Beaverton's Opinions

Mikel Kelly
July 29, 2015

The summer of 1958, when life was simple - yet awesome

by Mikel Kelly
I know we’ve already had something like 85 days this year that were 90 degrees or above, but to this native Oregonian, summer is only just now really getting here. There are many reasons we…
July 29, 2015

Legislative session serves all of Oregon

by Rep. Tina Kotek
The Legislature recently concluded its 2015 session with a long list of accomplishments that will improve the lives of Oregonians. We worked to expand opportunities for working families, invest…
July 22, 2015

Subsidies not the answer for wheelchair-accessible cabs

by Editorial Board
Since Uber and Lyft opened for business in Portland, an ongoing controversy has ensued over whether their disruptive business models are good or bad for Portland consumers. While many riders…
July 22, 2015

Protecting your wishes for end-of-life care

by Rep. Earl Blumenauer
The Obama Administration recently took an incredibly important step in empowering patients and their families, by improving end-of-life care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…
July 15, 2015

Oregon Promise doesn't go far enough

by Editorial Board
When it comes to higher education, Oregon has a problem. When the Oregon Education Investment Board launched the 40-40-20 plan, it was ambitious, to say the least. It aimed for 40 percent of…
July 15, 2015

Our Opinion: Stalled transportation proposal was really doomed…

by Editorial Board
Oregon lawmakers brought down the gavel on another legislative session this week with all the excitement of elementary school students on the verge of summer break. It was, in many ways, a…
Mikel Kelly
July 15, 2015

Mikel Kelly: When stand-up comics go bad, it's not very funny

by Mikel Kelly
Everybody was buzzing last week about the latest Bill Cosby news. Apparently the comedian, now 77, admitted under oath back in 2005 that he bought quaaludes to give to young women so he could…
Miles Vance
July 09, 2015

Fireworks, adverts and weed - oh my!

by Miles Vance
I love fireworks and I love seeing them on the Fourth of July. At the same time, I do not love our state’s recent decision to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. I do support its use for…
July 09, 2015

Two items deserving of praise

by Editorial Board
With the adjournment of the 2015 Legislature, both sides are counting their political victories and defeats, and beginning their preparations for upcoming elections. But amidst the seemingly…
July 09, 2015

Oregonians now get the 'Right to Try'

by Steve Buckstein
Oregon’s Right to Try bill (HB 2300), which passed the Senate 29-0 on July 1, was re-passed with some restrictive amendments in the House by a 60-0 margin on July 2. It now goes to Governor Kate…

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Jul 09, 2015

Letters: Respect homeless; fireworks ban

by The Times
Homeless deserve at least consideration, if not money My name is Alex Schendel and I attend Jesuit High School. My kind aunt Mary Feller convinced me to share my experience of the Portland…
Jul 01, 2015

Our Opinion: TriMet tax hike won't be too painful

by Editorial Board
Business people don’t cheer wildly when TriMet talks about increasing taxes on their companies. However, in the case of a TriMet payroll tax hike now being contemplated, they at least can be…
Miles Vance is editor of The Times.
Jul 01, 2015

America's got talent, and freedom and promise, too

by Miles Vance
OK. OK. I admit it. Like many of you, I have a guilty pleasure which I — before today, anyway — never previously admitted to in public. But here goes. Along with my family, I am a regular…
Former managing editor of the Times newspapers as well as the Lake Oswego Review and Woodburn Independent, Kelly is now chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune, and he contributes a regular column.
Jul 01, 2015

Finally, retirement is knocking on the door

by Mikel Kelly
David Letterman's done it, so has Bob Schieffer. Much to my chagrin, Gary Larson, creator of “The Far Side,” did it years ago, before he had any business doing it. And the surviving members of…
Jun 25, 2015

Heat wave brings note of caution to Washington County

by (None)
It’s going to get hot, hot, hot this week, folks. With the National Weather Service predicting temperatures at or above 100 degrees by Saturday — and with area forest land already drier than…
A former editor for several Oregon newspapers, Mikel Kelly now works on the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
Jun 25, 2015

Assembling a barbecue can be a character-building experience

by Mikel Kelly
I'm feeling pretty good about myself right now because last weekend I put a barbecue together. All by myself. First of all, I'm sure you're asking, “Kelly. Why would you even TRY something that…
Jun 25, 2015

State school funding deserves better

by Miles Vance
Is the state of K-12 education in Oregon analogous to the boiling frog? The premise of the anecdote is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out. However, if it is placed in…
COURTESY PHOTO - Virginia Garcia was 6 years old when a cut on her foot led to an infection that claimed her life.
Jun 19, 2015

Remembering Virginia Garcia

by Gil Munoz
In 1975, Washington County was a booming agricultural hub. Farmland dominated the landscape and provided the main industries for the region. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers — most of them…
Jun 19, 2015

Per-mile fee should be our road to the future

by Randal O'Toole
In 1919, my home state of Oregon was the first to tax gasoline and dedicate the revenue to roads. Now Oregon is moving to become the first state to replace gas taxes with a per-mile fee.…
Jun 19, 2015

Beaverton School District just keeps spending and spending ...

by The Times
School district just keeps spending and spending ... If you go back a little in time regarding Beaverton School District Bonds, you will find some tired history that is nothing short of voter…




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