaked in fiscal 2012 and ridership has dropped in each of the past three years. Only 2.4 percent of…

Letters: You can crowd humans only so much

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also write in about how PPS treats special needs students and the power of public employee unions.

Our Opinion: Equity needed in storm drainage fee

Portland Tribune - Opinion
City officials should work with staff to create a better system of paying for off-site storm water treatment that is fair to all Portland property…

LETTER: Beverage tax threatens small business success

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I sell many items that would be included in this tax: soda, juice, energy drinks, coffees and teas.

My View: Parents must prepare kids for the worst

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Start talking to your kids tonight. They will listen to your input. It's a good discussion. And if you do it casually and with the right tone, it…

Letters: 'Bummer gun' stories make us safer

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Plus, our readers think city leaders should do more to help the homeless, but don't believe tent cities belong in parks and natural areas.

My View: Cap-and-trade could harm manufacturing

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon manufacturers share our state's passion for environmental protection. We take seriously our mission to provide opportunity to workers and…

My View: Oregon must lead on protecting climate

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregonians are poised to reap substantial economic, health, and quality-of-life benefits from the Clean Energy Jobs bill. Our state has the…

Letters: Submit infill plan to a public vote

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also offer their opinions on changing the name of Jeffrson High School and spending plans for the Sullivan Gulch Trail.

Our Opinion: Portland school board talks transparency,…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
We understand why the union, board and even some teachers, would like to keep certain documents hidden away. In the past six months, both the…

My View: Local oversight could improve foster care

Portland Tribune - Opinion
If counties can administer the state's Medicaid program through Coordinated Care Organizations, why couldn't they similarly oversee child welfare?

My View: PDX Bridge helps youth cross to college

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon needs an education system that puts our students on equal footing with the highest-performing states, but we must make sure that our most…

Letters: Our downward spiral to authoritarianism

Portland Tribune - Opinion
And our readers want you to remember the origin Victor the Viking, the Portlnd State Univeristy mascot.

Our Opinion: A solution to 'bummer gun' journalism

Portland Tribune - Opinion
As newsrooms shrank during and since the last recession and readers turned to their phones for news, coverage skewed toward what was easy, cheap and…

My View: Freeway bridge should link 8th Avenue

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The Sullivan's Gulch Trail, which avoids busy street intersections, is a great example of true 'Vision Zero' accident-prevention planning.

Letters: City must work on what's important

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also write in about vanishing comics and the cap and trade bill before the 2018 Oregon Legislature.

Our View: Jefferson name debate offers vital lessons

Portland Tribune - Opinion
It's understandable that the Jefferson label causes concern in a school with 45 percent African-American enrollment. It's also understandable that…

Letters: Where will renaming movement end?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also express themselves on climate change, unreinforced masonry buildings and home schooling.

COMMENTS: Homeless campers plan to resist city eviction 

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
These comments were posted on The Outlook's website and Facebook page. Here's what people are saying

My View: Single-payer health care cuts costs

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Insurance administrators are not evil. They are, rather, a product of our uniquely dysfunctional health care system.

Letters: Tall buildings would create 'canyon'

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also express their views renovated Portland Public Schools buildings, smart meters, gun law reciprocity, the health care systems, and oil…

My View: Unreinforced masonry - What price safety?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Mandating that owners retrofit their buildings at unaffordable costs without provisions for adequate and reliable sources of funding can only lead to…

Letters: System is rigged against average citizens

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also weigh in on possible solutions for growing congestion and the continuing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

Our Opinion: Go slow on cap, trade legislation

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The most compelling reason to wait is to keep faith with Oregon voters, who agreed in 2010 to allow the Legislature to meet every year.

My View: Let parents choose education options

Portland Tribune - Opinion
As parents, we have the right and the responsibility to say it's time for us to have the power to choose the education options that are best for our…

Letters: Safety fixes could worsen congestion

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also express themselves on issues ranging from climate change to increasing residential densities to Oregon's initiaitve process to fire…

Our Opinion: Start PPS reforms at state agency

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon's legislative leaders recently formed a panel of lawmakers to tour the state in an effort to shape a major education reform effort. We suspect…

My View: What's the chance of a woman president?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Studies also have found that, for the voice of a collective group to be heard, that group must achieve a critical mass - around 30 percent. If we're…

OPINION: Trump protest planned at PDX airport

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, demonstration is at an officially permitted free-speech zone.

Letters: Don't buy argument against cap-and-trade

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Plus, our readers note that colleges also use Quaker as mascot and ask what is government is for?

What's the chance of a woman president?

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
What's holding women back? Both structural and cultural barriers keep women from advancing.

Let's talk about REAL education reforms

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Oregon is failing its public school students. We've known about this for years.

Our Opinion: 'A' for effort on education panel

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Doing the same thing year after year - arguing about two sets of budget numbers, and citing 'best practices,' and shaking our heads when state…

My View: Bikers will mar Forest Park slopes

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Bikers travel several times as far as hikers, having several times as much impact on wildlife as hikers due to their speed, greater distance…

Letters: 'Yes' vote ensures kids' health care

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers are split over the Medicaid funding measure on the Jan. 23 special election ballot.

My View: Forest Service failed to protect lodge

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Losing Multnomah Falls Lodge to a forest fire would have been extremely poor public relations for the Forest Service, the agency that brought you…

My View: Cap-and-trade won't help environment

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Housing supply is lagging demand because we've created so many barriers to housing construction. Removing those barriers should be a top priority for…

Letters: A case for a carbon fee

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers are also concerned about Ballot Measure 101, which would ratify certain health care taxes approved by the 2017 Oregon Legislature to help…

My View: Will Portland still be Portland without Mt…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
While I mostly support the vibrant development taking place here, I want to honor my ancestors' legacy and make sure we preserve the views of our…

My View: Top 10 Oregon poll findings of 2017

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Despite everything that went on, Oregonians in every corner of the state remained consistent, and in agreement, on what they value about living in…

My View: PCC begins 2018 with optimism, hope

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Education changes lives and opens doors to opportunities that benefit the greater community. A recent economic impact study shows a return of $3.70…

Letters: Think about big picture at Franklin High

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also voice their opinions about allowing two accessory dwelling units in much of Portland and the carbon cast-and-invest bill to be…

Our Opinion: Shore up levee before it's too late

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The Portland area needs to learn from the experiences in New Orleans and Houston, where devastating urban floods - a decade apart - led to divisive…

Though not deadly, let's not resort to name calling

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Don't call people names no matter how mad you are at the time. It never makes things better.

Avoiding a New Year's hangover, the American…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
As soon as he uttered 'five minutes,' I knew we were in for a long, strange trip.

My View: Health care tax doesn't pass fairness test

Portland Tribune - Opinion
We're proud to stand up for the 1.2 million Oregonians without a lobbyist, who aren't beholden to special interests, and who were too busy working to…

Letters: Actions speak much louder than words

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also expess their opinions about Ballot Measure 101 and the Portland Art Museum's plan to cover its outdoor sculpture court.

A new kind of resolution: recycle

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
There are two main ways we can ruin recycling, writes editor Leslie Pugmire Hole.

My View: New TriMet leader must provide vision

Portland Tribune - Opinion
TriMet must design attractive transit alternatives to freeway travel, and explain why adding more freeway lanes will not reduce congestion - it will…

My View: Merkley's LNG criticism is off-base

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Merkley's criticism of Jordan Cove is simply wrong. Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality and Energy Facility Siting Council approvals show…

Letters: Policy tweaks won't make Oregon rich

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Readers also express themselves on such issues as reducing the federal government's public land holdings, drivers idling their cars, and what our…

Our Opinion: Vote yes on Ballot Measure 101

Portland Tribune - Opinion
A 'yes' vote on Measure 101 allows the democratic process to work, gives lawmakers a year to monitor the new financing package they passed last…

My View: Let's elect city leaders by district

Portland Tribune - Opinion
A districted system would democratize City Hall. It also would create a strong case for dismantling the ineffective commission system. Portland is…

Letters: Historic districts thwart density

Portland Tribune - Opinion
It's no surprise, then, that the Irvington historic district, billed on its website as 'one of the largest in the entire United States,' with 2,800…

Quit boasting about how great it is to live here

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
And other NEW YEAR'S GRIPES from Paul Keller, a former editor of the Sandy Post newspaper.

Our Opinion: Sex harassment dialogue overdue

Portland Tribune - Opinion
It's now clear that for men who work in the public eye, a credible allegation of sexual harassment, backed up by solid reporting, is now enough to…

My View: Collaboration vital for public schools

Portland Tribune - Opinion
There's positive momentum with business and government leaders as well, such as Gov. Kate Brown's recent outreach to stakeholders on cost…

My View: The tax reform bill should be a moral…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Whatever our political affiliation, we would do well to judge the tax reform bill in the context of Jesus' words: 'For I was hungry and you gave me…

Letters: DEQ protects companies that pollute

Portland Tribune - Opinion
And a reader also thinks we're going in the direction of Californian when it comes to housing costs.

My View: Give to the arts by year-end

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregonians may get a 2017 tax credit for giving to the Oregon Cultural Trust and qualifying arts organizations by Dec. 31.

Our Opinion? What happened to disparity data?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
At this point, after more than a year of study, Multnomah County should be more than a little embarrassed that with all their resources, they have…

My View: City is dropping the ball on plans for…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
If there is blame to be laid for this unfortunate and inflammatory debate, then BPS must share in it. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and…

My View: Mountain bikers won't mar park trails,…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Opponents cast anyone who likes to ride bicycles in nature as adrenaline junkies. But our families are just like theirs: We want to go outside, enjoy…

My View: Use tax deduction to help homeless kids

Portland Tribune - Opinion
A common-sense reform of the mortgage-interest deduction would yield significant resources for Oregon to address the crisis of housing affordability.…

My View: Clean Energy Jobs bill does the right thing

Portland Tribune - Opinion
We should make it easy for more Oregonians to do the right thing. Let's prioritize our state's transition away from polluting energy and toward…

Letters: Infill project is for rich, future…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also write in about downtown's deteriorating safety and ending homelessness.

My View: Policy reforms would improve state for all

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon's land-use laws - as well as regulations regarding design review, historic preservation and inclusionary zoning - have stifled residential…

My View: Retain renewable fuels standard

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon produces millions of tons of woody 'waste' products every year, from logging debris to sawdust to small trees from U.S. Forest Service…

Letters: Create opportunity and housing

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Readers also comment on nonaffilated voters and various taxes intended to help everyone.

Our Opinion: Vera Katz, Portland's splendid torch

Portland Tribune - Opinion
We didn't agree with all her decisions, and many of her initiatives flopped (she never could get major league baseball to the Rose City). But her…

Union Pacific sidesteps inspection query

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
After an Outlook editorial on Dec. 5, Union Pacific fires back regarding Fairview railroad bridge.

Letters: Infrastructure must meet density needs

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers wrote about the Residential Infill Project and how road tolls would affect lower-income residents.

Our View: Bond money can save existing units

Portland Tribune - Opinion
There's some money in the Portland affordable bond for buying existing apartment buildings, and we'd like to see as much attention paid to those…

My View: Kids' health shouldn't be a budget…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Congress has cut funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program; Sen. Ron Wyden vows to fight for funding to allow the program to continue.

My View: What Oregonians want in new leaders

Portland Tribune - Opinion
There is considerable attention being given to diversity, equity and inclusion in the hiring process everywhere these days, and justifiably so. The…

My View: Senate tax plan threatens education

Portland Tribune - Opinion
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici: Final vote on tax proposal could will come in the near future.

My View: What my father taught me about women

Portland Tribune - Opinion
For whatever good there might be in me, I give thanks to my mother, grandfather and uncle - not to mention my wife and the many women I've worked…

My View: Art museum plans pose needless barriers

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The museum needs to reach out to neighborhood residents on both the east and west sides of the museum and work with a true 'stakeholder group' (as…

Letters: Spare change could pay for tiny houses

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also write in about homeless students and the Sugar Policy Modernization Act.

Senate tax plan threatens education

Beaverton Valley Times - Opinion
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici: Final vote on tax proposal could come as early as week of Dec. 4.

When it's time to say me too

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
I had become jaded and thought of sexual harassment as the price of being female on this planet.

My View: Historic district worsens housing crisis

Portland Tribune - Opinion
One way to increase the amount of low-income housing in Portland is to increase the amount of housing generally. That means housing all along the…

My View: Brown, Merkley should oppose LNG

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Gov. Brown, is this what you had in mind when you said, 'We must do what we can to tackle global climate change'?

Letters: Colleges must add all-gender restrooms

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also express themselves about the increasing number of homeless students, Commissioner Chloe Euday and the Kenton Village homeless camp…

Our Opinion: Watchdogs vital for democracy

Portland Tribune - Opinion
In an era when members of the public get information from a variety of sources - including direct communications from elected officials - it's…

My View: Freeway tolling can shrink congestion

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Value pricing is necessary because our current system cannot address congestion. Our highway network is an open access system, where each trip…

My View: Emissions cap boosts kids' health

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Many of the same emissions that are polluting the air and hurting kids' development also are affecting the climate and influencing weather, forest…

Our Opinion: Metro, proceed carefully on housing

Portland Tribune - Opinion
We aren't persuaded that postponing the rail line is a smart move, given the growing congestion problems in Portland's Southwest quadrant. But it's…

Letters: Brown must speak out against pipeline

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Readers also write about ending taxpayer-funded animal experiments and revitalizing 'left behind' communities.

My View: Gun control laws do make a difference

Portland Tribune - Opinion
There is no denying that gun violence is a complex problem. But as a founding board member of Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership, I know there are…

My View: School conditions impact students' lives

Portland Tribune - Opinion
When students know that their school is dangerous for their health, it is only natural that they will not be engaged in school. No one wants to spend…

Letters: Lincoln street doesn't need PBOT 'fix'

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also speak out about the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup and whether the homeless in Portland are from Portland.

Do you want X in your drinking water?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
It's time to put an end to the debate about whether fluoridation is unhealthy. The results are in: it is.

MY VIEW: Donate more to arts, lower your taxes

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The Oregon Cultural Trust hopes to double participation in the tax credit program by 2021, helping to preserve Oregon's rich cultural heritage.

Our Opinion: Superfund cleanup must not be delayed

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The secrecy of the talks is troubling, particularly in a process in which trust and credibility are key.It took the EPA more than 16 years to devise…

Letters: Spend more cash, not less, on homeless

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Other issues of concern to our readers include gun control and protests at sports events.

My View: Medicaid suffers from failed leadership

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Given the unfortunate track record of waste and mismanagement in Medicaid going back to Cover Oregon, good intentions and nice words from state…

My View: Residential Infill Project needs changes

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Portland's leaders must take urgent action! We hope that the Planning and Sustainability Commission will champion an improved RIP - one with…

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