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Portland's Opinions

January 27, 2015

My View: Emergency clause abuses democracy

by Richard F. LaMountain
In Oregon’s political order, do state lawmakers recognize the people’s primacy — or game the system to impose their own? Oregon’s constitution guarantees its citizens the right of referendum, to…
January 27, 2015

My View: Community colleges are ladder to success

by Jeremy Brown
This month President Obama announced an ambitious proposal to fund two years of community college for eligible students. Many lauded this announcement as a potential game changer. Others…
January 22, 2015

Our Opinion: Wage hike would backfire on the poor

by Editorial Board
Oregon legislators pushing for a $15-per-hour minimum wage are revealing an astonishing lack of understanding about how this state’s economy works. The $15-per-hour proposal is one of several…
January 22, 2015

My View: Highway initiatives would worsen traffic

by Karli Petrovic
There’s a reason why the statistics published in the Portland Business Alliance’s 2014 Economic Impacts of Transportation study are attention-grabbing: The possibility of spending 69 hours per…
January 22, 2015

Readers' Letters: Transportation solutions are anything but

by None
Please. It is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets any better (It’s time to clear air on emissions, guest column, Jan. 13). Need proof? How about the $300 million redo of the Sellwood…
January 20, 2015

Our Opinion: Ducks' success made entire state proud

by Hillsboro Tribune
Playing for a national championship was a big plus for the state of Oregon, even in defeat. The publicity and recognition has been a nice advertisement for Oregon and for the state’s most…
January 20, 2015

My View: Low-income housing options needed

by John Miller
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed 2015-17 state budget brings good tidings to housing advocates across Oregon. He believes Oregon should invest an additional $100 million in affordable housing for…
January 20, 2015

My View: Connect dots for true economic view

by Adam Davis
News anchors and commentators are driving me crazy these days, even more than usual. The latest is how well the economy is doing. You’d think we’re back to the Roaring Twenties with the way they…
January 15, 2015

Our Opinion: Let voters do the driving on street fee

by Editorial Board
The road that Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and city Commissioner Steve Novick have been traveling got loopier last week with their idea of holding an advisory election to determine what form a…
January 15, 2015

My View: Boring should be removed from Metro

by Stephen Bates
Very few people are aware that half of Boring is within the boundaries of Metro and half of Boring is outside those boundaries, and it means that half of Boring is subject to one set of rules…

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Jan 15, 2015

Readers' Letters: Priority budgeting should be on the ballot

by None
In your story, city Commissioner Steve Novick says, “I know that most Portlanders agree we need more money for transportation (Hales: Street fee to become multiple-choice ballot measure in May,…
Jan 13, 2015

My View: It's time to clear air on emissions

by Paul Savas
I have been testing tailpipe emissions since 1975. One aspect of my business for more than 25 years was specializing in fuel-efficient products that reduced emissions, and we were one of the…
Jan 13, 2015

My View: Density keeps city housing costs down

by Andre Baugh and Kathryn Schultz
In your Tribune article (Expert: Growth plan too costly, Dec. 2), Portland State University professor Gerald Mildner says that the region’s planners are unrealistically relying on dense…
Jan 08, 2015

Our Opinion: No time for more detours on street fee

by Editorial board
For the better part of a year, Portland city officials have talked about a street fee — or income tax, or some other method of raising money for roads. As entertaining as that conversation has…
Jan 08, 2015

Readers' Letters: Where's the logic in city street-fee plans?

by None
So, get this logic. We want to tax gasoline consumption (Novick releases revised “gas consumption” street fee, web story, Dec. 29). So we are not going to do the obvious, common-sense,…
Jan 06, 2015

Try a different approach on immigration

by None
Professor Elliott Young’s article was long on emotion and short on intellect, attempting to sway the immigration debate according to who deserves the most sympathy, an appeal that amnesty…
Jan 01, 2015

Our Opinion: A dream of what could be in 2015

by Editorial board
It’s Jan. 1, and the New Year stands before us — 365 days filled with potential and as yet unblemished by reality. Before 2015 gets underway, let’s dream about what could be — as opposed to what…
Jan 01, 2015

My View: Amnesties undermine immigration laws

by Elizabeth Van Staaveren
Editor’s note: This guest column is in response to Lewis & Clark history professor Elliott Young’s Dec. 11 My View column, “President Obama got it half right on immigration.” “Our immigration…
Jan 01, 2015

My View: Land trust could alleviate housing crisis

by Diane Linn and James Tracy
Housing affordability and lack thereof is quickly becoming a very hot topic in the minds of Portlanders. Neighborhoods that were diverse and had a mix of families from high to low incomes are no…
Dec 30, 2014

My View: High school football benefits outweigh risks

by Ed Riley
My son’s high school football team finished 1-9 this year, and I wouldn’t be prouder of this team if they had gone undefeated. They made a game of it each Friday night, and while they often were…