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Brought to you by Griffin Hampson - Cartridge-Network - PRINTER, INK & TONER INSIDER -

CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonDo “bargain” (cheap) printers save you money? Rarely. Consumers and businesses are sold printers and buy on price, without understanding a printer’s actual cost-per-page (CPP).

Office supply stores, warehouse clubs (limited selection / knowledge) and general merchandise big chain stores (limited selection / knowledge), have printers “on special” for $60 or $70 with $40, $50+ in savings from “regular pricing”. Buyer beware. The least expensive printers have higher CPP. You’ll spend more money for cartridges with a high CPP.

Fully costed CPP costs range as follows: inkjet from $0.05 - $0.30+, black laser from $0.01 to $0.05, color laser from $0.06 to $0.25.

Spending $30 or $40 more on a better inkjet model, or $100 for a laser printer now, saves hundreds (or thousands) of dollars over time, because CPP costs are significantly lower. There are several superior performing and low CPP inkjet printers currently available for about $100. Why save $40 or $50 for an inferior printer?

And remember if you’re interested in factory remanufactured or compatible cartridges, buying the newest printer, which replaced a virtually identical model, means only OEM cartridges are available for a year or more, so you can’t reduce further your CPP for quite a while, with aftermarket cartridges.

How we approach customers’ printer purchases: know your “needs” vs. “wants”. Color vs. black only?, copy & scan?, wireless?, duplexing? Routine volumes (measured by reams of paper), user(s) environment. Call or stop by our store to learn how to get the most value for your money.


6800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

(503) 246-0665


Brought to you by Jessica Spenst, Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care - Memory Care INSIDER -

WATERHOUSE RIDGE - Jessica SpenstMemory-care patients fare better when they are physically active, involved in activities that stimulate the mind, and experience positive social interactions that generate warm feelings.

According to the National Institute on Aging, there are many activities that memory-care patients can participate in — with help if needed.

The first thing to consider is the individual’s interests in life.

Does listening to, singing or playing music make him feel calm and happy? Does digging in a container garden make her feel more at home, productive and content?

Playing cards and games with others can keep the mind sharper and more focused, build positive social interactions, and is good fun — as long as the individual isn’t overly competitive!

Hobbies such as knitting and painting take concentration, keep hands busy and produce a tangible result.

Walking, swimming, chair aerobics, gentle yoga or dancing are all wonderful ways to move one’s body, generating endorphins to lessen pain and stress and boost the immune system.

These are just a few of the many activities that a memory-care patient may enjoy.

Here at Waterhouse Ridge, which opened in March, our staff is accustomed to making memory-care patients feel comfortable and cared for — and that includes activities.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, an ideal opportunity to learn more about the many aspects of memory loss. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s website, www.alz.org/

Meanwhile, make an appointment to take a free tour of our community. We are here to help.

Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care

115 NW 158th Ave., Beaverton OR 97006



Brought to you by Dr. Irina Mona, Irina Moga DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry - Dental INSIDER -

IRINA MOGA DDS FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY - Dr. Irina MogaDental implants are titanium posts that are surgically positioned in the bone beneath your gums to replace lost teeth or support dentures. Because implants integrate with your bone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges attached to implants won't slip or shift in your mouth — an important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures, bridges and crowns placed over implants feel more natural.

For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures aren’t an appropriate option, due to sore spots, poor support, or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth, requiring extensive dental work for these teeth which may not already be necessary. With implants, no adjacent teeth need to be prepared to hold your replacement tooth in place.

To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone. Common conditions can prevent implants from healing properly, including diabetes and smoking. Regular check-ups and routine cleanings are necessary to ensure the long-term health of implants and restorations.

Our clinic offers a full range of dental clinic services, including cleanings and prevention, tooth whitening, crowns, bridges, emergency dentistry, dentures and partials, root canals, Opalescence whitening, Invisalign and more.

Make an appointment for an exam and consultation, so we can assess your dental concerns and offer solutions.

There’s nothing more attractive than a sparkling, beautiful smile!

Dr. Irina Moga, DDS

14425 SW Allen Blvd.

Beaverton OR 97005



Brought to you by Margaret Norman, Beaverton Lodge - Retirement Living INSIDER -

BEAVERTON LODGE RETIREMENT RESIDENCE - Margaret NormanFor many seniors looking into retirement living, one of the first questions they ask is about whether the community will allow them to bring their pet.

Pets provide unconditional love and companionship and keep their masters busy with demands for food, play and regular walks outdoors.

Beaverton Lodge recognizes the importance of pets to our residents. We currently have about a dozen residents with pets and one set of resident managers with a dog.

We welcome most any dog who is a safe good neighbor, without a barking or nipping problem. We ask that dogs reside only on the first floor so their owners can take them outside easily and not use the elevators.

Cats stay in the apartments, so they can live on any floor as long as the owner cares for them properly and is able to keep the litter box clean and so on.

Pet birds can reside on any floor.

The owners of all pets must be able to take care of their needs and clean up after their pet. As with any pet, you would want to have it licensed and vaccinated.

When residents are ill or away from home, some have used a dog walker or at times had other residents look after their pet for a time.

Don’t hesitate to call and ask further questions about our pet-friendly policies. We can also arrange a tour so you can meet some other residents with pets.

Beaverton Lodge

12900 SW Ninth St., Beaverton, Oregon, 97005

(503) 646-0635


Brought to you by Jarod Cogswell, FIT Academy - FIT Academy -

FIT ACADEMY - Jarod CogswellThe fitness industry is exploding with an array of options and choosing the right facility can be confusing.

There are now so many studios competing for their share of the fitness market featuring specific disciplines such as yoga, barre, personal training, and boot camps.

And of course, the franchise gyms, low-priced chain facilities, and full-service clubs continue to offer traditional fitness and then some.


So which one should you choose? Some factors to consider:



What can you afford? What type of value do you put on your personal health? Be realistic about your budget, but remember, you get what you pay for. Higher rates usually relate to better service and quality fitness experiences.


Your Health and Fitness Goals

Whether your goal is to lose weight, improve athletically, connect with new friends, or learn a new activity, choose the environment best suited for you. Do you like to exercise with other people? Do you prefer one-on-one training? Would you rather keep to yourself? The best facilities focus on building a motivating culture to help you reach your goals.

The Intangibles

Consistent exercise is challenging for most people. Unfortunately, the fitness industry has a less-than-stellar reputation when it comes to providing a clean and supportive environment.

This impacts the exercise experience, so be selective. Tour the facilities. Meet the staff and members. If you can envision happiness and being sincerely cared for, you probably have found the place for your fitness journey to continue or begin.

FIT Academy

9140 SW Hall Blvd.

Beaverton, OR 97223



Brought to you by Jarod Cogswell, FIT Academy - Fitness INSIDER -

Jarod Cogswell, FIT AcademyDid you know that there are more people at the gym struggling with the same life challenges... body image, depression, low self-esteem and other negative energy vampires? And believe it or not, even the fitness fanatics that look physically amazing are trapped by self-destructive emotions.

The truth is that fitness benefits contain much more than simply the physical rewards. Exercise gives us confidence, a sense of self-worth, pride and the list of positives for a happy life are in the thousands.

After 20-plus years of doing what I can to help change lives through fitness, I can honestly tell you that it doesn't matter what you look like. What matters is how you feel.

I’ve experienced quite a few people coming into the gym setting with a cloud of darkness above them and I always say, "Let's put a smile on your face and the body will follow."

Recently I asked random FIT Academy members what life lessons consistent exercise has given them.

Answers included:

“Don’t give up before the ‘miracles’ happen”

“Comparison is the thief of joy”

“Uncomfortability brings me growth”

“Never cheat yourself of the gift you have been given”

“I CAN!”

The other benefit of fitness? Friends. Support. Love. Hanging around like-minded people with similar challenges is motivating and inspiring. Connect with the right people, get results physically, mentally and spiritually.

Start transforming your life today. Don't wait. You get one shot. Make it count.

FIT Academy

9140 SW Hall Blvd.

Beaverton, OR 97223



Brought to you by Pacific Medical Group Beaverton - Medical Family Practice INSIDER

PMG MediaYes, because at Pacific Medical Group in Beaverton, we are a Patient-Centered Primary Care Medical Home. We will better coordinate your care to get you the services you need, when you need them. 

We listen to your concerns and answer your questions. We offer after-hours help and alternatives to the emergency room or urgent care. We help you play an active role in your health. As your Patient-Centered Medical Home, we ask that you make us aware of any other providers or clinics that may be assisting you with your healthcare needs.

At Pacific Medical Group, we can care for all ages from newborns to seniors. We provide vaccinations for infants, pediatric care to growing children and can treat sports injuries. For adults, we offer chronic disease management for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. We stress preventative medicine to the whole family, and also offer gynecological care for women and girls.

At our location, we have social work services, care management, on-site laboratory and X-ray services. We treat on-the-job injuries and can do minor procedures and biopsies. Our Electronic Medical Records ensure accurate and efficient care. We offer Online Services to help manage your care by allowing you to view lab results, request prescription refills, schedule routine appointments, pay your bill online, and email your provider.

We are accepting new patients and look forward to assisting you with all your healthcare needs. 

Pacific Medical Group - Beaverton

4510 SW Hall Blvd.

Beaverton, OR 97005

(503) 644-1171


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Brought to you by Jessica Spenst of Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care - Memory Care INSIDER

Jessica Spenst, Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care Moving is stressful for anyone. But moving a person with memory loss to an assisted living facility, group home, or nursing home is a big change for both the patient and the caregiver.

Here at Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care, which opened in March, our staff is accustomed to making the transition easier for all concerned.

The National Institute on Aging notes that family members may feel a range of emotions, from a sense of loss to guilt and sadness. They may also may feel relieved.

It is OK to have all these feelings. A social worker may be able to help you plan for and adjust to moving day. It's important to have support during this difficult step.

Here are some things that may help:

- Know that the day can be very stressful.

- Talk to a social worker about your feelings about moving your loved one into a new place.

- Find out how to help the person with memory loss adjust to the new surroundings.

- Don't argue with the patient about why he or she needs to be there. Arguing leads to more frustration and anxiety.

- Get to know the staff before the person moves into a facility.

- Talk with the staff about ways to make the transition to the assisted living facility or nursing home go more smoothly.

Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care

115 NW 158th Ave., Beaverton OR 97006



Dr. Irina Moga, DDS, Dr. Moga Family & Cosmetic Dentistry - Dental INSIDER -

Dr. Irina Moga, Dr. Moga Family and Cosmetic DentistryQ: How does a dentist determine whether wisdom teeth should be extracted — especially if they are not causing discomfort?

A: Most wisdom teeth cause problems because there’s not enough room for them to come in properly. Wisdom teeth that come in at odd angles or only come in halfway are difficult to keep clean so they are prone to cavities and gum infection, which can also spread to neighboring teeth. These are usually the teeth we recommend removing. If they come in straight and the patient has room for them — and is able to clean them effectively — they don’t need to be removed. That is a small minority though.

Q: What should a patient expect from the procedure?

A: Wisdom tooth removal is typically done by an oral surgeon, though some generalists offer the service. In most cases, IV sedation is recommended both for the patient’s comfort and to facilitate the procedure. The surgery is usually performed in the oral surgeon’s office, not in a hospital, and usually takes 60-90 minutes. Sedated patients are required to have a ride home and are usually given pain medication, which often makes them sleepy.

Q: What should a patient expect after the procedure?

A: If a patient opts for IV sedation, which I recommend, they’ll likely not remember anything from the procedure.  The amount of down time and diet restrictions vary from patient to patient. Most patients feel better and can resume normal activities within 1-3 weeks.

Dr. Moga DDS

14425 SW Allen Blvd.

Beaverton OR 97005



Brought to you by Margaret Norman, Beaverton Lodge Retirement Residence - Retirement Living INSIDER -

Margaret Norman, Beaverton Lodge Retirement ResidenceHere is some food for thought on Senior Living Communities.

It seems that retirement can really be good for your health. People become more active, sleep much better and reduce time just sitting when they retire.

This is according to a new study that was published in March by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“A major life change, like retirement, creates a great window of opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes,” said lead researcher Melody Ding, Ph.D, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney School of Public Health.

“It’s a chance to get rid of bad routines and engineer new, healthier behaviors,” she added.

Ding and her colleagues studied the lifestyle behaviors (physical activity, diet, sedentary behavior, alcohol use and sleep patterns) of more than 25,000 older Australians.

“Our research revealed that retirement was associated with positive lifestyle changes,” she said.

Compared with people who were still working, retirees had increased physical activity levels, reduced sitting time, were less likely to smoke and had healthier sleep patterns.

Specifically, the data revealed that retirees:

· Increased physical activity by 93 minutes a week

· Decreased sedentary time by 67 minutes per day

· Increased sleep by 11 minutes per day

· 50 percent of female smokers stopped.

The differences were significant, even after adjusting for factors such as age, sex, urban/rural residence, marital status and education.

Beaverton Lodge Retirement Residence

12900 SW Ninth St., Beaverton, Oregon, 97005

(503) 646-0635


Brought to you by Griffin Hampson - Cartridge-Network - PRINTER, INK & TONER INSIDER -

CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonAny inkjet printer with four or more “tank” ink cartridges has a separate printhead. Cartridges lock into the printer’s carriage feeding ink to the printhead.

This differs from the two-cartridge system; a black and a tri-color cartridge, where the printhead is a physical component of each cartridge.

Guess what? Tank-style printheads clog up. Lots of use, little use or general use. They clog up.

So, all Brother, Epson, Canon and HP printers with four or more cartridges have a printhead which needs to be cleaned periodically.

At Cartridge Network’s store we ask customers purchasing tank-style cartridges if they clean their printer’s printheads. Maybe 15 percent say they do. Ten percent know about it but don’t and 75 percent look at us as if we’re nuts.

We go over a handout with short instructions for each type of printer and give it to them. Come in or call us for a copy.

One can clean the printhead directly from the printer or from one’s computer. A test page is the first step indicating if all the nozzles are printing correctly or clogged. If clogged, do a “deep clean.” If they are severely clogged, you may have to repeat the process many times.

If they become too clogged you will be looking for a new printer. Really? We recycle several printers daily which are old or have clogged printheads. We probably have a good new printer waiting for you.

Why do we go to these lengths explaining printhead clearing? Because so many people come in with print quality samples or their actual printers. Most are astonished by the process. So easy. Once they’re aware and clean periodically, everyone’s life is easier.

Yes, you will use a little ink, but doing so sure beats having a poor print when you are actually trying to print something.

As a full-service independent, non-franchise operation located in Raleigh Hills, on the Portland – Beaverton border, Cartridge Network sells and services printers and copiers. “We stock several dozen different printer models (inkjet and laser) and copiers too. We focus on a buyer’s needs and then explore alternatives to best meet their needs.” We stock several thousand different cartridges. Shipping is free.


6800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

(503) 246-0665


Brought to you by Jessica Spenst, Waterhouse Ridge - MEMORY CARE INSIDER

WATERHOUSE RIDGE MEMORY CARE - Jessica SpenstAt Waterhouse Ridge, every staff member receives training in our approach to patients living with dementia. Everyone from housekeeping to care staff to reception learns best practices in an initial session, with ongoing monthly training.

Here are a few tips for those caring for a loved one at home:

Recognize that dementia is a failure of the brain. You can't undo the changes that are happening to your loved one. They will have good days and bad days. They can't "work harder" and recall information that is no longer there or retainable. This is not about you, it is about your loved one and their quality of life.

Patience is key. You will likely answer the same questions over and over, or hear the same stories. Take it in stride and let your loved one repeat things.

Step Back! When an interaction is not going well, stop and consider their perspective. Pushing your agenda is likely to make it worse. Someone living with dementia may not be able to reason through a situation the way you can.

Stop reacting. Correcting or arguing is likely to get you nowhere and be more frustrated. Instead, validate how your relative is feeling. Ask open-ended questions, using the words they have given you.

Be Flexible: Have plans, but expect them to change. Be ready with plan B, C — even D.

To learn more, visit www.agingcare.com/.

Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care

115 NW 158th Ave., Beaverton OR 97006



Beaverton's Opinions

July 21, 2016

IP 28 will put stress on family budgets

by Editorial Board
School leaders throughout the state should display the same rational thinking that the Bend-LaPine School Board demonstrated last week when it came out against a 2.5 percent gross receipts tax in Oregon. A majority of board members in the Bend-area…
July 21, 2016

Measure 98 provides a path toward a better future for many students

by J.R. Rogers
Oregon boasts one of the nation’s worst graduation rates. Even among students who graduate, data show that too many are unprepared for the transition that comes after high school. Too many lack skills, motivation and confidence. Those who aren’t…
July 21, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
Beaverton resident shares appreciation for locals' honesty In a world gone crazy, let me share my happy! I have lived in Beaverton since 2005 and have lost (and found) my purse many times. The Safeway store on Allen and Murray learned to recognize…

July 14, 2016

Lead and water quality: What you need to know

by Marilyn McWilliams
Clean, safe drinking water has been a growing topic of concern in the news (and around the water cooler) in the past few months. What started as a local crisis in Flint, Mich., about lead in the drinking water has broadened into media investigations…
July 14, 2016

A sales tax by any other name is still ...

by Steve Buckstein
Public employee union backers of Initiative Petition 28 have turned in more than enough signatures to place their massive 2.5 percent gross receipts tax measure on Oregon’s November ballot. While supposedly dedicating most of the $6 billion per…
July 14, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Beaverton Police
After Dallas murders, Beaverton police want to thank the community On the evening of July 7, tragedy struck the city of Dallas, Texas. This tragedy was felt nationwide by the community and all the brothers and sisters who wear a badge. Like many of…
Suzanne Bonamici
July 07, 2016

Gun violence spurs Bonamici's new call to action

by Suzanne Bonamici
Every time I hear about another mass shooting, I immediately want to call my kids. Even though they are grown now, I still want to hear their voices, know they are safe and be available to comfort them. I think about all of the mothers who have lost…
Miles Vance
July 07, 2016

Can we take just one day, July 4, to celebrate the good of America?

by Miles Vance
There are days, my friends, when one wonders about life in America. The ongoing presidential campaign certainly plays to those concerns, with voters on one side of the aisle concerned about the possibility of electing a novice politician with no…
July 07, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
Writer comes back to the Valley Times with appreciation After a two-year lapse, I just renewed my subscription to the Beaverton Valley Times. I started my journalism career with The Times as its School Page Editor in the 1970s and last worked for…
June 30, 2016

It's not really easy being an expert on everything

by Mikel Kelly
The other person who lives at our house and I were watching TV the other day when she observed, "Isn't it interesting how good we are at seeing everybody's faults?" I had to agree, because it's true — we're pretty much experts on everything. Not…
June 30, 2016

Letters to the editor

by James Maas
Safety Center? Yes, but unending tax increases are really not welcome Let the bond rhetoric begin. In November, Beaverton voters will be asked to approve funding for a new public safety center. The cost? $35 million dollars. Do I think a new safe…
June 29, 2016

Don't wait - help is available for all victims of domestic abuse

by Susan Johnson
Domestic violence is found across all socioeconomic groups — in fact, more than one in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. However, women are often…
June 23, 2016

Looking back to honor fathers' importance

by Miles Vance
You may have missed it. You may not have even known it was here, but Sunday was Father's Day. In case this auspicious occasion did not make an appearance on your calendar of events, forgive me, but I would be remiss to let it pass without comment.…
June 23, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
Writer praises local reps for passage of House Bill 343 in June On June 13, House Resolution 343 was passed unanimously. The resolution calls upon the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to immediately end the practice of state-sanctioned organ harvesting…
June 21, 2016

Our opinion: Governor needs to oppose gross receipts tax

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest attempt to make a mess of Oregon’s tax system. This threat to…
June 20, 2016

New city tax threatens marketplace demand for hotels

by Jason Brandt
Recently, with little notice to stakeholders and virtually no public discussion, the city of Beaverton proposed a new 4 percent city tax on all lodging properties inside the city limits, on top of the state and county lodging taxes already being…
June 17, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate decision

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding election-year tradition of inviting the two major candidates for governor to make a joint appearance at their summer…
June 16, 2016

Focus on solutions, not theatrics

by Editorial Board
The horrific attack in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub early Sunday morning could have happened anywhere at anytime — and that sad reality should prompt every community to consider how to lessen the odds that it will be a target for the deranged.…
June 16, 2016

Exercise and sports set the table for life

by Matthew Warren, Michael Harper
One of us is a successful insurance professional and former professional basketball player. The other is the Executive Director of the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest. Despite our different professions, we have something important…
June 08, 2016

Stop fighting, settle Cover Oregon suit

by Editorial Board
It would be hard to say which entity the public distrusts more — big business or big government. As such, many people in Oregon will have trouble deciding who was tricked and who was the trickster in the Cover Oregon debacle that cost taxpayers more…
June 08, 2016

Gov. Brown should tell feds: no more Syrian refugees to Oregon

by Cynthia Kendoll, Richard F. LaMountain
Will some of the Syrian refugees the Obama administration is hustling through a truncated vetting process make their way to Oregon? In early April, the Associated Press’ Khetam Malkawi reported, “the first Syrian family to be resettled in the U.S.…
June 08, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
Kids share insight about addiction and about addicts We are fifth-graders at Bonny Slope Elementary and we have a very important issue that we want to share with you. Our issue is addiction. We think that people need to know that when people are…
June 02, 2016

State's open records laws need overhaul

by John Sepulvado
In elementary school, Franklin Weekley was diagnosed as “mentally retarded.” He was slow to learn, but quick to act out on impulse. Teachers at his rural school were unequipped to handle him. Weekley ended up spending much of his time at home.…
June 02, 2016

DEQ not playing fairly with lead emissions tests at Bullseye

by Steve Lechleiter
If the air readings of lead emissions near Bullseye Glass on May 10 were 224 times greater, it would still be a safe level for children to be exposed to, according to the EPA. The recent cease-and-desist order that Oregon Governor Kate Brown…
June 02, 2016

Writer says democracy calls for Bernie Sanders to keep running

by Shannon Olsen
In my opinion, Bernie Sanders enthusiasts have shown the broken system on both sides. Although Hillary Clinton is a great candidate, Bernie has a message of basic need for this country to maintain a democratic society. The Democratic National…

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May 26, 2016

Tax would hurt those it aims to help

by Editorial Board
A new analysis by state economists should make public employees think twice about the harm they’d do to low-income Oregonians if the unions and their backers succeed in pushing through a gross…
May 26, 2016

'Grease' brings BHS drama alums back, completes circle

by Michael Scott-Montgomery
It has been 16 years in the making, but the drama alums of the James Erickson era (1970-2000) finally returned to the Beaverton High School auditorium this past month to reminisce and inspire…
May 26, 2016

There's one thing I know something about, but not what you'd…

by Mikel Kelly
It has been suggested, a time or two in my life, that my most unique personal achievement may very well have been my selection to the Waldport High School Class of ‘65 Senior Hall of Fame as…
May 26, 2016

Our Opinion: Gross receipts tax would only hurt those it aims to…

by Editorial Board
A new analysis by state economists should make public employees think twice about the harm they’d do to low-income Oregonians if the unions and their backers succeed in pushing through a gross…