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A way to save local journalism

A way to save local journalism

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As the only consistent and dedicated source for local news about our communities, our 25 newspapers and websites provide powerful storytelling and…
The best gifts come in small packages

The best gifts come in small packages

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Maybe heaven shined upon you, and you finally got that Bissel rug cleaner you've NOT been wanting
Small businesses are original 'experiential shopping'…

Small businesses are original 'experiential shopping'…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
'Small Business Saturday ... is set to build on a decade of success and rally even more communities.'
Transit plans reflect Metro's priorities, not voters'

Transit plans reflect Metro's priorities, not voters'

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Rachel Dawson is a policy analyst at the Portland-based Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon's free-market public policy research organization
Caring for those who first cared for us

Caring for those who first cared for us

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Many who care for aging parents face similar challenges, and far too often lack access to the support they need.
Childhood gift brings adult comfort

Childhood gift brings adult comfort

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I spent hours in my little bed rotating those faces. They matched my moods exactly.
Legislature peddles harmful solution to housing insecurity

Legislature peddles harmful solution to housing insecurity

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Cities are vested with the right to 'Home Rule.' Citizens are vested in the right to have a say
Bipartisan cooperation is still possible

Bipartisan cooperation is still possible

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Of course, finding a common problem is easier than crafting a shared solution. But again, Oregon seems on the verge of doing so.
What should a Mercy Corps supporter do?

What should a Mercy Corps supporter do?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Use whatever influence you and your wife have as donors to actively help them be more effective and to have fewer and less severe failings going…
Mercy Corps can take steps to regain trust

Mercy Corps can take steps to regain trust

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
If you haven't been sexually abused by someone you trusted when you were too vulnerable to protect yourself, then you cannot understand
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Charbonneau goverance concerns, overbearing state telling us what to do locally and a tale of giving celebrated
Job often requires taking it on the chin

Job often requires taking it on the chin

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
You learn to cut through the hyperbole and listen to the complaint - taking it onboard if there is validity to it
Wake up to the importance of French Prairie

Wake up to the importance of French Prairie

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
My main concern is ensuring that our farmers are protected and that they prosper.
Veterans Day much different 50 years ago

Veterans Day much different 50 years ago

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
When it came to Veterans Day in 1969 and subsequent years, most Vietnam veterans did not wish to participate
The truth is  in the music

The truth is in the music

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Life is a song that has high notes and low notes. It is often emotional and unexpected. It can be out of tune and grate on your nerves, or it can be…
Honoring those who served our country

Honoring those who served our country

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Many balked at the notion that they were heroes.Still, within their varied experiences was a common theme about those who found purpose in a noble…
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Don't forget to vote in the upcoming Nov. 5 election Wilsonville - there are things on it for you!
Our Opinion: Natural areas need voters' support, yes on…

Our Opinion: Natural areas need voters' support, yes on…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As density increases, it's even more important to protect and enhance our regional greenspaces, invest in urban and suburban parks, and coordinate…
Vote 'yes' twice for WL-WV schools

Vote 'yes' twice for WL-WV schools

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The district has always been diligent in trying to account for long-term growth and to staff our schools as fully as possible to best meet the needs…
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Don't forget to vote in the upcoming Nov. 5 election Wilsonville - there are things on it for you!
Hither & Yon

Hither & Yon

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
When you think about it, cemeteries are storybooks in tangible form, moss and granite narratives about people
Better to pay for schools now than later

Better to pay for schools now than later

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Much of the bond will be used for badly needed safety improvements in many of the schools, a step the district can't afford to delay
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Don't forget to vote in the upcoming Nov. 5 election Wilsonville - there are things on it for you!
Invest in kids, invest in schools

Invest in kids, invest in schools

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
While there is room to improve, our schools are excellent. This is, in large part, due to our community's historic willingness to invest in them.
Getting your scare on

Getting your scare on

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As we ascended the creaky stairway of our Victorian era apartment, the phone suddenly began to ring. And ring'and ring
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
West Linn-Wilsoville School District bond and operating levy and a bit about Ben West
The greatest generation had it so good - after they won…

The greatest generation had it so good - after they won…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The things expected of a good dad today would have blown my old man's mind back in his heyday
Bevarly: When a governor undermines her own transparency

Bevarly: When a governor undermines her own transparency

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
'We're now seeing in Oregon that the wall may only exist in the enabling legislation -- not in practice.'
New age of youth activism dawns

New age of youth activism dawns

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
They didn't simply oppose something. This wasn't about 'don't' or 'stop' - it was more about 'do' and 'start.' They were demanding positive change,…
Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Everyone should be clear that pesticides killed bees in Wilsonville parking lot

Our View: Transparency takes a hit in Salem

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Our View: Transparency takes a hit in Salem
If Oregon hopes to find a new Public Records Advocate, independence must be a guaranteed part of the job description, not a hollow campaign promise.

Prusak: Safe gun storage is a necessary step

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Prusak: Safe gun storage is a necessary step
'We know that easy access to firearms is one of the primary drivers of gun violence in the United States.'

Honor our warriors; remember the fallen

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Honor our warriors; remember the fallen
A group of Oregon residents is proposing a Vietnam War memorial on the Oregon state Capitol grounds. This proposed memorial will honor all who served…

Big Tobacco, stop poisoning our children

Clackamas Review - Opinion
Big Tobacco, stop poisoning our children
David Jacques is a volunteer ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Clackamas County and also works with homeless communities of…

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Letters to the Editor
Nonprofit defends transparency in finanical decisions, dedication to its mission

Our View: Transparency takes a hit in Salem

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our View: Transparency takes a hit in Salem
If Oregon hopes to find a new Public Records Advocate, independence must be a guaranteed part of the job description, not a hollow campaign promise.

Dear Congress: Oregon has the answers

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Dear Congress: Oregon has the answers
Oregon's vote-by-mail system is the cheapest, most logical answer for states worried about election manipulation by hackers or foreign agents. And…

Candidates should be willing to take risks, learn…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Candidates should be willing to take risks, learn…
By learning, experimenting, and continuously improving, federal, state, and local governments will have a stronger handle on what they can do to help…

The buzz about the Bee Hive

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The buzz about  the Bee Hive
This was a school and a town that ate, breathed and slept football, so it was no surprise that the rallies were well attended

Court ruling muddies waterway access

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Court ruling muddies waterway access
Avoiding the prospect of costly and unnecessary litigation will require the Oregon Legislature to clarify that the public has access rights from…

Future of recycling is about more than recycling

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Future of recycling is about more than recycling
Now processors, both here and abroad, will accept only materials that are well-sorted.

Is reverse mortgage a blessing or curse?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Is reverse mortgage a blessing or curse?
Once the reverse mortgage was paid off, it was estimated there would be $20,000 for the heirs.

Congestion among ongoing problems in the Gorge

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Congestion among ongoing problems in the Gorge
Steps taken and decisions made today will establish the pace for the area for decades to come

Antitrust safe harbor is answer newspapers need

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Antitrust safe harbor is answer newspapers need
The bill would provide news publishers a safe harbor in which to collectively negotiate with platforms like Google and Facebook

Ladies, gents - the Rolling Bones ... er, Stones!

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Ladies, gents - the Rolling Bones ... er, Stones!
The energetic, nice-looking boy band I grew up with has turned into skinny, deeply wrinkled elder statesmen of rock

Letter to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Letter to the Editor
Concerns about heavy traffic, especiallly from large trucks, on Elligsend and Stafford

I'm pretty sure change will be the death of us all

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I'm pretty sure change  will be the death of us all
Get over it, Kelly, you're thinking. From that reaction I can tell you're young, and you simply haven't encountered enough of these surprises. You…

We need relief from high cost of prescription drugs

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We need relief from high cost of prescription drugs
Oregon's congressional delegation is in the position to lead on this issue and make a difference for all of us.

Our Opinion: Don't give up on push to revise gun…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Our Opinion: Don't give up on push to revise gun…
Oregonians again will see a bill on safe storage of guns. Supporters of Initiative Petition 40 filed an effort last month to get the issue on the…

Democrats should take their cues from history

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Democrats should take their cues from history
Democrats can't win just being the anti-Trump. They must create a vision which promises to bring us together as a nation across the racial, ethnic,…

Ballot measures would worsen PERS problems

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Ballot measures would worsen PERS problems
401(k)s put workers at the whims of the market. Unlike pension plans, which pool assets, workers are individually responsible for fluctuations in the…

Over The Fence: Muling The Grand Canyon

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Over The Fence: Muling The  Grand Canyon
We were told that if we wanted to back out, he wouldn't blame us. However, once we started down the trail, we would be committed for the duration.

Good news for a newspaper and Oregonians

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Good news for a newspaper and Oregonians
Megamergers allow for cost savings and consolidation, but rarely are good for community journalism, as pressures from Wall Street investors preempt…

Our journey to right-sizing Clackamas County's…

Clackamas Review - Opinion
Our journey to right-sizing Clackamas County's…
Gary Schmidt, Clackamas County administrator: We need to hear from you about what services you most value from your county.

WES train is a success, will get better

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
WES train is a success, will get better
Ten years in, the evolution of a train line is short, and if tolls are placed on Interstate 5, then it will likely result in very high ridership.

50 years after moon landing, it's time for next…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
50 years after moon landing, it's time for next…
It's been 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission took humanity to another celestial body. We can't stop there.

Sign of the times

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Sign of the times
Are we so oblivious, due to an overabundance of signage or sheer head up our butts that the signs are useless because we don't see them?

WES at 10: Time to admit failure

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
WES at 10: Time to admit failure
Beaverton to Wilsonville commuter rail line has never met projected ridership

It's 'Prime' time for good jobs

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
It's 'Prime' time for good jobs
Unlike shoppers, Amazon workers in Oregon have nothing to celebrate on 'Prime Days'

Boquist behavior warrants his ouster

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Boquist behavior warrants his ouster
Prone to bombastic statements, Boquist has become well known for lengthy screeds he emails to colleagues

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