Time to have a difficult conversation about guns

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It is unacceptable that our elected officials fail to act to prevent mass shootings.

Our changing newsroom welcomes two new reporters

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Stephanie Haugen and Kathy Fuller are succeeded in their roles by Olivia Singer and Mandy Feder-Sawyer.

Warren: Federal Reserve was in good hands with Janet Yellen

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'In Yellen's four years at the Fed helm, not once did the jobs report come in negative.'

Starrett: Could local oversight improve foster care system?

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I'm concerned that by virtue of its size, a large centralized state agency may never do a satisfactory job...'

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 21, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our readers write to us with a different view on Facebook and deep concerns about a Supreme Court case.

It's not too late to nominate your Amazing Kid!

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We look forward to hearing, and telling, the stories of amazing young people in western Washington County.

Mitsui: PCC enters 2018 with optimism

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Education changes lives and opens doors to opportunity that benefit the greater community.'

Harris: Tax reform legislation should be moral document

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Whatever our political affiliation, we would do well to judge the tax reform law in the context of Jesus' words.'

Schley: Deactivate Facebook and participate

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'A social networking site that kept me from being as social as I prefer to be ... isn't very social, is it?'

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 14, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A reporter says goodbye, and readers write about graduation rates, voter assistance and biblical wisdom.

Fire authority an opportunity to pull together as one

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We think the idea to unify our local fire agencies is a good one, and we are excited to see it develop.

McLain: Session an opportunity for accountability in…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I have ensured that we remain focused on making our government nimble and productive.'

Stride: Reading animal tracks in western Oregon is…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The best way to learn tracking is to go out and find tracks in snow and soft earth.'

Weiss: Family Fiesta creates new community connections

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'This year's Family Fiesta reminded me of why we created the event two years ago.'

Duke, Teske and Valliere: County needs regional answers to…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The Washington County Board of Commissioners has been providing valuable support for this work.'

Maybe a microcosm, but community's outcomes are different

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
National debates over immigration and healthcare resonate locally, as shown by PCC and Measure 101.

Wenzl: Act on science - pass Clean Energy Jobs

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'As a teacher, as a mom and as a Forest Grove city councilor, I care about ensuring ... Oregon moves forward.'

Richardson: Prepare for disaster

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We each can do something to prepare for the future, and now is the time to start.'

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 31, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers wonder about development issues in Forest Grove, like a new grocery store and strained services.

Don't be scared - prepare

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Disaster could strike from North Korea or the Cascadia fault. Don't let fear paralyze you. Be ready.

Seward: Right-wing 'fairy tales' gave us President Trump

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Bad things happen when Fox News and right-wing media organizations start telling fairy tales.'

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 24, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers address a Cub Scout tradition and Oregon's initiative petition system.

Make 2018 the year you end 'wishful recycling'

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Most of us already put in the effort to recycle. It's time to put in a little bit more to do it right.

Letters to the editor: Jan. 17, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers reflect on Donald Trump's language and suggest volunteering at a local emergency shelter.

Campanella: Time to focus on school choice in Forest Grove

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Finding the right school is important, because every child has unique talents, challenges, and needs.'

Merten: Grow plants, be happy in 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Make your New Year's resolution one that you will find success with before your interest fades.'

Learn to live with population growth

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our communities will have to adapt to growing populations and changing demographics. That's nothing new.

Letters to the editor: Jan. 10, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers weigh in on Measure 101, Trump's North Korea tweet and citizen participation.

Hayden and Parrish: Health care tax doesn't pass fairness…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The question we're are asking Oregonians to consider isn't whether we should fund Medicaid.'

Nishimura: College a vital component to success

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'A person with a college degree has a better chance at finding a better paying job.'

Warren: Trump tax cut means economy will get worse

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Stimulating a weak economy can create a strong one; stimulating a strong economy can create a bubble.'

Taking stock of 2017 in western Washington County

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It was a year like no other, and it was a year like any other. Now comes the New Year.

Don't believe the hype on Measure 101 - vote 'yes'

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Both sides are indulging in hyperbole, but we think the state tax law deserves some time to work.

McLain: Clean energy bill for farmers, first responders,…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'In 2018, the Oregon Legislature has an historic opportunity to ... make a difference for Oregonians.'

Greer: Tax code changes will pummel Oregon

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'If a state wishes either to become or remain stable and productive, (it) must invest in its people.'

Sexual harassment a long-overdue conversation

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Many Oregon women who find themselves in a hostile work environment remain silent.

Here's how to preserve your holiday heirlooms

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A keeper finds a place for everything and loves any small, eclectic gift, which to them shows the character of the gifter.

Policies that starve public education hurt economic growth

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Capital is now in great abundance, but policies that starve public education and research to send back more capital to corporations and individuals…

Now&Then: Saving lives was just something Ron Hoodenpyl had…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The former Gaston fire chief, who died last week, is remembered in a story from 1962.

My View: Give to the arts by year-end

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregonians may get a 2017 tax credit for giving to the Oregon Cultural Trust and qualifying arts organizations by Dec. 31.

Campus experience outweighs online alternative

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
College is a place to open your horizons and meet new people, but distance learning takes this opportunity away.

What do we want for Christmas? Peace

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It seems peace, compassion and empathy have taken a backseat to rampant fear, violence and vitriol.

My View: Kids' health shouldn't be a budget…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Congress has cut funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program; Sen. Ron Wyden vows to fight for funding to allow the program to continue.

When it's time to say 'me too'

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
I didn't understand the value of the metoo meme ... I mean, who can't say 'me too'?

What my father taught me about women

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
I told my father it wasn't right to act that way. He said women asked for it by the way they dressed.

GOP tax plan threatens education for decades to come

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
There are many reasons to criticize these bills, but the attacks on education could have very long-lasting effects.

'Progress' in county should make room for wildlife…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
If the people of North Plains wish to have wildlife as part of their community they should advocate for saving the forest and open space that is left.

Letters to the editor

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Writers weigh in on healthcare measure, Pacific University fundraising campaign, shooter identity following tragedy

We can answer JFK's clarion call this Thanksgiving

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It was perhaps JFK's call to serve the nation and the world that touched me more than anything.

Higher Education Act will create a better future

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Congresswoman says she and other politicians are working to reduce the burden of educational debt

'Faceless, nameless other' was me, 35 years ago

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
I never want to forget what it felt like to stand on the outside, alone and in need, nor how the hospitality of people I did not know welcomed me…

PERS problem calls for multi-pronged solution

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Oregon's lawmakers must take several smaller steps that at least mitigate the worst potential effects.

Specter of illegitimate elections looms large with…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It's ironic that the Trump base lauds the Russian hackers since their partisan brethren in the past were staunch anti-communists.

Museum's move back to PCC Rock Creek applauded

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We had to downsize our exhibits a little bit, but I really tried to include as many panels and informative pieces as possible.

Veterans deserve our support every day

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It's important to remember that veterans are defending us 365 days a year, and to remember them an equal number of days.

Chehalem Ridge Nature Park a 'great benefit' to…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The final plan takes into consideration many of the comments we heard throughout the planning process, though it's impossible to create a plan that…

Letter to the editor

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Dinner fundraiser for Forest Grove Library Foundation a success, writer says

A vibrant region needs a strong PCC

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
By 2020, two thirds of all jobs will require some level of postsecondary instruction or specialized training

Metro plan keeps voters out of Chehalem Ridge…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
This is consistent with Metro's over-arching philosophy of buying up vast tracts of green spaces far from where most people live, and then limiting…

Endorsement: PCC bond deserves support

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Because Oregon's tax system is out of whack, this type of bond measure has become necessary for public colleges and school districts to properly…

Voters should hold PCC liable for 'racially…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Writer says Portland Community College's 'sanctuary policy' violates federal law

Banks Fire District levy deserves support

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A 'yes' vote in November would build new fire station and upgrade vehicles and equipment

Protest has often stirred 'nation adrift back onto…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It has become necessary to stand up (or kneel down) to call attention to racial profiling, writer says

Why I want to serve on Forest Grove's city council

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Marketing consultant says community 'at a pivotal moment in its development'

Media outlets partner on youth concussion project

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Public help sought to support effort, gather data and stories for investigating series

Indigenous artifacts flow from museum to…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Museum Musings: Tualatin, or Atfalati band, were part of several Kalapuyan language groups in Oregon

Health care law interference amounts to mass murder

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Forest Grove physician writes that 'rejecting or blocking health care to people is deadly'

Letters to the editor

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Councilor, business owner write to support Forest Grove operating levy, Ballot Measure 34-276

A call to action: Imagine a 'day without water'

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Washington County residents can take practical steps to safeguard public safety in emergencies

Real news reflects a community back to itself

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our opinion: Real news reflects a community back to itself. Why are local newspapers important?

Letters to the editor

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Writers support Forest Grove levy, praise local athletes for acknowledging national anthem

From laid-off to food blogger: A success story

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Forest Grove resident and former Intel employee educates people about the vegan lifestyle

Oregon AG right to join lawsuit to defend DACA

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Ellen Rosenblum, 15 others fight Trump administration plan to phase out program that supports 'Dreamers'

Letters to the editor

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Writers want positive start for kindergarteners; recommend 'yes' vote on city of Forest Grove levy

Short-term Forest Grove councilor has 'no regrets'…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Matt Vandehey, who is likely moving to Banks, says experience on panel has been rewarding

DACA bill represents 'compassion that transcends…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Adelante Mujeres executive director: 'I have yet to meet a parent whose primary reason for coming to the U.S. was anything other than making a better…

Cornelius Place groundbreaking: project will 'serve…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Community development director says new edifice will 'cultivate a significant change' to town's character.

Team sings 'words that unite us all'

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Letter to the editor: Forest Grove sports fan is proud of football team for singing national anthem at a soccer game.

Oregon ablaze: Let's take steps to minimize future…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The number of human-caused wildfires is rising - plus climate change and fuel buildup are exacerbating conditions that threaten trees and community…

Letting wilderness areas burn is playing with fire

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Writer says suppression 'could be as easy as a single helicopter water drop on a single lightning-hit tree.'

Oregon ablaze: Let's take steps to minimize future…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The number of human-caused wildfires is rising - plus climate change and fuel buildup are exacerbating conditions that threaten trees and community…

Our Opinion: OHA can overcome scandalous past

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The Oregon Health Plan was once viewed as an emerging national model of how to provide quality care to low-income residents. A software scandal and…

There's plenty we can do to help Houston (and our…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
There's plenty we can do to help Houston, suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

I watched, helplessly, as Harvey headed for my…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Portland Tribune reporter Jules Rogers watched as relatives hunkered down in Houston years ago

Mark R. Hedin

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
November 4, 1961 - August 22, 2017. Mark R. Hedin, 55, of Gaston, died Tuesday, Aug. 22

Road work ahead for foreseeable future

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
That's good news, throughout Oregon and in Washington County, despite short-term frustration for drivers

Letters to the editor, Aug. 30, 2017

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Writers laud McLain, Sollman, Riley, while taking county building department to task

Washington County Museum volunteers are invaluable…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Curator lauds the contribution of her band of helpers and puts out a clarion call for more

We need a press free from government interference

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Dehner: 'If less than a third of Americans understand and value a key component of the First Amendment, we are as close as we have ever been to…

How to improve things at those new bottle return…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Kelly: 'I have gone to the BottleDrop Center in Tigard's Canterbury Square many, many times and just passed on by because of the crowd inside'

Bottle drop centers open to doing better

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Writer: 'We've opened five Express and Center locations this year, and will have at least 12 more before the year is over, including three more in…

Beware of cruel new phone scam

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Caller claims he/she has kidnapped a relative, then demands cash - a ruse that's spreading across Washington County.

Racist rally in Virginia could absolutely happen…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Anyone marching with a Nazi flag and chanting neo-Nazi propaganda is a racist and anti-American.

Museum's 'Ladies' display features vintage…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Commentary from Liza Schade: Museum's 'Ladies' display features vintage Victorian styles

My View: New approach needed for opioid epidemic

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The scale of the crisis is beyond what our health care system can accommodate. Traditionally, an addict would have two options: inpatient/residential…

Racially diverse judges with public defender…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
While judges are assumed to be open-minded and objective, previous work experience colors their views

Letter to the editor

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Writer, a retired teacher, thanks his students and parents at Forest Grove High School.

Transportation package gives Oregon most of what it…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
A state's transportation system is like the body's central nervous system. It's all connected, and it all has to be healthy.

Full employment? Some observations from those…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Oregon went from right around 4 percent unemployment to 10 percent unemployment between 2007 and 2009 - a two-year period. But it's taken us nine…

Our Opinion: Lawmakers make strides for…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Over the coming weeks, in our news and commentary pages, you can expect to find more analysis and exploration into why so many things fell apart.…

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