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May 05, 2015

Readers' Letters: Middle-class housing at developers' mercy

by Pamplin Media Group
Thank you for all the continuing coverage on the housing issue — keep it up. It feels so much like the public in Portland is at the mercy of the developer sector, and that whether we want or can…
May 05, 2015

My View: Time to help working families get ahead

by Heather Conroy and Ramon Ramirez
Finally, we are seeing discussions across the country about how to make things better for today’s working families. It’s happening now because families are at a boiling point. Too many of us are…
April 30, 2015

Our Opinion: Change is coming soon to PPS board

by Editorial Board
Some would argue that educating children is the most important investment a society can make. We agree. In the May 19 election, Portlanders — those with kids and the majority without — have a…
April 30, 2015

My View: Zoo elephants: Only death brings freedom

by Sandy Miller
The recent death of Rama at the Oregon Zoo has put an understandable damper on the celebration of “Elephantastic” — a late-April event advertising Elephant Lands, the exhibit opening this fall.…
April 30, 2015

My View: Police body cams and freedom of information

by Mike Cavender
They are coming fast and furiously: efforts to restrict or prohibit media and public access to the video produced by police body cams. There are at least 18 state legislatures considering bills…
April 28, 2015

Readers' Letters: Bicyclists need to open their wallets, too

by Pamplin Media Group
The Portland Tribune has suggested four reasons why mountain biking — and the bigger picture of biking, in general — is everyone’s business: public money, public process, public reputation and…
April 28, 2015

My View: Give road, bridge funding some gas

by Patrick D. Jones
Highway tolls, user fees needed to maintain state transportation infrastructure Oregon has long been an incubator of new ways to fund and maintain transportation infrastructure. Oregon was the…
April 28, 2015

My View: HB 2043 will help citizen jobseekers

by Elizabeth Van Staaveren
Elizabeth Van Staaveren A bill that would help Oregon’s unemployed and underemployed citizens directly and at little cost to the state is languishing because House leadership will not allow a…
April 23, 2015

Our Opinion: Roads need to be top priority for Oregon

by Editorial board
In her State of the State address at the Portland City Club last week, Gov. Kate Brown made an appropriate plea for the cause of transportation. The governor correctly pointed out that traffic…
April 23, 2015

Our Opinion: Statute of limitations for rape too short

by Editorial board
The emotional trauma from rape doesn’t magically disappear after a handful of years. Survivors potentially face a lifetime of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and other symptoms of…

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Apr 23, 2015

My View: Bigger is not better in Oregon - and nation

by Tracy Canada
After reading the Portland Tribune’s March 26 article “Is state population growth good or bad? Residents are divided,” I was heartened to see that your paper rightly addressed population growth…
Apr 22, 2015

Wyden: Trade pact keeps global Internet free, open

by Sen. Ron Wyden
In recent weeks, some of my allies in the Internet community have asked why I am working on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, which they see as harmful to the…
Apr 21, 2015

My View: Higher minimum wage good for state

by Chuck Sheketoff
There are few actions the Legislature can take that would be as good for Oregon’s working families and economy as boosting the minimum wage. Right now too many Oregon working families don’t earn…
Apr 21, 2015

Readers' Letters: More details about trade treaty, please

by Pamplin Media Group
Regarding the article about the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), April 7 Portland Tribune: I wish you had provided more detail concerning skepticism about the…
Apr 21, 2015

My View: Raising wages isn't government's job

by Steve Buckstein
The Cascade Policy Institute submitted the following as formal written testimony to the Oregon House Business and Labor Committee and the Senate Workforce Committee for its joint public hearing…
Apr 21, 2015

My View: Expanded background checks a positive step for…

by Dr. Gene Uphoff
Dr. Gene Uphoff As an Oregon medical professional, I am encouraged to see our leaders in Salem using this legislative session to take positive steps to improve the health of Oregonians and help…
Apr 16, 2015

My View: Make energy rating of buildings public

by Kevin Cosgriff and Gary Young
Portland has more than 5,000 commercial buildings, and each year some $335 million is spent on energy for these structures — corresponding to nearly one-quarter of Portland’s greenhouse gas…
Apr 16, 2015

Our Opinion: Now is the time to invest in education

by Editorial board
One of the nation’s shortest school years would get shorter and some of the nation’s largest class sizes would get bigger if a K-12 education budget approved by the Oregon Legislature last week…
Apr 14, 2015

Readers' Letters: $15 minimum wage right path for state

by Pamplin Media Group
A recent article states that Oregon Democrats aren’t unified behind how to raise the minimum wage. While this is true, SB 610 to raise the minimum wage to $15 over three years has 16 sponsors,…
Apr 14, 2015

My View: Are all of our children ready for school?

by Rebecca Gladstone
The League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund has released a new study. On behalf of the League, I urge you to read “Children-at-Risk — early learning, early intervention,” which asks,…