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ANOTHER VOICE: Parent and teacher despairs over ‘out of control’ standardized tests

Mandated standardized state testing is now officially out of control.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 18

See ‘Full Monty’; Nestle clarification; Thankful for vaccines; 100 percent immunity

Governor’s Exit: Kitzhaber served well, but now serves by ending the distraction – for now

The circumstances surrounding Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s decision to leave office today remain cloudy at best, but the governor made the right move. Kitzhaber was simply a distraction at a time when state lawmakers need focus.

ANOTHER VOICE: Assessing a new opportunity for improving Oregon education

As Chief Education Officer, one of my roles is to listen to feedback about what is working well and where there are opportunities to improve our systems to better support students. One of the concerns often voiced as I travel across the state is about over-testing.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 14

Oil train concerns; Appreciation for ‘Props’; Bumper sticker humor

Tide Out: Kitzhaber’s shell game must stop

By now, the wave building toward the Salem beach has probably crashed.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 11

‘Pulpit props’ in letters, Watch for pedestrians; ‘I am schizophrenic’; Work with Republicans

Project Graduation: It’s ‘only’ February, but still the season to support an important program

The unseasonably warm weather we’ve seen points us even earlier than usual toward spring.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Deep soul and rare records: Ural Thomas and the Pain plays HR

A unique R&B-soul band is coming to Hood River on Friday, Feb. 13, and even if you’re superstitious, we should be treating this show like it’s our lucky day.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 7

Walden’s two faces; Community immunity

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Danger Zone: Improvement or impairment?

The amenities and upgrades on State Street are visible now that the Urban Renewal streetscape project is done: new pavement, better and wider sidewalks, underground utilities, landscaping, and pedestrian plazas featuring benches, drinking fountains, and more.

Editor's notebook: Running into the ‘what-if motif’ and trying not to nickel-and-dime the odds

A recent visit to Eugene took me to some interesting intersections, figuratively and literally.

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 4

E-fixated danger; Duck pond; Vaccination; more

Voting rolls: Give automatic DMV method a pass, for now

Driverless cars may be a thing of the future, but do we need more clueless voters?

Sunday drinking: Keep The Beast on the field; after halftime, pass the dessert

Football fans around Oregon are gearing up for this weekend’s Super Bowl match-up on Sunday as our neighbors to the north defend their title in the big event.