Category Archives: Guest Opinion

My View: Self-driving cars will worsen congestion

At a time when we need to be taking steps to reduce auto travel and global carbon emissions, new ride-hailing and self-driving car technologies will be pushing our country in the wrong direction. How many of you have been stuck in traffic and late for work, an event, or a meeting? If you have, you […]
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Editorial: Public records, meetings laws protect us all

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both.”― James Madison Government comes in for plenty […]
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Think Too Much: A request to celebrate Sunshine Week | Editorial |

Today marks the start of Sunshine Week — the annual celebration of the idea, so central to our democracy, that government works best when it operates in full public view. I’m going to mark the occasion this year by doing something I need to do more frequently. I’m going to request a set of public records about […]
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Guest column: Janus case could bring major changes to Oregon

For most states — those that already have right-to-work protections on their books — the impact of the expected ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, which the U.S. Supreme Court heard on Feb. 26, will be minimal. But in organized, labor-dominated enclaves like ­Oregon, the landmark case will bring major, and overwhelmingly positive, changes. Source: Guest […]
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Guest: UO profiting off prison labor is a human rights issue

In collaboration with other students working out of the Radical Organizing Activist Resource (ROAR) Center, this term the University of Oregon Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) launched a campaign to bring awareness to the university’s profits off of prison labor. Source: Guest: UO profiting off prison labor is a human rights issue – Emerald Media

Dennis Richardson: Every Oregonian should see the “Black in Oregon” exhibit (Guest opinion)

When each of us recites the Pledge of Allegiance, we place our hand over our heart and promise, “liberty and justice for all.” I accepted the challenge as Secretary of State to promote liberty and justice for all Oregonians. One way I’m doing this is by bringing awareness to Oregon’s current racial barriers and by […]
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C’mon Courtney: ‘Cap and gown?’ It’s time to get serious (Guest opinion)

Dear Senate President Courtney, I’m writing to let you know that I’m going to stop paying for garbage pick-up at my house in Northeast Portland. I’m just going to toss my trash into the street until the 2019 legislative session, when you’ve vowed to take action on climate change. Source: C’mon Courtney: ‘Cap and gown?’ […]
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Good forestry helps keep Lane County water quality high | Opinion |

As chair of the Oregon Society of American Foresters, I must respond to Samantha Chirillo’s Feb. 23 guest viewpoint, “ODF needs rigor, transparency in forest herbicide science,” and provide insight on the science demonstrating that the quality of drinking water in Oregon and Lane County is high. Source: Good forestry helps keep Lane County water […]
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My View: Analyze county’s mental health system

The fact is, Multnomah County contains the biggest population of all counties in Oregon, and with that it is important to provide adequate health care to all residents. While Oregon leads the nation in several progressive matters such as reproductive health rights and an equitable minimum wage, the state utterly fails to provide community members […]
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Using data to help solve our homeless, housing crisis | Guest opinion

When we fail to secure safe, affordable housing for our children, we’re setting up an entire population for a life full of adverse outcomes. Source: Using data to help solve our homeless, housing crisis: Guest opinion