Category Archives: Guest Opinion

Welcome to Oregon, eclipse gazers: We need your help (Guest opinion)

While you’re stuck in traffic, take a look around. Oregon looks different from most places because fields and forests still separate towns from one another. That’s no accident. Source: Welcome to Oregon, eclipse gazers: We need your help (Guest opinion) | OregonLive.com

Welcome to Oregon, eclipse gazers: We need your help (Guest opinion)

While you’re stuck in traffic, take a look around. Oregon looks different from most places because fields and forests still separate towns from one another. That’s no accident. We voted to establish urban growth boundaries and gave everyone free access to the ocean beaches in the late 1960s and early 1970s under the leadership of […]
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Guest column: Focus on goal of providing health care

The other day I read an editorial from The Bulletin criticizing Oregon’s plans to provide health care for its citizens and concluding, “Instead of grand plans, Oregon needs to get the basics right. State government has shown a frustrating pattern of not being able to use health care dollars well.” The editorial also said, “There […]
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New organization offers end-of-life assistance | Guest Opinion

State Library Ed. Note: Story included since Oregon’s Death With Dignity Law is described. It has been 20 years since Oregon enacted the Death With Dignity Act. With that law Oregon became the first state to allow a dying individual to receive the assistance of a physician in death. It was a recognition that death […]
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Guest column: Bend 2030 ideas don’t address housing need for low-wage workers

The recommendations of the Bend 2030 housing workgroup, recently offered to Bend City Council, may not ease the housing burden of many of the people who live and work in Bend. The recommendations are designed to increase housing for those making $40,000 to $90,000 a year. But according to the Oregon Housing Alliance, the current […]
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Commentary: Why kids can’t write

On a bright July morning in a windowless conference room in a Manhattan bookstore, several dozen elementary school teachers were learning how to create worksheets that would help children learn to write. Judith Hochman, founder of an organization called the Writing Revolution, displayed examples of student work. A first-grader had produced the following phrase: “Plants […]
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My View: Workers without legal documents still pay taxes | Opinion

With anti-immigrant action and rhetoric emanating from the Trump administration, it is important for Oregonians to take stock of the contributions undocumented workers make to our state’s economy. Source: Pamplin Media Group – My View: Workers without legal documents still pay taxes

Guest column: Crooked River Ranch needs a different solution

Rep. Greg Walden is right to prioritize reducing the danger of wildfire at Crooked River Ranch, but other intertwined problems also affect our neighboring public lands. So far, Walden has ignored local collaborative efforts and the need for an all-inclusive solution. Neither of the fixes celebrated in The Bulletin’s recent editorial, “A second exit for […]
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Guest Opinion: Bills would improve the VA for Oregon veterans

Veterans in Oregon and across the country deserve quality care in a timely manner when they go to the VA. Unfortunately, long wait times at many facilities have resulted in delayed access to essential health services, especially in rural and underserved areas in Oregon. We can and must solve this problem, and I’ve sponsored legislation […]
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Matthew T. Mangino: A first step: Decriminalizing status offenses – Guest Opinion

Being a kid is difficult. For many young teens, misbehaving can be part of normal development. Being a kid is difficult. For many young teens, misbehaving can be part of normal development. Teens need to explore and take risks to understand social and personal boundaries. This process is not new — it has been around […]
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