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Portland's Opinions

November 19, 2015

No one's required to sing at the Grotto

by (none)
Regarding the Nov. 5 article, “Other local choirs to sing at Grotto,” I try to always see other people’s point of view when it comes to issues of this nature. I have heard both sides, mostly the…
November 19, 2015

How will fossil fuel stance affect city?

by Editorial Board
Portland’s relationship with fossil fuels appears to be a complicated one. On the one hand, the City Council has been in a fired-up hurry to pass a resolution banning any new infrastructure that…
November 19, 2015

Keep Boring boring now and forever

by Stephen Bates
There is a bumper sticker available that states: Keep Boring Boring. While this is a humorous statement for some, this is the sentiment of a significant majority of the residents and taxpayers…
RENDERING COURTESY: LEVER ARCHITECTURE - Framework, made from Cross Laminated Timber, will be a home for Beneficial and Albina banks, plus B-Corp offices and dozens of affordable housing apartments. Eschewing structural steel and concrete, the building has a slot in the front to flaunt its wood core.
November 17, 2015

Wood's heyday has arrived

by Paul Barnum
Announcements practically weekly about tall wooden buildings, government grants and wood products research is changing perceptions about wood’s potential. Here in Oregon, long regarded the…
November 13, 2015

Growth boundary decision based on questionable assumptions

by Editorial Board
It was a foregone conclusion that the Metro council would decide the region’s existing urban growth boundary is capable of absorbing 400,000 more people, 200,000 new homes and 160,000 new jobs…
November 12, 2015

Beware of sales tax lurking in disguise

by Editorial Board
Oregonians have voted down a sales tax nine times in the past eight decades. People who want to raise more money for government programs understand that voters probably never will support a…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE; JONATHAN HOUSE - State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is surrounded by supporters at his campaign kickoff for Portland mayor.
November 12, 2015

Let's face up to Portland's challenges

by Ted Wheeler
The landscape of the Portland mayoral race has changed. The challenges facing Portland have not. When I announced my campaign for mayor of Portland, I talked about what we need to do to create…
November 12, 2015

Wolf debate continues

by Pamplin Media Group
Guest op-ed writer Jim Akenson (It’s time to remove Oregon’s wolves from endangered list, Nov. 4) got it right that we should follow the state’s wolf management plan, but that doesn’t mean…
November 13, 2015

My View: Everyone deserves affordable education

by Jeff Gudman
There is no shortage of legislative proposals to help kids pay for vocational or college education. The common thread is that nobody knows how to fund them without taking money away from other…
November 23, 2015

My View: Cleanup has risks, remedies

by Barbara J. Smith
Priorities must be set and met for remediation of Portland Harbor Superfund site There is no doubt that the cleanup of Lower Willamette River sediments that pose risks to human health and the…

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Nov 06, 2015

County, city must get in sync on ADUs

by Editorial Board
If you were disappointed to see a modest increase in your home’s property taxes when annual tax bills arrived in the mail recently, just think how Randal Groves felt to see his bill jump by an…
COURTESY PPA - Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner says a shortage of police officers is threatening safety in the city.
Nov 03, 2015

My view: City needs more police

by Daryl Turner
Our city is in peril. Eight-hundred bullets have been sprayed indiscriminately across Portland this year. Property and person crimes continue to go unsolved. Our children are facing…
Nov 03, 2015

Say no to more fossil fuels

by Bill McKibben
This week, the Portland City Council will take up what seems at first glance a visionary piece of legislation, one ending the construction of new infrastructure for transporting and storing…
Nov 03, 2015

New mini mart model reduces diversity

by (none)
The Oct. 20 edition of the Business Tribune featured the emergence of a new local chain of mini marts, appropriately branded “Mini Mini.” While making convenience stores even more convenient and…
Oct 29, 2015

My View: Water Bureau prepares for 'Big One'

by Nick Fish and Michael Stuhr
The possibility of a Cascadia earthquake has been in the news and on the minds of Oregonians. When, not if, the “Big One” strikes, it could be the largest single disaster faced by our state. So…
Oct 29, 2015

Readers' Letters: Your voice important on Intel emission plan

by various
If you live within 25 miles of the Intel Ronler Acres or Intel’s Aloha chip-making facilities, you may want to come to the public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Hillsboro Civic…
Oct 27, 2015

Readers' Letters: There's no crime in being homeless

by Pamplin Media Group
As a long-term Portland resident — and local journalist — who is currently homeless and living in a tent, I am very troubled by your Oct. 15 article headlined “Police passive with homeless…
Oct 27, 2015

My View: Do Superfund cleanup right

by Travis Williams
Citizens must be vigilant to ensure Willamette River contaminants are removed correctly Over many decades, a stretch of the Willamette River from the Fremont Bridge to near the Columbia River…
Oct 27, 2015

My View: Education is beacon of hope for future

by Joe Gallegos
Like all Oregonians, I believe that in order for our state and our economy to thrive, we must have a healthy and educated work force. Such a work force is the foundation for small business…
Oct 26, 2015

Our view: Portland would benefit from a strong challenger to…

by Editorial Board
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is no longer running for a second term, but that doesn’t mean candidate Ted Wheeler should get a free ride into office. When Wheeler, currently Oregon’s treasurer,…