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RURAL REFLECTIONS: Spring into spring

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Spring into spring

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A nostalgic Pamela Loxley Drake pens a paean to her favorite season of the year.
OPINION: Remembering Ralph Brown

OPINION: Remembering Ralph Brown

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Nancy Townsley remembers her friend 'as a human being who showed up, did his best and gave others his all.'
OPINION: Animal feed prices are too expensive

OPINION: Animal feed prices are too expensive

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Robby Harris: 'For people that raise their own meat, the price of feed has gone up.'
LETTERS: Banks students weigh in on school athletics

LETTERS: Banks students weigh in on school athletics

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The News-Times' mailbag has a dash of youth this week as we share submissions from Banks High School students.
OPINION: Repair Banks High School

OPINION: Repair Banks High School

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Wyatt Braun: 'Keeping the school's original size would mean we wouldn't need to accommodate new students.'
OPINION: Why you should care about the environment

OPINION: Why you should care about the environment

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Violet Allori: 'Climate change has been around for a long time. The problem is that we don't have much time to fix it.'
OPINION: Why Oregonians should continue wearing masks…

OPINION: Why Oregonians should continue wearing masks…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Riley Christmas: 'Why get rid of our masks when we could practice preventative healthcare?'
OPINION: Plenty of food, but not for all farmworkers

OPINION: Plenty of food, but not for all farmworkers

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Astra Lincoln: 'Although farmworkers harvest fruit and vegetables all day ... they are living in 'food deserts.''
OPINION: Homelessness stereotypes aren't helpful

OPINION: Homelessness stereotypes aren't helpful

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Irys Demuth: 'Substance abuse still isn't as common with the homeless as people may often think.'
OPINION: Oregon counties should drop timber lawsuit

OPINION: Oregon counties should drop timber lawsuit

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Dave Johnson: 'Obviously, some commissioners were true to their word, and some were not.'
OPINION: Why we say gay

OPINION: Why we say gay

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Kate Kristiansen: 'We are gay and we are proud. We are gay and our lives are valid.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: The empty page

RURAL REFLECTIONS: The empty page

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A page is never truly empty, Pamela Loxley Drake muses after finishing her new book.
LETTERS: Our last mailbag before May 17 primary election

LETTERS: Our last mailbag before May 17 primary election

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers sound off one more time before races like Washington County DA, chair and auditor are decided.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Remembrance

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Remembrance

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Jewelry can have remarkable significance, Pamela Loxley Drake writes in this Mother's Day column.
NAMI: How labeling language affects mental health

NAMI: How labeling language affects mental health

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Bart Brewer: We shouldn't let diagnoses blind us from the people behind those labels
ENDORSEMENT: Alisa Pyszka for Metro president

ENDORSEMENT: Alisa Pyszka for Metro president

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The newcomer likely can't win outright in May but could force a runoff, giving both candidates time to improve.
Endorsements: Kotek, Pierce are parties' best picks for…

Endorsements: Kotek, Pierce are parties' best picks for…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A moderate Republican and a practical Democrat are the right options when facing a three-way race in November.
LETTERS: Schools need to think out of the box

LETTERS: Schools need to think out of the box

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The News-Times publishes thoughts on the education system, the election and more in its weekly mailbag.
ENDORSEMENT: González is best choice for Metro District 4

ENDORSEMENT: González is best choice for Metro District 4

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The first-term Metro councilor deserves four more years to work on projects like TV Highway and homeless services.
OPINION: Commissioners should improve oversight of animal…

OPINION: Commissioners should improve oversight of animal…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Jan Asher: 'Establishing a shelter advisory board would be the first and most productive step.'
Opinion: Give Oregon's small businesses a break from more…

Opinion: Give Oregon's small businesses a break from more…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Lori Olund: Elected officials should avoid overburdening economy's backbone with new regulations.
OPINION: Aviation industry spews propaganda and pollution

OPINION: Aviation industry spews propaganda and pollution

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Miki Barnes: 'Where is the shortage? FAA statistics point to a glut of student pilots training in this country.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Soup's on

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Soup's on

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake recalls the kitchen of her childhood and the memories she made there.
ENDORSEMENT: It's time for a new Washington County auditor

ENDORSEMENT: It's time for a new Washington County auditor

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It's unusual to have a real choice for this position, but voters should take it by electing Kristine Adams-Wannberg.
ENDORSEMENT: On repealing the flavored tobacco ban, just…

ENDORSEMENT: On repealing the flavored tobacco ban, just…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Voters should reject this measure that would kill Washington County's effort to curb youth nicotine addiction.
ENDORSEMENT: It's time for a new Washington County auditor

ENDORSEMENT: It's time for a new Washington County auditor

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
John Hutzler has been under fire for bullying his staff and using false claims in the voters pamphlet.
LETTERS: WashCo auditor responds to testimonial blowback

LETTERS: WashCo auditor responds to testimonial blowback

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Also in this week's News-Times letters to the editor, readers sound off on the election and local school districts.
Opinion: West Coast becoming a breeding ground for…

Opinion: West Coast becoming a breeding ground for…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
David Pope: Parental groups like Oregon Moms Union are seeking to indoctrinate our children.
ENDORSEMENT: Re-elect Treece as Washington County…

ENDORSEMENT: Re-elect Treece as Washington County…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Pam Treece has been doing a good job since she was elected in District 2 four years ago. Voters should keep her there.
Oregon voters want more from journalists; we're listening 

Oregon voters want more from journalists; we're listening 

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Some don't want journalists picking 'winners' and 'losers' but some triage is needed to best inform the electorate.

ENDORSEMENT: Hold your nose to support Forest Grove…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
ENDORSEMENT: Hold your nose to support Forest Grove…
It's a big ask, but providing full service for a rapidly growing city, amid high inflation, isn't cheap.

OPINION: DA claims to support victims, but he…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: DA claims to support victims, but he…
Donna Gustafson: 'The DA's decision to not press charges translated ... as 'I don't matter.''

OPINION: Kathryn Harrington is doing a great job…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: Kathryn Harrington is doing a great job…
Lacey Beaty: 'There is no more dedicated public servant to lead our county than Kathryn Harrington.'

OPINION: A do-it-yourself national park

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: A do-it-yourself national park
Asta Bowen: 'Even a few square feet of native plants can bring a missing species back home.'

ENDORSEMENT: Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
ENDORSEMENT: Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District…
Residents of urban unincorporated Washington County need access to the same level of policing as city residents.

OPINION: WashCo DA takes sex abuse seriously

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: WashCo DA takes sex abuse seriously
Jeff Lesowski: 'We need a DA's Office that will support and believe victims while also basing its decisions on the law.'

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Television learning curve

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Television learning curve
Television isn't real life, unfortunately, as Pamela Loxley Drake learned as a small child.

LETTERS: Differing takes on Washington County DA…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
LETTERS: Differing takes on Washington County DA…
The News-Times heard from readers about the upcoming May election for this week's mailbag.

DECISION 2022: Metro needs better leadership

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
DECISION 2022: Metro needs better leadership
Alisa Pyszka, Metro president candidate: 'Our region is at a critical point right now.'

ENDORSEMENT: WashCo can move forward with Beach…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
ENDORSEMENT: WashCo can move forward with Beach…
Pace and incumbent Kathryn Harrington have similar politics, but Pace wants to work with people, not steamroll them.

OPINION: Caring for a rabbit given as an Easter…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: Caring for a rabbit given as an Easter…
Requiring a lot of care, they often end up in animal shelters only weeks after the holiday.

OPINION: The mud of Ukraine

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: The mud of Ukraine
Selu Stearn has a message for Russian invaders amid Vladimir Putin's attack on Ukraine.

OPINION: Wildlife fauxtography

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: Wildlife fauxtography
Ted Williams of Writers on the Range exposes the exploitative, dishonest industry of photographing 'wild' animals.

OPINION: School boards must regain the trust of…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: School boards must regain the trust of…
OVBC survey finds that a minority of Oregonians feel their local school boards represent their beliefs

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Farming in the dark

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Farming in the dark
Trauma ran deep in rural America in the years after World War II and entering the Cold War, recalls Pamela Loxley Drake.

LETTERS: Readers make their case for May election…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
LETTERS: Readers make their case for May election…
The News-Times publishes letters this week from supporters of Kathryn Harrington, Marc Thielman and Kevin Barton.

ENDORSEMENT: Voters should re-elect Barton as…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
ENDORSEMENT: Voters should re-elect Barton as…
His record isn't perfect, but we believe Kevin Barton's values and experience are the best fit for Washington County.

OPINION: Harrington has been a disappointment

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: Harrington has been a disappointment
Rob Drake: 'A toxic environment now exists that would discourage innovation, creativity and a committed workforce.'

OPINION: Tolling to encircle Oregon 'like a…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: Tolling to encircle Oregon 'like a…
Bob Rubitschun: ODOT policies would have been unthinkable a few years ago; today, they're moving faster than a runaway freight train.

OPINION: DA Kevin Barton failed the women of Coffee…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: DA Kevin Barton failed the women of Coffee…
Michelle Burrows: 'In refusing to prosecute, Mr. Barton sent a signal to all the other abusers in Coffee Creek...'

OPINION: Support, don't ostracize, people with…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: Support, don't ostracize, people with…
Andrew Zinn: '...Almost half are below the federal poverty level, making them the poorest minority in our country.'

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Out of the gate

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Out of the gate
Gates play a bigger role than you might expect on a farm, as Pamela Loxley Drake recalls.

LETTERS: 'Pacific Speedway' endangers residents

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
LETTERS: 'Pacific Speedway' endangers residents
The News-Times also publishes a response to a previous letter, thoughts on the district attorney's race, and more.

OPINION: A new threat to Oregon's legislative system

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: A new threat to Oregon's legislative system
Richard Botteri: 'State agencies can now abandon policies they disfavor even though mandated by legislation...'

OPINION: The rest of the story on fossil fuels in…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: The rest of the story on fossil fuels in…
Lou Christian of UA Local 290: 'New technologies are going to advance, with or without us.'

OPINION: Building sustainable future must happen in…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: Building sustainable future must happen in…
Tony Sleva: 'We need to electrify our energy supply systems to eliminate fossil fuel consumption.'

OPINION: Unusual coalition unites for clean energy

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: Unusual coalition unites for clean energy
Matt Witt: 'A delegation representing all parts of the coalition even held a sit-in in the governor's office.'

Opinion: Republicans can win Oregon with moderate…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Opinion: Republicans can win Oregon with moderate…
Happy Valley resident: I will more than likely support Betsy Johnson if Christine Drazan doesn't win primary

OPINION: Looking at our gun problem through a…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
OPINION: Looking at our gun problem through a…
Eric Canon: 'Statistics tell us gun owners are the ones who are losing their lives to gun violence.'

RURAL REFLECTIONS: No eek factor on the farm

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: No eek factor on the farm
Pamela Loxley Drake grew up surrounded, and fascinated, by insects and arachnids of all shapes and sizes.

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