Tigard's Opinions

February 25, 2015

Faith leaders reject 'personal belief' vaccine exemption

by Rev. Chuck Currie
This commentary first appeared in The Huffington Post and was reprinted in our sister paper, the News-Times in Forest Grove. As faith leaders, we have watched with growing concern the debate…
February 25, 2015

Vaccination issue begs for open debate

by Editorial Board
Last Friday, Gov. Kate Brown said that Oregon needs to have “a broader discussion” about the death penalty and criminal justice system. We also feel the same approach needs to be taken with the…
February 25, 2015

Oregon has tough love for environment

by Adam Davis, DHM Research
When it comes to our state’s future, we Oregonians often are divided (sometimes deeply) on such things as what the role of government should be, how much to tax ourselves, and where to spend…
February 19, 2015

Our Opinion: 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…
Former managing editor of several newspapers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune.
February 19, 2015

Column: Let's talk about cheating cheaters and their cheating…

by Mikel Kelly
Let me guess — you were thinking just the other day that you are the only person in the world who is not achieving your goals by cheating. I know, right? Me, too! So, there must be two of us,…
February 05, 2015

Soapbox: Community colleges are ladder to success

by Jeremy Brown
Jeremy Brown is president of Portland Community College, Oregon’s largest post-secondary educational institution, serving 90,000 students each year. This month President Obama announced an…
February 05, 2015

Our Opinion: Hayes flap clouds Kitzhaber initiatives

by Editorial Board
There’s really no reason to skirt around the question of whether Cylvia Hayes’ relationship with Gov. John Kitzhaber has put money directly into her bank account. With each new revelation about…
February 05, 2015

Soapbox: YMCA will bring much to Tigard, if we can get it

by Neal Brown
Neal Brown is a Tigard resident Tigard may not yet have our new YMCA in the downtown area, but we started the New Year with a big step towards attaining this goal. All of us working to make this…
Former managing editor of several local newspapers, including The Times, Mikel Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
January 29, 2015

Column: How we look might be important - but probably not

by Mikel Kelly
There was a time when I’d be walking down the street, catch a glimpse of my reflection in a store window and be shocked that even though I expected to see one of the lesser Rolling Stones — you…
January 15, 2015

Soapbox: More highways will make traffic worse

by Karli Petrovic
Karli Petrovic is communication and membership coordinator for 1000 Friends of Oregon. There’s a reason why the statistics published in the Portland Business Alliance’s 2014 Economic Impacts of…

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Jan 15, 2015

Soapbox: Governor's budget only a housing start

by John Miller
John Miller is executive director of Oregon Opportunity Network. Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed 2015-2017 state budget brings good tidings to housing advocates across Oregon. He believes Oregon…
Jan 08, 2015

Soapbox: Performing arts benefit students

by Barry Albertson
Barry Albertson is a member of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board. Everyone knows that our schools are busy places, but never busier than around the December holidays. This is true for all aspects…
Former managing editor of several community newspapers, including the Woodburn Independent, Lake Oswego Review and the Times papers, Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune, and he contributes a regular column.
Jan 08, 2015

Point of View: There's still just nothing to do

by Mikel Kelly
When we used to find ourselves going out of our skulls with boredom and made the mistake of saying “There's nothing to do” within earshot of my mom, we would invariably get that same reply that…
Former managing editor of several local newspapers, including The Times, Mikel Kelly is chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
Jan 01, 2015

Point of View: Fight Chronic Hostile Lunacy Syndrome

by Mikel Kelly
Hi there. I’m the official non-attorney spokesperson for a nonprofit organization formed to protect those suffering from Chronic Hostile Lunacy Syndrome. What is CHLS, you ask? Well, let me tell…
Jan 01, 2015

Our Opinion: Asking voters to decide county transit plans is a…

by Editorial Board
There those activists go again. In 2014, voters in the cities of Tigard and Tualatin approved separate ballot measures that would require a public vote before light-rail lines could be built…




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