Keep politics out of secretary of state appointment

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Picking someone without aspirations made Brown's job easier in 2015 by avoiding an intra-party blood bath

Overprescribing drugs helps firms, but not patients

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
One begins to suspect the explosion of drugs now flooding the TV screen is an attempt by the drug companies to encourage us to pressure our doctors…

Apply an equal editorial standard

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Many of us are curious as to what public business was transacted in private, and we all have a right to know.

Lucky enough to live in West Linn is lucky enough

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I believe that Cummings, Sakelik and, now, Relyea, are champions for the people of West Linn.

Sound wall will impact all of West Linn

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
There are approximately 27,000 residents in West Linn who have not been given any information about the sound wall.

Disheartening to see City Council in action

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The second alarm: the lack of civility toward the city staff, volunteers and the behavior of the councilors to one another.

Making foster care approachable

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Most parents have nine months to prepare for a newborn - foster parents often have four hours.

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
A dedicated right-hand turn lane needs to be created when the 'North Anchor' Project is approved shortly.

Council dysfunction could have big fiscal impacts

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The issue of wasted staff time and money also extends to regular council meetings, which are disorganized and routinely last at least three hours.

When what you have is values and a voice

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I happen to believe in independent and objective legal services, transparency, due process and rule of law

A vote for House Bill 3603 is vote for children

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We have the opportunity to right the wrongs committed by misinformation and an abuse of privilege

Cap and trade unworkable for farmers

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Unlike other industries, when the cost of doing business goes up, farmers cannot simply raise the pricetag on our product.

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
After reviewing the park master plan, I'm delighted that the board has devised a long-lens vision for our community's parks and recreation goals

Triumph of good government

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The three-party Stafford agreement gives each of the three cities and the people of the Stafford Hamlet something they want

Trust, teamwork, respect needed on council

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I encourage the citizens of West Linn to pay attention and ensure that our council remembers that they were elected by the people and for all of the…

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Green New Deal will help keep U.S. safe; Only 12 years left to reach tipping point on climate

Local papers deserve support

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Democracy cannot survive in a vacuum. Knowledge is the backbone of our republic.

The importance of grandmothers

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I am the youngest of her grandchildren and at some point I may be the last person to remember her alive

Don't wait for the recycling fairies

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Do your own research into what you can recycle and what you cannot and how to do it correctly

What has happened to Christmas?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Christmas was an established tradition. Nothing was going to get in the way. But, things have changed and I imagine not just for our family.

Johnson: As lawmakers, we can't give what we don't have

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Sen. Betsy Johnson, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, outlines spending challenges confronting lawmakers in the 2019 legislative…

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Community colleges have been basically flat funded by the Oregon Legislature for the past 10 years

Who is appointed to city boards, panels is vital

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
When the city council appoints people mostly all of one mindset serving on a board, it runs the risk of not getting a balanced result for its citizens

Don't tax carbon dioxide, it's good for our crops

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We know of the benefits of CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Higher levels of CO2 increase production of growing crops.

Home visit law would be cash wisely spent

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Oregon could be the first to offer universal home visits.And this, to our thinking, is about the smartest money ever spent by the Legislature.

Please join us in building a stronger West Linn

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Comprehensive local news comes at a cost and we can no longer afford to give ours away for free.

Dancing in the Dark (Ages)

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
In those days, people weren't so casual about social interaction. And it was doubly complicated because we were all stuck in the limbo of adolescence.

Parents must behave better at kids' sports events

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Your passion is admired and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control.

BOLI must act on harassment report

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The report and its fallout offer a great opportunity for Val Hoyle to disprove some critics who worried she was a poor fit for the non-partisan post.

Just say 'no' to plastics

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It can feel very overwhelming for the average citizen to take responsibility for managing this onto their own shoulders.

What's going on at the Falls?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
2018 was a busy year at Willamette Falls, and 2019 promises to be no different.

Life is a journey - pack books

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The wonderful thing about books is that they take you away from yourself. They show you entire worlds and let you lose yourself in them.

It is time for Oregon to honor its Vietnam veterans

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The states of California and Washington erected memorials on their Capitol grounds to honor their Vietnam vets and to collectively say 'welcome…

County vehicle-registration fee needed now

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Every year we wait, more roads require reconstruction. Every year we wait, the costs of reconstruction rise.

Clackamas County vehicle-registration fee needed now

Clackamas Review - Opinion
Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard: 'We are millions of dollars behind in maintenance - including our local roads in unincorporated areas - and every…

The Tidings looks ahead to 2019

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
There are several headlines we'd love to write in 2019, though it might be wishful thinking

Transportation infrastructure failing, needs funding boost

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Public transportation accounted for over 10 billion trips last year. Yet, public transit systems are chronically underfunded.

Education Department's Title IX changes threaten student…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Title IX protects all students from sex discrimination-both boys and girls.

Our misplaced priorities

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I don't think I'm alone in believing that even with all the advances that have evolved in recent times, the quality of life for the majority of human…

Yes, Virginia, there is still a Santa Claus

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The most famous editorial ever written about Christmas is reprinted below as it first appeared in The Sun

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We only have to look to devastated communities nearby to understand that our emergency preparedness needs enhancements

Organizing all that conspicuous consumption

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I love nothing so much as organization. And yet, I can't be bothered to follow my own organizational systems

Our Opinion: Officials must grab public records…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Cleaning up the public records law will be a laborious process. It has taken 45 years for the law to become so completely riddled with exemptions.

A work of love: Old Bolton Fire Station overview

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
'We', BNA members, consider the renovated West Linn Community Resource Center, as we propose to name it, as a GIFT to the ALL of citizens of West Linn

Toll plan would pay for I-205 improvements

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
With the first details starting to emerge, we can see how tolling can bring major improvements to Interstate 205 in Clackamas County.

'The Life Cycle of a Salmon'

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
WL parent shares poem written by her 9-year-old daughter after a trip to Hood River

Enforcing public meetings law protects democracy

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
My experience has led me to appreciate the role of individual citizens and the news media to watchdog government

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
By banning plastic bags, the city of West Linn would also eliminate plastic bags from our litter problem.

Read great books together

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Because I want to share dialogue, I am starting a West Linn Great Books reading group

Clackamas County's free clinic needs your help

Clackamas Review - Opinion
Executive Director Martha Spiers asks for community support for Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine Founders Clinic, currently based in Oregon City

Forfeit income tax kicker, pay down PERS

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The PERS crisis is gobbling up money that should be spent on teachers, textbooks and fixing defective water faucets.

Going home

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Looking at the past as I did on this trip back made me realize how precious it all is

Reality ... what a concept

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It takes experience to figure out what you should let go of, what you'll never be happy with because your concept of it never meshes with reality

They put turn signals in your car for a reason

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
An aggravatingly high percentage of drivers on the road have demonstrated that they have no idea the signal exists

Electric buses put TriMet on a costly road

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Since moving passengers is TriMet's primary job, this alone should have disqualified battery buses from consideration

Grading Our Schools: Oregonians split on major…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Are schools making the grade? The answer depends on which schools you're asking about.

Looking for that change agent for 2019

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
If West Linn citizens decide they want to change the effectiveness of the City Council, they are going to have to replace it one councilor at a time.

Addressing PERS myths

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
PERS is not broken or in danger of collapsing. In fact, PERS's funded ratio is 80.1 percent, one of the top 10 public pension systems in the country.

Alexa, turn up the heat

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I knew that asking Alexa to turn up the temperature would produce the inevitable response, 'I'm sorry, but I don't know how to do that.' I was…

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Its time to take Oregon and West Linn forward again.Congratulations to all those hard workers and to the voters who saw through the smoke.

Our Opinion: It's finally over. What did we learn?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Democrats will start 2019 with their much-coveted supermajorities in the state House and Senate, meaning they can raise taxes and fees without any…

Arts and Culture Committee for WL

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The City Council is currently seeking volunteers for the new Arts and Culture Advisory Committee

Prusak win a grassroots effort

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Personally, I had never volunteered for a political campaign in the 46 years I've resided in Oregon. This year I joined forces with other volunteers…

Where has our civility gone?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I was naive and continued to believe folks who thought differently could have civil conversations

The Junque Mystique

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Everybody's junk drawer is unique. In fact, I suppose it could be said that our junk drawers more or less define us.

Have questions about Medicare plans?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period takes place from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 for coverage that takes effect Jan.…

Grateful for two hometown heroes

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Thanking two men who stopped to help my husband this week after he had a serious bike crash

What shall I do with the rest of my life?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We are Social Purpose Works (SPW). We match your very particular interests and skill set to a nonprofit project needed in your area

Prusak right choice for Legislature

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Oregon Election 2018: Letters to the Editor too late for print publishing in West Linn Tidings

Experience matters - vote Parrish for House District

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Parrish's in-depth understanding of health care, transportation and state budgeting are assets well worth preserving in the Legislature

Rachel Prusak will fight for working families in…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Parrish hasn't voted in favor of any policies that would actually help Oregon families be more economically secure

Parrish focusing on issues, not mudslinging her…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I'm extremely disappointed, frustrated, and frankly, stunned, by the campaign run by Rachel Prusak

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Joe Buck for Metro District 2; Prusak's understanding of West Linn is thin; Vote for Buehler, don't follow party lines

Don't use initiatives to control costs

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Voters should reject Measures 103 and 104 and insist instead that the Legislature perform the heavy lifting required to control costs of state…

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Sign-stealing political shenanigans; Parrish will put our needs first; Buehler's plan to focus on education

Voters should re-elect hardworking Parrish

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
In Salem, Julie doesn't caucus by political party. That independence means she's free to vote for her community

Wagner's passion for education will serve Lake…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Democrat has found a way to let his role as a state senator inform his position on the School Board, not distract from it.

Bring back sanity and compassion

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I'm asking my neighbors, family and friends to look deeply into their souls for what is right and humane

State could use more creative tension

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It's not just wishful thinking to believe that having a Republican governor to balance against a Democratic-controlled Legislature can bring real…

Letters to the Editor

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Mark your ballots now and your friends and neighbors have some suggestions for you

Rachel Prusak - An opportunity for change

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Although I believe that Julie Parrish is a decent person, voting for a Republican candidate at this time, especially one with her voting record would…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Why yes, it is election season - why do you ask? Read on if you want advice on how to vote

Affordable housing crunch requires a regional…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
There are not enough homes that are affordable for people who live and work in our region, especially those earning close to minimum wage.

Corruption hurts all of us

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Are Americans so ignorant and uncivilized as to act like barbarians whenever someone brings new information to an issue?

Try to remember the joys of September

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
So while we had to worry about maintaining a working car for the eldest, we still had to rent a U-HAUL to get all the classroom supplies to the…

Housing bond needs more work before approval

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We agree that lack of available affordable housing is a regional issue, but we're not convinced that turning Metro into a regional housing funding…

Readers' letters

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Parrish finds solutions; Parrish advocates for district, constituents; Support moderates

Safety informs all of our decision-making

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
It's natural and understandable to want to know what is going on. There are times where we cannot share all of the details of an incident.

School safety incident provides lesson in…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
There's little doubt that sharing the gist of what happened at the school, along with the manner the school handled it, would have been much more…

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We like the sense of community here at the Windward and the many friends, young and old, we have met in a short period of time.

SW lightrail would be boondoggle

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
MAX has never been cost-effective. It costs over three times as much to run as buses, yet only averages about one busload of riders.

My View: State sanctuary law strikes the right…

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
While there are certainly ways the current law could be improved or clarified, and there appears to be some misunderstanding regarding how this law…

My View: Measure 105 would restore respect for law

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The sanctuary statute undermines respect for law in significant ways. It tells illegal immigrants that Oregon considers immigration-law violations so…

Our Opinion: Don't repeal 'sanctuary' law that works

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Oregon's law has worked well for three decades. In the current political climate, it has gotten swept up into a debate about how local police should…

To our daughter, on her first day of preschool

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
You are American-born and all career paths are open to you. If you don't see the job you want, create one.

Legends of the fall

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
I'm much more cautious these days, much more aware of my own mortality. Horses now make me a little nervous and I make them a little nervous, too.

Measure 102 changes are justified

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
The first statewide measure voters see on their ballot should not be difficult at all

When does thrift stop making sense?

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Where we use thrift and where we don't tends to be more emotional and instinctual than intellectual

Reader's letter

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
Knute is a compassionate physician who wants to ensure that Oregonians covered by Medicaid get the care they need

Muddled parking debate symptom of larger problem

West Linn Tidings - Opinion
We don't doubt that the City Council means well, but creating policy on the fly and switching directions seemingly on a dime happens more than it…

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