Woodburn's Area Opinions

December 24, 2014

School budget gives, then takes away

by Woodburn Independent
The 2015-17 budget proposed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber shows the importance of both addition and subtraction. The plan, released earlier this month, raises some important, and quite familiar,…
December 24, 2014

'Tis the season of giving, especially at North Marion

by Boyd Keyser, North Marion supt.
I am so proud of our schools. The holiday season can so easily get wrapped up (sorry for the pun) in the frenzy of “Black Friday commercialism” that we often overlook some of its most important…
Photo Credit: PAUL BECKER - Editor Lindsay Keefer was more than a little excited to have her book signed by author and actor Cary Elwes (right), who stopped in Beaverton last week on a book-signing tour  promoting his memoir about the making of 'The Princess Bride.'
December 24, 2014

Editor reflects on an 'inconceivable' evening

by Lindsay Keefer
Last week, two of my favorite things collided: “The Princess Bride” and Powell’s Books. The former has been my favorite movie for pretty much my entire life. If you haven’t seen it, I’m sorry,…
December 24, 2014

Some 'mindfulness' tips to get through the holidays

by Dr. Curtis Climer
We all enjoy the many special foods and traditions of the holidays. The foods of this season are colorful, satisfying and calorie-rich. The activities, whether it is holiday parties or family…
December 17, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Reader enjoyed ‘clueless consumer’ report To the editor: Kudos to Tyler Francke for his delightful take on being a clueless consumer (Woodburn Independent, “Independent reporter a ‘clueless…
December 17, 2014

Fiesta plans headed in right direction

by Independent staff
The city of Woodburn has taken the reins of Fiesta Mexicana for 2015, and it’s seeking the public’s input to improve the festival. We certainly appreciate that the city is taking the time to…
December 17, 2014

Share yourself to connect with others and leave a positive impact

by Suzanne Ybarra
One pre-Christmas afternoon, a friend and I went shopping at one of Salem’s discount clothing stores. While my friend looked for a little black dress, I was patiently waiting to go home.…
December 17, 2014

'The Forgotten 500' an untold war story of 'a daring plan'

by Russ Baglien
In the past several months, I have read three books. All three were fascinating and two added to my education. My most recent read was “The Forgotten 500,” the story of the rescue of over 500…
December 10, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Bureaucrats seem to mask schools’ struggles as success To the editor: At the Nov. 20 Gervais School Board meeting, those in attendance got to listen to a presentation by three groups of Oregon…
December 10, 2014

Restarting the conversation about the school bond

by Chuck Ransom, WSD supt.
Last May, the Woodburn School District asked the community to renew a 20-year bond for major repairs and renovations as well as to make needed safety improvements for our schools. It was an…

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Dec 10, 2014

Local charities still need donations

by Independent staff
The holiday season is well under way, and with it comes the need for donations to help the less fortunate. There are many people right here in the Woodburn area who won’t be able to afford a…
Dec 10, 2014

Independent reporter a 'clueless consumer'

by Tyler Francke
I am a clueless consumer. If there is a new trend in holiday shopping this year, I am guaranteed to find out about it sometime after Valentine’s Day. Until very recently, I thought a “pillow…
Dec 10, 2014

Staying stress free during the holidays

by Megan Hatch, ERYT, CYT
The holiday season is a time for joy, but it can also be a time of difficulty. Perhaps we are having a hard time affording the gifts we would like to give. Maybe the coming together of family…
Dec 03, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Woodburn Independent
Time to stop daylight savings and production of US penny To the editor: The politicians of this country cannot accomplish much of anything. However, they manage to receive massive benefits and…
Dec 03, 2014

Response to fire story unfortunate

by Woodburn Independent
Being in the newspaper business, we know that one of the most common criticisms of the media is that it focuses too much on “bad news.” Sure, for many news outlets, stories about crime, scandal…
Dec 03, 2014

Christmas comes early to Hawkins home

by Phil Hawkins
Independent reporter returns to his roots in time for the holiday season It’s often quoted that on Thanksgiving weekend, roughly every American in the country is simultaneously going over the…
Nov 26, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
NM staff appreciates help with celebration To the editor: On Oct. 31, the Positive Behavior Integrated Support team at North Marion Middle School (NMMS) took nearly 400 students to The Pumpkin…
Nov 26, 2014

Much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

by Lindsay Keefer
Thanksgiving is a holiday that seems far too often overlooked. With each passing year, it seems to be a blip on the radar, as people forego the turkey dinner for lines at big box stores, turning…
Nov 26, 2014

We're thankful for you, Woodburn

by Independent staff
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us. Many of us will be gathering around the table with our families to eat a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. As we celebrate this holiday of…
Nov 19, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
School board seeks input for bond To the editor: In the next two months, the Woodburn School Board will be working with its citizens’ advisory committee and interested community members to come…




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