Beaverton's Opinions

July 01, 2015

Our Opinion: TriMet tax hike won't be too painful

by Editorial Board
Business people don’t cheer wildly when TriMet talks about increasing taxes on their companies. However, in the case of a TriMet payroll tax hike now being contemplated, they at least can be…
Miles Vance is editor of The Times.
July 01, 2015

America's got talent, and freedom and promise, too

by Miles Vance
OK. OK. I admit it. Like many of you, I have a guilty pleasure which I — before today, anyway — never previously admitted to in public. But here goes. Along with my family, I am a regular…
Former managing editor of the Times newspapers as well as the Lake Oswego Review and Woodburn Independent, Kelly is now chief of the central design desk for Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune, and he contributes a regular column.
July 01, 2015

Finally, retirement is knocking on the door

by Mikel Kelly
David Letterman's done it, so has Bob Schieffer. Much to my chagrin, Gary Larson, creator of “The Far Side,” did it years ago, before he had any business doing it. And the surviving members of…
June 25, 2015

Heat wave brings note of caution to Washington County

by (None)
It’s going to get hot, hot, hot this week, folks. With the National Weather Service predicting temperatures at or above 100 degrees by Saturday — and with area forest land already drier than…
A former editor for several Oregon newspapers, Mikel Kelly now works on the central design desk for Community Newspapers.
June 25, 2015

Assembling a barbecue can be a character-building experience

by Mikel Kelly
I'm feeling pretty good about myself right now because last weekend I put a barbecue together. All by myself. First of all, I'm sure you're asking, “Kelly. Why would you even TRY something that…
June 25, 2015

State school funding deserves better

by Miles Vance
Is the state of K-12 education in Oregon analogous to the boiling frog? The premise of the anecdote is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out. However, if it is placed in…
COURTESY PHOTO - Virginia Garcia was 6 years old when a cut on her foot led to an infection that claimed her life.
June 19, 2015

Remembering Virginia Garcia

by Gil Munoz
In 1975, Washington County was a booming agricultural hub. Farmland dominated the landscape and provided the main industries for the region. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers — most of them…
June 19, 2015

Per-mile fee should be our road to the future

by Randal O'Toole
In 1919, my home state of Oregon was the first to tax gasoline and dedicate the revenue to roads. Now Oregon is moving to become the first state to replace gas taxes with a per-mile fee.…
June 19, 2015

Beaverton School District just keeps spending and spending ...

by The Times
School district just keeps spending and spending ... If you go back a little in time regarding Beaverton School District Bonds, you will find some tired history that is nothing short of voter…
June 12, 2015

County's creative programs are a shining display of area's…

by The Times
Two community events over the past week highlighted some of the reasons why we appreciate Washington County as a community and value the innovations and creativity on display all around us. One…

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Jun 12, 2015

America needs to get off its addiction to opioids

by Andrew Mendenhall
A local CEO hurts his lower back playing golf. An avid gardener slips down a muddy slope and injurs her neck, hip and knee. A young mother strains her shoulder playing tennis. A hiker trips over…
Jun 12, 2015

Kicking back at Oregon's kicker law

by Walt Hellman
What if I were to tell you that to make state revenues more predictable, a bill has been introduced in the current legislative session to have you pay your taxes based on the state’s projection…
Jun 03, 2015

Poll: We aren't ready for tax hikes

by Adam Davis
Banner headlines, above the fold: “Supreme Court Overturns PERS Changes.” Since the announcement a few weeks ago, the chattering class in Oregon has been focused on assessing the damage from the…
Jun 03, 2015

Mikel Kelly: There's probably a reason they don't ask me to make…

by Mikel Kelly
They let me out of the office this week to go talk to a group. That doesn’t happen too much, not only because I’m a lousy public speaker (which I am), but also because nobody with any sense…
Jun 03, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Miles Vance
We need growth to create opportunities Ever since getting laid off from Nike (along with 599+ others) during the spring of 2009, I have literally struggled the past five years to find stable…
Jun 01, 2015

Fund Future Connect, serve our students

by Miles Vance
Almost as long as I've been alive, I’ve known that education matters. My mother was a teacher, one of only two in a K-8 school in rural Montana. The image of a very young version of my mother,…
Jun 01, 2015

Muslims must turn to leaders who emphasize the true, peaceful…

by Miles Vance
The sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in mid-May invoked a feeling of justice being served to the victims of the horrific terrorist attack that took place on the streets of Boston in April 2013.…
May 27, 2015

Our Opinion: Search close to home for PCC president

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s largest public institution of higher education is looking for a new president. For the sake of this region’s students, workers and businesses, we all should hope Portland Community…
May 20, 2015

Measuring weed impairment a key to keeping roads safe

by Nick Wooldridge
As additional states pass medical and recreational marijuana laws, many fear an unintended consequence of legalization — an upsurge in the number of impaired drivers on the highway. For those…
May 20, 2015

Mikel Kelly: Memorial Day is coming! Memorial Day is coming!

by Mikel Kelly
Don’t look now, but Memorial Day is coming, and you know what that means. It’s time to buy a mattress. Or a car. Or, if you’re a real red-blooded American, a mattress AND a car. Perhaps, like…




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