Beaverton's Opinions

February 04, 2016

Education, training are the key

by Joe Christy
As a former County Juvenile Director, I was encouraged by our governor’s commitment to education and teacher training. However, I am still deeply concerned about high school graduation rates and how those disappointing rates affect our fragile…
Mikel Kelly
February 04, 2016

Life as a scullery maid really isn't that bad

by Mikel Kelly
I may have a future as a butler, or even a lady’s maid I know I watch way too much TV. But in my defense, I do tend to watch pretty high-quality television. For example, we not only watch “Downton Abbey” every Sunday night (which compared to staring…
February 04, 2016

Coal deal best path to clean energy

by Editorial board
Compromise achieved through coercion is not the optimal way to plan for Oregon’s energy future. However, it is in the best interests of the state’s two largest electric utilities and their customers to help shape the Oregon Clean Electricity and…
January 28, 2016

Next on the governor's list: a compromise on gross receipts tax

by Editorial board
When it comes to the proposed gross receipts tax in Oregon, this state’s residents — and particularly their elected leaders — have a choice. They can quickly agree on a reasonable plan to raise much-needed money for schools, or they can arm…
January 28, 2016

Oregonians should consider their school choice options

by The Times
When it comes to K-12 education, America’s parents want more choices. In fact, almost two thirds of parents — 64 percent — say they wish they had more options for their children’s education. In a society where Americans choose practically…
January 28, 2016

Coal compromise shows how the political system can work

by Editorial board
A compromise reached last week between environmentalists and major Portland utility companies is significant for two reasons: It potentially avoids a costly ballot measure battle this fall, and it could put Oregon on a reasonable path to reduce its…
January 28, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
Native American mascots must get careful consideration I’m pleased that the Grande Ronde tribes are willing to allow the use of names such as Braves, Chiefs and Warriors. These are respectful names for our Native Americans. That said, I would like…
January 21, 2016

Minimum wage plan needs to better address regional differences

by Editorial Board
Sometimes when a public policy initiative gets trashed from opposite ends of the political spectrum, it means the author has found a sensible middle ground. Other times, it means he or she needs to go back to the keyboard. In the case of Gov. Kate…
Miles Vance
January 21, 2016

MLK Day needed more than ever

by Miles Vance
Can we talk about Martin Luther King Jr. for a second? Many of you probably had the day off from work or school — I hope you did. I hope you got a chance to slow down. To sleep in a little bit. Maybe you spent some time with your family. Or, like so…
January 21, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
Two-hour parking needed on Broadway Street The Downtown Beaverton organization did a great job of enhancing the old town Beaverton area on Broadway this summer to provide extended areas for customers to walk, shop, and have a meal at one of the many…
January 13, 2016

Leaving behind 'No Child Left Behind'

by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
Along the Columbia River in rural Clatsop County, classrooms in Knappa are alive with arts, music, and meaningful career and technical education. It’s noteworthy that Knappa has arts and career-development programs, in part because it defies an…
January 13, 2016

Oregon needs attention on mental health

by Delmar de la Torre Stone
A recent Harris Survey has confirmed what we already knew: We are in the midst of a mental health crisis. The survey found that nearly half of Americans think they have, or have once had, a mental health condition, yet fewer than 38 percent have…
January 13, 2016

Building bonds: one family's story

by Marcy Gallegos
“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces,” said philosopher George Santayana. That’s a thought that resonates throughout the year. But like any masterpiece, families must be nurtured, kept healthy and protected from harm if they are to endure.…
Miles Vance
January 06, 2016

A plea for civility in the New Year

by Miles Vance
Listen. I can use a calendar as well as you. Maybe. In any case, I acknowledge that Christmas is over, but just the same, I am asking Santa (or whoever else I might get to deliver it) for one more thing. Here’s what I want, and I want it not just…
Mikel Kelly
January 06, 2016

Key to making good resolutions is by not reaching too far

by Mikel Kelly
Because we have begun a New Year, I will now resort to that old newspaper cliché: making resolutions. I know, I know. I hate ’em, too. But you have to keep trying, right? And, like the poor devil crawling across the desert afraid to stop wiggling…
January 06, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
Trump is right: Muslim immigration should be suspended In its Dec. 17 edition, the Valley Times ran a front-page story titled “Coming Home” about the Muslim Educational Trust’s new community center on Scholls Ferry Road. In it, MET president Wajdi…
January 01, 2016

What's good for business is good for Oregon

by Editorial Board
Just about any of Oregon’s ills, no matter how unrelated they might seem, would be eased greatly by a singular medicine: continued economic growth. Whether it is the affordability of housing, class sizes in elementary schools or crumbling roads, the…
The Times editor Miles Vance
January 01, 2016

Journalism is changing, but we're still here

by Miles Vance
The face of journalism is changing. OK, that’s no surprise — the face of journalism is always changing — but in this case, the face of journalism is changing significantly here in Washington County. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported on its website…
January 01, 2016

Embrace, don't fear immigrants

by Joelle Davis
Our hearts broke for the people of Paris, Colorado Springs and San Bernardino after the attacks in their cities. Our hearts broke as we watched the wave of anti-Muslim speech rise across the nation, carried by preposterous rhetoric from political…
Pinneo
December 24, 2015

Syrian refugees need our help

by Jeff Pinneo
The typical route Syrian refugees take across the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Chios is four nautical miles. To put that into terms we can all relate to, it’s about the length of the Astoria Bridge across the Columbia…
Virginia OHanlon was 8 years old when she wrote her now-famous letter to the New York Sun.
December 24, 2015

An old letter that still has meaning

by The Times
More than 100 years ago, a little girl wrote a Letter to the Editor of the New York Sun newspaper. The letter written by the little girl — her name was Virginia O’Hanlon — and the newspaper’s response have become almost as much a part of the season…
December 24, 2015

I'm pretty sure we're not gonna have Christmas this year

by Mikel Kelly
My mother-in-law used to greet this time of year with the statement, “I don’t think we’re even gonna HAVE Christmas this year.” This comment never drew an emotional reaction from anyone. For one thing, the mother of the other person who lives at our…
December 17, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by The Times
Oregon needs to get off its addiction to state-run gambling For the past 30 years, we have been bombarded by ads that tell us all the good things that the Oregon Lottery has done for us. The state’s day to day budget is a big part of what is earned…
December 16, 2015

What can we do after San Bernardino?

by Nancy Townsley
Across Oregon, people are looking for ways to cope with the latest mass shooting. To quell their bewilderment and pain, they baked cinnamon rolls, watched reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show” and quoted Julian of Norwich. “All shall be well, and all…
December 16, 2015

Is my life being erased, or do we just like to tear things down?

by Mikel Kelly
The first clue I had that my life was maybe being erased was many years ago when I decided to show my girlfriend the house where I used to live in Albany. It was 1966 and I was going to point out the big house on Ellsworth Street that had been…

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