State must fund higher education

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
With employee retirement and health care costs rising fast, a flat-funded budget actually would mean a decrease in money available for instructors,

Want upper hand? Know what handshake conveys

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Consciously or not, we all make judgments based on someone's handshake, and first impressions are often lasting ones.

Time to put the brakes on the Big Pharma Express

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Ten companies accounted for half of all profits in the health care sector last fall

For the luck of the Irish

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
While Dan was at least rideable, Lady was not only barely broken, but also crazy.

Making foster care approachable

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
In 2017, 1,265 children from newborn to age 5 spent time in foster care in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties by no fault of their own.

Keep politics out of Secretary of State appointment

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
This vacancy points to the need to re-evaluate two things: the partisan nature of the secretary of state's office, and the process Oregon has for…

Lawmakers too easy on property crimes

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Lawmakers have no trouble dismissing the fear that comes from having the sanctity of your home invaded by strangers.

Pickpocketing with the avians

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As they looked around for the offending avian, they quickly found themselves in the presence of what seemed to be a husband and wife pair in their…

Cap and trade unworkable for farmers

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
While organic farming may mean less use of certain kinds of chemicals, it also means more tractor driving over the fields.And that means more fuel is…

Citizens Climate Lobby advocates bipartisanship

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Experts say the most effective way to slow climate change is to slap a price on carbon emissions

What has happened to Christmas?

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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.

Missing middle housing fix will create a hodge podge

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Unfortunately, these programs will not only create a new mixed density â€Å'hodge podgeâ€? zone, but will also undermine the planning processes

Local papers deserve our support

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Democracy cannot survive in a vacuum. Knowledge is the backbone of our republic.

The best town in Oregon

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Wilsonville, already recognized as Oregon's most liveable city, is No. 1 for me because it has so many kind and considerate people

Readers' letters

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Boating rules untenable for everyone; Prioritize people, not dogs in Wilsonville

Plane collides with radio tranmitters at Aurora Airport

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Passenger required extracation by firefighters after crash at the end of the runway

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

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

My View: Voters must call for carbon tax plus rebates

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Fossil fuels are used in an incredibly broad range of industries, but non-CO2-emitting options often are available. These alternatives have not found…

The importance of grandmothers

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

Can it be any more obvious? Vaccines are vital

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
This month's measles outbreak could have been prevented if parents did what was best for their children.

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

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
If we reduced man-caused CO2 by 50 percent, the effect on climate would hardly register. On the other hand, we need all the CO2 we can get to feed a…

HITHER & YON: Support your community and its history

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We're unlikely to get far on any of those objectives, however, if we can't roust more history/Wilsonville lovers from the cracks of the community.

Where will the blood come from?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
In order to ensure the health of the donor and the safety of the blood supply, more blood than ever is being disqualified.

Dancing in the Dark (Ages)

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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…

Please join us in building a stronger Wilsonville

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
If you are a subscriber, you will continue to receive your weekly newspaper in your mailbox each Wednesday, like you always have,

It is time for the State of Oregon to say 'Welcome Home'

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
In our state capital city, there is not a statewide monument or memorial honoring our Vietnam War veterans.

County vehicle registration fee needed now

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Clackamas County has approximately 1,400 miles of roadway, perhaps our county's' single biggest asset.

Cutting the cord, emotionally

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
This is a difficult step, but one that might be better for everyone involved to allow everyone to accept the changes

Sea change on single-family zoning

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
It's a great way to further statewide Goal 10 (Housing) while giving generations left out of the housing system more choice.

Life is a journey - pack books

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I think I was influenced by an old English teacher of mine who once told me that there is space on everyone’s bookshelves for books you have…

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…

Title IX changes threaten student safety, equity

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Title IX protects all students from sex discrimination-both boys and girls, kindergartners and college undergrads alike.

Letters to the editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Don't let bridges issues divide Wilsonville, says writer. There are many things we all pay for that only some of us use.

A wish list for the new year

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
What are the stories and headlines that we'd like to write for Wilsonville in 2019? And did we get our wishes in 2018?!

What DNA actually means (Do Not Assume)

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Is this all a sophisticated scam, or should I exchange my castanets for a kilt?

Yes, Virginia, there is still a Santa Claus

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The most famous editorial ever written about Christmas is reprinted as it first appeared in The Sun on Sept. 21, 1897.

Our Opinion: Officials must grab public records reins

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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.

Toll plan would mean improvements to I-205

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Our quality of life is reduced as we sit in cars or buses trying to make it to work and family commitments on time.

Letter to the editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
There is an airport in Salem that has a 6,000-foot runway that is better equipped to handle the traffic

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

Election post-mortem feels more like wake to some

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Oregonians are divided across the state about the candidates who ran for office in this past election.

Letter to the editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We need more freedom to choose wisely, not less freedom. We need fewer toxic chemicals in products, not more toxic chemicals.

Support the Humanities in Oregon

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Although the Cultural Trust has been providing hundreds of project and organizational grants across the state for over 17 years, few people know…

Keep the kicker, pay down PERS

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The PERS crisis is gobbling up money that should be spent on teachers, textbooks and fixing defective water faucets

Does Wilsonville need these bridges?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Why in the world is our City Council spending $1.5 million to buy land that may never be used?

Letters to the editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The ironically named 'Accurate Labels Act,' uses outdated thinking and ignores the latest science linking toxic chemicals found in products to health…

Going home

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
My child's eye sees where the farmhouse my father built, the one that I grew up in, once stood.

Share your holiday greetings

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The Spokesman compiles the cards into one giant holiday greeting card from the community!

They put turn signals in your car for a reason

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
An aggravatingly high percentage of drivers on the road have demonstrated (and continue to demonstrate every day) that they have no idea (A) that…

TriMet heading down a costly road with its electric…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The buses must be charged from the utility grid, which is powered mostly by coal and natural gas.

Ouster of Rep. Vial hurts all of Oregon

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Decades ago, Oregon was famous for pragmatic, consensus-building Republicans like Mark O. Hatfield and Tom McCall. They made civility the hallmark of…

Addressing myths about PERS

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Yes, some local entities are really suffering because of PERS obligations. The payroll costs of benefits are affecting the availability of resources…

Alexa, turn up the heat

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Ten to fifteen percent energy savings was the general claim being made for a switch to smart technology.

Where has our civility gone?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
For the most part, we were civil, respected each other, and most often were able to find topics we could agree on and move forward.

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

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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…

In hot market, job hunt can still go cold

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
To call attention to the employment challenges of people with disabilities, October was slated as National Disability Employment Awareness Month with…

Here's a recap of our endorsements

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Pamplin Media Group's choices in state, regional and local campaigns, including candidates and ballot measrues

State could use more creative tension

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Oregon voters only need to look back to the 2011 legislative session - when the Oregon House was divided 30-30 between Democrats and Republicans.…

Candidates should have facts about pedestrian bridge

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
It is abhorrent that people run for the office of city councilor with this little information.

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Hear from your neighbors about the upcoming mid-term elections -- and how they suggest you vote

Community means all of us

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
David Davis is a strong, clear voice advocating for those who currently face the socio-economic challenges my mom once did.

Guide the changes in Wilsonville

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We should also have the courage to invite and vote for new city council leadership with fresh ideas and energy

Letters to the editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Dont' forget to vote by Nov. 6 and don't forget to do your research and vote informed!

Vial, Neron good choices for Legislature

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Vial turned in perhaps the most impressive first term by a state legislator we have seen in a while. Despite being a freshman in the minority caucus,…

Keep City Council in balance with your votes

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Lehan for knowledge, temperment; Budiao for community voice, public service spirit

The search for civility

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
When people from both the right and the left disparage each other mercilessly and often without forethought, it is hard not to feel that we, as a…

Affordable housing crunch requires regional solution

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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.

Our Opinion: Affordable housing bond needs work

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

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Wilsonville voters: Your fellow citizens have suggestions for your election ballot

Don't use initiatives to control costs

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

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Boeckman Bridge not necessary but experience for Wilsonville City Council candidates is!

Try to remember the joys of September

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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…

Metro's housing bond needs more work

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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…

My View: State sanctuary law strikes the right…

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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

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

Letters to the Editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Where do the candidates for local and state office stand on these regional matters?

Measure 102 changes are justified

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The first statewide measure voters see on their ballot should not be difficult at all

To our daughter, on her first day of preschool

Wilsonville Spokesman - 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

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
In case you think that I'm impossibly uncoordinated, let me just mention that I have actually stayed on several uncooperative horses without mishap.

When does thrift stop making sense?

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
While I'm thrifty enough to save my cotton Q-tips if I only use one end I also purchase $4 fancy espresso drinks when I like plain old coffee just…

Labor Day: Workers must stand together for change

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We know through polling conducted in 2017 that union favorability is at its highest in over a decade, because more workers see the power in…

Paid family leave good for small businesses

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We need politicians to stop listening to big corporations and start taking direction from their constituents, including Main Street business owners…

Speaking in moo

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
As it happened, at that time in Scotland there were no supermarkets as we know them. There was the butcher, the fishmonger and the canned goods store.

Back into the fray

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I believed that in my lifetime I could play a role in my community, and my country, progressively becoming more equitable, more tolerant, more…

Defining what we love about Oregon

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Land use planning may not seem exciting or sexy. Without it, though, what we have all come to appreciate as the uniqueness of life in Oregon would no…

King City joins Wilsonville in boundary expansion

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Given the severity of the housing affordability crisis, we urge the Metro Council to support our proposal to increase the regional housing supply to…

Tolls must be used to add capacity first

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We aren't ready to rule out congestion pricing, but we do agree that a primary purpose for tolls should be new capacity

Tolling is a sensible congestion solution

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Pricing highways also provides highway planners and policymakers signals about where additional capacity is needed, and provides a funding mechanism…

Aurora airport expansion carries negative impacts

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
what the elected leaders of Wilsonville and Clackamas County stopped by their intervention was yet another attempt to expand the Aurora Airport with…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Kiwanis Fun Run supporters want to see it return in 2019 to hoardes of expecting children

Setting an example for the world

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Our work is a labor of love because we love our country and believe we are playing a vital role in our democracy.

Wyden should support bill that will protect legacy…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I have attended too many benefit concerts for friends who are unable to afford their medical bills as they've gotten older

Catching up at Coffee Creek

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
On this one weekend a year, inmates get to see their kids without the hindrance of bars and other barriers getting in the way

Independent party must prove viability

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
We don't blame the IPO for using this unexpected bit of leverage. After all, the political deck in Oregon is stacked heavily in favor of the…

Bumper to bumper

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I now plan my outings according to rush hour. The problem is, it's beginning to feel like rush hour never truly ends. It's just less rushed sometimes…

Metro housing bond needs more work

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Metro believes you will vote for this measure because 'somebody needs to do something' about the housing crisis. Don't buy it.

Have good names in mind if you're going to baby sale

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
Verzenio, I continue, had a certain hoity-toity appeal, but we finally decided that the poor kid would be linked with Shakespeare in the park.

Letter to the editor

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The flow of information is unprecedented. This requires heightened discernment to wade through information,

Get involved in transit planning

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
I both anticipate and fret about the continued growth in our region as we welcome thousands of new arrivals to live in more apartments, work at…

Uh-oh, the skeletons are out of the closet

Wilsonville Spokesman - Opinion
The event would always start slowly but would gradually pick up momentum and become more animated as tongues were loosened by the unending flow of…

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