The 2018 boys All-Independent basketball team

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Sports editor Phil Hawkins selects his annual all-star team from the best players from Woodburn, North Marion, Gervais, Kennedy and St. Paul

A tribute to a friend

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Russ Baglien recalls that his memories of Leonard 'Swede' Pavlicek run deep.

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
'Indefensible statement' by previous letter on Attorney General Jeff Sessions challenged

Mount Angel mayor shares successes of 2017, goals of 2018

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The theme of the year is change, but I would also add planning was a huge part of activity in 2017

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Resident responds to letter, saying WPD chief should be commended, not attacked

Clean energy jobs are good for Woodburn

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Proposed Clean Energy Jobs bill would benefit farmworkers and families in the area

Letter from a cellphone illiterate

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The cellphone has graduated into such a necessity that I have to call myself a cellphone illiterate.

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Residents says city of Woodburn seems to hire officers 'from the bottom of the barrel'

Our Opinion: Go slow on cap, trade legislation

Woodburn Independent - 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.

Stay connected to high school sports: Become an official

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
In most areas, high school officials are retiring faster than new officials are being added.

Our Opinion: 'A' for effort on education panel

Woodburn Independent - 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…

Pastor's Perspective: A book for all seasons

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Minister of Soul's Harbor Church of the Nazarene shares how the Bible holds timeless, not outdated, wisdom

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Legacy Silverton Health board of directors declares support for Ballot Measure 101

My View: Make sure you vote, keep up with legislative…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Rep. Bill Post (R-Keizer/St. Paul) shares thoughts on ballot issue, upcoming bills

Community participation with a purpose

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Your time will make a difference with Woodburn School District students and community.

Oregon now has a kid governor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The Oregon Kid Governor program will be an annual event open to participating schools statewide.

Our Opinion: Vote yes on Ballot Measure 101

Woodburn Independent - 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…

It's (probably) not the end of the world

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
On Jan. 31, there will be a super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon, causing some people to predict the end of the world

Letter from an 'ad junkie' dropout

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
I'm guiding myself by putting my needs first, then the ad, making me a kind of an ad-junkie dropout.

CHIP should not be a bargaining chip in Congress

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
There's no reason we can't agree to protect health care for 9 million children across the country

Make the best of 2018 by putting your best foot forward

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The best way to ensure that we make the most of the possibilities of 2018 is to set a few goals that come from the heart

Our wishes for Woodburn as we begin a new year

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
With the close of an eventful year, we hope 2018's headlines announce success and positive contributions to the area.

Our Opinion: Sex harassment dialogue overdue

Woodburn Independent - 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…

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Local pediatrician from Pacific Pediatrics vocalizes support for Measure 101

Work for bond begins after election victory

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
North Marion School District superintendent lays out the next steps in bond process

We have a reason to rejoice

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Jesus Christ was born so that one day he could die for us and be resurrected in victory

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.

Republic Services Offers Five Easy Tips to Help Make the…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
With parties, decorations, gift giving and travel, American waste generation per household increases 25 percent, or almost 1,000 pounds of trash,…

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Electric vehicle use can benefit all Oregonians, reader says in response to representative's column

What do we want for Christmas? Peace

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The editorial is the official position of the Woodburn Independent and does not necessarily represent theopinion of any individual employee.

Only Christians can keep Christ in Christmas

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Bemoaning the secularization of Christmas isn't the right approach for Christians, pastor says

Letter from a women's lib dropout

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
I'd come back into the fold if we'd go back and bring the whole family into the process.

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reader asks what about supposed legal criminals in response to other reader's letter

Post says new taxes in 2018 are useless to rural Oregonians

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Representative wants readers to be informed about some costs with the Transportation Package.

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.

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The newspaper has been a valuable tool for English language learners in class

Bond construction projects are not without challenges

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Superintendent of Woodburn School District provides an update on bond construction projects

Portland elected official's online post rebuking journalist…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The editorial is the official position of the Woodburn Independent and does not necessarily represent theopinion of any individual employee.

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn Fire District personnel thank the community for support at open house and safety fair

Who are you? Believers are the temple of God

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Columnist says she wants to be known by others as 'one who lives in the presence of God'

Citizen's View: 'What is at stake if we don't begin…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust encourages citizens to have compassionate conversations this holiday

Our Opinion: Class sizes grow with PERS crisis

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
All of the alternatives require sacrifice - including from PERS-covered employees who are still in the work force. In many ways, that's unfair. But…

Costco congestion: Reporter advocates for sample…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The free samples are fine for kids, but adults blocking the lanes and camping out for 5 cents worth of chips need to move along

Spiritual journey with God and a Fitbit

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Using a Fitbit gave columnist illustrations of truth applicable to our spiritual health.

Guest opinion: Support the arts and Oregon Cultural…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
For every $1 donated to arts and culture, the state matches $1 donated to the Oregon Cultural Trust with a state tax credit.

Veterans deserve our support every day

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Excerpt from American Legion's statement on Veterans Day, stating that veterans should be honored year-round

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
School board member asks for community support of North Marion school bond in election

Letter from a Protester Illiterate

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
'I have to call myself a protesting illiterate because my form doesn't fit the criteria anymore.'

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Readers say Highway 214 intersections are too dangerous, thank residents for testifying against apartments

WSD Superintendent: Woodburn's diversity leads to…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
'As we enter a new school year, we continue to provide equitable outcomes for all the children entrusted to our care.'

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reader encourages celebration, empowerment of women on Day of the Girl, which is Oct. 11

Our Opinion: Good legislation requires good data

Portland Tribune - Opinion
One of the most helpful steps in moving forward on the issue would be to get good data. And yet for more than 20 years, the federal Centers for…

Letters to the Editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Readers thank community for participation in Rotary event, ponder purpose of 'No Treasspassing' signs

Real journalism is more important than ever in a…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The theme of this year's National Newspaper Week is 'Real Newspapers...Real News.'

Our Opinion: Oregon A.G. correct to sue over…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
'It won't make our communities safer. It won't save taxpayers money. It won't protect jobs. And it flies in the face of an ethic that has driven…

Legislative Days brings the opportunity to learn…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
'Oregon is unique in many ways, and one important thing we do that not every state does is allow for citizens to repeal laws that the legislature has…

Letter from a Do-it-Yourselfer Illiterate: The long…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
'I certainly appreciate the healthcare and financial security. I also appreciate the grit of my parents and grandparents, who often defied hard…

Pastor's Perspective: The gift of free will comes…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
'God couldn't allow people who were now rebellious by nature to live forever in prefect peace and comfort. So he allowed those dark things to enter…

Letter to the Editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Readers write that first responder event was encouraging, inspiring for first responders and families

Letters to the Editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Readers criticize politicians' handling of wildfire preparation and urge city to fix sidewalks

Woodburn police chief aims to build trust after…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn police Chief Jim Ferraris encourages trust in law enforcement following news of DACA repeal

Our Opinion: Ways to help Houston, local victims

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The floods in Texas were caused by historic rainfalls. The fires in Oregon are fueled by record droughts. Those who deny our climate is changing are…

Fall lectures at Mount Angel Abbey look at…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Christian in the World lecture series explores all aspects of covenants in Scripture

Letter to the Editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Community deserves thanks for its support of family's search for missing son

End of legislative session doesn't spell end of…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
State representative reflects on 2017 session and speaks against 'one party rule'

Pastor's Perspective: A sure foundation provides…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
'Some people may write me off as naïve or a throwback to the past, but I do not believe in relative truth or in situational ethics.'

Letters to the Editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Continued debate on police accountability and appreciation for planning commissioners who voted 'no' on apartments

Letters to the Editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Appreciation for local nonprofit and continued discussion of accountability for Woodburn Police

Bipartisan efforts led to victories in this year's…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Despite contentious 2017 session, law makers came together on key policy bills

Do I believe in prayer? You bet I do!

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
As I walk, I pray for each house or business that I pass that God's peace would fill that place

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris and staff deserve support, resident says

Solar event eclipsed by impending parenthood

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Editor braces for pregnancy due date, which also happens to be the day of the solar eclipse Aug. 21

A tobacco farm in Woodburn?

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Ed Kahut shared old cigar boxes and newspaper accounts of the tobacco raised and dried east of Woodburn.

Love is a verb

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
In the Bible, the word 'love' has little to do with emotion and a great deal to do with action.

Letter from a cultural misfit

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
I'm refereeing to stay balanced and hang onto my reasoning, a tricky acceptance of both worlds

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Resident says that chief should be held accountable for police department issues

Continue to support police department despite…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The editorial is the official position of the Independent and doesn't necessarily represent theopinion of any individual employee.

Our Opinion: Lawmakers make strides for…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Lawmakers managed to reach agreement on several important issues improving the quality of life for Oregonians.

Join the movement to make Woodburn shine

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Why not use the opportunity of the eclipse to remind people there's hope in the world?

Newspaper grateful for community's mural support

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn Independent office building the perfect spot to showcase colorful and informational mural

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Voters wouldn't re-elect legislatures if they agreed there should be term limits

Post sums up session, invites constituents to town…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
During the regular 2017 session I ended up introducing more bills than I did in my freshman year.

Pledging allegiance: A common but important…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
We live in the most amazing nation on earth. And, with God's help, it will remain so for centuries to come.

Community Soapbox: Going to revisit old haunts

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Road trip to sites from longtime Woodburn resident's childhood was a Father's Day gift to remember

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
West Woodburn resident expresses his disappointment in the building of an apartment complex in neighborhood

House District 22 representative reflects on…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Teresa Alonso Leon, D-Woodburn, says constituents' feedback throughout the session was invaluable to her decision-making process

When grief strikes, remember God is there

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
'God watches over us. He answered my need the moment I had it. He understood my feeling of abandonment. He answered with his presence.'

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
P.E.O. Chapter J raises $750 for scholarship fund, thanks sponsors and supporters for making it happen

Don't forget to keep learning this summer

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The National Summer Learning Association reports that some students can lose two to three months of math and reading skills during summer vacation.

800 Words: Celebrate your and others' independence

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The founding fathers grappled with issues such as free speech, taxation, freedom to worship, equality and the right to bear arms. But even after the…

Our Opinion: Keep bipartisan PERS bill on track

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Meaningful pension reform should be a bipartisan goal. Just because Democrats couldn't craft a tax plan doesn't mean they should hold back on a bill…

New look of newspaper honors past, embraces future

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The key is to honor our past while keeping up with the changes, and that's what we are committed to doing.

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reader says Woodburn Independent article on alleged elder neglect didn't look at both sides of the story

'Here I am,' an attitude still relevant today

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
We are to constantly watch and listen, looking for the smallest indicator of the Lord's next assignment for us, ready to respond, 'Here I am!'

Senate bill is step in right direction for…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
SB 828B would require big restaurants and stores give two weeks' notice of work hours, mandate a 10-hour break between shifts and pay extra for…

Out of gas: using the gift of the Holy Spirit

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Just like it would be a waste to put gas into the engine of a car you don't intend to drive, it is a waste of time for God to fill anyone with the…

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reader of Woodburn Independent from Gervais responds to editorial cartoon on climate and Donald Trump

'Shortfall' with record amounts of revenue?

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
You have probably heard there's a 'shortfall' of $1.4-1.8 billion in Oregon. There's more to this than meets the eye.

Confessions of a 'Computer Illiterate'

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Local resident talks about how she's 'a derelict abandoned by the Cruise Ship of Life' in this Community Soapbox piece.

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Mount Angel resident urges lawmakers to pass legislation (House Bill 2004A) to put limits on evictions

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