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Homelessness: Improvements made, much more to do

Homelessness: Improvements made, much more to do

SW Connection - Opinion
Metro president's prediction of visible changes came to be, but a shift in Portland area's attitude is what counts
OPINION: A proposed change now would limit voters' power…

OPINION: A proposed change now would limit voters' power…

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Proposed Portland charter language would make it difficult for future voters to remove incumbent city commissioners
Enough is enough: Bad behavior by coaches, parents and fans…

Enough is enough: Bad behavior by coaches, parents and fans…

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Heads of national and state sports organizations warn that trend could be an end to high school sports
Opinion: Celebrate legacy of U.S. Constitution each…

Opinion: Celebrate legacy of U.S. Constitution each…

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Linda Neace and Rick Riley: Everyone should refresh their knowledge, renew appreciation for principles of freedom.
Opinion: Freezing Oregon property taxes would cause problems

Opinion: Freezing Oregon property taxes would cause problems

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Former Budget Committee member: Initiative Petition 10 needs to be redrafted so those who can pay for vital public services continue to pay for them.
Bob's Red Mill: Employee owners boost retention, recruitment

Bob's Red Mill: Employee owners boost retention, recruitment

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CEO Trey Winthrop: Oregon businesses are facing historic labor shortages, but employee stock ownership plans can help.
Column: Our comments are leaving; our commitment isn't

Column: Our comments are leaving; our commitment isn't

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Starting Aug. 1, Pamplin Media Group will no longer host online comments on its articles.
My View: Federal funds needed to improve election…

My View: Federal funds needed to improve election…

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A $20 billion bill in Congress would help every state make elections more secure with predictable funding.
NAMI: Kindness can help improve minority mental health

NAMI: Kindness can help improve minority mental health

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Bart Brewer: There are many other roadblocks communities face, such as barriers to care
Former state official: Thousands on brink of losing health…

Former state official: Thousands on brink of losing health…

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Charles Gallia: Congress should make American Rescue Plan Act subsidies permanent before insurance premiums rise.
My View: My belief in the right to choose

My View: My belief in the right to choose

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Legislator: Oregon must continue its leadership in standing up for access to reproductive care.
NAMI board president: Trauma survivors can help others…

NAMI board president: Trauma survivors can help others…

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La'Verne Lynn Adams: I survived domestic abuse and now am a licensed professional counselor.
NAMI: Misgendering can lead to stigma against trans people

NAMI: Misgendering can lead to stigma against trans people

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Bart Brewer: Marginalization faced by transgender population contributes to higher rates of depression, social isolation
Doctor: Exercise may be better for depression than…

Doctor: Exercise may be better for depression than…

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Y. Pritham Raj, M.D: Walks with someone you love who is dealing with depression may just be the best medicine.
Don't 'March In' on American innovation

Don't 'March In' on American innovation

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Opinion: Democratic push to seize drug patents is misguided and could stymie innovation
Committee wants Wilson Pool renamed to 'Hillsdale Pool'

Committee wants Wilson Pool renamed to 'Hillsdale Pool'

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Neighborhood-led group aimed at finding new name for Southwest Portland pool reaches decision
Change red-light rules for motorcycle riders

Change red-light rules for motorcycle riders

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Lane filtering could prevent dangerous rear-end crashes and save riders' lives
Endorsement: Mozyrsky is good pick for Portland City Council

Endorsement: Mozyrsky is good pick for Portland City Council

SW Connection - Opinion
The administrative law judge already is deeply involved in city issues and could hit the ground running.
Endorsement: Dan Ryan earns return trip to City Council

Endorsement: Dan Ryan earns return trip to City Council

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He's had only two years in office and has focused on homelessness and improving relations with Multnomah County.
NAMI: How labeling language affects mental health

NAMI: How labeling language affects mental health

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Bart Brewer: We shouldn't let diagnoses blind us from the people behind those labels
Endorsements: Kotek, Pierce are parties' best picks for…

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

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A moderate Republican and a practical Democrat are the right options when facing a three-way race in November.
ENDORSEMENT: Meieran is the change agent needed for…

ENDORSEMENT: Meieran is the change agent needed for…

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In a competitive race for county chair, Dr. Sharon Meieran brings the needed sense of urgency.
Opinion: Give Oregon's small businesses a break from more…

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

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Lori Olund: Elected officials should avoid overburdening economy's backbone with new regulations.
Opinion: West Coast becoming a breeding ground for…

Opinion: West Coast becoming a breeding ground for…

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David Pope: Parental groups like Oregon Moms Union are seeking to indoctrinate our children.
Oregon voters want more from journalists; we're listening 

Oregon voters want more from journalists; we're listening 

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Some don't want journalists picking 'winners' and 'losers' but some triage is needed to best inform the electorate.
Metro has failed on homelessness

Metro has failed on homelessness

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Despite tax measure, regional government hasn't measured progress on Portland area shelter solutions
My View: Time for Portland to level up and be governed…

My View: Time for Portland to level up and be governed…

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City's current management structure was created over 100 years ago. It's time for reform.
OPINION: School boards must regain the trust of their…

OPINION: School boards must regain the trust of their…

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OVBC survey finds that a minority of Oregonians feel their local school boards represent their beliefs
My view: Americans need access to obesity treatments

My view: Americans need access to obesity treatments

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Outdated Medicare policies don't cover needed medications or therapy, despite public health epidemic
Decision 2022: Housing stability, voting access are…

Decision 2022: Housing stability, voting access are…

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Catherine McMullen: Eviction crisis in Oregon is amplifying obstacles to voting

OPINION: Tolling to encircle Oregon 'like a…

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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: Republicans can win Oregon with moderate…

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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

My view: Seeking solutions to Oregon's nurse…

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My view: Seeking solutions to Oregon's nurse…
Nurses are facing an unprecedented staffing shortage, which could affect every Oregonian.

My view: PBOT's new bus route plan won't help SW…

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My view: PBOT's new bus route plan won't help SW…
Rose Lane Project could worsen traffic issues the city hopes to fix, buy reducing lanes of travel

OPINION: Missed opportunity for stronger…

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OPINION: Missed opportunity for stronger…
Metropolitan Mayors' Consortium: 'A second job to make up the missing legislator pay is untenable for most people.'

DECISION 2022: Oregonians should fight war against…

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DECISION 2022: Oregonians should fight war against…
Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam is a Republican candidate seeking his party's nomination in the race for Oregon governor.

OPINION: Action needed now to address climate change

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OPINION: Action needed now to address climate change
Jessie Kochaver: 'It's past time we put these climate-focused policies to use.'

OPINION: Faith leaders seek sea change in homeless…

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OPINION: Faith leaders seek sea change in homeless…
Rich Vial: 'Progress is what real compassion demands and our community deserves.'

OPINION: Missed opportunity for stronger…

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OPINION: Missed opportunity for stronger…
Metropolitan Mayors' Consortium: 'A second job to make up the missing legislator pay is untenable for most people.'

OPINION: To get beyond red vs. blue Oregon, let's…

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OPINION: To get beyond red vs. blue Oregon, let's…
Losing faith in the democratic process? Let's make the American government responsible and accountable

OPINION: Setting Oregon on the path to stability

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OPINION: Setting Oregon on the path to stability
Sen. Rob Wagner: 'Citizen legislators arrived in Salem from every corner of the state to find solutions...'

OPINION: Misnamed 'arts tax' hides positive impact…

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OPINION: Misnamed 'arts tax' hides positive impact…
Your $35 is due to the city of Portland on April 15. What exactly is this for and why do you need to pay it?

My view: In face of inaction, headwinds mean you're…

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My view: In face of inaction, headwinds mean you're…
Red tape and inaction have delayed the citing of Safe Rest Villages in Portland.

Our View: Creating an economy where every Oregonian…

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Our View: Creating an economy where every Oregonian…
At the state and federal level, bills and policies take an equity lens to job creation.

My view: Affordable child care would boost Oregon's…

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My view: Affordable child care would boost Oregon's…
President Biden's Build Back Better would address childhood poverty here and across the nation.

My view: In face of inaction, headwinds mean you're…

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My view: In face of inaction, headwinds mean you're…
Red tape and inaction have delayed the citing of Safe Rest Villages in Portland.

House Bill 4115 would provide Treasury transparency

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House Bill 4115 would provide Treasury transparency
Opinion: Oregon voters have a right to know how their tax dollars are being invested

Our view: Camping ban amid high-traffic areas is…

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Our view: Camping ban amid high-traffic areas is…
Too many of Portland's homeless residents are dying in these dangerous settings.

OPINION: Oregon should move to cleaner, renewable…

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OPINION: Oregon should move to cleaner, renewable…
Bipartisan legislation could reduce diesel emissions 60%, with safeguards against price spikes and fuel shortages.

Readers' letters

SW Connection - Opinion
Readers' letters
Southwest Portland readers weigh in on Nick Kristof's candidacy for Oregon governor

OPINION: Give Oregon students a voice in shaping…

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OPINION: Give Oregon students a voice in shaping…
Proposed legislation would ensure that youths from all over work with agencies on rules and laws that impact them.

My View: The city of Portland is a bad neighbor

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My View: The city of Portland is a bad neighbor
Time for city to treat neighbors with all the dignity and compassion it proposes to offer Safe Rest Village residents

OPINION: Communities deserve the choice to build…

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OPINION: Communities deserve the choice to build…
Lacey Beaty & Amy Warren: 'Truly affordable housing is ... affordable to buy or rent, but also affordable to live in.'

OPINION: It's time to allow self-serve gas option…

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OPINION: It's time to allow self-serve gas option…
Lawmakers should support effort to allow stations, many of which face staffing shortages, to allow drivers to pump their own gas.

OPINION: Meeting the challenge, building robust…

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OPINION: Meeting the challenge, building robust…
The agenda for the 2022 legislative session focuses on small businesses, the housing crisis and supporting schools.

OPINION: Oregonians deserve safer neighborhoods

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OPINION: Oregonians deserve safer neighborhoods
GOP legislative leaders will put the focus on law enforcement spending during this session.

OPINION: Oregon needs an elected state school chief…

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OPINION: Oregon needs an elected state school chief…
Former lawmaker Christine Drazan, running for governor, says parents and students deserve a bigger say in public education.

Our view: Metro leader did right to start clock on…

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Our view: Metro leader did right to start clock on…
Lynn Peterson says the region's crisis with unsheltered homeless will see improvements in six months.

First shot fired in battle over 4-day work week

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First shot fired in battle over 4-day work week
Opinion: Democrats want shorter school days so they can work fewer days a week

My View: Time to change how we serve homeless…

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My View: Time to change how we serve homeless…
We need to know who is homeless, where they are, and establish a network of safe places for them.

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