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 TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR
I’ve recently come to realize it’s hip to be square. I decided this some months ago when I was helping present a powerful workshop to a corporate group, and one participant – let’s call him Joe – almost missed the boat.
BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Oregon prides itself on being a small-business state, but its moms-and-pops and start-ups are not feeling loved. According to a recent survey of small business owners, the state's economy is worse off than the rest of the country.
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 EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR
Investment in renewable energy manufacturing and projects in Oregon totals over $9 billion, according to a new report by the Renewable Northwest Project released for Earth Day.
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