Category Archives: Opinion

Editorial: Ballot measures won’t stop walkouts

While most people are laser-focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon labor unions want to do something about another problem: the legislative walkouts. Source: Editorial: Ballot measures won’t stop walkouts | Opinion | bendbulletin.com

Editorial: Breaking the silence about opioid epidemic

Every day we get the latest on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. How many people tested positive, and how many have died. The number rolls higher and higher every day as our political leaders struggle to find a way to slow its spread. But there’s another, more deadly, epidemic that has swept across the U.S. over […]
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States and cities should brace themselves for a downward spira

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 Some states still haven’t recovered from the last recession. They could face worse now. States are facing […]
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Opinion | Trump Wants to ‘Reopen America.’ Here’s What Happens if We Do.

Play with this model below by moving the slider to change the length of time that controls are in effect, and you’ll see the impact on lives lost.

Our view | Washington demonstrates rare unity of purpose

The news on Wednesday morning that the White House and Senate leaders reached a pact on a massive relief bill was good news and will hopefully set the stage for a brighter future for the entire nation. The size of the emergency relief bill — $2 trillion — is historic. Yet, we are now mired […]
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Trump’s goal of sending people back to work early is reckless

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 Trump’s goal of sending people back to work early is reckless. WHEN THE 18-deck cruise liner Diamond […]
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Opinion | A Simple Plan to Help Our Hospitals

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No cure for Kate Brown’s chronic tentativeness: Steve Duin column

On a weekend that demanded unflinching, proactive leadership, Oregon once again settled for Gov. Kate Brown. When the state needed a mandated stay-home order last Friday, Brown flinched. When we were desperate for some long-overdue resolve in the battle with COVID-19, Brown was nowhere to be found. Source: No cure for Kate Brown’s chronic tentativeness: […]
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State needs to be a stronger partner with public in coronavirus fight | Opinion

Gov. Kate Brown and her leadership team should embrace a few ideas as the fight against the coronavirus pandemic enters its next phase. Among them: make decisions through the lens of what serves public health in order to quell this crisis and prepare to deal with the economic crisis that is unfolding. Source: Editorial: State […]
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State sends message of ‘wait’ to students who don’t have time: Opinion

The Oregon Department of Education has cautioned school districts against offering online learning out of concerns that they won’t be able to deliver education equitably, writes Kurt Van Deren, who teaches high school in Molalla. But by approaching the problem in a different way, districts can use this valuable time to serve all their students. […]
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