Community shines through rainy weather
Often it is when things go exactly opposite as planned that true character is revealed.
I-O awards reflect well on community
It’s award season at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer.
Standardized tests for nonstandard kids
Humans come in all shapes, sizes and colors — and abilities. Students are no different. So why are they all tested with one test while in school?
Another great show for the Fourth of July
Even the threat of historically high temperatures didn’t keep the spectators or participants away from the Fourth of July festivities last weekend.
Our nation’s Declaration of Independence
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
For a moment last week, we were holding our breath. A favorite part of the Fourth of July weekend in Polk County — Falls City Third of July celebrations — might not happen.
Student health center good for all
If you haven’t heard about it, Central Health and Wellness Center will provide all students in Polk County — and, well, the entire community — with health, mental health and dental care.
Focus should be on students
The state legislators are again attacking the future of education, attempting to put a stop to fifth-year programs such as Dallas High School’s Extended Campus.
Class of 2015 blazes ahead
Congratulations, high school graduates.
Positive role model sends can-do message
Western Oregon University has a true gem on the athletics staff. While the athletes compete for glory in competition, this person is content to be in the background.
All welcome at Relay for Life
Everyone in the community is welcome to join the Relayers at the event and help “Give Cancer the Boot.” Plenty of activities throughout the day and well into the evening are scheduled, so even if you’re not on a team, you can find something that may interest you.
Take a closer look around Polk County
Welcome to “Polk Wonderland,” nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, a county filled with more wonders than imagined and plenty of choices and opportunities to explore for a lifetime.
SB 322’s death provides hope
The Oregon Senate Committee on Education made a wise choice when it allowed Senate Bill 322 to die in committee
Districts dodge bullet this time
It’s time for those in the Capitol to pay it forward for these kids to get a better education.
Transparency helps public trust officials
The public should be outraged when lawmakers directly attack transparency, for with no transparency there can be no accountability.