Editor's notebook: A solution to 'bummer gun' journalism

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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…

Letters to the editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Democrats have lost all credibility in claiming to care about citizens when their first tactic is to shut down government if they can't include…

DIET: aka 'Did I Eat That?'

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Why am I, or for that matter we, as a nation, overweight to begin with? Consider for a moment that 'stressed' spelled backwards is 'desserts,' and…

The Seven Days of Technology

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As I drifted off to sleep that night, I had visions of hackers surrounding my house and attacking these rapidly multiplying devices, each a separate…

Price pollution, invest in solutions: pass Clean Energy Jobs

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As the renewable energy economy scales up, companies like ours play a part in helping maximize this clean, plentiful energy.

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Commissioner Bernard taken to task for online comments; plant the right tree in the right place

Citizen's View: Pass Clean Energy Jobs bill

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Oregon has so much to gain if we seize the economic opportunities presented by clean energy.

Letter to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The truth is informed state politicians across the nation are taking positive actions in the wake of the vacuum created by President Trump's reckless…

Airport improvements benefits few

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Wilsonville wrote 'a letter of concern' about Rep. Lewis' bill because it was consciously excluded from the development process

Remembering Chablis

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
She and I went through a lot together, and even though we had some rough times, she still saved my neck on many an occasion, and I still viewed her…

Being sick is a lot more troubling than it used to be

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
You'd think I was preparing to embark on an expedition to the headwaters of the Amazon with as many shots as I've had

Time to focus on school choice

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Research shows that when parents actively choose schools and education environments for their children, students are more likely to succeed in school.

What's the chance of electing a female president?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Both structural and cultural barriers keep women from advancing to the U.S. presidency.

Voters identified most important issues

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Environmental issues tied for last place (2 percent), and global warming did not even make the list.

Intellectual property ain't what it used to be

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
You can understand, given my career, how I lament about the demise of centuries of human existence when people could make a living through the arts

Sex harassment dialogue overdue

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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…

Residents of district are committed to excellence

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As you can well imagine, the logistics in getting a music program up and running is no small feat.

Letters to the editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Ms. Parrish doesn't seem to realize that we are a 'representative democracy' where we elect our neighbors to study complex issues

Measure 101 doesn't pass fairness test

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Is it fair health insurance companies, many of which posted banner 2017 profits, were allowed to pass their tax obligation onto ratepayers?

Voting yes on Measure 101 is good for your school district

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Anyone who works with children knows that our students learn best when they are healthy and have healthcare

Out to lunch

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
When we graduated to Junior High, we were at last permitted into the cafeteria. This was a large and ancient putrid green room, just the color to…

Vote yes on Ballot Measure 101

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
'Measure 101 is, in effect, an attempted 'do-over' by the losers of a tough political fight. '

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
'A 'yes' vote allows Oregon to access federal dollars to guarantee continued funding of the Oregon Health Plan.'

Richard Devlin has served region well

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Outgoing senator will be remembered for his vast knowledge of the Oregon State budget

Do I watch too much television? That depends on who you ask

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
My justification? We don't watch really bad TV shows, and there are lots and lots of those

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.

We can stop the tragedy of homeless school children

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
A common-sense reform of the mortgage-interest deduction would yield significant resources for Oregon to address the crisis of housing affordability

Citizen's View: Trump's tax plan will hurt vulnerable…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We must ensure the affordability of a college degree and that the resources that benefit students are not lost to make up for other tax cuts.

The art of the squabble

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Family squabbles aren't always serious, but they are definitely a part and parcel of life

'Thunderbolt Kelly' has a nice ring

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
What is, after all, in a name? You know what they say about the rose, right, writes our columnist.

Preservation of fuels standard a win-win

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

My View: Kids' health shouldn't be a budget bargaining chip

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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.

What my father taught me about women

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
My mom would not tolerate sexism and instilled within me feminist ideals. What I inherited from her makes me a better husband and father.citi

Federal tax reform will further PERS pain across Oregon

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The less we think we can earn through investments, the more we need to pony up in cash.

Tidings of Comfort? Oh, and Joy

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
While you're out, maybe you'll get to do some shopping along with 800 million other people doing the same thing.

My View: Kids' health shouldn't be a budget bargaining chip

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.

Should Metro lead a regional push for affordable housing?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Metro should not proceed without first gaining the complete support of its regional partners

Hither & Yon

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I didn't understand the value of the metoo meme, I mean, who can't say 'me too'?

'Tis the season for safety

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As a pet mom passionate about emergency preparedness for the whole family, let's not forget that our four-legged and feathered friends are at risk as…

11 pairs of white pants nearly ruined my life

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The only reason I turned out as well as I have I owe almost entirely to the fact that I found, at a very young age, my soulmate

Thankful for city's independent spirit

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I'm thankful for the independent spirit that continues to thrive and to shine in all the hard work and self-resiliency displayed throughout our…

Double the love with donation to arts

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As unimaginable as it would be for you to not take an interest deduction on your home mortgage, the same is true for not claiming the tax credit on…

The Farmer's Daughter

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
In bad years, we worried about being able to even have the basics, like sufficient food and clothing.

Don't delay river cleanup

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Putting the polluters in charge of overseeing the remedies makes little sense

Pass Clean Energy Jobs in 2018 for healthier kids

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
If Oregon reduces this damaging pollution, we can protect both Oregon's climate and children's physical and mental health.

Veterans deserve our support every day

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Veterans need each other, but, more importantly, our country needs our veterans. Those who defend us from our enemies must be supported.

Let's protect our county's neighborhoods

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
In Clackamas County, we have neighborhoods that are coping with unwanted development

Love at first sight

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
My spouse and I have been through a lot together since that fateful night at Butch McGuire's

Tolling people on Portland's highways has potential…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Although value pricing may sound vague or somewhat ominous, motorists should be happy with this new policy

Confessions of a phone failure

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Yep, it's come to this - enrollment in a 12-step program to try to address my 'phone problems.'

Voters should hold prosecutors accountable

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Many Oregonians don't realize how powerful district attorneys are -- but they should.

We need leadership, not denials, from our district…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I was angry to hear that the most powerful person in our county's criminal justice system thinks that racial disparities aren't a problem

Insight can change the world

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The main difference between the person I was five years ago and the person I am today is I am more aware of my bias and able to see it more clearly.

Good legislation begins with good data

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We know we have a problem with gun violence. It's time to let federal health experts study it.

Over the Fence: This old house

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
It's old and drafty and charming, and as my designer friend says, 'has good bones.'

My View: Different wage studies get different…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Seattle's success at pushing fast food restaurants to pay better wages without cutting jobs, is most likely due to higher sales, lower turnover and…

Letters to the editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Do you know people who don't have insurance or who may be paying too much for their plan?

The importance of 'real' news to our communities

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Journalists use their shoe leather, their training and their deep knowledge of local communities to marshal facts and report the news - real news,…

My View: Too late to fix PERS by fooling Oregonians

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The only viable answer to Oregon's pension and budget crisis is to reduce pension benefits for government workers.

Finding a new groove

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I've been feeling a smidgen lost, and trying to find a new school year groove. I know I'm not alone in that feeling.

How I spent my vacation this summer

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
'They fed us like kings and even provided eclipse glasses, and the fact that we saw a 99.6-percent eclipse with almost no effort or inconvenience…

Our Opinion: Oregon ablaze - Let's take steps to…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The number of human-caused wildfires is rising - plus climate change and fuel buildup are exacerbating conditions that threaten trees and community…

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Writer says: 'Samantha's words are life advice, not just high school advice.'

Citizen's View: Healthy forests need healthy…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Today's forest management policies are not responsive to the dangerous conditions on the ground, where unnaturally overgrown and insect-infested…

Rep. Parrish should support Medicare for All

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Lawmakers and regulators force those in need through a labyrinth of eligibility requirements to receive services

Saying goodbye to the mounted police

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
'The Portland Police Department is an innovative leader in the practice of community policing and I feel my role as a reserve officer best epitomized…

Locals could use perspective about Gorge fire

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Nothing wrong with showing more emotion about the destruction of a place close to your heart and close to your home, that's human nature

Support high school sports, support your community

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We can live in different communities, come from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures, cheer for different teams, and still have a common bond

Save veterans, end certificates of need

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We see hubris in the claim that there are enough mental health inpatient beds when data shows there aren't

Oregon ablaze: Let's take steps to minimize future…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The number of human-caused wildfires is rising - plus climate change and fuel buildup are exacerbating conditions that threaten trees and community…

Tax won't make healthcare more affordable in Oregon

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Who benefited from hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer overpayments? For-profit Medicaid organizations

There's plenty we can do to help Houston

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Open your wallet but be wary of scams designed to trick you into donating to bogus causes

I watched, helplessly, as Harvey headed for my…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
My grandparents stayed in their house. They had power, food and clothes upstairs in case their house flooded

A truly cosmic event

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
There was a cosmic run on glasses, a cosmic run on water, and a cosmic run on gas!

This week in Wilsonville history

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
This week it's all about journeys: roadways, weddings, bureaucratic sagas and more

So, what ARE we going to do about all of this…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We should stop pussy-footing around the Vancouver, Wash., issue and just build a wall that prevents anyone from coming into Portland from our…

'Don't touch the animals?' That's not fair!

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
And, in our view, if a pygmy goat or Hereford calf presses its head up against the pen as you approach, you should feel free to reach out and offer a…

Illegal immigration bad for environment

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Absent restraints, the illegal immigration championed by Moore and Stock will exacerbate the growth that will degrade our air quality, stress our…

The Reunion

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I always felt that something was missing for my son when he was growing up, like there was an empty space that needed to be filled

'Cover All Kids' worth praising

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
This is a worthy idea from a public health perspective; from a conservative economic perspective; and from a humanitarian perspective.

Workers without legal papers still pay taxes

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Despite their relatively small numbers, undocumented immigrants perform vital work in certain industries, such as agriculture, hotel and food…

Citizen's View: Education essential, but at what…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
If a student has a clear sense of who she is and what she wants, there may be logic in a student loan - but only if she chooses an institution that…

Who will be Oregon's brave new Republican?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I have contemplated what the real issue is in Oregon. It couldn't be any clearer after the 2017 session adjourned a few of weeks ago: One-party rule…

The Batmobile and me

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As you might expect, my largest fan base is kids. You can see their faces light up when they see the Batmobile

How to improve things at those busy new places for…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Given that all cans and bottles are now worth 10 cents apiece, we can't fail to get rich, right?

My View: Let parents wield school spending power

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The National Association of Education Progress reports that only 34 percent of Oregon fourth-graders tested 'proficient' in reading in 2015; and Oregon…

This week in Wilsonville history

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Charbonneau development proposed, Canby Ferry waylaid by mechanical failures and Fun in the Park returns

My own special super hero

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Every night after my parents thought I was asleep, I would get up and walk a few steps, just to prove that I could.

Hither & Yon: Whatever happened to the 7-layer…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
In general, I feel like the 20th century was not known for its culinary successes

Hey, world? Feel free to stop sharing loudly

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I'd like to point out that some of us would rather eat dirt than let the general public hear our private conversations.

Spokesman Question of the Week

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
How do you see the future of 'Old Town Wilsonville'? What should it look like and what kind of commercial/residential buildings should be included?

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Legislature's funding for community college falls way behind the amount given to four-year universties

Using music to heal the world

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
While polio seems very distant from our lives here in Wilsonville, it wasn't so long ago that it was a dark specter that appeared every summer.

Our Opinion: Now more than ever, we should be…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Let's take a break from judging and sniping at each other and instead imagine an emotional reunion between those two

A deeper look into what makes Oregon great

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
 It takes significant strength to resist the pull of the false comfort that wanting revenge brings.

Watch out

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
For eclipse, eye protection essential -- knowing what to use and most importantly, how to use it

Living The Dream

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Exploring Wilsonville with your own traveling passport is a new twist on summer fun for kids and families

Readers' letters

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Save agricultural land for agriculture and support adequate and stable school funding for Oregon students

Our Opinion: Metro cities need to show support for…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
To make significant transportation improvements ODOT must change its organizational structure

Question of the Week

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
How do we support the arts in our community and how can we best mitigate the traffic problems on our streets?

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