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Leslie Pugmire Hole
June 23, 2016

Farming: The other way to make a living

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
As usual, the coming of summer prompts me to think of growing things and thinking of growing things prompts me to wonder, not for the first time, whether or not I would have made good farmer. Do…
June 23, 2016

Oregon's economy: Weeds in the rose garden?

by Adam Davis
Have you heard? Everything is coming up roses in Oregon. How appropriate considering we just passed our Rose Festival time of year. “All good news” according to the Oregon Office of Economic…
June 23, 2016

Brown should disavow IP 28, set the stage for true reform

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate that she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest…


June 23, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Tidings
‘Trigger’ to explore impact of gun violence In light of the recent gun violence in Orlando killing of 49 people and wounding of 53, it is an amazing coincidence that a screening of “Trigger” is…
June 21, 2016

Our opinion: Governor needs to oppose gross receipts tax

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest attempt to…
June 17, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate…

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding election-year tradition of inviting the two major candidates for…
June 16, 2016

Change comes from within, without

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
Orlando, summer of 2016. That’s how it will be remembered. Like an event, another tally to our list. Just a few decades ago we never would have thought it possible that mass shootings would…
June 16, 2016

Working a little harder

by Teri Cummings
A striking difference in governing styles quickly surfaced between West Linn’s three newest City Council members and the other two councilors during the Sunset Primary School appeal hearings.…
June 16, 2016

Exercise key to success

by Michael Harper
One of us is a successful insurance professional and former professional basketball player. The other is the executive director of the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest. Despite…
June 17, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Tidings
Well done, Axelrod and Perry I recently read Rebecca Adams’ Citizen's View about the Sunset School decision – (West Linn Tidings June 9). I also read the findings report from the decision, which…

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Jun 09, 2016

Proposed corporate sales tax could be a great thing for schools

by Michael Taylor
What an irresponsible headline (“Tax would raise billions but cut jobs and growth,” West Linn Tidings June 2). If one used your conclusion that Oregonians will pay more because of this tax on…
Jun 09, 2016

- Paving Paradise -

by Meredith Olmsted
Barrington Heights has no park. Never did, never will. So it is with envy I think of the beautiful parks in our neighboring Savannah Oaks and Sunset areas. And it was with dismay that I recently…
Jun 09, 2016

Council discovers elegant solution to Sunset dilemma

by Rebecca Adams
I would not have thought it possible, but through the mess and turmoil of public process, an elegant and workable solution to the Sunset School land-use conflict has been forged. I call it “the…
Jun 09, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings Readers
West Linn: Learn how to protect our water Recently the U.S.Geological Survey, in partnership with multiple Clackamas County cities, sampled streams in our area and tested them for pesticides…
Jun 09, 2016

Giant flushing toilet is next for Sunset Park

by Peggy Kirkendall
This letter is a follow up to the previous letter in a mid-April issue of the Tidings, entitled “A Perfect Storm in the Making.” The storm came whipping first through the West Linn Planning…
Jun 02, 2016

Tax would hurt those it aims to help

by Editorial Board
A new analysis by state economists should make public employees think twice about the harm they’d do to low-income Oregonians if the unions and their backers succeed in pushing through a gross…
MIKEL KELLY
Jun 02, 2016

There's one thing I know something about, but not what you'd…

by Mikel Kelly
It has been suggested, a time or two in my life, that my most unique personal achievement may very well have been my selection to the Waldport High School Class of ‘65 Senior Hall of Fame as…
Jun 02, 2016

My, how time flies

by David Hawbecker
Though it seems only yesterday, it was 18 years ago that I arrived at PDX and took a taxi to St. Vincent’s Hospital. When I walked into a crowded hospital room my daughter was sitting up in bed…
May 26, 2016

Old Time Fair memories, great photos sought

by The Tidings
The year is 1956. “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley is released and the world of music is never the same. The Federal Highway Act is signed into law and our love affair with the automobile is…
May 26, 2016

History of Native American involvement at Willamette Falls…

by Robert Boyd
With the closure of the Blue Heron paper mill at Willamette Falls, a wonderful opportunity has opened up. For the first time in over 150 years the falls will be visible and accessible to…