Is Metro the right agency to lead on housing?

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We all want more affordable housing. But the regional government has some questions to answer about its role.

Schlemmer: View on education misses many crucial points

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'A trifle of noblesse oblige ... perhaps only to assuage their guilt at hurting many families to get where they are now.'

Tsur: Keeping Forest Grove historic through guidelines

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The guidelines help ensure retention and restoration of the ... original construction.'

Letters to the Editor: June 13, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write about community involvement, free speech at school, respect for veterans and more.

Graduation a time for celebration, reflection

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
They were kids when they first walked into our local high schools. They walk out now as adults.

Schimmel: Clarity of conscience

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'How we respond to homelessness ... goes right to the heart of who we want to be as a community.'

Ahern: MLB in Portland? Make it an expansion team

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The Pacific Northwest likes it fresh, and we aren't afraid to build from the ground up.'

Maass: Close down strip clubs throughout the state

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'These businesses are the epitome of using and abusing women ... and should be closed and run out of this state.'

Hillsboro's planned ISP is good news for residents

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Could cheap, fast, city-provided internet access provide a model for other communities? We hope so.

Plecque: SNAP works well, unlike a proposal to replace it

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Millions of low-income individuals and families rely on the nutritional assistance it provides.'

Warren: Macron shows why younger leaders may be needed

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Perhaps we're past the expiration date on that 'baby boomers as leaders' model.'

Track accessory dwelling unit law for effectiveness

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Granny flats' could provide a way for people to live the way they like, but they need effective regulations.

Barnum: Congress takes first step to ending seasons of smoke

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Director of Forest Resources Institute says Congress is on the right track to protect our forests.

Hickok: Low-income students thrive with school choice

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Cascade Policy Institute official advocates for more school choice for Oregon students.

Ruiz: Refusing to vaccinate your kids is not abuse

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Oregon DHS has a statistical reputation of removing children: 30 percent above the national average.'

Doan: Change in how we produce food is badly needed

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Pacific University student says the U.S. must change how our culture consumes beef.

Letters to the Editor: May 23, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers share their thoughts on food labeling and Forest Grove's Historical Landmarks.

Stride: On the trail at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Naturalist at Jackson Bottom Wetlands shows off what the natural area has to offer visitors.

Finding the meaning of community in Cornelius

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Don't malign this misunderstood town. Many residents of Cornelius are proud of where they live.

Knudson: We're not yet prepared for big disaster

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'National Infrastructure Week, May 14 to May 21, gives us a chance to check in to see how well we are doing.'

Letters to the Editor: May 16, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write to us about a teachers' fun run, childhood obesity, antibiotics in food and more.

Endorsement: Juan Carlos Gonzalez for Metro councilor

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The 25-year-old from Cornelius is impressive beyond his years and should bring a fresh perspective to Metro.

Endorsement: Lynn Peterson for Metro president

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
She is eminently qualified for the job and sounds the right notes on reaching the suburbs.

Museum Musings: Tillie Cornelius lived remarkable life

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Cornelius was named for its town founder ... However, the rest of the Cornelius family history is often overlooked.'

Dondero: Putting out the welcome mat

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Parking issues are visible, while housing insecurity and homelessness are invisible.'

Letters to the Editor: May 9, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
In our final batch of letters before Election Day, readers make their best arguments for candidates.

Letters to the Editor (overflow): May 9, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
These political letters arrived too late or ran too long for print, but they're collected here online.

Endorsement: Kevin Barton for Washington County district…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
He's the most qualified of the two candidates, and we have concerns about his opponent's campaign.

Bonamici: Fighting for our communities, overcoming opioid…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'One common thread in all of my meetings was the urgent need for more funding for treatment and prevention.'

Dalin: Cornelius is 125 years old and getting better

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'It is an honor to serve as your mayor and especially to help preside over our 125th Year Birthday Party.'

Boone: Frustrated by rhetoric, false claims in HD 32 race

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'One cannot simply say they will solve problems alone - that is not possible.'

Vasquez Rios: Paying fast-food workers higher wage can…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Paying a higher minimum wage will help businesses retain employees and create a more reliable workforce.'

Letters to the Editor: May 2, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers make their opinions known about candidates, yard signs, voting, food waste, aquatic fees and more.

Endorsement: Ryan Deckert for Washington County chairman

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We believe the former state legislator stands out in a field of four credible candidates.

Endorsement: Pam Treece for Washington County commissioner

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
The Westside Economic Alliance head is eminently qualified to represent District 2.

Gollnick: 'Smart guns' aren't so smart

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Technology can't solve sociological problems. It's just the wrong tool for the job.'

Kendall: Pacific University, much of Forest Grove in food…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Through my explorations of the Pacific University campus, I've realized that I live in a food desert.'

Letters to the Editor: April 25, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write about candidates for office, local history, contraceptives, law enforcement and more.

Endorsement: Jerry Willey for Washington County commissioner

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
In the District 4 race, both candidates are capable but Willey stands out with experience and relationships.

Morey: Keep the jobs pipeline local for water supply

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Those who manage our water are thinking and planning ahead to secure a new source for our water supply.'

Speirs: Judgment is reserved for our creator

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Trump was elected to bring back a failing economy and to revive the spirit of the American worker.'

Letters to the Editor: April 18, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers make pitches for candidates in Washington County, Metro and Oregon state elections.

Tariffs on newsprint could hurt American journalism

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We don't like talking about ourselves. But we worry about how tariffs could impact our ability to serve you.

Mitsui & Hinshaw: Collaboration that connects…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Portland Community College is achieving dramatically improved graduation outcomes for these students.'

Church: My Lai, Parkland and Dr. King

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'It is also vital now, with the Parkland high school massacre fresh in our memory, to look at systemic violence.'

Letters to the Editor: April 11, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers make their pitches for candidates and give their takes on legislative proposals.

Learn about local races when the chance presents…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
While we focus our attention on national politics, decisions close to home affect our day-to-day lives.

Hastings: Just say 'no' to NRA's political agenda

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Like apartheid falling in South Africa, the NRA will topple, and even the corporations ... will abandon them.'

Charles & Shepard: TriMet shows pension reform…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'TriMet's pension reform offers a valuable guide ... on how to contain and reverse the spiraling PERS disaster.'

Gardner & Weber: The truth about sports scholarships

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The odds of a sports scholarship paying for even a portion of a student's college education are miniscule.'

Letters to the Editor: April 4, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write to us about upcoming elections, Native American representation, school safety and more.

Retailers' moves a step in the right direction

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Restricting gun access to teenagers is wise, and if our lawmakers won't do it and our stores can, they should.

Emerick: More people with guns doesn't fix the…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Again, the root cause is guns. We must address weapons that can create such rapid and mass destruction.'

Parks: One step in reducing gun violence is simple

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
't was not that long ago that we had a ban on assault rifles. ... We have gone backwards on reasonable gun control.'

Lindsley: Seriously happy school gardens work for…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'A 'garden per school' is proving its value as students achieve higher test scores.'

Currie: Honor Dr. King by joining the fight for…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The gun violence that took Dr. King, and would soon take Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is now an epidemic.'

Ferreira: Vape rule fix needed to improve public…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Economists conclude FDA regulations will prevent smokers from switching to safer alternatives.'

Letters to the Editor: March 28, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write about local history, gun control, web headlines, on-campus filming, sex ed and more.

Schools should support students when they speak out

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We understand the need for schools to maintain order, but allowing students to be heard is important, too.

Duyck: A way forward for Washington County…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We can argue all day about how things should have been done in the past. What matters now is how we work together...'

Reverends: Sanctuary anniversary a time for…

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
'What we say about brothers and sisters, fellow members of our community, matters.'

Bourgeois: 'Greatest Generation' built strong nation

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I have only a handful of World War II pals left and I treasure each moment I can spend with them.'

Stride: Development, conservation in the Willamette…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'For those that have the spirit of conservation in them, it manifests in many ways.'

Students: Neil Armstrong Middle School works to…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Even though Respect Week has ended, we need to continue spreading this awareness.'

Letters to the Editor: March 21, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers share their thoughts on the Washington County Fair Complex and Alzheimer's legislation.

This year's short session worked by being short

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
Oregon legislators will have time to more thoroughly tackle big, contentious issues in 2019.

Sitter: Gun violence solutions aren't as simple as…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'What is needed is not smart guns but smart legislators willing to research problems and dialogue honestly.'

Wentz: A tale of two countries

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Which country you live in is apparently decided by what you are willing to see, hear and think.'

Felton: Glad to see column promoting biblical values

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'It used to be that most people, whether they practiced them or not, acknowledged biblical values.'

Housing for all should be the goal

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our leaders need to do what they can to put roofs over residents' heads, regardless of income level.

Spiesschaert: Fairgrounds deserve better than…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The destruction of this incredible gem ... is a breach of trust beyond all comprehension.'

Hutchison: Look to God, not gun control, after…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Let's try returning to a value system similar to that which was in place when the country was formed.'

Novick: 'Smart guns' could be smart way to limit…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Studies show that a move to smart guns would significantly reduce gun deaths in a variety of ways.'

Letters to the Editor: March 7, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers follow up on a story about a new book and a column about Washington County's trees from last month.

Hillsboro School Board is right to re-address…

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
School-based health centers are vitally important, and so is birth control access.

Bilderbacks: Prospector's sequoias are our Gold…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'He planted seeds more than 130 years ago that still resonate with Washington County residents.'

Feik: Sustainability Commission works to reach the…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Many global actions determine ... conditions. We have to be aware of those actions but act locally.'

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 28, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers react to calls for gun control and arming teachers after the Parkland, Fla., shooting.

Time to have a difficult conversation about guns

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It is unacceptable that our elected officials fail to act to prevent mass shootings.

Our changing newsroom welcomes two new reporters

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Stephanie Haugen and Kathy Fuller are succeeded in their roles by Olivia Singer and Mandy Feder-Sawyer.

Warren: Federal Reserve was in good hands with…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'In Yellen's four years at the Fed helm, not once did the jobs report come in negative.'

Starrett: Could local oversight improve foster care…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I'm concerned that by virtue of its size, a large centralized state agency may never do a satisfactory job...'

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 21, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our readers write to us with a different view on Facebook and deep concerns about a Supreme Court case.

It's not too late to nominate your Amazing Kid!

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We look forward to hearing, and telling, the stories of amazing young people in western Washington County.

Mitsui: PCC enters 2018 with optimism

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Education changes lives and opens doors to opportunity that benefit the greater community.'

Harris: Tax reform legislation should be moral…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Whatever our political affiliation, we would do well to judge the tax reform law in the context of Jesus' words.'

Schley: Deactivate Facebook and participate

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'A social networking site that kept me from being as social as I prefer to be ... isn't very social, is it?'

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 14, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A reporter says goodbye, and readers write about graduation rates, voter assistance and biblical wisdom.

Fire authority an opportunity to pull together as…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We think the idea to unify our local fire agencies is a good one, and we are excited to see it develop.

McLain: Session an opportunity for accountability…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I have ensured that we remain focused on making our government nimble and productive.'

Stride: Reading animal tracks in western Oregon is…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The best way to learn tracking is to go out and find tracks in snow and soft earth.'

Weiss: Family Fiesta creates new community…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'This year's Family Fiesta reminded me of why we created the event two years ago.'

Duke, Teske and Valliere: County needs regional…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The Washington County Board of Commissioners has been providing valuable support for this work.'

Maybe a microcosm, but community's outcomes are…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
National debates over immigration and healthcare resonate locally, as shown by PCC and Measure 101.

Wenzl: Act on science - pass Clean Energy Jobs

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'As a teacher, as a mom and as a Forest Grove city councilor, I care about ensuring ... Oregon moves forward.'

Richardson: Prepare for disaster

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We each can do something to prepare for the future, and now is the time to start.'

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 31, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers wonder about development issues in Forest Grove, like a new grocery store and strained services.

Don't be scared - prepare

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Disaster could strike from North Korea or the Cascadia fault. Don't let fear paralyze you. Be ready.

Seward: Right-wing 'fairy tales' gave us President…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Bad things happen when Fox News and right-wing media organizations start telling fairy tales.'

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 24, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers address a Cub Scout tradition and Oregon's initiative petition system.

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