BY JIM CARTER | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Over the years, smart investments made in regional infrastructure — rivers, rails, runways and roads — have provided Oregon businesses with efficient and cost effective access to foreign markets. This fall the Portland City Council will make a decision that has statewide, if not national, implications for Oregon’s continued trade strength — the annexation of West Hayden Island.
BY MARI WATANABE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Imagine being a person of color, raised in a diverse community and then moving to the Portland region only to find out that it is the whitest major city in the country, according to the U.S Census. Then imagine being the employer who recruits me, but then I leave because I cannot find my ethnic community.
BY SEN. ALAN BATES | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
The practice of suction dredge mining has been limited or stopped in Washington, California, Idaho and all federal lands. Yet, suction dredge mining is one of two placer gold mining activities still commonly found in Oregon, often in our state’s most remote and beautiful rivers, and the same watersheds that have historically supported strong salmon and trout fisheries.
BY GREG ADDINGTON | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
It is time for the people of Oregon to be heard on the Klamath Settlement and it is time for real leaders in Washington to step up, confront the hard questions, and take up the Settlement in a meaningful way.
BY MARGARET KIRKPATRICK, BILL THORNDIKE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS
Education reforms are important, but they shouldn’t distract us from boosting our state’s commitment to post-secondary education as the pathway to opportunity for our people and prosperity for our state. That commitment will require not only reform but investment.
BY SEN. ALAN OLSEN | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Last week the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources voted on two bills to ban legally permitted small-scale mining operations on Oregon's waterways. I voted against both bills for one simple reason: not once was the committee presented with scientific evidence that the practice of small-scale suction dredge mining is damaging to the environment.
BY RYAN DECKERT, NIK BLOSSER AND J. DAVID ZEHNTBAUER | OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS
If what we strive for as a state is education over incarceration, now is the time for business leaders and elected officials to face Oregon’s expensive public safety system with the same courage and forward-thinking that has made Oregon famous in the health care reform arena.
BY DEBBIE KITCHIN | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Oregon is one of the least affordable states in the country for child care. The average cost of enrolling a toddler at an Oregon day care center now exceeds the cost of college tuition at our public colleges and universities.
BY SCOTT DAHLMAN | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
It’s hard to believe there’s anything more about GE foods to debate. But once again, activists are trying to raise public fears about genetically engineered foods.