Session should focus on PERS adjustments

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The Public Employee Retirement System is too complex to solve during a short session, but it's too big of an issue to ignore

Abusive relationships know no boundaries

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The most dangerous of abusers are psychopaths because they are the most cunning and try to never show their true colors to anyone other than family…

Reflect on nature's restorative qualities

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Throughout my life the natural world is the place where I am best able to get in touch with myself

The Seven Days of Technology

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Somewhere around midmorning, I was handed a small box wrapped in sleek, embossed red paper. The card let me know it was from my wife, who is fully…

Don't normalize or excuse hate speech

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Downplaying children's understanding of and distinction between right and wrong doesn't give our kids enough credit

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Abusive partners pose risk to women, children; LO racial incident response disappoints

Intellectual property ain't what it used to be

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
You can understand, given my career, how I lament about the demise of centuries of human existence when people could make a living through the arts

The beauty and terror of cars go hand in hand

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I am glad about the power vested in our City Council to regulate our streets for the benefit and safety of the community

Why I am running against Julie Parrish

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
As a member of our community I pledge to run a clean campaign focused on the issues that impact our community, our state and our nation

Time to focus on school choice

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
National School Choice Week provides parents with an opportunity to evaluate the education options available for their children.

Being sick is a lot more troubling than it used to be

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
You'd think I was preparing to embark on an expedition to the headwaters of the Amazon with as many shots as I've had

What's the chance of a female president?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Both structural and cultural barriers keep women from advancing to the U.S. presidency

District residents committed to excellence

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It warms my heart to know that our education community is not defined by its boundary lines

WL Council has the chance to right a wrong

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Public streets are not private property. I expect to be able to park on our city's streets.

Parrish fails to represent her community

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We are not lazy, nor are we taking 'handouts.' It is a hurtful misconception repeated over and over

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Measure 101 is taxpayer robbery; Protect our vulnerable populations; Measure 101 argument disingenuous at best

Measure 101 fails fairness test

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We urge voters to vote NO on 101 - and demand lawmakers craft a fair, equitable and sustainable Medicaid funding package

Yes on Measure 101 good for schools

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Anyone who works with children knows that our students learn best when they are healthy and have health care

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Measure 101 for dummies?; Insured already are paying too much for health care premiums

Vote yes on Ballot Measure 101

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Voters caught in the middle of a confusing debate over complex policies actually have a relatively simple choice

Ideas have a life of their own

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
For West Linn to reflect citizens' values and vision, we must find our ways to engage

The mixed blessings of the holidays

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Though we continue to enjoy fitting in when appropriate, as grandad and grandma we have begun our own traditions

Do I watch too much television? That depends on Who you ask

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
My rationalization: We don't watch really bad TV shows, and there are lots and lots of those.

My View: Give to the arts by year-end

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregonians may get a 2017 tax credit for giving to the Oregon Cultural Trust and qualifying arts organizations by Dec. 31.

We can stop tragedy of homeless school kids

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
A common-sense reform of the mortgage-interest deduction would yield significant resources for Oregon to address the crisis of housing affordability

Let's collaborate on support for public education

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Collaboration on support for public education and adequate and stable funding is more important than ever

What do we want for Christmas? Peace

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It seems peace, compassion and empathy have taken a backseat to rampant fear, violence and vitriol

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Voting yes on Measure 101 means protecting accessible healthcare for our most vulnerable neighbors

My View: Kids' health shouldn't be a budget bargaining chip

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Congress has cut funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program; Sen. Ron Wyden vows to fight for funding to allow the program to continue.

'Thunderbolt Kelly' has a nice ring

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
What is, after all, in a name? You know what they say about the rose, right, writes our columnist.

My View: Kids' health shouldn't be a budget bargaining chip

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Congress has cut funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program; Sen. Ron Wyden vows to fight for funding to allow the program to continue.

Holding men accountable is liberating women

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Change will continue as more women, supported by the numbers, are willing to speak out and call into question the actions of men

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
In this holiday season, I thought it would be a good time to remember all we are grateful for in West Linn

Tolling people on Portland's highways has potential to…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Most new highways being built around the world are using electronic tolling with variable rates. The new Oregon law is an opportunity for us to learn…

Our Opinion: Should Metro lead a regional push for…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Metro should not proceed without first gaining the complete support of its regional partners

When it's time to say me too

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
My supposition - that nearly EVERYONE had experienced sexual harassment - was really because nearly every female I knew had experienced it.

Pass Clean Energy Jobs in 2018 for healthier kids

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
With so many challenges to kids' development, it only makes sense to fix what we can

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Voting on YES on Measure 101 is the right thing to do for our community's most vulnerable citizens

'Tis the season to be safe

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
A few precautions can help assure your holidays are bright and cheerful, and safe for everyone

Is it time to hang it up?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
From experience I know that it's difficult to acknowledge that you could be out of touch with evolving technology and changing trends in the culture

Don't delay cleanup of river Superfund site

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The secrecy of the talks is troubling, particularly in a process in which trust and credibility are key

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Thanking the community for its continued support of Oktoberfest and the West Linn Riverview Lions Club

11 pairs of white pants nearly ruined my life

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The only reason I turned out as well as I have I owe almost entirely to the fact that I found, at a very young age, my soulmate

Double love to the arts

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
As unimaginable as it would be for you to not take an interest deduction on your home mortgage, the same is true for not claiming the tax credit on…

Vets deserve our support every day

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
On days like Veterans Day is important to remember that veterans are defending us 365 days a year

What happened to the Book Cellar and the Friends?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Our beautiful West Linn tradition of the Book Cellar is gone with no discussion.

Clean Energy Jobs can help displaced paper mill…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
In 2018, Oregon has the chance to pass a law to accelerate a growing sector of the economy

The devil is in the details

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Please vote NO on Measure 3-524. The entire City Council did not approve this measure for several reasons.

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Measure 3-524 is a Trojan horse designed to hide the fact that Council is relinquishing its authority to hire and fire all legal services to the City…

Let's protect our county's neighborhoods

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
In Clackamas County, we have neighborhoods that are coping with unwanted development

Vote Yes on City Measures

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I urge a YES vote on all city measures and my door is open to discuss any questions.

Measure 3-524 would lock in a flawed legal model

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I sincerely hope you will join me in voting 'No' to this well-meaning but flawed measure

Vote YES on WL ballot measures

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
West Linn voters will make decisions on two very important topics in the upcoming election

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Residents weigh in on local ballot measures and Julie Parrish health care initiative

If it isn't broken, don't fix it: Vote YES on…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The current arrangement, which the Charter Amendment basically keeps in place, gives us the best of both worlds

Great privilege to work with Metro Council for 10…

Clackamas Review - Opinion
I will be stepping down from the Metro Council in the next few months so that I can enjoy the new home my husband, Dave Mayfield, and I have purchased

Confessions of a phone failure

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Yep, it's come to this - enrollment in a 12-step program to try to address my 'phone problems.'

We need leadership, not denials, from our district…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I was angry to hear that the most powerful person in our county's criminal justice system thinks that racial disparities aren't a problem

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Readers weigh in on DREAMers in the U.S. and potential amendments to the city charter

Charter amendments right choice for City

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Over the past several years, we have found that work is done better and more efficiently by having a staff lawyer who reports to the city manager

Good legislation begins with good data

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We know we have a problem with gun violence. It's time to let federal health experts study it.

Our bombastic president

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
What does it accomplish to call the leader of North Korea 'Rocket Man' and threaten to annihilate his country?

My View: Different wage studies get different…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Seattle's success at pushing fast food restaurants to pay better wages without cutting jobs, is most likely due to higher sales, lower turnover and…

The importance of 'real' news to our communities

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The theme of this year's National Newspaper Week, 'Real Newspapers... Real News' is telling

My View: Too late to fix PERS by fooling Oregonians

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The only viable answer to Oregon's pension crisis is to reduce benefits for government workers

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It is time for our city manager to again step up and maintain reasonable community standards relative to the supervision of our police department at…

Don't politicize public records requests

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The unfortunate ways that Portland Public Schools and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's office responded to potentially embarrassing records…

Protect kids, families with CHIP

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers almost 9 million children nationwide

How I spent my vacation this summer

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
For a number of largely negative reasons, we chose to put off several things that probably would have been great fun

Locals could use perspective regarding Gorge fire

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
This is not the worst fire in Oregon, not the most amount of ruined land or lost homes

Healthy forests need healthy management

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Today's forest management policies are not responsive to the dangerous conditions on the ground, where unnaturally overgrown and insect-infested…

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Parrish should support Medicare for All; don't miss chance to support high school grad party

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Those who write for general public consumption with a broad - and in my opinion - with a misleading approach for modern readers who do not take the…

Save veterans, end certificates of need

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We speak as two women who lost loved ones, one a brother, another a nephew - both veterans - to suicide because of inadequate resources.

Support high school sports, support your community

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Sports teach us that we can live in different communities, come from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures, cheer for different teams, and still…

Join us at West Linn's own Oktoberfest

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Everyone is welcome. Come experience and learn and enjoy an authentic cultural festival under the West Linn firmament by the hills and the rivers

Oregon ablaze: Let's take steps to minimize future…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The number of human-caused wildfires is rising - plus climate change and fuel buildup are exacerbating conditions that threaten trees and community…

New tax won't make healthcare more affordable

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
What a referendum will do is force a dialogue about mismanagement and profiteering in our Medicaid system

I watched, helplessly, as Harvey headed for my…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
So my family is used to floods - expects them, even - but we were all taken by surprise at the extremity of Harvey

Those who live by words

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We stand on the fearsome brink of locking an undesirable legal structure into our Charter

Valuing the small rewards in life

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I have more recently made a conscious effort to invest myself more deeply in the time I spend with friends and family.

The unitary concept: one legal office under council

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Taking a large portion of authority over legal services and saying that is now the City Manager's does not fulfill the unitary concept.

So, what ARE we going to do about all of this…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Too many people are insisting on driving when they could be taking a different approach to the whole thing

'Cover All Kids' worth praising

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It's a victory for the bipartisanship that we found this year in abundance in the Legislature

Referral effort would repeal health care with no…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
 The referral effort flies in the face of a long history of bipartisanship in Oregon health care policy

Council needs to let legal services issue go

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Even now, with a ballot measure en route to voters this fall, some councilors aren't satisfied

Pets and sports: a salve for difficult times

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
If we are going to stay healthy emotionally, even physically, a balance is necessary in our lives.

Workers without legal papers still pay taxes

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Like other residents of our state, undocumented workers pay property taxes.

Beware of cruel new scam

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
A male voice came on the line that told me that he had kidnapped my daughter and would kill her if I didn't do what he said

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Let's join hands and work toward a better world: a world without Alzheimer's Disease

Ballot language will fail to address our…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
This is our town and we as voters can correct this, but not this November with the smaller ballot measures

The Batmobile and me

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As you might expect, my largest fan base is kids. You can see their faces light up when they see the Batmobile

How to improve things at those busy new places for…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
How about an express line to one of the machines, for those of us with two or three grocery bags full?

Thanks to all volunteers and sponsors of July 4th…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The fireworks show was spectacular, the day beautiful, the music lively and enjoyable

An open letter to Rep. Parrish

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Stakeholders understand we cannot afford thousands of Oregonians losing nationally-lauded coverage.

Is our Public Record intact or being censored?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
What follows is a condensed version of a letter I sent to West Linn's City Council May 12, 2017, to be included as written public testimony for one…

Stein deserves contract extension

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
After a review of my 27 'participating patriots' the 28 of us award our city manager a solid B for her first year in West Linn

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Did no one think to try and capture the deer before the earth moving equipment came in?

Hey, world? Feel free to stop sharing loudly

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I'd like to point out that some of us would rather eat dirt than let the general public hear our private conversations

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