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July 24, 2014

Nation must improve care for veterans

by Suzanne Bonamici
For generations, our country has reaped the benefits of a powerful military — a military that has defended our freedom and helped pursue peace and autonomy for other nations abroad. Service…
July 24, 2014

Being old means never having to say you're sorry

by Mikel Kelly
People are always coming up to me and sticking their phone in my face and imploring me to look at a picture of something. “Well?” they’ll say. “What do you think of that?” If it’s a true friend,…
July 17, 2014

'Postmark' rule puts burden on voting system

by Paul Gronke
The final tally for the 2000 U.S. presidential election in Florida was George W. Bush, 2,912,790 votes, and Al Gore, 2,912,253 votes — a difference of 537 votes. Of course, everyone knows that…
July 17, 2014

This July heat can kill your pets

by Editorial Board
We’ve all seen it. A parked car sitting somewhere with no people around, and inside, a dog locked within. Sure, the pet’s owner has left the window rolled down a few inches, but that’s just not…
July 17, 2014

With Love is a nonprofit for foster families worth supporting

by Theresa Patton
I’d like to introduce you to a fairly new nonprofit that serves foster families in the city of Portland and surrounding suburbs. The organization was started by a woman named Allie Roth. Her…
July 10, 2014

Tune up your bike, tune up your body

by Mikael Stadden and Bill Larson
Early summer temperatures and longer days mean more cyclists on the roads and trails throughout the Portland metro area. Whether for recreation, fitness or commuting to work or school, this is…
July 03, 2014

How to be a good summer party host

by Mikel Kelly
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…
June 19, 2014

Focus on responsible gun ownership

by Editorial Board
Every time a gun-related tragedy occurs, the cry goes out to ban certain types of weapons, establish waiting periods or pass other gun legislation, but in the end, nothing ever really gets done.…
June 12, 2014

Oregon communities are honoring veterans' sacrifices

by Editorial Board
It is difficult to believe it has been 70 years since what was perhaps the most important battle of World War II — the Allied invasion of the Normandy region of France on June 6, 1944. For most…
June 12, 2014

We need to keep pace to remain globally competitive

by Katie Riley
As we enter high school graduation season, we have much to celebrate. Our sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews are either pursuing post-secondary education or starting careers.…

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Jul 03, 2014

Soapbox: Protect pollinators like our lives depend on it

by Scott Hoffman Black and Aimee Code
Scott Hoffman Black is the executive director and Aimee Code is the pesticide program coordinator for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in Portland. Code also is a member of…
Jun 26, 2014

Soapbox: It's time to end the National Security Agency dragnet

by Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Rand Paul
Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Rand Paul are U.S. senators from Oregon, Colorado and Kentucky, respectively. One year ago this month, Americans learned their government was engaged in secret dragnet…
Jun 26, 2014

Soapbox: Even with 50 years of civil rights, steps still must be…

by Brad Avakian
Brad Avakian of Beaverton is commissioner of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries. Hard to believe, but 50 years ago it was perfectly legal to discriminate against someone because of their…
Jul 24, 2014

Editorial: Atiyeh's quiet style is a blueprint for today

by Editorial Board
The Oregon that former Gov. Vic Atiyeh led when he took office in January 1979 was a much different place than today. Timber was still the state’s economic king. The symbiotic relationship…

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