Category Archives: Opinion

Our Opinion: Concussion effort needs schools’ help

If educators truly care about the safety of the kids they teach, they should provide the requested records promptly so that this collaborative, solutions-focused project can better benefit student athletes, coaches, teachers and parents all over the state. We think that the safety of kids who play sports is important. We don’t think we’re alone. […]
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Weed’s day has come, but its destination is uncertain | Opinion |

Experts do not all agree how “4:20” became code for marijuana use, though one common view is that it began among a group of stoners at San Rafael High School in the San Francisco Bay Area. But how it stuck is easy to understand. Company quitting time was a mere 40 minutes away, so it […]
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Editorial: Guide can be a key resource in judicial races

It can be hard to vote for a judge. When judges run for election, they are almost always circumspect about what they say. So it can be challenging to figure who might be the best candidate. Source: Editorial: Guide can be a key resource in judicial races

Editorial: Gloom, doom mounts on state pension woes

Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a long story about how states across the nation (not just Oregon) are struggling with the mounting financial obligations of their public pension systems. The story caught our attention because it’s a topic of considerable interest to Oregonians — and also because the story focused, naturally, on Oregon. […]
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Editorial: PSU affair raises questions of academic freedom

People worried about what they see as an increasingly hostile attitude toward unconventional opinions and viewpoints on college campuses may want to keep an eye on an affair unfolding at Portland State University. A PSU political science professor named Bruce Gilley is under investigation by the university in a probe that appears to be linked […]
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Editorial: Did Gov. Brown pick the right priority for a special session?

GGov. Kate Brown has called for a one-day special legislative session in June to give some of the smallest businesses in the state — sole proprietorships — a tax break. We don’t know what to think about the tax break. We haven’t seen the proposal. A special session for smaller businesses does have advantages. It’s […]
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No place for motors | Editorial

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is considering allowing electric bicycles on Oregon beaches — including about 30 miles in Lane County — as well as some trails. We have one word for state parks officials: No. Current rules allow bicycles, but not e-bikes, on about 130 miles of trails and roads in state parks […]
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Editorial: National registry might have helped Hart children;

Just about everyone has seen the picture of young Devonte Hart weeping and hugging a policeman at a November 2014 Black Lives Matter rally in Portland. Most of those people also know what came earlier this year: Devonte, his adoptive parents and five siblings apparently all died in what authorities believe was a deliberate car […]
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Our view: Will ‘new’ NAFTA be better for ag?

Some Trump critics say the administration, despite the president’s bluster, is striking a more conciliatory tone in order to close the deal and claim victory. Donald Trump says the United States is close to reaching a deal with Canada and Mexico on changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, but there’s no word yet […]
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Editorial: Governor and Legislature need to do more about PERS

Sunday’s Bulletin featured a New York Times story highlighting the devastating math of Oregon’s public employees retirement system known as PERS. PERS has produced ridiculous outcomes. Consider former Oregon Health & Science University’s President Joe Robertson’s state pension of $76,111. A month. Mike Bellotti, the University of Oregon’s former football coach, had his retirement grossly […]
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