California fires are everyone's problem

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our loved ones are dealing with them. Our local firefighters are pitching in. And they can happen here, too.

Cook: Of birds and men

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Dixie and I had free reign on great pheasant habitat. ... Except for Dixie, I was totally alone for those five hours.'

Bahl: In hot market, job hunt can still go cold

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Many people with I/DD have the motivation, ambition and ability to work and earn a paycheck.'

Goulding: Churches, partners try to meet needs of homeless

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We are not a solution to homelessness ... we're simply trying to save lives during the winter months.'

This was a gross election cycle. It doesn't have to be this…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Some candidates ran civil campaigns. Some lost their tempers or embraced dirty tactics. We can all do better.

Hutchison: A modest proposal for fixing healthcare system

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'All of us should have a portion of our income tax dedicated to pay for all of our healthcare.'

Brewer: Clean Energy Jobs will benefit all Oregonians

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Beyond what any one farm, business or even an entire industry can do, we need ... to slow global warming.'

Witt: Improving water infrastructure is important goal

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We must work to ensure ... safe, clean drinking water for all Oregon communities.'

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 7, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
In our first post-election mailbag, readers are concerned about hate in America and bridging the Columbia.

Vote! If you have your ballot, there's no good reason not to

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We're in favor of citizen participation, and voting, especially in Oregon, is one of the easiest ways to do it.

Rubio: Ballot Measure 106 would harm all Oregonians

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'No matter how you feel about abortion, no one should be denied ... services due to unaffordability or identity.'

Hauser: Oregon students deserve well-paid teachers

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'And like teachers elsewhere, Oregon teachers must contend with underfunded schools.'

DiGrande: Why I'll vote 'yes' on Ballot Measure 105

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'There are legal, economic and moral reasons why our immigration laws are written as they are.'

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 31, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
This is our final mailbag of letters to the editor before Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

One command for one fire district makes sense

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Emergency services aren't something to be territorial about. Officials, and voters, should approve a merger.

Cook: Dancing with Michael

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Like many first responders, they headed into the storm as others ran away. God bless them!'

Stride: Nothing but nibbles (yet) fishing Lee Falls

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The river was cold and clear. ... After a summer-long drought, this river was not hurting for flow.'

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 24, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The election dominates readers' thoughts, with opinions expressed about local and state candidates alike.

Endorsement: Bring back divided government with Buehler

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The governor isn't the root of all of Oregon's problems. But we do think the challenger would shake things up.

Endorsement: Sollman deserves re-election in HD 30

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
After two years in the Legislature, it's clear that the state representative has learned a lot.

Endorsement: Hardworking McLain best choice in HD 29

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The incumbent has a firm grasp of policy, a bank of committee assignments and a strong track record.

Endorsement: Vial's independent streak a winner in HD 26

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
There are two great candidates, but there's no one quite like Rich Vial in Salem. Voters should keep him there.

Endorsement: Know-how distinguishes Mitchell in HD 32

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
The political newcomer from Astoria should be elected to this sprawling open seat.

Endorsement: Witt the safe, moderate choice in HD 31

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
He's not a legislative dynamo, but he knows the district and he's not afraid to stray from the party line.

Endorsement: Well-respected Noble our choice in HD 24

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
He represents his district well and is enthusiastic about working across party lines in the Legislature.

Endorsement: Take a chance on Flores in SD 15

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
The incumbent is more experienced, but he hasn't gotten results. Voters should give his challenger a shot.

Endorsement: Re-elect Betsy Johnson in SD 16

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Plus, our thoughts on SD 13, also a contested Senate race that is close to a foregone conclusion.

Goodrich: At work, what if you disagree?

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'To gain confidence and save your energy ... be willing to let go if you have to, and live to fight another day.'

Valfre: Ballot initiatives to benefit vulnerable citizens

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Together, Measure 26-199 and Measure 102 will enable our region to house up to 12,000 people.'

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 17, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
In an extra-large mailbag, readers write about election issues, Brett Kavanaugh and the NFL.

Endorsement: Johnston, Wenzl, Downeysmith for Forest Grove

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
This trio of City Council candidates stands out from the pack. Voters should pick them this fall.

Endorsement: Pace, Allen, Alcaire for Hillsboro City Council

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
City voters should re-elect their two City Council incumbents and elect Beach Pace to join them.

Endorsement: Colgan, Hernandez for Cornelius

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Their experience volunteering on city committees makes them natural fits for the City Council.

Mayors: Affordable housing crunch requires regional solution

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'That's why we're united in support of Measure 26-199, the regional affordable housing bond.'

Nieves: Forest Grove residential solar incentives available

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Up until recently, solar panels were expensive to install and not as effective as they are today.'

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 10, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in with opinions on Oregon and Washington County elections and anger at Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Endorsement: Curse the darkness, or light a candle

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Sure, Metro's affordable housing bond isn't perfect. Yes, we have questions. But we do believe it will help.

Endorsement: Harrington is right choice to lead county

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
She's open to new ideas, unlike her opponent. Washington County would be better served by her leadership.

Duyck: Dreaming big for Washington County Fairgrounds

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The recent groundbreaking for the long-awaited Event Center is a milestone.'

Kass: Families depend on 'sanctuary' affirmation this fall

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Passage of Measure 105 ... sends a chilling message to these children. ... Vote no on 105.'

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 3, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about the county chair race, Colin Kaepernick, tolls and more.

Endorsement: Ballot box no place to set fiscal…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Measures 103 and 104 may be well-intentioned, but we don't think the constitution should be changed this way.

Louie: To keep communities safe, vote no on Measure…

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
Former Hillsboro police chief urges voters to say no to repealing Oregon's 'sanctuary' laws.

Frome: How to treat your kids' sports injuries

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'As parents, we're there for them when they win, and we're there for them if they stumble and fall too.'

Puckett: Moving in the wrong direction

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The state tries to tell businesses what the consumer wants, and oftentimes they are simply wrong.'

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 26, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about election candidates and measures, including Hillsboro and Forest Grove city councils.

Endorsement: Don't repeal 'sanctuary' law that works

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Washington County's sheriff and DA say Measure 105 won't make us safer. We, too, urge a 'no' vote.

Frome: Take steps to prevent sports injuries

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Here are four things you can do to help prevent injury so your children can play as long as they love the sport.

Cook: It doesn't matter

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
''You see, there is nothing that you can do that will increase my love for you. ... You are still loved by your Papa.''

Pickel: Pass Clean Energy Jobs bill for kids' sake

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I can see how investments would help businesses like mine and families in communities everywhere.'

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 19, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers support candidates for election and advertise upcoming city programs, among other topics.

Endorsement: Measure 102 changes are justified

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It has no organized opposition, it doesn't raise taxes and it makes sense for Oregon.

Goodrich: Managing the boss

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'You can make conversations more of a two-way street, and get to see your boss in a new light.'

Hutchison: Tolls, restrictions, fees, signals make…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I don't understand why we have to repeatedly give the government more, for doing nothing except collect the money.'

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 12, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about the election, climate change, an upcoming festival and more.

Editorial: Hops, and Hops fans, showcase what makes…

Hillsboro Tribune - Opinion
A recent conversation Hillsboro's mayor had shows the power sport can have in promoting community.

Metro should support Hillsboro in smart growth

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Local cities are growing. They need to grow responsibly. This round of UGB expansion requests is sensible.

Starr: Without tolls, drivers pay with their time

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Every place where variable tolls have been implemented systemwide, congestion is reduced.'

Hellman: Tolling is wrong choice to reduce…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We can't fight a problem if we deny it exists. ... We can and should declare a war on congestion.'

Chamberlain: Labor Day for reflection, empowerment,…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'History has shown us that when workers are pushed down, we always find a way to get back up.'

Cooper: Those with mental illness shouldn't stand…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Normalizing the experience helps you realize that it's not just you. You're not alone.'

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 5, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about Rep. Janeen Sollman's work, Tanasbourne Party in the Park and Oregon's property taxes.

No matter who you are, 'back to school' is laden…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Maybe it turns your life upside-down. Maybe it creates a minor inconvenience. Really, it's about what's next.

Introducing ... Janae Easlon

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Our new About Town and special sections editor grew up in Vernonia and is a Western Washington University alum.

Canon & Dondero: Why hasn't private sector fixed…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We have yet to meet anyone who enjoys seeing this problem play out before our eyes in our communities.'

Cook: Funeral for a fish

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'She was doing what she could do, and it was the right thing to do - bury her pet.'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 29, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Clean energy advocacy, business input, lottery opposition and support for abuse victims are topics this week.

Khut: Defining what we love about Oregon through…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The visionary drive for Oregon's land use planning movement came from early environmental organizations.'

Merten: Free Harvest Table celebrates school garden…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'This rich soil we have ... is also helping grow edible produce in our schools.'

Blankinship: 'Education' sure isn't what it used to…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Imagine what the employment statistics might be if all of the 'students' were at the same percentage as 60 years ago.'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 22, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers express support for state candidates and respond to last week's opinion section.

The news isn't 'fake' just because you see things…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
We join other news outlets around the country in calling for an end to attacks on the free press.

Barton & Garrett: Measure 105 won't make community…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Immigrant communities and families may become greater targets for criminals.'

Raichart: Housing solutions may be simpler than…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'What if we could recognize at least some of the causes and make changes that would reverse the trend...?'

Dondero: While Trump plays to his base, who runs…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'While Trump basks in the glory of his base, he forgets that we only have one president ... who represents us all.'

Goodrich: Moving toward solutions

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Be sure to encourage two-way communication, and consider the other person's point of view.'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 15, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers update us on the Welcome Garden at a Forest Grove church and opine on political signs.

From the Publisher: E-editions have arrived

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'You're now able to read each week's newspaper from tablets, smartphones and any device in between.'

Welcome to western Washington County, Street of…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
It's the ideal way to showcase the changing face of South Hillsboro and surrounding communities.

Dawson: Private sector can make housing affordable

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Private developers in the Portland region have shown it's possible to build more residences at a lower cost.'

Gurtov: While Rome burns, U.S. goes in wrong…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle. We are seeing them play out in real time.'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 8, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about Oregon's senators, Alzheimer's research, airport regulations and more.

Hauser: Property tax limits weaken services in…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Oregon schools have never recovered from the damage wrought by the property tax limits enacted in the 1990s.'

Currie: Fight wildfires with faith in God and…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'For people of faith around the world, the debate over climate change is over.'

Harris: School gardens are as healthy as veggies…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Garden activities afford opportunities for personal growth and academic achievement.'

Lubischer: Here's more about the Hillsboro Airport

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'The city has shown no interest over the years to try and reduce the noise and lead pollution from HIO.'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 1, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers write in about socialism and democracy, Metro's affordable housing bond, and the Trump-Putin summit.

Check out what's new in our opinion section

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Columns by Jim Goodrich and Tom Cook are bringing new and local voices into our newspapers.

Goodrich: The importance of listening

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Avoid 'reloading.' That is, don't begin to formulate your response while they are talking.'

Cook: Why Forest Grove? It's all about community

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I have always said that the best way to get to know and understand a community is to get involved.'

Cockeram & Goerling: Homelessness in Hillsboro

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'As it has become more visible in our region, the City of Hillsboro has dedicated additional resources.'

Letters to the Editor: July 25, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers cheer Hillsboro's mayor and a recent cartoon, and offer thoughts on affordable housing.

Fire season requires attention from all of us

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Don't ignore burn bans. Don't assume only someone else can be responsible for starting a fire. Be vigilant.

Ismail: More guns in schools won't make them safer

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'What we should be doing is teaching conflict resolution in schools rather than punishment.'

Orosco: Separation of immigrant families is cruelty

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'We need to stand up to the dehumanizing language from our leaders that hardens hearts, and then crushes bodies.'

Morales: Real immigration solutions can't be rooted…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Immigrants created the United States ... and immigrants continue to be a driving force for positive change.'

Letters to the Editor: July 18, 2018

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Readers voice concern about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the motives behind immigration policy.

30-year sister city ties prove value of…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Peace isn't something that just happens. It is made. Only through continued effort does it endure.

MacKenzie: Court ruling isn't only problem for…

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'Pushes for decertification may be the next priority ... to lessen the influence of unions on our government.'

Ray: Court ruling doesn't diminish need for unions

Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
'I am a union member because my union helps me advocate for my students both in my district and in Salem.'

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