Category Archives: Guest Opinion

Now I get it — take out J.C. Boyle Dam with the other three | Guest Commentary 

For years I opposed removing the J.C. Boyle Dam while supporting removal of the Iron Gate, Copco I and Copco II dams on the Klamath River. Source: Now I get it — take out J.C. Boyle Dam with the other three | Guest Commentary |

Marching for science that’s vital to Oregon’s economy, environment and health (Guest opinion)

We are in the midst of an unprecedented assault on science and evidence-based policy which will have profound impacts in Oregon and beyond. The White House has proposed a massive 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency budget, which could reduce Oregonians’ access to clean air and water. A proposed 18 percent cut to […]
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A gross receipts tax would hurt Oregon’s small businesses (Guest opinion)

Oregonians need to know about some lawmakers’ plans to balance the state budget on the backs of small and homegrown Oregon businesses.  State Sen. Mark Hass’ latest plan to tax Oregon sales is even worse than Measure 97, and his homework appears to be “lazy” and “amateur” — they very words he used to describe […]
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A change to public employee healthcare could help Oregon schools, graduations rates (Guest opinion)

During my time in the Legislature, and particularly as co-Speaker of the Oregon House, Oregonians were clear about their priorities. They wanted us to increase access to healthcare, improve its delivery, and prioritize predictable education funding that would improve graduation rates while getting more money into the classroom. Source: A change to public employee healthcare […]
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Cascade-Siskiyou expansion: Who makes our nation’s laws, the president or Congress? (Guest opinion)

Presidents of the United States, regardless of political party, should always follow the law. Separation of powers is the founding principle of our Constitution. Law Professor Michael Blumm’s guest opinion in The Oregonian/OregonLive (“A misguided attack on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument,” April 4) offers a different argument: Presidents should follow the law when it fits […]
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Guest Opinion: Bill would restore justice for those injured by negligence

The Oregon Legislature will soon be voting upon Senate Bill 737, a bill restoring justice to those who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of another. In 1987, the Legislature imposed in civil cases an arbitrary $500,000, one-size-fits-all cap on non-economic damages (physical pain, emotional distress, loss of lifestyle and deterioration of the […]
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Guest Opinion: Oregon taxpayers subsidize killing to benefit private business

The Oregon Legislature is in session right now struggling with a $1.6 billion hole in the budget. It will consider cuts to schools, universities, health care and underfunding voter-approved Measure 98, meant to support Oregon’s most at-risk students. Yet, the Legislature will be pressured to continue funding the violent slaughter of tens of thousands of […]
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Columbia Gorge Commission needs funding to meet today’s challenges

In 1986, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act passed Congress, championed by Oregon and Washington’s four Republican senators and their mostly Democratic House colleagues. The bill was approved by President Reagan. Oregon and Washington subsequently enacted a bi-state compact and agreed to fund the Gorge Commission — equally, and in an amount necessary […]
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Build career skills by taking our kids to work any day

Oregon’s four percent unemployment rate is the lowest in 40 years according to the state’s employment department and is projected to remain strong if the state continues to attract a growing and skilled labor supply. However, state economists anticipate that Oregon will need 70,000 new workers every year from now until 2024 to fill job vacancies. […]
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Oregon must act to block proposed pipeline | Opinion |

On March 7, the state of New York blocked construction of the Northern Access Pipeline, proposed to carry fracked gas 99 miles from Pennsylvania to Canada. Similarities to the proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline, from Klamath Falls to Coos Bay, are evident. Both proposals cross rural regions with hundreds of landowners subject to property condemnation, methane […]
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