Do I believe in prayer? You bet I do!

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
As I walk, I pray for each house or business that I pass that God's peace would fill that place

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris and staff deserve support, resident says

Solar event eclipsed by impending parenthood

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Editor braces for pregnancy due date, which also happens to be the day of the solar eclipse Aug. 21

A tobacco farm in Woodburn?

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Ed Kahut shared old cigar boxes and newspaper accounts of the tobacco raised and dried east of Woodburn.

Love is a verb

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
In the Bible, the word 'love' has little to do with emotion and a great deal to do with action.

Letter from a cultural misfit

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
I'm refereeing to stay balanced and hang onto my reasoning, a tricky acceptance of both worlds

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Resident says that chief should be held accountable for police department issues

Continue to support police department despite setbacks

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The editorial is the official position of the Independent and doesn't necessarily represent theopinion of any individual employee.

Our Opinion: Lawmakers make strides for transparency, equity

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Lawmakers managed to reach agreement on several important issues improving the quality of life for Oregonians.

Join the movement to make Woodburn shine

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Why not use the opportunity of the eclipse to remind people there's hope in the world?

Newspaper grateful for community's mural support

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn Independent office building the perfect spot to showcase colorful and informational mural

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Voters wouldn't re-elect legislatures if they agreed there should be term limits

Post sums up session, invites constituents to town hall

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
During the regular 2017 session I ended up introducing more bills than I did in my freshman year.

Pledging allegiance: A common but important tradition

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
We live in the most amazing nation on earth. And, with God's help, it will remain so for centuries to come.

Community Soapbox: Going to revisit old haunts

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Road trip to sites from longtime Woodburn resident's childhood was a Father's Day gift to remember

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
West Woodburn resident expresses his disappointment in the building of an apartment complex in neighborhood

House District 22 representative reflects on successes of…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Teresa Alonso Leon, D-Woodburn, says constituents' feedback throughout the session was invaluable to her decision-making process

When grief strikes, remember God is there

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
'God watches over us. He answered my need the moment I had it. He understood my feeling of abandonment. He answered with his presence.'

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
P.E.O. Chapter J raises $750 for scholarship fund, thanks sponsors and supporters for making it happen

Don't forget to keep learning this summer

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The National Summer Learning Association reports that some students can lose two to three months of math and reading skills during summer vacation.

800 Words: Celebrate your and others' independence

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The founding fathers grappled with issues such as free speech, taxation, freedom to worship, equality and the right to bear arms. But even after the…

Our Opinion: Keep bipartisan PERS bill on track

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Meaningful pension reform should be a bipartisan goal. Just because Democrats couldn't craft a tax plan doesn't mean they should hold back on a bill…

New look of newspaper honors past, embraces future

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The key is to honor our past while keeping up with the changes, and that's what we are committed to doing.

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reader says Woodburn Independent article on alleged elder neglect didn't look at both sides of the story

'Here I am,' an attitude still relevant today

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
We are to constantly watch and listen, looking for the smallest indicator of the Lord's next assignment for us, ready to respond, 'Here I am!'

Senate bill is step in right direction for vulnerable…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
SB 828B would require big restaurants and stores give two weeks' notice of work hours, mandate a 10-hour break between shifts and pay extra for…

Out of gas: using the gift of the Holy Spirit

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Just like it would be a waste to put gas into the engine of a car you don't intend to drive, it is a waste of time for God to fill anyone with the…

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reader of Woodburn Independent from Gervais responds to editorial cartoon on climate and Donald Trump

'Shortfall' with record amounts of revenue?

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
You have probably heard there's a 'shortfall' of $1.4-1.8 billion in Oregon. There's more to this than meets the eye.

Confessions of a 'Computer Illiterate'

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Local resident talks about how she's 'a derelict abandoned by the Cruise Ship of Life' in this Community Soapbox piece.

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Mount Angel resident urges lawmakers to pass legislation (House Bill 2004A) to put limits on evictions

Our Opinion: Use the tax system we have

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Despite their minority status, Republicans have clout in these negotiations because a vote to raise taxes requires a super majority in both…

Woodburn has changed in just a few years

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Longtime columnist Donna Gramse pens her final article, reliving the 17 years she has lived in Woodburn

Congratulations to the class of 2017 from the superintendent

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
On behalf of the Woodburn School District, Superintendent Chuck Ransom congratulates and gives advice to the Class of 2017.

Sports reporter reaches milestone with Class of 2017

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Hawkins' first class of student athletes from freshman to senior year will always be memorable

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn High School golf coaches grateful for support of sponsors for golf teams this spring

Why do we live in Oregon?

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reporter makes argument that the scarcity of Oregon summers increases residents' enjoyment of them

Our opinion: Secretary of State Richardson's plan would…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
A more inclusionary democracy means that more Oregonians feel they have access to their own government.

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Resident and former superintendent thanks School Resource Officer Rick Puente for his years of service

State representative concerned with lack of school district…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Bill Post is the state representative for House District 25, which covers Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg.

Amazing Kids just some of the many youths doing…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
While we are honoring these specific youths, we also recognize that they really are representative of a much larger group of young people doing good…

House District 22 representative pushes for…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Teresa Alonso Leon, D-Woodburn, shares a legislative update with the Woodburn community

What's a Christian for?

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
A Christian's real purpose is to produce more Christians and God provides fruit in a Christian's life that holds within it the seeds that can bring…

Our Opinion: Time for business to lay out its plan

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
A tax on a company's sales, as opposed to its profits, is inherently unfair to businesses that make no or very little profit, and a large portion of…

Together again: Pursuing the 'great commission'

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Local churches comeing together to more effectively pursue the 'great commission' in our community.

Local college life existed long before Chemeketa

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Long before Chemeketa Community College opened a campus in Woodburn, there was a college in Mount Angel.

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Laura Isiordia, who is running unopposed for re-election, states she is proud to serve on the Woodburn School Board

Cities benefit from block grant program on chopping…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Community Development Block grants have been vital for many Oregon communities, and have made possible some of Woodburn's most treasured public…

Our Opinion: Address budget, taxes for long term

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The post-Measure 97 environment offers a chance to resolve many of Oregon's long-running fiscal ills through a bargain that combines long-term…

Oh boy: a gender reveal story

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Editor shares how she and husband recently spread the news of what gender their first child is.

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reader suggests Oregonians for Immigration Reform should show more compassion

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Local resident offers thanks to police officers for responding to incident last Saturday

WSD provides a well-rounded education,…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Superintendent hopes funding will focus on the big picture in addition to academic performance.

Post helps pass House Bill 3156

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Bill supported by House District 25 representative makes Newberg Oregon's camellia city

Readers' Letters

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Dial-A-Ride volunteer shares defensive driving tips in response to editorial

The immigration debate: There's no clear solution

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The human costs of enacting immigration policy are often lost in the conversation

State representative from Woodburn updates…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon hosting 'Tea with Teresa' Tuesday evening in Woodburn

Legislature should raise tobacco age to 21

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
We're heartened to see the bipartisan support for Senate Bill 754, which would raise the legal age to purchase and use tobacco from 18 to 21.

Don't be a left lane hog: try the middle lane…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reporter outlines benefits of driving in the middle lane on Oregon's freeways

Art center auction is April 8

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The public is invited to this event, which includes a live auction, a silent auction, raffle and live music by Jack Quimby.

History Bits is back with news on photos,…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn Historical Museum is closed temporarily to allow for volunteers to performa an exhibit revamp

Representative shares impressions of Legislative…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The days are long here at the Capitol, but each one seems to go by quickly as they are full of committee hearings, research and meetings with…

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
This year's Woodburn Clean Up Day was a success, organizers from Woodburn Proud say

Get exercise and fresh air this spring

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
We need energy and creativity, good choices, tolerance and competition. We need opportunities to share and shake hands.

Woodburn superintendent shares education funding…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The current funding proposal allocates roughly the same amount to K-12 funding as was in the last biennium, but doesn't factor in inflation or other…

Legislature needs to require more transparency

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
But when the 'avenues to truth' become clogged with roadblocks, the public must wonder whether decisions are governed by motives other than reason.

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn resident weighs in on the immigration debate that has been revived in the past couple of months

Where did society start going wrong? Gym class

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
I firmly believe that the cause of many of our problems is the quality of physical education many of us received.

Our Opinion: ODOT records must be made public

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Those looking for transportation funding this year just got a new set of priorities: Disclosure, disclosure and disclosure.

Expecting the unexpected - and something else

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Editor reveals the number of unexpected things you encounter when you're expecting

Bills introduced in session tackle health care, pay…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Here are a few pieces of legislation that will improve the lives of people here in Woodburn.

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Volunteers wanted to help preserve Woodburn history by getting involved in museum, Bungalow Theater restoration

A matter of choice: Are you Mary or Martha?

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Mary had 'chosen what is better,' clearly implying that Martha had chosen what was clearly not as good. There were no victims of circumstances or…

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reader speculates on her own 'white privilege' in light of recent article that ran in Independent

The 2017 All-Independent boys basketball team

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn Independent sports editor selects top basketball talent in the region

The 2017 All-Independent girls basketball team

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Woodburn Independent sports editor selects top basketball talent in the region

Local volunteer talks chess, finding inspiration

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Find your inspiration to make a difference, take a risk, do more and be courageous. It's good to know that a community like Woodburn is ready to join…

Letter to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Be careful what you wish for when it comes to Public Employees Retirement System

Doth thou protest too much?

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
We have a choice: A temporary media splash spotlighting our anger and destructive vandalism. Or helping individuals right now while seeking long-term…

Every student is a success

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
This is an opportunity to open up a conversation with the community, not only in Woodburn, but across the state, about alternative education and…

Confessions and distractions of a news junkie

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Pastor reflects on need to be more present in others' lives amid constant bombardment of news

Mount Angel accomplished much in 2016

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Mayor Andrew Otte shares city's challenges, goals in State of the City address

New rep of House District 22 ready to take on…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Teresa Alonso Leon is the state representative for House District 22, which covers Woodburn, Gervais and parts of Salem. She was elected for her…

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
First Student honors bus drivers for their service in honor of Love the Bus Month

Our Opinion? 2017 Oregon Legislature's to-do list

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
To do list for Legislature includes tackling budget cuts, financing transportation, reviewing savings with PERS and passing a plan to raise revenue.

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Reader says letter writers in previous issue got the facts wrong or simply misread them

Death and taxes: Live life with the end in mind

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
We prepare for filing our taxes by gathering information, keeping receipts for deductible items and hiring an expert. But very few people seem to…

Police chief addresses hate crime, immigration

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
After talking to members of the community, Woodburn citizens have mentioned to police chief their concerns regarding their safety as it pertains to…

Letters to the editor

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
After the inauguration, Sen. Jeff Merkley says he will be fighting for families

Snow closures vex districts; state should show…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
The state Department of Education, the local school boards, and teachers unions should show flexibility now to maximize the school year to come.

To be heard, don't drown out other side

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
We must empathize with our political rivals if we want them to listen

We want a president who acts presidential

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Trump became president largely because he emits an aura of capability, a human monument to achievement. But unless he can find a way to resist the…

Jury duty heightened appreciation for process

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Not being picked for a trial didn't diminish experience, reporter writes

Pray for, not against, the new leadership

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
It is tempting for Christians to pray for those leaders that they like or agree with politically, and to pray against those whom they don't like or…

'New goal: Destroy debt waves before they destroy…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
It's time to take constitutional authority seriously, protecting all Oregonians, Rep. Vic Gilliam says

My View: Public records advocate must be independent

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Oregonians may not know where to turn when they have questions about public records or have been denied public information.

Decorative lights should be up year-round

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Editor shares views how Christmas lights shouldn't be strictly for Christmas, but should be used to brighten the entire winter.

Change the world, one disciple at a time

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Parable of the leavened dough illustrates the secret to lasting change using yeast

My View: All are invited to join ukulele group at…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Discover your inspiration, near and far, in the moments and the people, now

Letters to the editor: Resident appreciates paper's…

Woodburn Independent - Opinion
Another reader says government should have managed state forests more aggressively

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