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March 25, 2015

Open records can be a cause for celebration

by Editorial Board
For 40-plus years, Oregon has claimed to have transparency in government. Public records and public meetings laws approved in 1973 are supposed to enforce the ideal that the people’s business…
March 18, 2015

Energize Oregon Coalition supports giving consumers the electric…

by Zach Henkin
Many Oregon families received an unexpected Christmas present this year in the form of lower gas prices. This “gas dividend” helped families put more presents under the tree, and as the price of…
March 18, 2015

Committed, passionate leadership prepares students for life's…

by Kyle Walker
An outstanding job performance rating for Superintendent Matt Utterback has prompted the North Clackamas School Board to extend his contract for another year. As the district transitions away…
March 18, 2015

Now is the time for county officials to open Madrone Wall Park…

by Keith K. Daellenbach
Too infrequently do we have the opportunity to secure an amazing civic treasure for future generations. Clackamas County officials have this opportunity now by opening Madrone Wall Park in an…
March 11, 2015

Heed voters' will going forward on pot

by Anthony Johnson
Implementing licensed and regulated marijuana commerce is a major challenge and opportunity for the state of Oregon. We have the opportunity to severely curtail the illicit marijuana market and…
March 11, 2015

Don't exempt pot from local taxes, laws

by Mike McCauley
Last November, Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 91 to decriminalize, with limitations, the consumption, production and sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products. Measure 91 was 38…
March 04, 2015

Letters: Concord Elementary; county land use; vaccine…

by The Clackamas Review
The February CIA meeting was very interesting. Joe Krumm and Ron Stewart are doing a great job of outreach to the community on this issue of the future of Concord School, which closed last year,…
March 04, 2015

What is Clackamas County's road ahead?

by John Ludlow
Not including the roads contained within Clackamas County’s cities, the county is obligated to maintain over 1,400 miles of pavement. That’s about the same amount of miles from Oregon City to…
February 25, 2015

My View: Pamplin partnership fills journalism gaps

by Mark Garber
In his final public statement as Oregon governor, John Kitzhaber evaded personal responsibility for the ordeal he put his state through, resorting instead to a worn-out excuse of too many fallen…
February 25, 2015

Letters take on county's 2nd Amendment stance, Jennings Avenue,…

by The Clackamas Review
At their business meeting on Feb. 19, the Board of Clackamas County Commissioners voted on “A Resolution in the Matter of Supporting Second Amendment Rights.” The League of Women Voters of…

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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Clackamas High School's dance team is pictured just after giving a group hug to the West Linn High School dance team this past weekend.
Feb 25, 2015

Letter: West Linn, Clackamas high school dance teams come…

by The Clackamas Review
I want to offer my sincere thanks to the Clackamas High School dance team, coaches and parents. Your acts of kindness during a time when the West Linn High School dance team was dealing with the…
Feb 18, 2015

Marijuana use even more dangerous for teens

by Dr. Andrew Mendenhall
Parents, I encourage you to open a dialogue about teen cannabis use. This summer, cannabis will become legal in Oregon for retail adult purchase and home production. Just like with alcohol, kids…
Feb 18, 2015

Parents share responsibility to vaccinate

by Dr. Paul Lewis
Misery. That is all I could think when I walked into the hospital room and saw the 2-year-old boy screaming in his crib. His bloodshot eyes hadn’t closed for hours. An endless stream of snot…
Feb 11, 2015

We want to hear about Amazing Kids for upcoming publication

by Editorial Board
In October 2014, the Pamplin Media Group launched a special section that provided a prestigious stage from which we could sing the praises of 22 amazing kids who live in communities from…
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Feb 11, 2015

Recognizing great black Africans in the Bible

by Mike Fleischmann
February is Black History Month, and at GracePointe Church we are celebrating an under-emphasized part of our faith history — the contributions of black Africans, not only to the story of the…
Feb 04, 2015

Two Views: Higher pay creates better future for all

by Andrea Paluso
Ostensibly, 2014 was a good year for the U.S. economy. The national unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent — the lowest in 6.5 years — while job growth averaged 246,000 per month. It’s tempting…
Feb 04, 2015

Two Views: Minimum-wage hike too simplistic

by Joe Gilliam
If the merits of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour were as simple as proponents state, politicians would have done it years ago and taken credit ever since. But last week the nonpartisan…
Jan 28, 2015

Interest in removing dams overflows Masonic Lodge

by The Clackamas Review
The fourth-annual Milwaukie Watershed Event had its cup runneth over on Saturday, Jan. 17 (“Telling the dam story: Films to focus on restoration, dam removal,” Jan. 12). The old Masonic Lodge…
Jan 28, 2015

My View: Highway initiatives would worsen traffic

by Karli Petrovic
There’s a reason why the statistics published in the Portland Business Alliance’s 2014 Economic Impacts of Transportation study are attention-grabbing: The possibility of spending 69 hours per…
Jan 28, 2015

Smart phones clash with 20th-century courthouse rule

by Lee van der Voo
Every court is its own dominion. And the Clackamas County Circuit Court is unique, so far as I can tell, in its prickliness about technology. Redacted.The court’s biggest recent flap involved a…




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