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Portland's Opinions

December 25, 2014

Our Opinion: Jobs report rosy, but there's work to do

by Editorial board
If you weren’t yet feeling that holiday cheer, here’s something to boost your spirits: The Portland-area economy is showing verifiable signs of sustained growth. Two bits of evidence emerged in…
December 25, 2014

Readers' Letters: Solve homeless problem, don't relocate it

by None
Thanks for a very thoughtful and well-researched article (Where are Portland’s broken windows?, Dec. 4). What “broken windows” policing doesn’t address is why we have so many people living on…
December 25, 2014

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

by Public domain
EDITOR’S NOTE: In the fall of 1897, an 8-year-old girl wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun, and the response was printed as an unsigned editorial on Sept. 21, 1897. The work of…
December 23, 2014

My View: Time to part sea on religious attitudes

by Adam Davis
It’s the time of year when thoughts, even in politically liberal Portland, turn to Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, kaftans to wear during Kwanzaa ... and dare I say — whatever the word may…
December 23, 2014

My View: Funding for the future

by Joe Robertson
For decades, medical research — and the cures and treatments it has discovered — have meant hope for millions of American living with disease and disability. But in recent years, those hopes…
December 23, 2014

My View: Oregon is the real star of 'Wild' movie

by Nick Fish
Jan Hoag and Will Cuddy might not have their names in bright lights just yet, but these talented actors were part of the team that helped bring Oregon writer Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, “Wild,” to…
December 18, 2014

School budget gives, then takes away

by Editorial board
The 2015-17 budget proposed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber shows the importance of both addition and subtraction. The plan, released earlier this month, raises some important, and quite familiar,…
December 18, 2014

Brittany Maynard made a moral choice

by Rev. Chuck Currie
Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman who moved from California to Oregon to avail herself of Oregon’s Death With Dignity law, has died, according to social media and news accounts. How we…
December 18, 2014

More apartments? That's not the answer

by None
Saying multifamily housing and apartments will take care of most of the needs of residents of the Portland metro area is ridiculous, and Metro is writing a narrative to fit its beliefs (i.e.,…
December 16, 2014

Jury's out on whether new PUB would work

by Editorial Board
Portland needs a better watchdog for its oft-maligned water and sewer bureaus, and the question is whether a proposed new oversight board will have the teeth necessary to adequately perform that…

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Dec 16, 2014

Collaboration is crucial

by Greg Ness
When Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny pledged $500 million to the Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute if OHSU raises an equal amount, it created an…
Dec 16, 2014

Letters from readers

by Jim Redden
Street fee for pet projects? Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is bound to recognize that he needs to pull away from city Commissioner Steve Novick and put this proposal behind him (Final street fee…
Dec 11, 2014

City must adapt to disruptions like Uber

by Editorial Board
Portland and other cities have been regulating taxi service for decades to make sure riders are kept safe and don’t get cheated on their fares. For the most part, there hasn’t been much…
Dec 15, 2014

President Obama got it half right on immigration

by Elliott Young
President Barack Obama got it half right when he recently provided relief for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants. While this was a step forward for many families, more than 6 million…
Dec 12, 2014

Novick's street fee poll equally biased

by None
If you recently watched city Commissioner Steve Novick on TV, you saw another in a long list of hypocritical comments. This time he blasted the recent popular poll on attitudes toward the street…
Dec 09, 2014

Fair approach to fixing streets on table

by Jonathan Ostar
There’s a lot of heartburn and even more confusion over the current Portland street fee proposal. In public policy, the details matter. Residents and businesses will both contribute a fair…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JAIME VALDEZ - Protests are a tradition in Portland, including the recent demonstation over police shootings.
Dec 09, 2014

Demonstrations part of democracy

by Charlie Hales
Portland is a city that demonstrates. And that’s a great thing. Especially now, in a community and in a nation coming to terms with the divisive issues of racial inequity, income inequality, and…
Dec 04, 2014

Our Opinion: Is Portland headed the way of San Francisco?

by Editorial Board
Is the Portland area destined for a dense future in the pattern of San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C.? Or should the region’s development follow a more traditional model, with a mixture of…
Dec 04, 2014

Readers' Letters: Fallout from new pot law on the horizon

by None
As a member of the baby boomer generation, I must admit I’ve never smoked marijuana. When this marijuana measure first came before Oregonians to legalize this drug, it was quite vague. The focus…
Dec 04, 2014

My View: Street tax proposal no longer about fixing streets

by Andy Frazier
Something strange has happened. Somewhere along the way in the conversation about the city’s tax proposal, we lost sight of the problem: the need to fix our streets. I am a Portland small…