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Letters published July 24, 2015

Thank you for supporting Summerfest

On behalf of the Scappoose Boosters, we would like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers of the 2015 Scappoose Summerfest.

This event would not have been a success without the generous support that you have provided and we deeply appreciate your generosity with both time and funding to make it happen again.

A big “thank you” to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly in the hot weather conditions this year. This was our fifth year, and considering the heat that Mother Nature provided, we were pleased to see both parades, music venue, carnival and vendor booths were well attended. Our hope is that the event will continue to grow each year and and we can once again make memories with new and old friends and neighbors and celebrate the community we hold dear.

Thank you again.

Dianna Holmes

Rene Pizzo

Janet Williams

Scappoose Summerfest directors

Agrees with assessment of Scappoose’s sex ed curriculum

I was greatly moved by the letter from John P. Robinson (see “Scappoose schools sex ed curriculum is disgusting,” July 17).

I, too, am angered and disappointed by the approach of the Scappoose School Board regarding sex education, as well as several other issues.

Robinson might want to consider entering his children in one of the private schools located in Columbia County. The school which I am personally aware of is the Scappoose Adventist School, which is located just north of Scappoose on Highway 30. They have a reputation for academic excellence and providing a strong Christian learning environment. The principal there is Kim Cornette and I’m sure she would be happy to give him a tour of the school and answer any questions he may have.  

Good luck to parents who are anxious to find something better for their children.

Robert Strube

Deer Island

Kudos to the Spotlight’s sports editor

John Howard has done it again. He has written a wonderful article (see Sports, “Torch run lights way for Special Olympics Oregon,” July 10) about Jeremy Malone and his involvement in Special Olympics.

Jeremy attends First United Methodist Church in St. Helens and is always enthusiastic and helpful. I am sure this picture and article just made his day.

Ginny Smyres


Good eggs

The Scappoose Volunteer Fire Fighters Association would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Bob Barnard and Scappoose Grocery Outlet for the generous donation of eggs for our annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast.

We would also like to say “thank you” to all of our great citizens. It was a huge success with approximately 650 people fed and enough donations collected to guarantee our scholarship program will continue for the class of 2016.

Thanks for making this a great community to serve.

Chrissy Cox


Why so much focus on so-called sex ed?

Kudos to Scappoose School Board member Lisa Maloney for having the courage to vote against “comprehensive sexual education.” 

Although the Scappoose School Board has adopted the curriculum, hopefully Maloney’s work and the work of Parents Rights in Education will have curbed some of the most toxic excesses of Brad Victor’s program.

Quite apart from the merits of this particular curriculum, why are we expending so much valuable time and resources on what some people call sexual education, when Oregon’s schools have the lowest graduation rate in the country, and even many of our high school graduates read at the sixth-grade level and have not mastered basic numeracy? 

They don’t have the basic academic skills or even the “soft skills” to fill many of the jobs which are now becoming available in Oregon.  

Chana Cox

North Plains