Category Archives: Guest Opinion

Opinion: New gross-receipts tax will hurt Oregon consumers, affordable housing

I am a general contractor and small business owner and have specialized in building homes and structures across Oregon. As a general contractor, I have built a business and created many jobs in our community. I have been owner and operator of Custom Construction Services since 1987, specializing in the design and construction of custom […]
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Opinion: New tax puts Oregon schools, students on stronger pathway to future

These are the stories we heard over and over during the past year on the legislative Student Success Committee. After touring 77 schools across the state, it’s clear there is a mental-health crisis in Oregon, blowing up classrooms with behavioral disorders and emotional outbursts. Source: Opinion: New tax puts Oregon schools, students on stronger pathway […]
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Opinion: Stem mental health crisis by funding local treatment options

Recently, the Oregonian has focused on the intersection of our mental health and criminal justice systems, particularly the “aid and assist” population housed at the Oregon State Hospital. As an emergency room physician, I see our mental health crisis play out on the front line in our emergency departments. As a county commissioner, I see […]
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Oregon carbon reduction greenhouse gas most important climate bill

House Bill 2020, the Oregon Climate Action Plan currently moving through the State Capitol, establishes a carbon reduction program tailor-made for our state’s families and businesses. As a volunteer board member representing Salem with the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB), which was created by voters to advocate for residential utility customers, I especially support HB […]
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Oregon legislators abandon bill removing non-medical vaccine exemption

As an organization invested in the health of every person in our communities, we were extremely disappointed to that the Oregon Legislature abandoned HB 3063, a bill that would have eliminated parents’ ability to opt out of vaccinating their children prior to school attendance without a medical exemption. Source: Oregon legislators abandon bill removing non-medical […]
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Nichole Harden: Reform private home care agencies – Opinion

Oregon legislators have a chance right now to make a real difference in the lives of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities, as well as those of the in-home care providers who work with them. SB 669, a bill up for a vote in the Legislature this session, would make needed reforms to the […]
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Kim Callinan: Codify improved Death with Dignity Act

Opponents of medical aid in dying, an end-of-life care option that allows terminally ill adults to peacefully end their suffering, are hyperbolizing the impact of the amendment (SB 579) the Oregon Legislature approved on Wednesday to the state’s first-in-the-nation Death with Dignity law. It is the model for the practice of medical aid in dying […]
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On the Klamath: To save the salmon, close hatcheries

In 2021, four large dams on the Klamath River are due to be demolished, in part to revive the river and Klamath Basin salmon. But unless salmon hatchery operations are discontinued soon afterward on the river, the effort will founder. Allowing hatchery salmon to mix with struggling native salmon after removing the dams is like […]
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National Popular Vote versus local rights

The National Popular Vote (NPV) is rolling across the U.S. Although the popular vote initiative sounds reasonable on its surface, the devil is in the details. The NCSL (National Conference of State Legislators) website states: “The National Popular Vote (NPV) movement emerged in late 2006 and has slowly gain some steam since then. Source: National […]
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Guest column: Job outlook for college graduates… is college worth the time and money?

Why do students shell out tens of thousands of dollars per year at colleges? So they can get jobs … in theory. Today, 53% of graduates are overeducated for their positions, meaning they did not need to go to college to obtain the job that they have. Why are so many graduates facing this issue, […]
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