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Portland's Opinions

May 21, 2015

Our Opinion: Action on transportation funds is crucial

by Editorial Board
When two trains filled with dignitaries traversed the new Tilikum Crossing over the Willamette River on Friday, May 15, they were embarking on the official inaugural trip for the MAX Orange…
May 21, 2015

My View: Energy technology that makes sense

by John O'Renick
Re: Jennifer Anderson’s articles in the April 2 Tribune on the Columbia biogas plant and Metro’s plans for trash: Everything we do produces waste streams. Our problems come from treating wastes…
May 21, 2015

Readers' Letters: Pembina jobs aren't worth risk to lives

by Pamplin Media Group
For the first time in seven years, hard-working Oregonians will be receiving a kicker payment due to Oregon’s unique tax law. However, along the way something has changed in Salem regarding the…
May 19, 2015

My View: On values, beliefs, it's still Venus vs. Mars

by Adam Davis, DHM Research
Remember “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus,” the book written by American author and relationship counselor John Gray? Indeed, when it comes to their feelings about many public-policy…
May 19, 2015

My View: Federal oil train rules needed

by Nancy Baker
The domestic energy market is experiencing an unprecedented boom. Energy projects, from crude oil to propane and methanol, are being proposed at ports and in communities all along the lower…
May 19, 2015

Readers' Letters: Pembina jobs aren't worth risk to lives

by Pamplin Media Group
I am baffled by the editors’ quest to build the giant Pembina gas storage export facility in urban Portland (editorial, May 14 Tribune). Sure, the region needs employment and development, but at…
May 14, 2015

Our Opinion: Mayor should rethink Pembina decision

by Editorial Board
The latest report about the “value of jobs” in the metro area arrives just in time to remind us why it is self-defeating for the city of Portland to chase away investments from companies such as…
May 14, 2015

My View: Brown should uphold driving mandate

by Richard F. LaMountain
Six months ago, via the Measure 88 referendum, Oregon voters delivered a clear mandate: Foreigners here illegally shall not have driving privileges in our state. Now, newly installed Gov. Kate…
May 14, 2015

My View: Share the road for safe, stress-free travel

by Alex Reed, Kari Schlosshauer and Cari Threadgill
Imagine you’re getting ready to take your child to his or her fifth-grade class at Abernethy Elementary in Southeast Portland. Since you live only a mile away, you two have traveled there by…
May 12, 2015

Readers' Letters: Look deeper at facts before criticizing zoo

by Pamplin Media Group
While I admire the passion shown by Sandy Miller’s guest commentary (My View, “Zoo elephants: Only death brings freedom,” April 30) and share her concerns about the welfare of zoo animals, there…

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May 12, 2015

My View: Voters' action helped elephants

by Kim Overhage
– Fruits of 2008 bond measure seen in new habitat, better animal care, more at Oregon Zoo Throughout our three decades in Oregon, our family has gone on hundreds of learning safaris to the…
May 07, 2015

Our Opinion: PERS ruling pushes state to the edge

by Editorial Board
Oregon has a mere two years to avert fiscal disaster — and its leaders must acknowledge both the depth of the problem and the need to act before it’s too late. A disappointing Oregon Supreme…
May 07, 2015

My View: Killing cormorants is senseless slaughter

by Bob Sallinger
In a matter of days the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could begin killing thousands of double-crested cormorants at East Sand Island at the mouth of the Columbia River. Their crime: doing what…
May 05, 2015

Readers' Letters: Middle-class housing at developers' mercy

by Pamplin Media Group
Thank you for all the continuing coverage on the housing issue — keep it up. It feels so much like the public in Portland is at the mercy of the developer sector, and that whether we want or can…
May 05, 2015

My View: Time to help working families get ahead

by Heather Conroy and Ramon Ramirez
Finally, we are seeing discussions across the country about how to make things better for today’s working families. It’s happening now because families are at a boiling point. Too many of us are…
Apr 30, 2015

Our Opinion: Change is coming soon to PPS board

by Editorial Board
Some would argue that educating children is the most important investment a society can make. We agree. In the May 19 election, Portlanders — those with kids and the majority without — have a…
Apr 30, 2015

My View: Zoo elephants: Only death brings freedom

by Sandy Miller
The recent death of Rama at the Oregon Zoo has put an understandable damper on the celebration of “Elephantastic” — a late-April event advertising Elephant Lands, the exhibit opening this fall.…
Apr 30, 2015

My View: Police body cams and freedom of information

by Mike Cavender
They are coming fast and furiously: efforts to restrict or prohibit media and public access to the video produced by police body cams. There are at least 18 state legislatures considering bills…
Apr 28, 2015

Readers' Letters: Bicyclists need to open their wallets, too

by Pamplin Media Group
The Portland Tribune has suggested four reasons why mountain biking — and the bigger picture of biking, in general — is everyone’s business: public money, public process, public reputation and…
Apr 28, 2015

My View: Give road, bridge funding some gas

by Patrick D. Jones
Highway tolls, user fees needed to maintain state transportation infrastructure Oregon has long been an incubator of new ways to fund and maintain transportation infrastructure. Oregon was the…