Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

OPINION: An unlikely prescription for an unhealthy democracy

OPINION: An unlikely prescription for an unhealthy democracy

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Elections have become polarizing events, but survey research finds that Oregonians of all stripes are proud of the state's efforts to engage voters.
My loved one has thoughts of suicide ... now what?

My loved one has thoughts of suicide ... now what?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Your emotions, and the emotions of the person in pain, are legitimate, and the best responses begin by listening.
Readers' letters

Readers' letters

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Readers advocate on behalf of School Board, West Linn City Council candidates.
Measure 11 lowered racial disparities in Oregon's justice…

Measure 11 lowered racial disparities in Oregon's justice…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Disparities for Blacks have been cut in half, and disparities among Hispanics have disappeared completely in Oregon.
Opinion: Mark Shull's racism can't be deflected

Opinion: Mark Shull's racism can't be deflected

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Cris Waller: 'Sonya Fischer did not release Mark Shull's postings to the media. I did.'
Opinion: Oregon's struggling economy needs a long-term plan

Opinion: Oregon's struggling economy needs a long-term plan

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Tobias Read of Beaverton is Oregon state treasurer. He argues that the state can catapult out of the pandemic stronger than before.
Reader's letter

Reader's letter

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
A reader argues Kelly Sloop is the right candidate for WL-WV School Board elections.
Over the Fence: Never give up

Over the Fence: Never give up

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The past year has been a lot to deal with, but we seem to be staying the course. We don't give up.
Opinion: Cheers! Raise your beer stein to hops and natural…

Opinion: Cheers! Raise your beer stein to hops and natural…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Douglas Weathers is president of Sodbuster Farms Inc. in Marion County. He says natural gas is vital to his hop farm's future.
Opinion: Oregon can again lead nation on Equity Act

Opinion: Oregon can again lead nation on Equity Act

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
John Hummel of Bend is the Deschutes County district attorney. He wants Oregon's Congressional delegation to lead on a national LGBTQ issue.
Opinion: Lawmakers can't take a shortcut to better eye…

Opinion: Lawmakers can't take a shortcut to better eye…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Dr. Robert Bentley is a Portland ophthalmologist with more than 30 years of experience.
Opinion: We must restore our city, and become the new Eden

Opinion: We must restore our city, and become the new Eden

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie of Northeast Portland is a minister in the United Church of Christ.
Opinion: It's time to plan Portland's Pandemic Independence…

Opinion: It's time to plan Portland's Pandemic Independence…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Eric Fruits, Ph.D. is vice president of Research at Cascade Policy Institute and an adjunct professor at Portland State University, where he teaches…
Sounding off on the Newberg Pool

Sounding off on the Newberg Pool

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The onus should be on the wake boat industry and boat owners to provide evidence that their wakes/waves somehow defy the laws of physics.
Readers' letters

Readers' letters

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Readers discuss the upcoming West Linn City Council election and the start date for schools.
Opinion: Legislation vital to advancing equity in…

Opinion: Legislation vital to advancing equity in…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Ashton Simpson is executive director of Oregon Walks. Cameron Whitten is an equity advocate and nonprofit executive.
Opinion: Let's put power in Oregonians' hands to prevent…

Opinion: Let's put power in Oregonians' hands to prevent…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
State Rep. Rachel Prusak represents House District 37 in parts of Clackamas and Washington counties.
Opinion: Mark Shull's poor judgment faces consequences

Opinion: Mark Shull's poor judgment faces consequences

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Cris Waller: Clackamas County commissioner denigrated immigrants, people of color and all Muslims
Every student, every family!

Every student, every family!

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Coupled with my 14 years of higher education board experience, I am prepared to serve in this moment.
How do you say his name, and why does he care so much?

How do you say his name, and why does he care so much?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I can't promise you we will always agree. I can promise you I will always listen and consider your views thoughtfully.
Opinion: Want to help Oregon landlords? Don't approve tax…

Opinion: Want to help Oregon landlords? Don't approve tax…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Daniel Hauser is with the Oregon Center for Public Policy. He argues that Oregon's SB 330 would not provide the right aid to struggling landlords.
OPINION: Sharing your views will help shape our state

OPINION: Sharing your views will help shape our state

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Oregon Values & Beliefs Center values opinions enough to reward those who participate in their monthly panels.
Opinion: Our children deserve a breath of fresh air

Opinion: Our children deserve a breath of fresh air

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Part of returning children to the classroom involves making sure those schools are healthy for all students.
Opinion: Oregon searches for a coherent drug policy

Opinion: Oregon searches for a coherent drug policy

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
John A. Charles Jr. is president and CEO of Portland's Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon's free market public policy research organization. He can be…
Opinion: Beer, wine taxes should invest in hope, recovery

Opinion: Beer, wine taxes should invest in hope, recovery

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
State. Rep. Tawna Sanchez represents North/Northeast Portland's House District 43.
Opinion: Region needs Clackamas Community College theatre

Opinion: Region needs Clackamas Community College theatre

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
New Century Players managing director: Please do not defund, eliminate or in any way reduce program.
Readers' letters

Readers' letters

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Kirsten Wyatt is the leader our district needs now; Kirsten Wyatt: Ready to lead on day one
OPINION: It’s time to give voice to the values that unite…

OPINION: It’s time to give voice to the values that unite…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Oregon Values & Voices project will pair unbiased research with independent reporting to inform Oregonians working to build stronger communities…
Opinion: Oregon should break the waste cycle

Opinion: Oregon should break the waste cycle

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Celeste Meiffren-Swango of Southeast Portland is state director for Environment Oregon.
Readers' Letters: Support safe streets through bike bill SB…

Readers' Letters: Support safe streets through bike bill SB…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Local readers sound off on issues like bicycle safety, saving Oregon's dairy farms and preventing youth suicide through gun safety.

Clackamas County resident: Mark Shull's behavior…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Clackamas County resident: Mark Shull's behavior…
Cris Waller: Because Veterans Advisory Council had 'temerity to stand up to him,' elected official wants the board disbanded

Over the Fence: Defining Faith

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Over the Fence: Defining Faith
We have been friends for more than fifty years and I have cherished her for every one of those years.

Opinion: Working Oregonians deserve leaders who…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Opinion: Working Oregonians deserve leaders who…
Graham Trainor is president of the Oregon AFL-CIO, the federation of labor unions representing more than 300,000 working Oregonians. Reyna Lopez is…

Opinion: New timber taxes would scuttle economic…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Opinion: New timber taxes would scuttle economic…
Jenny Johnson of Astoria is a forester who advocates for sustainable forest management.

Opinion: Clackamas County needs jail diversion,…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Opinion: Clackamas County needs jail diversion,…
Michele Veenker: Sheriff's Levy shouldn't be considered an 'either/or proposal'

Opinion: Oregon journalists confront threats to all…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Opinion: Oregon journalists confront threats to all…
Ellen Osoinach is the Local Legal Initiative attorney in Oregon for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

OPINION: As the region recovers, Metro is ready to…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
OPINION: As the region recovers, Metro is ready to…
Lynn Peterson: Let's work together to ensure health care, social justice, equitable economic growth and dignified housing for everyone.

Let's find unique solutions for our struggling…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Let's find unique solutions for our struggling…
Clackamas County commissioners: We hope you share with us your ideas to help our future generation thrive

Clackamas County libraries meeting needs of our…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Clackamas County libraries meeting needs of our…
Opinion: Librarians have been a link to help all of us strive to maintain a sense of normalcy.

Rejection is always out there, but it doesn't have…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Rejection is always out there, but it doesn't have…
I have another the bad-news letters in my newspaper file, but they don't bother me nearly so much as they used to.

Reader's letter

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Reader's letter
What can be done to help nurses survive the stress and pressure of COVID-19? Thank them.

OPINION: Climate protection can't exclude Oregon's…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
OPINION: Climate protection can't exclude Oregon's…
My generation needs Gov. Brown to get serious about getting all the state's polluters to clean up their acts. And do so before 2050

Valentine's Day brings bittersweet memories

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Valentine's Day brings bittersweet memories
My first kiss was with a boy named Tom, who was from a small farm town situated near my small farm town in northwestern Ohio.

Oregon City commissioner: Mark Shull should step…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Oregon City commissioner: Mark Shull should step…
Denyse McGriff: Clackamas County elected official needs to be held accountable for racist, xenophobic statements.

Opinion: Mark Shull continuing on board is 'slap in…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Opinion: Mark Shull continuing on board is 'slap in…
Joe K. Meyer: By not resigning, Clackamas County commissioner sends the message that he has done nothing harmful

Opinion: Commissioner Shull's bigotry deserves to…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Opinion: Commissioner Shull's bigotry deserves to…
Candace Avalos: We do not feel safe on our streets and in our homes when hate goes unchecked.

OPINION: We can build a more just and dynamic…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
OPINION: We can build a more just and dynamic…
Legislature's BIPOC Caucus focuses on efforts to ensure everyone has the chance to thrive as we break down barriers

Opinion: Oregon renters need more protections from…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Opinion: Oregon renters need more protections from…
Recent legislation helped, but many Oregonians - particularly Black and Hispanic families - face additional challenges

Opinion: Pay parents who've had to support kids'…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Opinion: Pay parents who've had to support kids'…
State should offset the cost to Oregon families who have given up paychecks to accommodate forced home-based distance classes.

Over the fence: Remembering a child I once knew

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Over the fence: Remembering a child I once knew
A girl I knew growing up was a force to be reckoned with and left an impression on me

OPINION: It's time to strip 'Black Codes' from the…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
OPINION: It's time to strip 'Black Codes' from the…
Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will again seek to end the legacy of a clause long used as a 'tool of control' over people of color.

Want more local news? Support our journalists

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Want more local news? Support our journalists
The truth is we want to deliver more local news, but we must have the financial support to justify it. 

After 19 years, it's time to retire Oregon's…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
After 19 years, it's time to retire Oregon's…
The 'pubic purpose charged' tacked on to power bills has been a boon to the Energy Trust of Oregon and a burden on consumers.

Pamplin Media calls for ClackCo Commissioner…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Pamplin Media calls for ClackCo Commissioner…
Newly elected Clackamas County Commisioner Mark Shull posted hate-filled comments to social media, unleashing criticism and swift calls for his…

Letter to the editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Letter to the editor
A Spokesman reader discusses Wilsonville City Council's decision to compensate councilors

Our Opinion: Thankfully, Oregon's delegation is safe

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Our Opinion: Thankfully, Oregon's delegation is safe
Anger is the chief emotion being expressed by our elected leaders and their staff after the Jan. 6 attack on democracy.

LUBA decision doesn't equal defeat for the city

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
LUBA decision doesn't equal defeat for the city
The land use body dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds, not on the merits of the arguments

OPINION: Let's ensure that Oregon's Grand Old Party…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
OPINION: Let's ensure that Oregon's Grand Old Party…
A former statewide candidate calls for unity, the pursuit of accountability and a focus on Oregonians' shared values.

Retired Clackamas sheriff reflects on decades of…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Retired Clackamas sheriff reflects on decades of…
Craig Roberts: Newly elected Angie Brandenburg is taking command of 'incredible operation.'

Dear new Wilsonville mayor: Give us a chance to…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Dear new Wilsonville mayor: Give us a chance to…
A segment of the community has grown weary of Wilsonville politics and feels its voice isn't being heard

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