Letters to the editor

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Jeff Campbell of Scappoose struck a chord with is letter regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election --- big money influence has been running…

Opinion: Curry fountain worth the wait, and there's more…

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Patience. Sometimes we forget about it in the workaday rush, expecting life events to unfold at lightning speed. The Scappoose Rotary Children's…

Silence in midst of dehumanizing acts is a betrayal

South County Spotlight - Opinion
St. Helens' Danner Christensen writes about the dehumanization that occurs when politicians scapegoat undocumented residents as the cause of…

Letter: The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Think the Russians are a big problem with our election system? Think again. Since Citizens United, our electoral system has been compromised by an…

Letters

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Reflections on 'Jackass Joe,' Habitat's response to disaster, comments from a St. Helens arts commissioner

Non-participant complaints of highway sculptures demean…

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Al Petersen of St. Helens argues the public had ample time to weigh in on Gateway Sculpture projects, and excuses for not doing so and complaining…

Letters

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Problems with Port Westward proposal; SOLVE clean-up a success on Multnomah Channel; community showed up for Columbia City Celebration

Public art should bind communities, not divide them

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Enthusiasm for public art funding is jeopardized when the supposed beneficiary of the funding, the majority public, dislikes the final product

Letters

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Is this an attempt to tax the people who don't drink and don't smoke? Find your money in newly leased marijuana op.

Letter: Hey buddy, can you spare $8.5 million?

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When did you and I agree to subsidized wholly for-profit companies? The costs just don't match the benefit.

Letter: Land planned for industry is rare fertile farmland

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This land is a unique habitat, historical and a cultural treasure, not to be raped by money-hungry corporations

'The Day That Will Live in Infamy'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Tom Ford is a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4362. He lives in Scappoose.

The good, bad and ugly on display in wake of Harvey

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Columbia County residents have a history of showing up when disaster strikes to aid victims. We are already seeing the same in aftermath of Harvey

Letters

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Thanks for Black Tie & Blue Jeans success; lack of data for sugary drink tax in St. Helens; brains, not greed, needed for Port Westward rezone…

Letter: Bonamici missed an opportunity with her polarizing…

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Charles W. Stauffer of St. Helens asserts U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici could have been a voice of unity, rather than stoke further divisiveness

Letter: Protect farmland and a legacy for our children

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Goble's Alison Derum offers commentary on the importance of preserving farmland at Port Westward, urging a 'no' vote on rezone

OPINION: Oregon fire marshal plays negligent, risky game by…

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UPDATE: The state Fire Marshal's Office stated today, Aug. 25, that Mr. Youngberg has been placed on stand-down status. More details at end of…

Letter: Some people just get things done

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When projects hit a roadblock, Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, can clear a path forward

Letter: A time to decide

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Columbia City's Joe Turner notes that, for Columbia County, it's a time to decide if it wants to be Portland bedroom community or something else

Letter: Sen. Johnson to speak at Veterans Breakfast

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Tom Ford of VFW Post 4362 extends invitation to monthly Veterans Breakfast where Sen. Betsy Johnson is scheduled to speak

OPINION: All-important words guiding St. Helens

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There are certain words, argues St. Helens' Stephen Topaz, that when spoken in St. Helens grants the speaker great power.

OPINION: County commissioners should listen to the people…

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Nancy Whitney, of St. Helens, urges Columbia County Commissioners Henry Heimuller, Alex Tardif and Margaret Magruder to vote 'no' on the Port…

Letters to the editor

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Port rezone is a bad idea and compromises soils; Nob Hill Community Park is a community asset

Letters

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A challenge to Global's neighborliness; not sold on Port Westward rezone; wary of St. Helens urban renewal

Probes, leaks show how top public officials let the public…

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Absent leaked reports, we would never know the truth of public officials' bad behavior

Letters

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Life along the Columbia River as it was; pot farm problems; farmland in peril; thanks Sen. Johnson

CRFR report exposes more than division chief findings

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Duty vehicles for personal use, political retaliation and much more noted in report

Education budget improves, but we're not there yet

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At $8.2 billion, budget marks 11% increase --- but $200 million more needed to hit target

Letters

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Concern for St. Helens marijuana grow operation on city property; Oregon is violating 2nd Amendment

Your home is being invaded - act before it's too late

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Commentator Hal Ritz warns you will be victimized in your own home and in broad daylight if Trump's BPA proposal passes

Letter

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Letters to the editor published July 7, 2017: Columbia City's Joe Turner sounds off on the Oregon Transportation Plan

Tax reform will wait, except for rollback on small…

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Rep. Brad Witt lives in Clatskanie and represents Oregon's 31 District. He can be reached at Rep.BradWitt@state.or.us.

Spotlight's new look honors past, embraces the future

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PMG President Mark Garber delves into the messaging behind the Spotlight's new look and name, all with an eye to the future of community journalism.

Scappoose School Board mishandled Jupe evaulation, digging…

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Elected Scappoose school officials make misteps in management of district superintendent, fault the Spotlight for reporting

Letters to the editor

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A call for community help for Brenda Havlik; supports the Bakers following PUD fiascos; a first-hand opinion regarding the city of St. Helens

Building community, one smile at a time

South County Spotlight - Opinion
We remain in control of our own destinies, and you can make a change for the better by a simple act of kindness.

It's a bad time to push the National Popular Vote agenda

South County Spotlight - Opinion
We should avoid making lasting changes to our historical election processes and to rush a circumvention of our national Constitution.

Letters

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Thank you for Memorial Day support, questions about Portland mayor's attempt to limit free speech for the right.

With lawsuit settlement, turbulent PUD likely to now appear…

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Despite $1.3 million settlement with former employees, the numerous issues dominating PUD discourse for the past three years remain unresolved.

Letters

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Angst agaisnt those who pushed prosecution of the Bakers, making it a successful spring wine tasting at the Watts House

A Gen Z perspective: Technology zaps positivity,…

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Jacob Munoz, a junior at Scappoose High School, talks about the positivity gap he sees in his generation, and offers one easy fix

Letters to the editor

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As Memorial Day approaches, veterans reps from Scappoose and St. Helens offer commentary on ways to honor veterans and their service.

Bold actions needed to address state's $1.6 billion…

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Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatkskanie, offers a synopsis of some legislative actions being pursued to address the state's looming budget deficit.

The importance of 'adequate' administration

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Scappoose School District Superintendent Stephen Jupe offers information about school administrators factor into the student-learning equation.

Letters

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Warnings from the state AG's Office, new leadership at the Scappoose VFW, Byte Sized has big FIRSTs, a score of political ramblings, and much more.

For transgender athletes, situation and feelings…

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Chase Bakkensen, a junior at Scappoose High School, seeks answers to his questions about transgender athlete competition.

Letters

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Spotlight readers sound off about the upcoming election, the Port of St. Helens rezone effort, and much more in this week's letters installment.

Restrictions on ADUs loosen in wake of housing…

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Rep. Brad Witt, a Clatskanie Democrat, discusses legislative actions regarding the housing crisis, as well as efforts to protect vehicle owners'…

Letters

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Seventeen letters that pretty much cover Columbia County's sweeping political landscape as the May 16 election closes in. Ballots were mailed…

PUD leaves the door wide open for speculation

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Nancy Ward ran was was elected to the Columbia River PUD board of directors in the November 2016 election. She received 62 percent of votes to serve…

How to foster relationships with confident…

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Ciara Dreeszen is a junior at Scappoose High School, where she focuses on journalism and creative writing. She plans to attend Oregon State…

Letters

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More than 84 inches of commentary originating from the Columbia County community. Political hopefuls have their fans and detractors out in force as…

Port launches yet another bad PR campaign

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The Port of St. Helens Commission advanced an application to rezone high quality farmland into industrial property, but is not sharing application…

Letters to the editor

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Candidate endorsements for school boards, Port of St. Helens; Readers speak out against Port efforts to re-zone farm land; Reflecting on the origins…

Letters

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Missile program would be a waste, getting fleeced with Columbia County tax assessments, enough already with tax-happy Oregon, on candidate stumps

Grants help cities be strategic about economic…

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Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, and Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, hosting town hall meetings Saturday, April 1, in St. Helens and Vernonia.

Letters to the editor

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Missile defense is a national priority, stumping for a return of Chris Iverson to the Port of St. Helens Commission.

Building height restriction needed to preserve…

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Jeannine 'JJ' Duehren is a long-time small business owner, including owner of rental properties in St. Helens. She is spearheading an effort to…

Legislative report: Pole truck permits, Bill of…

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Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, discusses pole truck permits, Bill of Rights for siblings of foster children, and private grave site access

Letters

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More questions about Scappoose School District's Open Enrollment policy, Port Commission options, violations apparently no problem for DR Horton…

Success of OWEB's programs, budget allocation in…

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Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, notes the value of Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board natural resources initiatives, and notes their significance in…

Placing Scappoose School District's long-range…

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Scappoose School District Superintendent Stephen Jupe offers talking points about the district's long-range plannning initiatives.

Letters to the editor

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Donations for Scappoose Easter Egg hunt, assessing the value of our citizenship (i.e. What is more important, watching sports and checking Facebook…

My View: Commission applauded for following the…

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A Kitzhaber policy has failed to meet its own goals, so panel 're-balanced' it.

Where do we draw the blue line?

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Op-ed from St. Helens resident Bill Allen regarding proposed legislation requiring police officers to give a Miranda-like warning prior to conducting…

Letters to the editor

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The passing of anti-poverty warrior Bruce Hugo; annexed floating homes in Subdivision 1 should be able to run for, and hold, PUD office if they have…

With housing in mind, bills offer a leg up for…

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Weekly legislative update by Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie. Witt serves House District 31

Letters

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Letters response to Chris Brumbles' 'Spoiled brats' criticism of Democrat response to Trump presidential decisions.

Is Port officials' trip to Hawaii worth the $13K…

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The Port of St. Helens sent four people on a trip to Hawaii to attend an training and networking conference. Three commissioners --- a majority of…

Letters

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'Crybaby' response to Lions girls hoops upheaval, taking issue with 'Spoiled Brats' claim by Oath Keepers rep, perceived problems with the St. Helens…

Sponsored legislation allows veterans to 're-enter'…

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Guest column by Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, who represents Oregon's House District 31. He can be reached at Rep.BradWitt@state.or.us.

Public records overhaul encouraged, but doubtful it…

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Though discussion focused on a revised public records process in Oregon is a positive step forward, the law needs more teeth, and public officials…

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the editor published in the Feb. 10 issue. Readers comments on Port of St. Helens operations, the St. Helens City Council, and special…

A different point of view

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Larry Ericksen was elected in May 2015 to serve in the Position 3 seat on the Port of St. Helens Commission. He lives in Scappoose.

Letters

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Readers and Global Partners LP weighs in on recent question about Port of St. Helens transparency with operations at Port Westward.

Letters

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Letters to the editor for Jan. 27, including comments on PUD selection for Subdivision 1 and the St. Helens lagoon fill project.

What legacy will we leave for future generations?

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Commentary by Jim Lichatowich on fossil fuel supply and development efforts at the Port of St. Helens' Port Westward property.

Disturbed about Portland cleanup and effect on St.…

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Commentary from St. Helens Stephen Topaz regarding concerns about a proposal to fill the St. Helens wastewater lagoon with sediment from the Portland…

Letters

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A retort regarding the Columbia River PUD's appointment of Debbie Reed to fill the Subdivision 1 position, further concern about a plan to fill the…

Letters

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Letters to the editor for 1/13

Editorial: Two stand out for PUD's Subdivision 1…

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SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - OPINION: The PUD board should consider the appointment of either Joseph Burks or Barbara Fail to fill the Subdivision 1 director position.

A plea: We need veterans to help support our…

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Commentary from VFW Post 4362 Commander Tom Ford about the dire need for veterans to join service organizations and help out other veterans.

We get an 'F' in reducing waste, spending

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Op-ed from Joe Turner in Columbia City about the failings of government, and generally most people, when it comes to curbing spending.

Letters

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Letters to the editor published in the Jan. 6, 2017 issue of the Spotlight.
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