My View: Future brighter without big college debt

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Higher education is one of the smartest investments we can make. Study after study shows that a good college education translates to higher pay for…

My View: Protect health care for working Oregonians

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The health care financing package enacted by the 2017 Legislature was a smart move. A 'yes' vote on Ballot Measure 101 will protect health care for…

Letters: Beware fire protection proposals

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also think we woudn't need more storage facilities if we just go rid of stuff we don't need

Our Opinion: PCC bond deserves support

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Because Oregon's tax system is out of whack, this type of bond measure has become necessary for public colleges and school districts to properly…

My View: Reject PCC bond due to sanctuary policy

Portland Tribune - Opinion
PCC, a taxpayer-supported institution, has undermined the rule of law. It is voters' right and obligation to hold PCC to account.

Letters: Don't embrace arts tax

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also voice their opinions on Novick's Uber confession, Fish and East Portland, and forest health

My View: Fix my mistake on Uber insurance

Portland Tribune - Opinion
I realize that it's hard to go back and unravel governmental decisions. But it's the right thing to do, and I think they owe it to the taxi drivers…

My View: Portland, let's embrace the arts tax

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Arts and culture speak to the heart, soul and spirit of a community. While the arts contribute significantly to economic development, they also…

Letters: Yet another trashy, scary bike path

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also expess their opinions about the Las Vegas shooting, the PERS debt and more

Our Opinion: Good legislation requires good data

Portland Tribune - Opinion
One of the most helpful steps in moving forward on the issue would be to get good data. And yet for more than 20 years, the federal Centers for…

My View: Don't confuse self-interest,civic concern

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The process, as it was facilitated by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, involved little real deliberation, and was mostly shepherded on a…

My View: Respect, don't suppress, neighborhood dissent

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Neighborhood associations were in fact created to serve as 'the loyal opposition,' as PSU historian Carl Abbott has recounted, and to challenge the…

My View: Different wage studies get different results

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Seattle's success at pushing fast food restaurants to pay better wages without cutting jobs, is most likely due to higher sales, lower turnover and…

Letters: Central City plan must cover wider scope

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers express themselves on local and national issues, including the need for cars and the ongoing NAFTA negotiations

Our Opinion: Local papers vital for sharing real news

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Whether you realize it or not, even people who don't purchase a printed newspaper nonetheless depend on them. Breaking news alerts come from a…

My View: Process for West Quadrant plan worked

Portland Tribune - Opinion
It is deeply troubling that people who have a long demonstrated history of being unwilling to collaborate with others are successfully derailing…

My View: Law stops local police from helping ICE

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon law enforcement leaders are in a very difficult position. We must maintain the trust of all community members so they to feel free to report…

My View: Congestion pricing as a traffic fix

Portland Tribune - Opinion
In cities around the globe, congestion pricing has a solid track record. In Stockholm, congestion declined 15 percent, in London 30 percent, and in…

My View: Too late to fix PERS by fooling Oregonians

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The only viable answer to Oregon's pension and budget crisis is to reduce pension benefits for government workers. They enjoy more generous wages and…

Our Opinion: Don't politicize public records requests

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The unfortunate ways that Portland Public Schools and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's office responded to potentially embarrassing records…

Letters: Progress starts with basic decency

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also sound off on issues ranging TriMet service to firearms and trade schools

Beaverton Mayor: Breaking promise on DACA would be unfair

Beaverton Valley Times - Opinion
Local recipients of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals have benefitted our community.

My View: Health care tax would hurt middle class

Portland Tribune - Opinion
While nearly everyone will be hit with the cost of these taxes, Oregon's middle-class families will be hit the hardest. The Census Bureau reports…

My View: Halting gang database a concern

Portland Tribune - Opinion
While the Portland Police Bureau is not eradicating its gang units, it is clearly disrupting the collection of gang intelligence, an investigative…

Letters: Make arsonist clean up, replant in gorge

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Portland Tribune readers weigh in on the issues of the day, including the city's unique form of government

Our Opinion: Saltzman's successor should meet his standards

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Long-time Portland city Commissioner Dan Saltzman will not seek re-election next year. He currently oversees the Bureau of Transportation and…

Our Opinion: Oregon A.G. correct in decision to sue over…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
White House decision won't make America safe, will cost money, and falls short of the equal protection clause.

My View: Healthy forests need healthy management

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Today's forest management policies are not responsive to the dangerous conditions on the ground, where unnaturally overgrown and insect-infested…

My View: Letting wilderness burn is playing with fire

Portland Tribune - Opinion
For the Forest Service, fighting fires in wilderness areas is a bit like what happens to the U.S. military when fighting an asymmetrical war, bogged…

Letters: More roads bring more drivers, vehicles

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers also voince their opinions about Republicans in Congress, NAFTA, confederate monuments, job satisfaction, and the kicker

My View: Better-managed forests are good for our…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
GOP candidate: Our forests and public lands are in trouble and Oregon needs stronger leadership and new policies to save them.

My View: North Korea threat requires focused diplomacy and…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
While denuclearization should remain our long-term goal, our immediate goal must be both an end to North Korea's testing of nuclear warheads and…

Oregon ablaze: Let's take steps to minimize future fires

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The number of human-caused wildfires is rising - plus climate change and fuel buildup are exacerbating conditions that threaten trees and community…

My View: Voters should decide new health tax

Portland Tribune - Opinion
A recent guest column in the Portland Tribune by COHO's executive director Phil Greenhill described this effort and the ensuing referendum as…

Many facets of society need to work together to stem opioid…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
More deaths in Oregon involve prescription opioids than any other type of drug, including alcohol, methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine.

Letters: Don't defend immigrants who break law

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Readers also give their views NAFTA and requiring side guards on trucks that drive on city streets

Our Opinion: Ways to help Houston, local victims

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The floods in Texas were caused by historic rainfalls. The fires in Oregon are fueled by record droughts. Those who deny our climate is changing are…

My View: I watched as Harvey headed for my family

Portland Tribune - Opinion
My grandparents spent two days trapped in their house, with floodwaters coming up their driveway, turning much of their Sugarland neighborhood into a…

My View: Texas style of government is poor model

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Portland is the last major city in America to use the so-called Galveston model, or Texas model, of government. It's also known as the commission…

Our Opinion: OHA can overcome scandalous past

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The Oregon Health Plan was once viewed as an emerging national model of how to provide quality care to low-income residents. A software scandal and…

My View: Don't repeal Oregon health care model

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The fact is, an overwhelming majority of 49 states use provider taxes to draw federal dollars into their health care systems. This plan was supported…

Letters: Climate change view keeps exclusion alive

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Readers also weigh in on renegotiating NAFTA and showing kindness to the homeless in Portland

My View: No place for hate in city - or newspaper

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Now more than ever, the news media has a moral responsibility to speak the truth - and to stop pretending like there's equal validity to 'both sides'…

My View: Time to stop forcing union membership

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Last year a survey of union members and union households found that about two-thirds nationwide agree that if members opt out of paying all union…

Letters: Police horse offers service in a new way

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers voice their opinions on a variety of issues, including a proposed solar farm near Estacada and 'being archived'

My View: Press must remain free of interference

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The press can be very irksome and annoying, and in some instances worse. However, our presidents and their spokespersons have always understood the…

Our Opinion: Don't touch the animals? Not fair!

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The folks running the Oregon State Fair understand that interaction between fairgoers and farmers and ranchers is part of what makes the annual event…

Letters: PPS problem not an issue in private sector

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers comment on the impact of immigrants on the environment, school boundary decisions, and historic preservation

Traffic causing headaches for everyone

Business Tribune - News
The answer? A little bit of everything as multi modal transportation gains ground.

Why I hate the Hood to Coast Relay Race

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
The last time I ventured out on 'Hood to Coast' day, I deeply regretted it, our columnist says.

Our Opinion: Centennial board makes right call

Portland Tribune - Opinion
After finding solid middle ground, we hope the opposition to the name changes will subside.

Our View: Free speech and public safety - let's talk

Portland Tribune - Opinion
One lesson from Charlottesville and Portland is that efforts to regulate the place, time and manner of protests are difficult in the emotionally…

My View: Instability of police leadership a problem

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The fact that Portland has had so many different police chiefs over the past three decades should concern all Portlanders. Police bureaus are…

People of faith must support 'Dreamers'

Portland Tribune - Opinion
As many as 742,000 students - including an estimated 21,000 in Oregon - could be impacted by a discontinuation of DACA, a program implemented by…

Our Opinion: 'Cover All Kids' worth praising

Portland Tribune - Opinion
This is a worthy idea from a public health perspective; from a conservative economic perspective; and from a humanitarian perspective.

My View: Illegal immigration bad for environment

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon's population already tops 4 million. Between 2015 and 2016, Portland State University's Population Research Center has calculated, that…

My View: Workers without legal documents still pay…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
With anti-immigrant action and rhetoric emanating from the Trump administration, it is important for Oregonians to take stock of the contributions…

Our Opinion: Governments erring on side of secrecy

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Three recent examples show that public officials don't understand who they work for

My View: How a cruel scam victimized my family

Portland Tribune - Opinion
I'd like to warn you all about a new and particularly cruel scam that recently impacted my family.

Letters: Too many vehicles not the only problem

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers offer their views on Portland transportation planning, health insurance options and the BDS campaign

My View: Greenways, not just bikeways

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Tree-shaded streets make cycling far more pleasant and safer -and more pleasant and safer means more cyclists. Tree-shaded streets also make walking…

My View: School board must work as a team

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The first task of the new Portland board is to become a functioning team. This board will need our support as it tackles many critical challenges,…

Oregon doubling down on equity for all

Portland Tribune - Opinion
In 'Lawmakers make strides for transparency, equity' (July 11 Tribune editorial), we were pleased to see the editorial board highlight important…

Our Opinion: Spend now on filtration, save later

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis makes a compelling argument for filtration. He points out that filtering the water, although more…

My View: Slow down on Bull Run water decision

Portland Tribune - Opinion
We deserve accurate, refined information and sufficient time to digest it. We must not be forced into a hasty decision that we may regret and never…

Letters: Ladd's rose garden now a weedy mess

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Readers voice their opinions about city maintenance cuts, left wing anti-Semitism, and whether some people want to be homeless

My View: Vouchers bleed public school funding

Portland Tribune - Opinion
In many cases, these programs are simply a way for privileged students to receive taxpayer-subsidized tuition while underfunding the public schools…

My View: Rangeland can make money, aid climate

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Without a viable ecological system there is no economic system. Our conventional economic and rangeland approaches have not been accounting for this…

Letters: Don't charge tolls on our highways

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers are concerned about potential tolls on area freeways, crypto in city water, the high cost of PERS, and unsafe bike routes in East Portland

Our Opinion: PPS should drop lawsuit appeal

Portland Tribune - Opinion
It's understandable that the financially strapped district vigorously fought the lawsuit. But it has lost twice in court, and it is time to learn…

My View: New approach needed for opioid epidemic

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The scale of the crisis is beyond what our health care system can accommodate. Traditionally, an addict would have two options: inpatient/residential…

Letters: Anthony conduct unfit for school board

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Nine former Portland Public Schools board members say Paul Anthony needs to change his approach to the job, and a reader is glad the Republican…

Our Opinion: Proposed MAX line must have Tigard stop

Portland Tribune - Opinion
If the only goal of the Southwest Corridor is to get people to and from Bridgeport Village, the entire proposal is a bust. If the goal is to boost…

My View: In white-majority city, see what's missing

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Merriam-Webster defines diversity as 'the condition of having or being composed of differing elements,' which one might say is another way to define,…

Letters: Homeless villages are positive solution

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers write to us about homeless village, the history of rail service in Southwest Portland and air pollution concerns

My View: Let parents wield school spending power

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The National Association of Education Progress reports that only 34 percent of Oregon fourth-graders tested 'proficient' in reading in 2015; and Oregon…

MY VIEW: Merger with sheriff is fiscally…

Gresham Outlook - Opinion
How could I support a proposal that harms the taxpaying citizens of Fairview in the future?

Letters: Revised health care bill is a real monster

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Readers offer their views on the issues of the day, including Portland's form of government and the proposed soda tax

My View: Could nonprofits replace cut services?

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregon has close to 20,000 registered nonprofits, which make significant contributions to the economic, social, and environmental future of the…

My View: Big soda does not speak for me

Portland Tribune - Opinion
For many small business owners like me, our connection to the community is not simply a matter of dollars and cents. I watch my customers grow up,…

Letters: Horses were once used as police weapons

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers express their opinions on issues ranging from the historic district fight in Eastmoreland to the transportation plan approved by the 2017…

Our Opinion: Lawmakers make strides for…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Over the coming weeks, in our news and commentary pages, you can expect to find more analysis and exploration into why so many things fell apart.…

My View: Historic districts not about racism

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Residents in Portland's historic districts understand the need for affordable housing. They welcome accessory dwelling units and reconfiguring larger…

My View: Minimum wage up, but still falls short

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The minimum wage is still not close to what a family needs to make ends meet. To secure a safe and decent - yet modest - living standard, a single…

My View: City must take doable steps to relieve…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Take a big-picture look at Portland. Stress is everywhere. Gentrification has displaced thousands. The homeless are visible more than before, yet…

My View: Fair Work Week bill ends schedule abuse…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The Fair Work Week legislation sent to Gov. Kate Brown for signature last week would have prevented me from losing my job at my most vulnerable…

My View: Affordable housing is possible in historic…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
A recent column by Tom Christ challenging a proposed Eastmoreland Historic District ignores neighborhoods' multi-layered and diverse history.

800 Words: Celebrate your and others' independence

Portland Tribune - Opinion
The founding fathers grappled with issues such as free speech, taxation, freedom to worship, equality and the right to bear arms. But even after the…

Our Opinion: Keep bipartisan PERS bill on track

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Meaningful pension reform should be a bipartisan goal. Just because Democrats couldn't craft a tax plan doesn't mean they should hold back on a bill…

Lawmakers must stand up for tenants and pass House…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
In protecting their ability to evict without cause, landlords are hurting Oregon's most vulnerable residents

GOP health care plan leaves Oregon children behind

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Drastic cuts to Medicaid and health services, huge financial benefits to the wealthy, and cost-shifts to states, will result in millions of…

My View: Repeal of Obamacare would hurt neediest

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Denying people access to health care is denying them a future. By making it financially and physically impossible for individuals to take care of…

My View: Eastmoreland district elitist, racist

Portland Tribune - Opinion
I realize these labels - NIMBYism, elitism, racism - are discomforting. But they fit, I think. And historic district supporters who want to avoid…

Letters: DEQ needs attitude adjustment about air

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Readers also share their views on issues ranging from the budget deliberations at the 2017 Oregon Legislature and using the never opened Wapato Jail…

Publisher's Notebook: New look honors past,…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Without the local ownership of Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr., our media group would not have the advantage of local decision-making about staffing,…

Our Opinion: Anthony should come clean or resign

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Paul Anthony, an advocate for greater transparency on the board, was foolish to think his board-related communications would be private and is wrong…

Letters: Think outside lane on transportation

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers write in about issues ranging from the transportation funding package before the 2017 Oregon Legislature to - no surprise - President…

My View: Individual response needed to stop hate

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Will we continue to call violent racists, sexists and homophobic people 'alleged,' or will we accept the evil next door? The evil we let sit in our…

My View: Trump plan to sell BPA lines misguided

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Privatizing the Pacific Northwest's largest transmission system, and selling it at a loss, would be detrimental to ratepayers across the region.…

Letters: It's time to curb ride-sharing companies

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our readers are also concerned about dyslexia and requests that police don't wear their uniforms and

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