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Former managing editor of several community newspapers, including the Woodburn Independent, Lake Oswego Review and the Times papers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune, and he contributes a regular column.
September 11, 2014

If you aren't able to laugh at things, why even go on?

by Mikel Kelly
On more than one occasion last week, I was reminded about the importance of laughing. The first instance came up during a talk I was giving to the Gresham Lions Club about this column thing I do…
September 11, 2014

County's road plan is wise approach

by Editorial Board
There’s a wise philosophy about maintaining your automobile: “Pay now, or pay more later.” In short, it means if you try to save a few dollars by forgoing oil changes, for example, you’ll face a…
September 11, 2014

Sept. 11 is not just another day

by Tracy Renee Lee
Sadly, we face another 9-11 anniversary this week. Has it really been 13 years since America was attacked? To me, it seems as though it were last week. That day, Sept. 11, 2001, will forever be…
September 04, 2014

Thank a union worker

by Callie Vandewiele
It’s a familiar routine: Walking into work, stowing your coat near your desk or in the break room. Nabbing a cup of coffee and then wandering down the hall or across the floor. You clock in, and…
September 04, 2014

Oregonians demand choice - exclusionary debates provide none

by Jason Levin
As the Green Party candidate for governor, I’m disappointed that the media has decided to exclude me from televised debates. Oregonians deserve more than to have their election information…
September 04, 2014

Letters to the editor from our readers

by Christina Lent
Help the children of deployed Oregon National Guard It’s back to school time, and children of the deployed Oregon National Guard soldiers need your help. These families have made great…
September 04, 2014

Most grocery checkers seem to be getting nicer

by Mikel Kelly
You’d think, at the ripe old age of 66, I couldn’t learn too many new things, but last week I did. I learned a rule about bagging groceries that I’d never heard before. Now, before we get…
September 04, 2014

We need practical steps to boost incomes, improve jobs

by John Davis
Too few Oregonians are working for too little pay, contributing to income inequality and a stagnating middle class. That’s what recent data shows, but it’s a trend we can reverse to make Oregon…
September 04, 2014

Sheriff promises action in wake of jail incidents

by Pat Garrett
Transparency is one of those buzz words you hear at election time. Taxpayers demand it, and elected officials promise it. It can be very difficult to deliver transparency when a negative event…
August 21, 2014

Investing in infrastructure is vital to our prosperity

by Tobias Read
There’s been a lot of talk lately about building bridges in the Portland area. Clearly the need to solve the safety and congestion problems crossing the Columbia River hasn’t gone away. Yet, the…

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Aug 21, 2014

Intel places big bet on state's future

by Editorial Board
Intel Corp.’s plan to invest $100 billion in Washington County during the next 30 years resounded like an economic thunderclap. And, like a bolt of economic lightning, the pact offered a jolt to…
Aug 21, 2014

Is your relationship fizzling? It's probably your fault

by Mikel Kelly
I’ve been thinking about becoming a relationship advice columnist ever since I received a press release headed, “From fizzle to sizzle: how to reignite a relationship.” Now, this was four full…
Aug 14, 2014

None of the above

by Russ Dondero
Governor's race leaves many voters with difficult choices and few options to make things better Oregon voters will have a Catch-22 choice in this November’s general election: to vote for…
Aug 07, 2014

The secret to long-term success: joining a sorority

by Donna King
Around this time of year, high school graduates are preparing to attend college in the fall and exploring the question, “Do I want to join a sorority?” Sororities might not be for everyone, but…
Aug 07, 2014

It's time to end discrimination of military veterans

by Doug Wilkinson
I am writing to bring attention to the Warfighter Rights Movement. This is a movement that I am proud to be a part of, not only as an advocate for veterans rights, but as executive officer and…
Aug 07, 2014

Tips to keep your garden thriving when the temperature sizzles

by Lindsey Berman
When summer temperatures sizzle, our gardens feel the hot sun as much as we do. Help your plants beat the heat with a little extra tender loving care, without wasting water or money in the…
Jul 31, 2014

A little advice for Oregon's next governor

by Editorial Board
Gov. John Kitzhaber and state Rep. Dennis Richardson squared off in the first gubernatorial debate of the year July 18 at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Salem. The…
Jul 31, 2014

Street options

by Adam Davis
Beyond the pothole, what else about transportation is important to voters? When it comes to transportation, street maintenance dominates the discussion. You public officials out there, you’ve…
Jul 31, 2014

Atiyeh's humanity evident in his actions

by Jackie Winters
In spring 2009, former Oregon Gov. Victor Atiyeh was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. I congratulated him at the time on receiving this…
Jul 24, 2014

Nation must improve care for veterans

by Suzanne Bonamici
For generations, our country has reaped the benefits of a powerful military — a military that has defended our freedom and helped pursue peace and autonomy for other nations abroad. Service…

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