Hillsboro's Opinions

July 23, 2015

Oregon has a problem with higher education

by Editorial Board
When it comes to higher education, Oregon has a problem. When the Oregon Education Investment Board launched the 40-40-20 plan, it was ambitious, to say the least. It aimed for 40 percent of…
July 23, 2015

Protecting your end-of-life wishes

by Rep. Earl Blumenauer
The Obama administration recently took an incredibly important step in empowering patients and their families by improving end-of-life care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…
July 23, 2015

Intel spins its job reduction plans

by Russ Dondero
Multiple news sources reported recently that Intel is implementing cuts in its work force, including its plants in Washington County. But typical of such plans, Intel is not willing to lay its…
July 16, 2015

Legislature had some nice successes

by Editorial Board
With the adjournment of the 2015 Legislature, both sides are counting their political victories and defeats, and beginning their preparations for upcoming elections. But amidst the seemingly…
July 16, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Bill on background checks for gun sales makes sense As a grandmother with grandchildren in Oregon’s public schools, I don’t want to worry about the safety of those beautiful young souls. I was…
July 16, 2015

Media views government dimly

by Walt Hellman
How many times during the past couple of months have you heard or read a story about our government that made you feel good about government? I suspect that number is probably very low, or even…
July 10, 2015

With hardball politics, state's transportation bill was doomed…

by Editorial Board
Mid-July is upon us, and it appeared that the Oregon Legislature was looking forward to adjourning like an elementary school student looks forward to summer break. With majorities in both the…
July 09, 2015

Letters to the editor

by various
Hillsboro should bring back ‘Happy Days’ event Whatever happened with Hillsboro’s celebration of Independence Day? When I was young, we had the Hillsboro Happy Days celebration, a week-long…
July 03, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Don’t close Main Street Whose idea was it to close Main Street in Hillsboro on Friday evenings? The highway is a mess (it is being worked on ... again?), and with the misdirection of the one-way…
July 02, 2015

TriMet tax hike is the right move

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…

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Jul 02, 2015

Court takes 'gay' out of marriage

by John Schrag
In the occasional journalism class I teach at Pacific University, some of my students treat adjectives like cheap salt, using them to spice up (and often over-season) their sentences. I advocate…
Jun 25, 2015

Per-mile fee should be 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.…
Jun 26, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Candidates should insist that Israel rebuild Gaza As one who sees Sen. Bernie Sanders as a very favorable candidate for president, I have sent him an open letter finding fault with his support…
Jun 26, 2015

Heat wave brings note of caution to Washington County

by Pamplin Media Group
It’s hot, hot, hot out there, folks. With the National Weather Service predicting temperatures at or above 100 degrees by Saturday — and with area forest land already drier than usual — it’s…
Jun 19, 2015

See an error? Call the editor

by Staff
If you see a mistake in your hometown newspaper, who you gonna call? The editor or the reporter who wrote the story. At the News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune, we strive for accuracy. It’s our…
COURTESY PHOTO - Virginia Garcia was 6 years old when a cut on her foot led to an infection that claimed her life.
Jun 19, 2015

Remembering Virginia Garcia, 40 years later

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…
Jun 19, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Flower pictured is not a ‘butterfly bush’ Regarding the “Fluttering Flowers” piece in the Home & Garden section (Hillsboro Tribune, June 5 issue), the writer should check the facts. First, the…
Jun 17, 2015

Suicide-talk reporter faces drama at bridge railing

by Daniel Forbes
Trudging over the Burnside Bridge with my wife and kids toward the Pride Parade on Sunday, I saw someone who made me remember the suicide prevention conference I’d recently covered in Forest…
Jun 12, 2015

County's programs a shining display of caring, savvy

by Doug Burkhardt
Two community events over the past week highlight some of the reasons why we appreciate Washington County as a community and value the innovations and creativity on display all around us. One…
Jun 10, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Various
Business owner displayed commitment, caring We mourn the loss of a friend and comrade in the world of small family businesses, too late to pay tribute at her memorial service. Iris Roberts…

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