Forfeit income tax kicker, pay down PERS

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The PERS crisis is gobbling up money that should be spent on teachers, textbooks and fixing defective water faucets.

Going home

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Looking at the past as I did on this trip back made me realize how precious it all is

Reality ... what a concept

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It takes experience to figure out what you should let go of, what you'll never be happy with because your concept of it never meshes with reality

They put turn signals in your car for a reason

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
An aggravatingly high percentage of drivers on the road have demonstrated that they have no idea the signal exists

Electric buses put TriMet on a costly road

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Since moving passengers is TriMet's primary job, this alone should have disqualified battery buses from consideration

Grading Our Schools: Oregonians split on major issues

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Are schools making the grade? The answer depends on which schools you're asking about.

Looking for that change agent for 2019

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
If West Linn citizens decide they want to change the effectiveness of the City Council, they are going to have to replace it one councilor at a time.

Addressing PERS myths

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
PERS is not broken or in danger of collapsing. In fact, PERS's funded ratio is 80.1 percent, one of the top 10 public pension systems in the country.

Alexa, turn up the heat

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I knew that asking Alexa to turn up the temperature would produce the inevitable response, 'I'm sorry, but I don't know how to do that.' I was…

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Its time to take Oregon and West Linn forward again.Congratulations to all those hard workers and to the voters who saw through the smoke.

Our Opinion: It's finally over. What did we learn?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Democrats will start 2019 with their much-coveted supermajorities in the state House and Senate, meaning they can raise taxes and fees without any…

Arts and Culture Committee for WL

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The City Council is currently seeking volunteers for the new Arts and Culture Advisory Committee

Prusak win a grassroots effort

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Personally, I had never volunteered for a political campaign in the 46 years I've resided in Oregon. This year I joined forces with other volunteers…

Where has our civility gone?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I was naive and continued to believe folks who thought differently could have civil conversations

The Junque Mystique

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Everybody's junk drawer is unique. In fact, I suppose it could be said that our junk drawers more or less define us.

Have questions about Medicare plans?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period takes place from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 for coverage that takes effect Jan.…

Grateful for two hometown heroes

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Thanking two men who stopped to help my husband this week after he had a serious bike crash

What shall I do with the rest of my life?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We are Social Purpose Works (SPW). We match your very particular interests and skill set to a nonprofit project needed in your area

Prusak right choice for Legislature

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Oregon Election 2018: Letters to the Editor too late for print publishing in West Linn Tidings

Experience matters - vote Parrish for House District

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Parrish's in-depth understanding of health care, transportation and state budgeting are assets well worth preserving in the Legislature

Rachel Prusak will fight for working families in our…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Parrish hasn't voted in favor of any policies that would actually help Oregon families be more economically secure

Parrish focusing on issues, not mudslinging her opponent

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I'm extremely disappointed, frustrated, and frankly, stunned, by the campaign run by Rachel Prusak

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Joe Buck for Metro District 2; Prusak's understanding of West Linn is thin; Vote for Buehler, don't follow party lines

Don't use initiatives to control costs

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Voters should reject Measures 103 and 104 and insist instead that the Legislature perform the heavy lifting required to control costs of state…

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Sign-stealing political shenanigans; Parrish will put our needs first; Buehler's plan to focus on education

Voters should re-elect hardworking Parrish

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
In Salem, Julie doesn't caucus by political party. That independence means she's free to vote for her community

Wagner's passion for education will serve Lake Oswego well…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Democrat has found a way to let his role as a state senator inform his position on the School Board, not distract from it.

Bring back sanity and compassion

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I'm asking my neighbors, family and friends to look deeply into their souls for what is right and humane

State could use more creative tension

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It's not just wishful thinking to believe that having a Republican governor to balance against a Democratic-controlled Legislature can bring real…

Letters to the Editor

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Mark your ballots now and your friends and neighbors have some suggestions for you

Rachel Prusak - An opportunity for change

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Although I believe that Julie Parrish is a decent person, voting for a Republican candidate at this time, especially one with her voting record would…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Why yes, it is election season - why do you ask? Read on if you want advice on how to vote

Affordable housing crunch requires a regional solution

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
There are not enough homes that are affordable for people who live and work in our region, especially those earning close to minimum wage.

Corruption hurts all of us

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Are Americans so ignorant and uncivilized as to act like barbarians whenever someone brings new information to an issue?

Try to remember the joys of September

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
So while we had to worry about maintaining a working car for the eldest, we still had to rent a U-HAUL to get all the classroom supplies to the…

Housing bond needs more work before approval

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We agree that lack of available affordable housing is a regional issue, but we're not convinced that turning Metro into a regional housing funding…

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Parrish finds solutions; Parrish advocates for district, constituents; Support moderates

Safety informs all of our decision-making

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It's natural and understandable to want to know what is going on. There are times where we cannot share all of the details of an incident.

School safety incident provides lesson in communication

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
There's little doubt that sharing the gist of what happened at the school, along with the manner the school handled it, would have been much more…

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We like the sense of community here at the Windward and the many friends, young and old, we have met in a short period of time.

SW lightrail would be boondoggle

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
MAX has never been cost-effective. It costs over three times as much to run as buses, yet only averages about one busload of riders.

My View: State sanctuary law strikes the right…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
While there are certainly ways the current law could be improved or clarified, and there appears to be some misunderstanding regarding how this law…

My View: Measure 105 would restore respect for law

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The sanctuary statute undermines respect for law in significant ways. It tells illegal immigrants that Oregon considers immigration-law violations so…

Our Opinion: Don't repeal 'sanctuary' law that works

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Oregon's law has worked well for three decades. In the current political climate, it has gotten swept up into a debate about how local police should…

To our daughter, on her first day of preschool

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
You are American-born and all career paths are open to you. If you don't see the job you want, create one.

Legends of the fall

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I'm much more cautious these days, much more aware of my own mortality. Horses now make me a little nervous and I make them a little nervous, too.

Measure 102 changes are justified

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The first statewide measure voters see on their ballot should not be difficult at all

When does thrift stop making sense?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Where we use thrift and where we don't tends to be more emotional and instinctual than intellectual

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Knute is a compassionate physician who wants to ensure that Oregonians covered by Medicaid get the care they need

Muddled parking debate symptom of larger problem

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We don't doubt that the City Council means well, but creating policy on the fly and switching directions seemingly on a dime happens more than it…

Ending a decade of service

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Three years ago I ran for council on the belief that West Linn needed two cultural changes. We have accomplished one of those changes.

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Rules and laws are made to create safety, security and a sense of boundaries and respect. Without rules, we have chaos.

Back into the fray

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
After working for nearly 50 years advocating for change, my enthusiasm for being a change-agent waned. I am not clear as to why.

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Buehler supports career education; Safety should transend all with HS parking

Aquatic center is an uneccessary and expensive…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
In November 2013 and again in January 2018 surveys showed very low support for an aquatic center.

Tolling is a sensible congestion solution

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I applaud the Oregon Legislature for being willing to take the political risk and put on the table a real solution for metropolitan Portland's…

Defining what we love about Oregon

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Land use planning may not seem exciting or sexy. Without it, though, what we have all come to appreciate as the uniqueness of life in Oregon would no…

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Join the walk to end Alzheimer's disease; Help make Oregon worth staying for.

Setting an example for the world

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We aren't the enemy of the people. We are the people. We aren't fake news. We are your news.

A stroll through a quiet neighborhood

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Residents young, old and in-between were eager to sign a petition to maintain the protected parking zone near WLHS

City should not have to pay dismissed officer

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Why should we foot a bill well into six figures for lack of accountability within the police department?

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Knute Buehler has talked about being a 'different kind of Republican' - and I couldn't agree more

Tolls must be used to add capacity first

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We aren't ready to rule out congestion pricing, but we do agree that a primary purpose for tolls should be new capacity

Homeless dilemma growing in proportion

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The solution is neither simple nor one dimensional. For there are many facets to the dilemma.

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Public safety a real part of restricted parking zone; Sign petition to put tolling on ballot

Independent Party needs to prove viability

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We don't blame the IPO for using this unexpected bit of leverage. After all, the political deck in Oregon is stacked heavily in favor of the…

Wyden should support bill that will protect legacy…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I have attended too many benefit concerts for friends who are unable to afford their medical bills as they've gotten older

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Here's to more mysteries; City should put money where it will be most practical; Buehler will get Oregon back on track

Take parking petition to the voters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We would encourage voters to sign the petition, then educate themselves about the issue and vote their conscience

District has strong link to community

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We have demanded the best of our teachers and they have demanded the best of themselves. The hard work of our teachers is evidenced in our students'…

Visual evidence demonstrates: Don't sign parking…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Before you sign that petition, ask yourself: Will you be complicit if a young person is killed or disabled in this increasingly chaotic circumstance?

Have good names in mind if you're going to baby sale

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Verzenio, I continue, had a certain hoity-toity appeal, but we finally decided that the poor kid would be linked with Shakespeare in the park

Metro housing bond needs more work

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Metro believes you will vote for this measure because 'somebody needs to do something' about the housing crisis. Don't buy it.

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Do not sign the petition; Metro bond not efficient path to affordable housing

Leave pool out of park plan

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Instead, I am in support of smaller community centers that have already been built. They just need to be updated and made ADA compliant.

Students need your signatures

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
If students can collect 3,000 signatures, the legitimacy of parking restrictions around the high school will be on the November ballot

Keep school district and Ludwig accountable

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Parents, put less emphasis on the quarterly report card your child brings home and much more credence to the statewide tests

Citizen's View: Marylhurst graduation a time to…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
While the June 17 commencement ceremony was bittersweet, we are glad it provided an opportunity for our community to come together one final time

Those with mental illness shouldn't march alone

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Thankfully, it wasn't too hard for me to come out as queer. Coming out as having a mental illness was much harder.

Compromise immigration bill needed

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, we should remember that we are largely a nation of immigrants

My View: Police in schools counterproductive

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Due to the unjust discipline practices, resource officers deter many students from being engaged in school. These practices undermine the creation of…

Reconsidering some past stubbornness

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I am beginning to think that I need to re-evaluate my stubborn notion that I am never going to move into 'one of those places.'

Citizen's View: City fireworks show a bad idea

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Even City of Lake Oswego residents would wince at the taxes and fees that would be levied to reimburse burned-out parties for a Fourth of July…

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Now that the $20 million General Obligation Bond Measure (3-527) has passed, why not do the ratepayers a favor and remove the Park Maintenance fee…

My View: Policy of separating families at border is…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Sen. Jeff Merkley asks: What nation can justify inflicting harm on children to discourage parents from exercising the international right to seek…

Newberg mill deal smells a bit fishy

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
What any of this could mean for the future of West Linn's shuttered paper mill is unknown

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Metro Council's Construction Excise Tax provides 23 million reasons to rethink our approach; Thank you education volunteers!

Just Another Point of View: Still searching for a…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Even in cases where the offensive mascot name was the idea of the very people involved, the rest of us have decided to bless the issue with our…

We must invest in our students

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
As I listened to their graduation speeches, I reflected on the challenge we have as a state and country to collectively do more to support this next…

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
My wife and I would like to make it clear that we are not in favor of the use of bond funds to improve the old Bolton fire station

Thank you, Senator Merkley

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The current actions of taking the children of immigrants crossing the border from their mothers is beyond all human decency

Letter to the Editor

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Honor DeJardin by honoring others; nominate an exceptional West LInn residentlet

The importance of community centers

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Sadly, many people growing up in the Northwest have not had active, vibrant community centers

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
If allowed to stand, SB 1573 will likely increase the unfunded mandates for public services that always come from community development

Canby Ferry bridge would hurt West Linn

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
If a bridge is built, it will carry thousands more cars a day and many of those will funnel down Pete's Mountain and land in front of Willamette…

Our Opinion: Concussion effort needs schools' help

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We think that the safety of kids who play sports is important. We don't think we're alone, and that's why we think we ought to have the help of all…

Of robots and cats

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I decided to stop pondering the darker downside of our future and invest in my own, personal robot

Brown, Buehler, show us your vision

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Facing a more moderate and practiced political foe for a second time will be a tougher test for Brown - and that's a good thing

Safety is the first concern

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
For the safety of all our students and children, I hope the City Council stands up for the parking zone

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Bring balance back to Willamette fisheries; Bond a disappointing failure in transparency; Help ensure bond funds well spent

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