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 results

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 fires

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 grandparents

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 traffic?

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 replacement

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 Constitutional…

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 bottle…

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

A divided country is good for no one

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We need to take steps to consider the welfare of the whole, not just individual groups

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It's the job of the West Linn City Council to make a judgment to determine the 'greater good' of the parties concerned

City Council decision threatens safety on Highway 43

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Residents expect their City Council to deny 'unacceptable options' rather than pick between them

Just Another Point of View: Indomitable,…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
She was, to be blunt, great fun. She had a wicked sense of humor, a childlike sweetness and a bold creativity that many others often lack.

My View: Repeal of Obamacare would hurt neediest

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Under the Senate health care bill unveiled last week, Medicaid eligibility will be rolled back and basic services will be defunded

Letters to the Editor

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Save the Willamette Locks by letting the Army Corps of Engineers how important it is to the region

Public streets are not private property

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Is it just supposed to be accepted that to drive to school as an underclassmen you either must pay a resident to park in their driveway, park…

Question of the week

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Two large athletic facilities are in the works for the Stafford/I-205 area. What do you think about that?

Our chance to correct West Linn's staff-centric…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I hope our council finds the courage to trust this to the voters, and if they do, I hope you will join me in insisting that West Linn's five-person…

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Readers weigh in on agricultural needs, the future of the school district and legal services at City Hall

Habits of the heart compromised

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I have along the way assisted families who definitely needed it and they have prospered as a result. Yet, these have been few and far between.

To our readers: Welcome to Pamplin Media's new…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Our team of web programmers, led by webmaster Alvaro Fontan, has spent thousands of hours writing code for the new websites and the databases that…

Question of the week

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Readers respond to last week's question about the Willamette Falls Legacy Project; this week, we ask about athletic facilities proposed in the…

This week in West Linn History

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
On June 17, 1987 the West Linn City Council voted to require residents in the Rosemont area to limit their water use during summer.

Don't apply Portland's fake affordable housing…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Encouraging demolition of existing, often affordable, housing for replacement by new market-rate construction of duplexes is the last thing many such…

Help veteran volunteers pass the torch

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
All over West Linn, and elsewhere, nonprofit, civic and fraternal groups are struggling to attract new members and pass the torch

Reflections on being a black girl in suburbia

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I keep coming back to that statement, 'Too white to be black and too black to be white.'

Have compassion for those broken and reborn into…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It is such an easy thing, in the face of that degree of hatred, to become jaded and angry and fearful

Question of the week

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
What do you think of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project Riverwalk design in Oregon City, and how do you think it might influence West Linn's plans…

- Following through -

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
'The connectedness for us new Oregonians that Sherry had hoped to accomplish is being realized. We now know some of our neighbors on a deeper level…

Christian leaders must oppose bigotry

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The United States is being torn apart across religious and cultural lines for political gain

This week in West Linn history

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Looking back at history from 10, 20 and 30 years ago

New bypass would help, not hurt farmers

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
As growth occurs, the lack of a north-south connector on Portland's west side will place increasing strain on our rural roads and our farming…

Create path to outdoor access

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Let it be true that 'in Oregon, our accomplishments will stem - as before - from the labors of people who gave the best of themselves, of public…

Where are you coming from, Mr. President?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
There is something spiritual when we as human beings take the time to 'soak in' the natural world around us; the mountains, trees, streams, oceans…

This week in West Linn history

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Locals are dismayed to find out the City plans to rename and unify a major route through town that uses several different names

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Voices from the Past is another example of the Historical Society bringing history to the community to be experienced by all

OK, maybe I love my leaf blower a little too much

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
That leaf blower may be the No. 1 reason I'm utterly happy and satisfied in my golden years, able to enjoy even the darkest and rainiest days

An opportunity to support family stability

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
No-cause evictions are the single-most common reason provided by families coming into our family shelter

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Our schools need the leadership of Regan Sonnen Molatore, Trey Maust and Dylan Nelson

An open letter to Jim Farrell

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
You don't like a '' feel good Board'' I don't know what that means, but I can assure you that I feel good

The City's budget process is in full swing: Speak…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Currently the budget is developed by city staff and it is unclear how much input, if any, is considered coming from citizen advisory boards and task…

Board election brings wealth of candidates

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The Tidings endorses Regan Molatore, Dylan Hydes and Trey Maust for School Board

Go and live your dream

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I ask you to join me in dreaming together and voting for Dylan Hydes and Ginger Fitch by May 16 for your West Linn Wilsonville School Board

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The community continues to share its thoughts on the upcoming School Board election

Dylan Hydes offers school board his experience and…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
While I am no longer a teacher, that experience of working directly with children, and being on the front lines of education, has given me a valuable…

Mike Taylor says we can be exceptional

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
So much can be done when policymakers embrace a range of alternatives

Despite rumors, district has plenty to celebrate

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
As a taxpayer and a citizen I am very proud that we are able to provide an exceptional education to as many children in the state as we can

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Tidings readers share their views on a hotly contested school board election

What do we want our school board to look like?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Do we really want a feel-good board who are willing to stand by the district's perceived laurels and who should have been more involved in the…

Experience, knowledge important resource for school…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We need candidates who have built relationships necessary to move the work of the district forward

Nelson has long history of dedication to kids

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
You need board members who know our schools and have established themselves as being able to work with district staff

Accountability, transparency, capabilities

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We can be an 'exceptional' school district with an active, transparent, capable, accountable and professional Board

Our Opinion: Legislature should require more…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
As a DHM poll demonstrates, Oregonians want to know how their tax dollars are spent

Facts more important than campaign rhetoric

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I've watched several people running for the Board over time and find it disheartening when candidates get too casual with the facts to score…

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
WL Tidings readers weigh in on upcoming school board contests

China and U.S. not a single entity but many…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
China is nearly 300 million children who share aspirations, dreams and fears with our children

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Tidings readers weigh in on the issues of the week

It's not too late to learn life's lessons

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
As we get older, it is critical that we consciously find ways to be in meaningful relationships

Where did society really start going wrong? Gym…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Of all the countless subjects we were taught in high school - some by brilliant, highly skilled educators and some by complete know-nothing,…

The false Russian narrative

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
NOW, they are claiming that Russia and Putin are some kind of big, bad boogey men that we must all be deathly afraid of?

Where do we go from here, Oregon Legislature?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Under Democrat control it has been and ever-loving nightmare.

Cracks in the ceiling, (or why the West…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The district is like a big house, and while it may 'look' beautiful in so many respects, it still needs ongoing care

In the wrong hands an attorney can be a dangerous…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Chris Jordan proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that an attorney under the city manager could be a tool used to disenfranchise citizens of their rights

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
West Linn community writers address Parks initiatives and urban/rural reserves issue

Just Another Point of View: A Final Four that fits…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Columnist Mikel Kelly, who, it could be argued, likes basketball a little too much, takes time from his game watching and court strategizing…

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Tidings readers weigh in on acceptance and compassion in modern America

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