Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Tsongas, Pang: Lawmakers must make toxic-free law a priority

Tsongas, Pang: Lawmakers must make toxic-free law a priority

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Dr. Theodora Tsongas is an environmental health scientist. Jamie Pang is the environmental health program director at Oregon Environmental Council.
Opinion: Letting the garden teach me about my disabled child

Opinion: Letting the garden teach me about my disabled child

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If a tree or a plant is a little bit different, we don't call it disabled; we call it beautiful.
Galvez: ‘I must strive to take on social forces that…

Galvez: ‘I must strive to take on social forces that…

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Dr. Eva Galvez is a family medical care provider at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Hillsboro.
OPINION: Congress must take action to protect workers

OPINION: Congress must take action to protect workers

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Jeff Merkley and Graham Trainor: '...Woefully outdated labor laws continue to undermine workers' rights.'
Opinion: Trail repairs slowed due to city's policy

Opinion: Trail repairs slowed due to city's policy

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Backlog of needed repairs on popular hiking trails worsened by PBOT permitting process
Opinion: An Oregon mom outlines the realities of ‘Special…

Opinion: An Oregon mom outlines the realities of ‘Special…

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The web of bureaucracy that ensnares parents of disabled children is difficult for others to even imagine.
Zoucha: Support candidates who push for a cleaner energy…

Zoucha: Support candidates who push for a cleaner energy…

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Jack Zoucha of Wilsonville is the Oregon Institute of Technology's student president.
Metz: Henry Kaiser was right, single-payer health care…

Metz: Henry Kaiser was right, single-payer health care…

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Samuel Metz, MD, of Southwest Portland is vice president of Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program and a founding member of Mad As Hell…
Marquis: Don't change rules on prison inmate voting rights

Marquis: Don't change rules on prison inmate voting rights

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Joshua Marquis of Astoria was Clatsop County district attorney from 1994 to 2018. He is active in the National District Attorneys Association.
Opinion: Family name would befit Southwest park

Opinion: Family name would befit Southwest park

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Raz family helped bring park into existence. Their family history should be honored at local park.
Gordon: Got a COVID vaccination? You can thank research and…

Gordon: Got a COVID vaccination? You can thank research and…

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Ken Gordon is executive director of the Northwest Association of Biomedical Research.
Opinion: Civics bill vital to well-informed society

Opinion: Civics bill vital to well-informed society

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Before bill's passage, Oregon was one of only 11 states with no requirement for civics education class
Opinion: Don't let Alpenrose slip away

Opinion: Don't let Alpenrose slip away

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Former Alpenrose Dairy property is a Portland institution that warrants saving
Opinion: Oregon needs to get in front of climate catastrophe

Opinion: Oregon needs to get in front of climate catastrophe

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Jaime Mathis: State should continue passing bills like HB 2021-100% Equitable Energy for All
Make waves to protect coastal tide pools

Make waves to protect coastal tide pools

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Carlie Davis: Reintroduce sea otters to help tame urchin population, protect kelp forests
Pulliam: Lawmakers’ get failing grade on graduation…

Pulliam: Lawmakers’ get failing grade on graduation…

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MacKensey Pulliam of Sandy is co-founder of the Oregon Moms Union. She argues that Senate Bill 744 leaves some students behind.
Bates: Honor our veterans by supporting state capitol’s…

Bates: Honor our veterans by supporting state capitol’s…

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Steve Bates of Boring is an honorary life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and is a life member of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of…
Sanchez, Salinas and Fettig: Don’t disenfranchise people…

Sanchez, Salinas and Fettig: Don’t disenfranchise people…

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Rep. Tawna Sanchez represents House District 43. Rep. Andrea Salinas represents House District 38. Amy Fettig is executive director of The Sentencing…
Pham, Valderrama and Alonso Leon: Child care is…

Pham, Valderrama and Alonso Leon: Child care is…

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State Rep. Khanh Pham is represents House District 46 in Southeast Portland. Rep. Andrea Valderrama represents House District 47 in East Multnomah…
Readers' letters: Don’t let legislation reduce our…

Readers' letters: Don’t let legislation reduce our…

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Our readers sound off on ending the filibuster, medical research, vaccines, Portland-area highway tolls and child care concerns.
Fruits: PERS Board must act to end continuing crisis

Fruits: PERS Board must act to end continuing crisis

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Eric Fruits is vice president of research at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon's free market public policy research organization. He has studied state…
Bauer: Oregon must step up to protect undocumented workers…

Bauer: Oregon must step up to protect undocumented workers…

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Janet Bauer is a senior policy analyst with the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Learn more at ocpp.org.
Meiffren-Swango: Oregon can’t wait another season for…

Meiffren-Swango: Oregon can’t wait another season for…

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Celeste Meiffren-Swango of Southeast Portland is state director for Environment Oregon.
Schmidt, Hieb: Newspapers, magazines are more than just ink…

Schmidt, Hieb: Newspapers, magazines are more than just ink…

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Brigitte Schmidt Gwyn is president and chief executive office of MPA, the Association of Magazine Media. Laurie Hieb is executive director of the…
Kolker: Double Up Food Bucks benefit families, farmers

Kolker: Double Up Food Bucks benefit families, farmers

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Katy Kolker is executive director of the Portland Farmers Market, which has seen a benefit from a food program lawmakers could continue this year.
DeRemer: SB 844 could hurt patient access to necessary care

DeRemer: SB 844 could hurt patient access to necessary care

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Shawn M. DeRemer, M.D., is president and executive medical director for Anesthesia Associates Northwest and Evolve Health and Wellness.
Miller: Hydropower is a zero-carbon energy source at our…

Miller: Hydropower is a zero-carbon energy source at our…

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Kurt Miller is executive director of the not-for-profit Northwest RiverPartners, which advocates for hydropower in the Pacific Northwest.
Ettling: Lawmakers should support bipartisan federal…

Ettling: Lawmakers should support bipartisan federal…

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Brian Ettling of Northeast Portland is a volunteer with Citizens' Climate Lobby and lead organizer for SJM 5.
Soliday: Let's do the math on child care for small and…

Soliday: Let's do the math on child care for small and…

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Sharon Soliday is chief executive officer of the Hello Foundation, a company providing speech and occupational therapy and school psychology services…
Sloan, Tupper: Immigrants deserve right to legal…

Sloan, Tupper: Immigrants deserve right to legal…

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The Honorable Andrea Sloan is a retired Portland Immigration Court judge. Leni Tupper is a former attorney adviser in the Portland Immigration Court,…

Charles: Time to put brakes on Kate Brown’s…

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Charles: Time to put brakes on Kate Brown’s…
John A. Charles Jr. is president and chief executive officer of Portland's Cascade Policy Institute, a free market public policy research…

Smith: Want more lumber? Manage our forests better

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Smith: Want more lumber? Manage our forests better
Nick Smith of Sherwood is executive director of the nonprofit Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, which advocates for active forest management in…

Lawmakers: Gun violence destroys lives, we can do…

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Lawmakers: Gun violence destroys lives, we can do…
State Rep. Rachel Prusak is from West Linn. Rep. Lisa Reynolds is from Portland. Rep. Andrea Salinas is from Lake Oswego. Rep. Dacia Grayber is from…

Quick-Warner, Wilson: High-speed rail speeds past…

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Quick-Warner, Wilson: High-speed rail speeds past…
Brittany Quick-Warner is president and chief executive officer of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. Keith Wilson is president and CEO of TITAN…

Salinas, Hardesty, Colquitt: Don’t let big money…

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Salinas, Hardesty, Colquitt: Don’t let big money…
State. Rep. Andrea Salinas represents House District 38 in Clackamas County. Jo Ann Hardesty is a Portland city commissioner. Rosa Colquitt is chair…

Walmsley, O'Brien: Pandemic left big impact on…

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Walmsley, O'Brien: Pandemic left big impact on…
Bethany Walmsley is executive director for the Returning Veterans Project. Mark O'Brien is with RALI and an expert on criminal justice and addiction.

Our opinion: It's time for Portland to address most…

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Our opinion: It's time for Portland to address most…
The Portland City Council took a small but significant step to address a portion of these homeless problems.

Davis and Allen: Dental therapists would offer…

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Davis and Allen: Dental therapists would offer…
Miranda Davis, DDS, MPH, has been a tribal clinic dentist for 15 years and supervises dental therapists in Oregon. Gary Allen, DMD, MS, is vice…

Readers' letters: There are alternatives to I-5…

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Readers' letters: There are alternatives to I-5…
Local writers sound off on state school budget needs, homelessness solutions and the many conspiracy theories.

Corporations could be the solution to the…

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Corporations could be the solution to the…
Closing a beloved institution like the museum is another step backwards for Portland

Opinion: Let's build a better future with…

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Opinion: Let's build a better future with…
We want more than listening sessions and powerless advisory committees. We want real power to shape the city we love.

Readers letters: Utility legislation good for…

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Readers letters: Utility legislation good for…
Readers sound off on homeless campers, affordable energy, preschool and economic justice.

Readers letters: Lawmakers must pass civics…

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Readers letters: Lawmakers must pass civics…
Readers sound off on legislation to teach civics in school, delays in dealing with climate change and family migration.

Doctors: Our transgender youth need good care and…

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Doctors: Our transgender youth need good care and…
Jess Guerriero is an OHSU Transgender Health Program social worker. Dr. Kara Connelly is associate professor of pediatrics in the OHSU School of…

Wyden and Paluso: Child care, paid leave are…

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Wyden and Paluso: Child care, paid leave are…
Andrea Paluso is executive director of Family Forward Oregon. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Portland Democrat, is Oregon's senior senator.

Ruiz: Civics education makes our democracy stronger

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Ruiz: Civics education makes our democracy stronger
State Rep. Ricki Ruiz (D-Gresham) represents House District 50, which covers Gresham and East Portland. He is a member of the House Committee on…

Castillo: Every month must be Cancer Awareness…

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Castillo: Every month must be Cancer Awareness…
Gale Castillo, owner of Cascade Centers Inc., is chair of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber in Portland.

Oregon City resident: Fred Meyer customers flout…

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Oregon City resident: Fred Meyer customers flout…
Steve Urenda: Mom-and-pop business taking hit as big-box retailer allows non-compliance

Marucha: Lawmakers must be cautious about dental…

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Marucha: Lawmakers must be cautious about dental…
Dr. Phillip Marucha is a Portland dentist and former dean and faculty member of OHSU School of Dentistry. The views expressed are his alone and do…

Lawmakers: We must support Oregon's workers,…

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Lawmakers: We must support Oregon's workers,…
State Rep. Wlnsvey Campos is from Aloha. Rep. Khanh Pham is from South East Portland. Rep. Andrea Valderrama is from East Portland.

Readers letters: School budget cuts come at a high…

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Readers letters: School budget cuts come at a high…
Readers sound off on funding Oregon's schools, state COVID-19 restrictions and electing a new PCC board member.

Art in Oregon founder: Solidify a place for artists

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Art in Oregon founder: Solidify a place for artists
Tammy Jo Wilson: Nonprofit group faces challenge of continuing to connect communities

Our opinion: Keep Brim-Edwards on Portland Public…

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Our opinion: Keep Brim-Edwards on Portland Public…
Three seats are on the May ballot, with political newcomers filling out the ranks of other races.

Readers letters: Faith leaders stand with working…

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Readers letters: Faith leaders stand with working…
Readers sound off on congressional action supporting labor unions, Sen. Ginny Burdick's retirement and drug prices.

Commissioners: Our public forests should be…

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Commissioners: Our public forests should be…
Kevin Cameron is chair of the Marion County Board of Commissioners. Tootie Smith is chair of Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. Roger Nyquist…

ENDORSEMENT: Voters should continue honoring history

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ENDORSEMENT: Voters should continue honoring history
Measure 26-221 would continue funding Oregon Historical Society and four Multnomah County historical organizations.

Southwick: Foster care systems fail Oregon's LGBTQ…

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Southwick: Foster care systems fail Oregon's LGBTQ…
Portland's Paul Carlos Southwick is director of the Religious Exemption Accountability Project, which empowers queer, trans and non-binary students…

Hanna: OLCC hits bars, restaurants when they are…

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Hanna: OLCC hits bars, restaurants when they are…
Liz Hanna of Northeast Portland owns Mad Hanna, a dive bar. She has 27 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She is on the steering…

Lawmakers: Gun violence destroys lives, we can do…

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Lawmakers: Gun violence destroys lives, we can do…
State Rep. Rachel Prusak is from West Linn. Rep. Lisa Reynolds is from Portland. Rep. Andrea Salinas is from Lake Oswego. Rep. Dacia Grayber is from…

Opinion: Pedestrian safety needs greater attention

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Opinion: Pedestrian safety needs greater attention
East Portland is deadliest; Southwest Portland is most unfriendly to walkers, report shows

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