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Opinion: Legislation could do wonders to protect Oregon…

Opinion: Legislation could do wonders to protect Oregon…

SW Connection - Opinion
The Ocean Based Climate Solutions Act, already backed by Oregon Reps. Bonamici and Blumenauer, needs more support
This Thanksgiving, too many Oregonians will be going hungry

This Thanksgiving, too many Oregonians will be going hungry

SW Connection - Opinion
OPINION: Census data show the problem, worse than during the Great Recession, hits Black and Latino residents particularly hard
Opinion: Winter is coming. People need shelter. We have the…

Opinion: Winter is coming. People need shelter. We have the…

SW Connection - Opinion
The publicly owned Portland Expo Center, currently vacant, could temporarily shelter thousands of houseless residents.
Land use at heart of taxpayer-funded racism

Land use at heart of taxpayer-funded racism

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Civic engagement through district coalitions and neighborhood associations continues to sway planning policies
Pamplin President: This Thanksgiving, we're thanking our…

Pamplin President: This Thanksgiving, we're thanking our…

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In a year unlike any other, we could not have survived without subscriptions and donations from readers like you.
Don't scapegoat Oregon restaurants and bars for the…

Don't scapegoat Oregon restaurants and bars for the…

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Few cases of the virus have been linked to the state's food and drink establishments, which provide a needed refuge
OPINION: Oregon brewers can't afford a new state tax…

OPINION: Oregon brewers can't afford a new state tax…

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The last thing we need as small businesses dealing with a COVID-19 is an 800% tax increase on beer, wine and cider
OPINION: Want to reduce wildfires? Manage Oregon's federal…

OPINION: Want to reduce wildfires? Manage Oregon's federal…

SW Connection - Opinion
Salvage logging concerns are overblown given that legal challenges have halted most federal forest management
OPINION: U.S. Forest Service ignores public input on Mount…

OPINION: U.S. Forest Service ignores public input on Mount…

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Local staff has disregarded calls for stronger protection of invaluable watersheds impacted by Zigzag Timber Sale.
Oregon's challenges are clear. But so is the path to…

Oregon's challenges are clear. But so is the path to…

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My View: Our divisions can be bridged with a foundation of inclusion built on trusted opinion research that's free from political agendas
Opinion: Churches should not put parishioners' health at…

Opinion: Churches should not put parishioners' health at…

SW Connection - Opinion
Pastor urges Gov. Brown to tighten restrictions on faith-based gatherings as the Christmas season approaches.
OPINION: Follow the science and limit clear cuts and…

OPINION: Follow the science and limit clear cuts and…

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Salvage logging further damages forests and sucks money from taxpayers' pockets to subsidize timber profits
OPINION: For our kids' sake, it's time to reopen Oregon's…

OPINION: For our kids' sake, it's time to reopen Oregon's…

SW Connection - Opinion
The overall risk posed by COVID-19 is low in children but the lack of in-person school may cause other health problems
'Most Favored Nation' pricing harms Oregonians with…

'Most Favored Nation' pricing harms Oregonians with…

SW Connection - Opinion
Opinion: No one should have to worry about whether a doctor will treat you when you're sick, just because you have a disability
Former journalist challenges others to 'unbury' history

Former journalist challenges others to 'unbury' history

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Steve Law: The time has come to erect memorials and markers for the victims of racist violence.
OPINION M26-214: I'm proof that early childhood pays…

OPINION M26-214: I'm proof that early childhood pays…

SW Connection - Opinion
By voting for the county's 'Preschool for All' measure, you're not only helping kids, but also investing in the economy.
Opinion: Why Oregon voters need to pick a new attorney…

Opinion: Why Oregon voters need to pick a new attorney…

SW Connection - Opinion
After a rise in statewide crime and lawlessness, it's time to get the state back on the path to equality, justice and safety
OPINION M26-213: Don't bailout Portland parks  with a tax…

OPINION M26-213: Don't bailout Portland parks with a tax…

SW Connection - Opinion
Instead of fixing mismanagement and charging a fair price for facilities' use, the city wants to tax people who don't use them
OPINION M26-214: Reject tax for flawed preschool experiment

OPINION M26-214: Reject tax for flawed preschool experiment

SW Connection - Opinion
Multnomah County's unproven program would create an exodus of high-income earners and destabilize the tax base
OPINION: Oregon needs Shemia Fagan to ensure fair elections

OPINION: Oregon needs Shemia Fagan to ensure fair elections

SW Connection - Opinion
State's U.S Senators say a Democratic ally in the Oregon Secretary of State's office is key in this pivotal moment
OPINION: Kim Thatcher will finish the job my husband started

OPINION: Kim Thatcher will finish the job my husband started

SW Connection - Opinion
Voters should look past party labels and elect an Oregon Secretary of State who reflects Dennis Richardson's values
OPINION: As your Secretary of State, I will fight for…

OPINION: As your Secretary of State, I will fight for…

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I know what it's like to struggle and am running to ensure fairness, integrity and accountability for every Oregonian
OPINION: We need an  Secretary of State who focuses on…

OPINION: We need an Secretary of State who focuses on…

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I will continue the legacy of the late Dennis Richardson and be an independent check on areas of state government that aren't serving the people of…
Opinion: Why I hope to serve again as the 'People's…

Opinion: Why I hope to serve again as the 'People's…

SW Connection - Opinion
We need an experienced Attorney General to help the state respond to the pandemic, racial injustice and federal overreach
OPINION: If reelected as treasurer, I'll stay focused on…

OPINION: If reelected as treasurer, I'll stay focused on…

SW Connection - Opinion
Over the past four years, Oregon's investments have kept our ranking as one of the top-performing states in the country
OPINION: Demanding times require a new state treasurer, one…

OPINION: Demanding times require a new state treasurer, one…

SW Connection - Opinion
We need a treasurer who addresses Oregon's fiscal challenges and directly confronts difficult policy implications
OPINION M26-218: $7 billion for Metro's transportation tax?…

OPINION M26-218: $7 billion for Metro's transportation tax?…

SW Connection - Opinion
Vote 'no' on Measure 26-218. The costly measure will tax employers to overspend on underused projects, such as light rail
Getting Ready for 2021 Medicare open enrollment

Getting Ready for 2021 Medicare open enrollment

SW Connection - Opinion
Tips for navigating healthcare plan options virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic
OPINION M26-217: Portland's current system can't hold…

OPINION M26-217: Portland's current system can't hold…

SW Connection - Opinion
Vote 'yes' on Measure 26-217. Trust between the police and the community is at an all-time low. We need transformative change now.
OPINION M26-211: Libraries need space for students and…

OPINION M26-211: Libraries need space for students and…

SW Connection - Opinion
Vote 'yes' on Measure 26-211. COVID-19 has made it clear that Multnomah County's libraries are small and outdated

OPINION M26-218: Time to invest in transportation…

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OPINION M26-218: Time to invest in transportation…
Vote 'yes' on Measure 26-216; expanding transit options will jump-start the economy and combat congestion.

OPINION M26-218: Metro needs transportation plan,…

SW Connection - Opinion
OPINION M26-218: Metro needs transportation plan,…
Vote No on Measure 26-216: the regional tax on employment is the wrong funding mechanism at the wrong time.

OPINION M26-211: Libraries should serve all…

SW Connection - Opinion
OPINION M26-211: Libraries should serve all…
Vote 'yes' on Measure 26-211; it's time for library system to reflect current needs.

OPINION M107: Connections, money shouldn't limit…

SW Connection - Opinion
OPINION M107: Connections, money shouldn't limit…
Vote 'yes' on Measure 107. Democracy should allow more women, people of color and immigrants to win public office

OPINION M110: Don't take away addicts' incentive…

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OPINION M110:  Don't take away addicts' incentive…
Vote 'no' on Measure 110. Let the Oregon Legislature continue its success in crafting true criminal justice reforms.

OPINION M110: People battling addiction need…

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OPINION M110: People battling addiction need…
Vote 'yes' on Measure 110. As a nurse recovering from addiction, I want others to have access to the services I had

OPINION M109: When treatment failed, psilocybin…

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OPINION M109: When treatment failed, psilocybin…
Vote 'yes' Measure 109. Unlike pharmaceuticals, psilocybin is a natural non-toxic compound and non-addictive.

OPINION M107: Campaign 'fix' would limit voters'…

SW Connection - Opinion
OPINION M107: Campaign 'fix' would limit voters'…
Secretary of State candidate says M107 won't curb government officials, only take away political speech.

OPINION M26-218: Metro's proposed transit tax needs…

SW Connection - Opinion
OPINION M26-218: Metro's proposed transit tax needs…
Voters should reject Measure 26-218, which got to the ballot with little scrutiny and is riddled with uncertainties

Metro multi-billion dollar transit measure is…

SW Connection - Opinion
Metro multi-billion dollar transit measure is…
Writer says costly train project doesn't have demand, ridership numbers to support new infrastructure

Baby Yoda spreads love amid wildfires, political…

SW Connection - Opinion
Baby Yoda spreads love amid wildfires, political…
Former Clackamas County resident Nan Collie hopes Carver's next stop is the White House

'Most Favored Nation' pricing harms Oregonians with…

SW Connection - Opinion
'Most Favored Nation' pricing harms Oregonians with…
OPINION: No one should have to worry about whether a doctor will treat you when you're sick, just because you have a disability

Oregon's Tobias Read has learned from Three Little…

SW Connection - Opinion
Oregon's Tobias Read has learned from Three Little…
Damascus resident Dr. Carl B. Anderson endorses reelection of state treasurer

Invest now in transportation, region's future…

SW Connection - Opinion
Invest now in transportation, region's future…
Opinion: Voting 'yes' on Measure 26-218 will result in jobs and equity throughout the area.

Fight for equality continues 30 years after…

SW Connection - Opinion
Fight for equality continues 30 years after…
OPINION: The ADA is great, but my personal experience shows enforcement is key to curbing discrimination in Oregon

Achieving equity: Oregon students deserve a…

SW Connection - Opinion
Achieving equity: Oregon students deserve a…
OPINION: If public schools can't provide a full day of instruction, parents should get a refund and explore other options

Addiction is a health issue that deserves a…

SW Connection - Opinion
Addiction is a health issue that deserves a…
Opinion: As medical providers we know incarceration doesn't equal treatment. That's why we're voting 'yes' on Measure 110.

Invest now in transportation, region’s future…

SW Connection - Opinion
Invest now in transportation, region’s future…
Opinion: Voting 'yes' on Measure 26-218 will result in jobs and equity throughout the area.

Oregon climate change order should focus on carbon…

SW Connection - Opinion
Oregon climate change order should focus on carbon…
OPINION: Farmers and foresters can play a big role in curbing global warming if the state supports their efforts

Turning the political tide will take a focus on…

SW Connection - Opinion
Turning the political tide will take a focus on…
OPINION: Oregon union leader says Labor Day is a good time for all working people to commit themselves to work for change

Psilocybin therapy could help Oregonians who suffer…

SW Connection - Opinion
Psilocybin therapy could help Oregonians who suffer…
OPINION: It's time to shed the stigma over mental health and expolore this 'breakthrough' therapy

Cities that cut police budgets should lose state…

SW Connection - Opinion
Cities that cut police budgets should lose state…
OPNION: GOP candidate says assaults on innocent people showcase incompetence of leadership in the city of Portland.

Restricting Oregon's stable supply of hydropower…

SW Connection - Opinion
Restricting Oregon's stable supply of hydropower…
OPINION: Flexible spills, not dam breaching, is the best way to protect the region's fish populations

Simple, everyday actions can help preserve Oregon's…

SW Connection - Opinion
Simple, everyday actions can help preserve Oregon's…
OPINION: What my Mexican grandma taught me about conservation (Hint: it involves Tupperware)

OPINION: It's time to restore national service

SW Connection - Opinion
OPINION: It's time to restore national service
Mandatory national service would help repair the broken connection younger generations have with America.

Alberta Alive could answer Black veterans' housing…

SW Connection - Opinion
Alberta Alive could answer Black veterans' housing…
Guest opinion: America needs to do better by Black veterans and providing affordable housing would be one solution.

Pamplin President: Essential workers keep us…

SW Connection - Opinion
Pamplin President: Essential workers keep us…
This Labor Day brings the value of workers into sharp focus. Thank you for all you do.

Wilson High School needs a new identity

SW Connection - Opinion
Wilson High School needs a new identity
Changing the name of Southwest Portland high school is step toward addressing racism

Repurposed Wapato finally brings value to ill-fated…

SW Connection - Opinion
Repurposed Wapato finally brings value to ill-fated…
Our opinion: Bybee Lakes Hope Center is an excellent reimagining of the jail that never was.

Metro, invest transportation funds where they're…

SW Connection - Opinion
Metro, invest transportation funds where they're…
Paul Edgar: SW Corridor Light Rail Project dollars should be redirected to the Stafford-to-Oregon City I-205 corridor widening project

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