Woodburn's Area Opinions

April 29, 2015

Tips on managing seasonal allergies

by Dr. Brian Bedolla
Spring is here! It is a time of blooming flowers but also of increased pollen levels … which means allergies. Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies. Symptoms can be mild but also…
April 29, 2015

Hubbard Fire at turning point with bond

by Woodburn Independent
This election, the residents of the Hubbard Rural Fire Protection District are being asked to vote on a $780,000 bond to bring the district to operating conditions. Measure 24-386, if passed,…
April 29, 2015

Get involved in the school district budget process

by Rep. Betty Komp
I hope all of you are enjoying the wonderful spring weather. Here at the legislature we have been very busy. We are almost halfway through our 2015 session. I again have the opportunity to…
April 29, 2015

Background check bill isn't the answer

by Rep. Vic Gilliam
The House Rules Committee just heard seven hours of public testimony on a single measure: Senate Bill 941-A, the “background check bill.” My heart grew heavy as we were graphically reminded of…
April 29, 2015

Letters to the editor: Readers weigh in on Woodburn school bond

by Independent readers
School bond addresses essential needs To the editor: We have come a long way since 1891. There were probably several age groups in one room with many different needs and levels. We survived, but…
April 22, 2015

Letters to the editor: Vote yes on bond for a successful…

by Independent readers
Vote yes on bond for a successful community To the editor: Successful communities — those that are highly sought after places to work and live — value their children and support their public…
COURTESY OREGON YOUTH AUTHORITY - Scott (left) and Dylan, residents at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, work in the garden there. The garden produces about 3,000 pounds of fresh produce every year, which equals about $8,000 worth of the youths' consumption.
April 22, 2015

OYA's green programs help youths connect to community

by Fariborz Pakseresht and Dan Berger
Gardens overflowing with 3,000 pounds of produce annually. Fishermen putting salmon and halibut by catch to good use by donating it to provide youth with fresh, healthful dinners. Solar-powered…
April 22, 2015

WSD can't keep kicking can down road

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn School District is asking voters to approve a $65 million bond measure this May. The bond proposes ways to alleviate overcrowding, replace deteriorating portable classrooms and…
April 08, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Coaches grateful for community support To the editor: The Woodburn girls and boys golf teams would like to thank our sponsors for being part of our first fundraiser at OGA course at Tukwila. We…
April 08, 2015

Bone up: It's never too late to focus on - and improve - bone…

by Dr. Eleanor Zawada
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become so fragile and brittle that falls or slight movements like bending or stepping off a curb, or even a cough, can cause a fracture. Because those…

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Apr 08, 2015

First Street must remain a priority

by Woodburn Independent
Woodburn City?Council has once again turned its attention to improving First Street, but has met a major snag:?There simply isn’t enough money in the urban renewal fund to pay for a significant…
Apr 01, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Who represents the child in Pippert’s case? To the editor: In regards to the child sexual molestation case involving Klain Pippert: I had to reread this article three times to try and wrap my…
Apr 01, 2015

Why Woodburn students succeed

by Chuck Ransom, WSD superintendent
The Woodburn School District is receiving a lot of attention for its high school graduation rates. In summary, our graduation rate is 15 points higher than the state average, which puts us in…
Apr 01, 2015

City has been wrong in its approach to the Association Building

by Woodburn Independent
Last week, the Woodburn City Council rejected all three proposals for the Association Building in downtown Woodburn, citing a lack of financial viability from the would-be developers. It had…
Mar 25, 2015

What makes the wheels turn at the Legislature?

by Rep. Betty Komp
I want to highlight the importance of our staff to meet the challenges that we have at the Legislature. Every day, our office is inundated with emails, correspondence, meetings, important bills…
Mar 25, 2015

Building sale can bolster partnership

by Woodburn Independent
The Gervais School Board recently voted to sell the former Brooks Elementary School building, despite discussions in recent months to use the building for a career technical education program in…
Mar 25, 2015

Not always easy to change behavior of patients or parents

by Dr. Curtis Climer
I appreciate adult children who come to medical appointments with their aging parents. Commonly, they want to know how to get mom or dad to take better care of their health. However, getting…
Mar 25, 2015

Vaccination: It's not just for people anymore

by Dr. Patrick L. Paradis
The controversy over children’s vaccinations has garnered an influx of media attention lately due to the sudden measles outbreak in southern California. This public health issue has clearly…
Mar 18, 2015

Why Oregon's self-service gasoline ban drives me crazy

by Tyler Francke
As some of you know, I am not a native Oregonian. In fact, since I hail from the great state of Maine, I’m about as far from a native Oregonian as one could be and still have been raised…
Mar 18, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Clean-up day a success To the editor: I wish to extend a huge thank you to the community of Woodburn and 75 hardy volunteers for turning out on a rainy Saturday morning to pick up trash along…




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