Category Archives: Guest Opinion

Guest column: State should mandate specific subjects

I am writing in response to The Bulletin editorial (Oct. 2 “Don’t micromanage high school curriculum”) concerning proposed state legislation to insure reference to the Holocaust in the teaching of history in Oregon. At first, I was sympathetic to The Bulletin’s argument that teachers ought to be able to have some ownership of their classroom […]
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Albright: Buehler’s education ‘fix’ is disingenuous

Knute Buehler, Republican candidate for governor, is being disingenuous when he says he will “fix” Oregon’s education system. Like he did in ads that blame Gov. Kate Brown for problems in education she inherited, he is now trying to make Colt Gill the scapegoat. He ignores the history that led to the challenges that have […]
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Editorial: Both candidates are wrong

Oregon’s top two gubernatorial candidates met Tuesday night for a third and final debate. Republican Knute Buehler of Bend squared off against Democratic Gov. Kate Brown at a television studio in Portland. While the two disagreed on many things, their views on childhood vaccination were remarkably similar and, unfortunately, just plain wrong. Neither one sees […]
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Time is right to have conversation about outdoor responsibility in Oregon

Love of outdoor recreation binds Oregon together. We find value in the time spent outside. Whether it’s storm watching on the coast, skiing on Mt. Hood, hunting in Eastern Oregon, or bird watching at the Malheur refuge, the connection to the outdoors bridges all demographics. People live here because beautiful, challenging landscapes sustain us and […]
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Incarcerated Pennsylvanians now have to pay $150 to read. We should all be outraged.

The policy is part of a trend of censorship in prisons. Every year, thousands of people in Pennsylvania prisons write directly to nonprofit organizations such as the one I co-chair with a request for reading material, which we then send to them at no cost. This free access to books has dramatically improved the lives […]
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We cannot let e-cigarettes become an on-ramp for teenage addiction

The technology that might help adults end one addiction cannot pull a generation of kids into a new one. At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are deeply concerned about the risks that e-cigarettes pose for children, given how quickly teenage use of these products has accelerated. Using a small battery to heat […]
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Guest column: Please vote ‘no’ on Measure 105

Unity and inclusiveness are part of our values. I am voting “no” on Measure 105 for three main reasons. One, because I am opposed to racial profiling and discrimination. Two, because our local law enforcement should not spend money from their limited budgets to do the job of federal immigration agents. And three, because I […]
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Opinion: Oregon needs a nonaffiliated primary

Nonaffiliated voters often feel left out of Oregon’s primary elections, and for good reason. It’s time to rethink our process. Oregon’s 873,904 nonaffiliated voters make up nearly one-third of the electorate. As the second-largest voting base in the state, there are more voters registered as nonaffiliated than in five of the top six parties in […]
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Clean Energy Jobs bill continues Oregon’s legacy of stewardship | Opinion

Tom McCall doesn’t have his name on a Portland park, and at least two Oregon schools, because he was soft on the environment. The former governor, a Republican, is revered because he bucked special interests and signed legislation that made Oregon what it is today. He protected our beaches, conserved our farmland and cleaned up […]
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Your View: Prescribed burning has no place

The Mail Tribune’s front page Sept. 30 asked, “What is being done” for what was the worst air in the nation this summer in our valley. The repeated solution is more logging, thinning, prescribed burning and salvage logging. And then Sen. Ron Wyden asked for funding for residents to seek refuge from the smoke, saying […]
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