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September 22, 2016

Consultants and spirited citizens = Best answer

by Paul McGilvra
Our new city manager, after just four months on the job, has ‘let’ a contract with a consulting firm to conduct a national search for a community development director. This position is to be a “real big picture responsibility,”…
September 22, 2016

Readers' letters

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
Remember the losses of Sept. 11 Thank you to the dozens of folks who held American flags on the Nyberg I-5 overpass for hours on Sept. 11. It was a beautiful reminder that we all share the loss our country suffered 15 years ago.…
September 22, 2016

Guest opinion: Measure 97 based on deceptions

by Editorial Board
Supporters of Measure 97 — a massive corporate sales tax on the November ballot — have pushed two deceptive arguments to try to persuade Oregon voters that they magically won’t be hurt by what would be the largest tax increase in…


September 15, 2016

- A chip on my shoulder -

by Joan Freed
Remember when using a credit card was easy? You simply slide your card through the slot, and instantly the purchase is approved. If the amount is small enough, you don’t even have to sign for it. You are on your way. Then one…
September 15, 2016

Johnson was right after all

by Carolyn Wade
As a supporter of Gary Johnson, the tone and scope of the media coverage of the “What’s Aleppo?” controversy has frustrated me: a few seconds taken from an interview are being shown as if they define Gary Johnson’s candidacy.…
September 15, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
Voting informed or voting fearful? “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” Thomas Jefferson. We are so very lucky to live in this democratic country!…
Hawbecker
September 08, 2016

Can't we just play it straight?

by David Hawbecker
When playing a game with my young grandchildren, whether it be cards, a board game or an athletic endeavor, at their age winning is all that matters — which is normal. Often it is winning at any cost, even if that means them…
September 08, 2016

Reader's letter

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
Finding solutions for addiction My name is Pam Pearce and I am a proud person living in long-term recovery from alcoholism. I am married, have three children, grew up in Lake Oswego and currently live in West Linn. My story is…
September 08, 2016

Keep our promise to veterans

by Julie Parrish
This November, Oregonians will be asked to consider several ballot measures. The more contentious measures will expend millions of dollars campaigning to win your vote. However, the most impactful measure you can vote for is…
September 08, 2016

Don't let tariff trade history repeat itself

by Mark Kirchmeier
Thirty years ago, Hollywood immortalized Oregon’s most ignominious contribution to the world economy. In the 1986 movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” a hapless high school economics teacher pleadingly asks his students, “If anyone…

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Sep 01, 2016

Oregon needs open door policy for business

by Junki Yoshida
I have often said my head is a Republican and my heart is a Democrat because, despite my party registration, I end up supporting Democratic candidates for office based on their commitment and passion for this state. Over the past…
Sep 01, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings Readers
Remember 9/11 and those who have served This year is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. West Linn is the only Oregon city other than Portland who continues to formally remember 9/11 and recognize those who served — and serve — as…
Sep 01, 2016

Picking third party isn't a wasted vote

by Bill MacKenzie
About two-thirds of prospective voters consider both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dishonest and untrustworthy. That’s millions of Americans who hold the major parties’ candidates in high disregard, but appear ready to just…
Aug 25, 2016

Remembering a valuable, but now departed, member of the family

by Mikel Kelly
This is not an official obituary or anything. That’s better left to relatives or someone more appropriate than me. But I did want to tell you about a death in our little newspaper family. For years and years, one of the key…
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Aug 25, 2016

Voters of all stripes seek transparency

by Shasta Kearns Moore
A recent poll of Independent Party of Oregon members has confirmed my suspicions that we are not as politically divided as we think — at least on one key issue. The IPO is a new third party in Oregon, attracting supporters of…
Aug 25, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
Keep up the good work Tidings Hello. My name is Ethan McCarty and I am a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 396. I know you probably receive tons of letters from several people but I am writing to you just to say thank…
Aug 18, 2016

Newspaper's white knight

by The Spokesman
Nowadays it seems that humble print newspapers have few champions. It’s become a popular pastime to speculate on their demise, lambast the perpetrators of plagiarism scandals and trash talk their products. Until recently, when…
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Aug 18, 2016

Get a healthy start to the new school year with vaccinations

by Susan Johnson
In August, you’ll see back-to-school ads from virtually every store. These ads will try to convince you that you need to buy clothes, shoes, computers, school supplies, sporting equipment, lunch making materials, cleaning wipes…
Aug 18, 2016

Bates using selective memory

by Ben Williams
The choice of words matter, as all Americans are painfully discovering thanks to the campaign of Donald Trump. For example, when strong assertions are made against someone, but the assertion is qualified with words like “may” or…
Aug 18, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
Axelrod deserves your vote As of Sunday, Aug. 7, Mayor Axelrod has no competition in the November election. He deserves to be re-elected. Those of us (who are many) believe in Axelrod. His public record of solid “citizen-oriented…