West Linn's Opinions

August 25, 2016

Remembering a valuable, but now departed, member of the family

by Mikel Kelly
This is not an official obituary or anything. That’s better left to relatives or someone more appropriate than me. But I did want to tell you about a death in our little newspaper family. For…
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August 25, 2016

Voters of all stripes seek transparency

by Shasta Kearns Moore
A recent poll of Independent Party of Oregon members has confirmed my suspicions that we are not as politically divided as we think — at least on one key issue. The IPO is a new third party in…
August 25, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
Keep up the good work Tidings Hello. My name is Ethan McCarty and I am a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 396. I know you probably receive tons of letters from several people but I am…


August 18, 2016

Newspaper's white knight

by The Spokesman
Nowadays it seems that humble print newspapers have few champions. It’s become a popular pastime to speculate on their demise, lambast the perpetrators of plagiarism scandals and trash talk…
COURTESY PHOTO - Regional Director Susan Johnson
August 18, 2016

Get a healthy start to the new school year with vaccinations

by Susan Johnson
In August, you’ll see back-to-school ads from virtually every store. These ads will try to convince you that you need to buy clothes, shoes, computers, school supplies, sporting equipment, lunch…
August 18, 2016

Bates using selective memory

by Ben Williams
The choice of words matter, as all Americans are painfully discovering thanks to the campaign of Donald Trump. For example, when strong assertions are made against someone, but the assertion is…
August 18, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
Axelrod deserves your vote As of Sunday, Aug. 7, Mayor Axelrod has no competition in the November election. He deserves to be re-elected. Those of us (who are many) believe in Axelrod. His…
August 11, 2016

Bad plans make for bad decisions that keep getting worse

by Peggy Kirkendall
I have been trying to figure out how the Sunset School/Sunset Park issue became such a witch’s brew. There are a lot of factors: city codes meant to protect neighborhoods that do not always…
August 11, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
Open Letter to Republican Nominee Donald Trump Dear Donald, You recently declared that “I AM YOUR VOICE.” For perspective, I am an 82-year-old registered Republican and U.S. Army veteran,…
August 11, 2016

Save the U.S. mail

by Chip Hutcheson
I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?) Lately, it occurs to me how completely…

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Aug 04, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
New corporate sales tax proposal bad idea My wife and I raised our three children in West Linn, moved a couple of times and then bought a condo in Lake Oswego. Now they have scattered to the…
Aug 04, 2016

No clowning around here; self-interest plain and simple

by Alan Smith
A clown hired to twist balloons is a time-honored attraction that not many attendees at a summer event can pass by, particularly with a child. The parent stands in line patiently waiting as…
Aug 04, 2016

It's time to stop the killing

by David Hawbecker
The killing of young black men by police in both Louisiana and Minnesota this summer is sad, disturbing and continues to raise the questions as to why. In the case of the killing outside St.…
Jul 28, 2016

We do need to build a wall after all - but not the one you think

by Mikel Kelly
Donald Trump was a little bit right when he announced we should build “a great wall.” We do need a wall, to keep out the people who are ruining our lives. But the thing is, he wasn’t right to…
Jul 28, 2016

County failed in transparency regarding rural reserves

by Jim Bernard
It’s worse than “disingenuous.” That’s the word used in a story by the Wilsonville Spokesman about the so-called “public process” that Clackamas County engaged in around three recent open…
Jul 28, 2016

Readers' letters

by Tidings
Support Axelrod for a better WL I was pleased to learn that Mayor Axelrod has decided to run for re-election. Having sat in on several West Linn City Council meetings since he assumed office in…
Jul 21, 2016

Reader's letter

by Tidings
Support Axelrod for a better West Linn I was pleased to learn that Mayor Axelrod has decided to run for re-election. Having sat in on several West Linn City Council meetings since he assumed…
Jul 21, 2016

Financially overburdened taxpayers should look long and hard at…

by Editorial Board
School leaders throughout the state should display the same rational thinking that the Bend-LaPine School Board demonstrated last week when it came out against a 2.5 percent gross receipts tax…
Jul 21, 2016

The Stuff of Secrets

by Leslie Pugmire Hole
It was the eyeglasses that got me hooked. Pulled from dresser drawers, night stands and other nooks around the house, the glasses represented more than 50 years of nearsightedness and the most…
Jul 21, 2016

Return to democracy creates savings

by Paul McGilvra
Here in West Linn, the ‘Return to Democracy’ provided by the election of Russ Axelrod, Brenda Perry and Bob Martin to our city council continues to move strongly ahead. Their positive record of…