West Linn's Opinions

May 26, 2016

Old Time Fair memories, great photos sought

by The Tidings
The year is 1956. “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley is released and the world of music is never the same. The Federal Highway Act is signed into law and our love affair with the automobile is…
May 26, 2016

History of Native American involvement at Willamette Falls…

by Robert Boyd
With the closure of the Blue Heron paper mill at Willamette Falls, a wonderful opportunity has opened up. For the first time in over 150 years the falls will be visible and accessible to…
May 26, 2016

Oregon lawmakers should take cue from Florida's sunshine laws

by John Sepulvado
In elementary school, Franklin Weekley was diagnosed as “mentally retarded.” He was slow to learn, but quick to act out on impulse. Teachers at his rural school were unequipped to get a handle…


May 19, 2016

The duty of us all is to write responsibly

by The Tidings
It could be that newspapers are one of the most unique businesses there are. On the one hand they are a business like any other, publicly traded or privately owned. They exist to make a profit…
May 19, 2016

The Law made me do it

by David Dodds
Former City Manager Chris Jordan’s comments in the April 28 Tidings article regarding the political aftermath of the Lake Oswego-Tigard (LOT) water plant approval were extremely revealing, not…
May 19, 2016

Light years away from Kovash council

by Rebecca Adams
LOT (Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Parntership water plant) was my first wake up call, but looking back I am thankful for everyone who came forward since then to work to shift the city’s direction.…
May 19, 2016

As good as it gets

by Jerry Gilbert
While it is widely considered foolish to look ahead in any sort of tournament play, the realities of publishing deadlines force us to do so ... in order to call proper attention to something in…
May 12, 2016

A hard life, inside and out

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
It’s been my observation through this life’s journey that every cliché and tired stereotype is rooted in reality. It may be only a sliver, or based on a reality generations old, but it’s always…
May 12, 2016

Change does not come quickly or easily

by Peggy Kirkendall
In follow up to Patrick Malee’s article on the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership being the catalyst for change, followed by the Bolton/Arch Bridge issue, it’s important to remember just how…
May 05, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings readers
The whole LOT story It was interesting to read the articles written by Patrick Malee in the last two weeks on the LOT project. Just a little bit of history left out: In the beginning of this…

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May 05, 2016

Devlin is Democrats' best bet for secretary of state

by Editorial Board
When Democrat Barbara Roberts was sworn in as secretary of state in January 1985, it ended a 106-year run of Republicans holding the job. We doubt the Democrats will match that streak, but they…
May 05, 2016

Journalism from the gut helps city heal

by Paul McGilvra
As an ex-newspaper man and an advocate for a ‘return to democracy’ for West Linn, I’m basically blown away by the Tidings’ front page stories regarding the legacy left by the Lake Oswego-Tigard…
May 05, 2016

Setting the record straight

by Paul Savas
Throughout the race for Clackamas County Chair, I have described my view that the current leadership of John Ludlow, in collaboration with Jim Bernard, has created a dysfunctional majority and…
Mikel Kelly is the former editor of The Times, as well as chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune. He contributes a regular column.
Apr 28, 2016

Not sure I want to beat my addiction to daytime television

by Mikel Kelly
You know, they say sitting is the new smoking. You heard about that, right? It’s even been mentioned in television commercials, meaning it’s about as edgy and new now as Richard Nixon’s peace…
Apr 28, 2016

Voters are handed an illusion of choice

by Jeff Gudman
This short Oregon legislative session had a theme: Pass these bills or something worse awaits us on the ballot in November. Most parents are familiar with the tactic. A child is offered two…
Apr 28, 2016

Infrastructure for the 21st century (or how we brought fiber…

by Bill King
Large infrastructure projects have an economic multiplier effect and are essential for economic growth. In today’s polarized political environment, skeptics on both sides fear these projects…
Apr 28, 2016

Ways to help all students achieve

by Betty Reynolds
This is a dynamic time for public education and student achievement, with many opportunities for the public to play a part. The Oregon School Boards Association is working to help all students…
Apr 21, 2016

Politics! Where is it all going?

by David Hawbecker
For as long ago as I can remember I have been a political junkie. My first experience came when I was 12. My father took me to the train station to hear Harry Truman as he spoke from the…
Apr 21, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings readers
International diplomacy breakthrough You’ve all heard the speech, “We’re going to build a 30-foot wall.” Big applause!!! Then, “And, who’s going to pay for it?” The audience roars, “MEXICO!!!”…
Apr 21, 2016

Count me in on two conditions

by Rebecca Adams
Let’s apply a little tough love to the school district that we love so much. Sometimes even great institutions do wrong. But as our district teaches our children to be the best citizens they can…