Gresham's Opinions

March 31, 2015

Oregon lawmakers should extend firearm background checks

by Pamplin Media Group
In the immediate days following the fatal shooting at Reynolds High School last June, The Outlook called for a tightening of rules regarding gun sales, which would not harm any law-abiding…
Troutdale Councilor Dave Ripma
March 19, 2015

Unanswered questions remain about Troutdale contract with…

by Dave Ripma
The Troutdale City Council is being asked to disband our largest city department and contract out our most important civic responsibility without sufficient information or public input. The…
Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust
March 19, 2015

Contract with county sheriff is a win for Troutdale residents

by Doug Daoust
Troutdale City Council will determine the future of policing in our city when it meets on Tuesday, March 24. I want you to know why I believe it’s in our best interest to contract law…
March 18, 2015

Letters to the editor

by (none)
Boy Scouts program needs your support I would like to present four reasons why people should donate to Friends of Scouting. First, you are taught good lessons about life, such as how to be a…
Dr. Dave Wenzel
March 13, 2015

Don't take sides when kids start bickering

by Dave Wenzel
I’m writing about bickering children because other parents assure me it is a common problem. I wouldn’t know, since my kids have never bickered (in the last two minutes. (Mainly because no two…
March 13, 2015

Should Damascus disincorporate? Let's ask the people whose…

by (none)
The Outlook has used this space before to argue against pulling the plug — disincorporation — on Damascus city government. It was our opinion in November 2013 that Damascus residents were better…
Michael Calcagno
March 13, 2015

Message to Kitzhaber: Harness the microscope

by Michael Calcagno
It’s never too soon to start down the road to redemption. The power of public attention can be used for good or for evil. Many who receive it are determined to milk it dry, climbing higher and…
March 13, 2015

The Bionic Woman called Mt. Hood her home; and other tales from…

by Paul Keller
Believe it or not—all of these tales are absolutely true. CARLOS SANTANA At the height of their popularity, the famously popular band Santana played at the Whistle Stop Tavern right here on…
James De Young
March 03, 2015

Damascus open for marijuana without a comprehensive plan

by James De Young
Editor's note: In this column, Damascus City Councilor Jim De Young makes a statement that legislation proposed by Rep. Shemia Fagan would enable property owners "to withdraw from the city at…
March 02, 2015

First, decide job requirements; then consider pay

by (none)
Coming up in May, Gresham's voters will have an opportunity to solve a real problem. The Gresham City Council is leaving it up to voters to decide if the city's finance committee should be given…

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Feb 20, 2015

The governor's office can shine again

by Editorial board
As Oregon Gov. Kate Brown steps into office this week, the 2015 legislative session is off and running, and the public’s collective head is still spinning from the swiftness of former Gov. John…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber failed to slow the growing scandal at a press conference before the start of the 2015 Oreon Legislature.
Feb 20, 2015

Kitzhaber failed to protect his office's integrity

by Editorial board
With his welcome decision to resign on Friday, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s personal house of cards came tumbling down. His abdication was assisted by a hard push from leaders of his own party, and…
Feb 20, 2015

Parents: To spy or not to spy on kids

by Dave Wenzel
Today’s technology leaves parents facing a dilemma: do they use the very technology they are trying to monitor their kids’ usage of, to in fact monitor their children? Do they use “find my…

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