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Portland's Opinions

April 21, 2015

My View: Expanded background checks a positive step for…

by Dr. Gene Uphoff
Dr. Gene Uphoff As an Oregon medical professional, I am encouraged to see our leaders in Salem using this legislative session to take positive steps to improve the health of Oregonians and help…
April 16, 2015

Our Opinion: Now is the time to invest in education

by Editorial board
One of the nation’s shortest school years would get shorter and some of the nation’s largest class sizes would get bigger if a K-12 education budget approved by the Oregon Legislature last week…
April 16, 2015

My View: Make energy rating of buildings public

by Kevin Cosgriff and Gary Young
Portland has more than 5,000 commercial buildings, and each year some $335 million is spent on energy for these structures — corresponding to nearly one-quarter of Portland’s greenhouse gas…
April 14, 2015

Readers' Letters: $15 minimum wage right path for state

by Pamplin Media Group
A recent article states that Oregon Democrats aren’t unified behind how to raise the minimum wage. While this is true, SB 610 to raise the minimum wage to $15 over three years has 16 sponsors,…
April 14, 2015

My View: Are all of our children ready for school?

by Rebecca Gladstone
The League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund has released a new study. On behalf of the League, I urge you to read “Children-at-Risk — early learning, early intervention,” which asks,…
April 14, 2015

My View: Employer child care credit needed

by Elanna Yalow and Sandra McDonough
One legislative action this session that parents, employers and policymakers should all support is renewal of the Employer Provided Dependent Care Tax Credit. This important credit encourages…
April 09, 2015

Our Opinion: Uber, ride services must play by rules

by Editorial board
Exactly 100 years ago, unregulated drivers were picking up passengers in Portland and charging them a nickel for a ride across town. Those jitney cabs sprang up in Portland without advance…
April 09, 2015

My View: Neighborhoods: We're in it together

by Pamplin Media Group
Jim Redden’s article (“Minorities Vs. Neighborhoods?” March 12, 2015), was certainly a conversation-starter. However, though a good start, the story of the evolution of community engagement in…
April 07, 2015

My View: Cab companies under siege

by Raye Miles
On April 9, the Private For Hire Transportation Innovation Task Force will present recommendations to Portland City Council for new regulations allowing Uber and Lyft to roll into Portland. If…
April 07, 2015

Readers' Letters: Police body cameras will help everyone

by Pamplin Media Group
Regarding the item in your paper (Electric cars benefit people, economy, air, guest column, March 10) and my own experience: Buying or leasing a new electric car actually saves the driver money…

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Apr 02, 2015

Our Opinion: Making Gain Share equitable for all

by Editorial board
Oregon politicians talk incessantly about the need for better jobs in this state. And for good reason: When more people are working at higher wages, the income taxes they generate help pay for…
Apr 02, 2015

My View: Maybe it's time for an Oregon owner's manual

by Adam Davis
Now that voter registration is easier in Oregon, thanks to the Motor Voter Registration Law, it may be time to use the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for one more thing: helping assure we…
Apr 02, 2015

My View: Brownfields can be useful again

by Kathryn Harrington
Oregonians have a long tradition of making the most of what we have. From the Native Americans who managed land in the Willamette Valley through fire, to visionary Oregonians like Republican…
Mar 31, 2015

Readers' Letters: Police body cameras will help everyone

by Pamplin Media Group
Carol McCarthy, I really like your question: Are we paying the planners to manage growth, or to promote it? (Growth plan doesn’t foster livability, guest column, March 10). While I live in…
Mar 31, 2015

My View: Body cameras next step for enforcing law

by Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
Police officers have been recording their conversations out in the field at least since the advent of the mini-cassette recorder. Throughout my 26-year career, law enforcement has used audio…
Mar 26, 2015

My View: Plan for the big picture on street upkeep

by David Krogh
Now that it is rethinking its options, the Portland City Council should no longer propose a street maintenance income tax. There are several other possibilities available that would, in the long…
Mar 26, 2015

My View: There are better sites for new courthouse

by Dennis King
Forty-five years ago I began, at age 28, the fulfillment of my dream — to be a significant player in the rebirth of a new downtown Portland. That plan included new retail — Pioneer Place — light…
Mar 26, 2015

Our Opinion: Transportation in literal, figurative gridlock

by Editorial board
Here’s a timely question: What’s moving slower in the Portland area, the traffic at 5 p.m. on local freeways, or the efforts to do something about those snarled conditions? When it comes to the…
Mar 24, 2015

My View: Vaccinations are safe, cheap and effective

by Pamplin Media Group
In your editorial (Vaccination issue begs for open debate, Feb. 26), you state that “In fiscal 2014, the special ‘vaccine court’ in Washington, D.C., ordered $202 million be paid to 365 victims…
Mar 24, 2015

My View: Frohnmayer's blueprint creates balance

by Betsy Johnson
Nine years ago, Dave Frohnmayer — then president of the University of Oregon — was invited to speak to the Oregon Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the…