How companies deal with a fear of change

People’s ability to cope with ever-more-complex gadgets, data, machines and documents may be reaching a neo-Luddite threshold of resistance.


Kindergarten tests leave us wondering

The assessment is intended to show where kids are on the first day of entering the public school system, more of an analysis of pre-kindergarten education than anything having to do with K-12.


Despite loss, Ducks prove to be winners

Even in defeat, the Oregon football team made many of its supporters and others proud.


Charitable giving a year-round affair

But Christmastime makes up just a small part of the 365 days on the calendar, and the need for assistance by members of our communities doesn’t magically disappear after the holidays are over at the snap of a finger.

Try something new to you during 2015


One of my favorite things about being a reporter is all the people I get to meet throughout the year.


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

In the spirit of the holiday season, we continue a tradition we revived in 2007 and reprint this classic editorial written by Francis P. Church from the 1897 New York Sun. It is in response to a letter to the editor received from a young girl looking for answers as to the existence of Santa Claus. We hope you enjoy it.


It’s time to resolve Perrydale dispute

Perrydale teachers have been working for nearly six months without a current contract, and it looks like it will be at least another month before they get one. Negotiations have been going on even longer, since February.


Lend a helping hand this holiday season

’Tis the season for giving. And this year, the need for individuals and businesses to contribute to local charities is as great as ever.


Help bolster holiday economy, shop local

When searching for that perfect gift for a family member or friend this season, consider doing your shopping close to home and supporting independently owned businesses here in Polk County.


Reflect, give thanks this special holiday

As many of us who live and work in Polk County prepare to gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, there is much to be thankful for as we enter the busy holiday season.


Adminstrator is key to Falls City's future

The Falls City City Council is in the midst of a discussion that may change the way the city operates.


Who says your vote doesn't matter?

We truly have learned that every vote really does count.


Different opinions should be welcome

The complaints were about two different types of tests, but both were about content choice.


*Welcome WOU students *Development of some old buildings a welcome sight *Celebrate all things hops this weekend in Independence park

*Welcome WOU students*Development of some old buildings a welcome sight*Celebrate all things hops this weekend in Independence park


Surge in enrollment good news for area

Both districts will need to take a close look at how the increase in enrollment will affect class size, and parents should be aware, too.