Columbia County's Opinions

FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor published April 28.
April 28, 2017

Letters

by Readers
Seventeen letters that pretty much cover Columbia County's sweeping political landscape as the May 16 election closes in. Ballots were mailed Wednesday. Here's a chance to find out who your…
FILE PHOTO - Ward
April 28, 2017

PUD leaves the door wide open for speculation

by Nancy Ward
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 as the PUD's Subdivision 1 representative.…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dreeszen
April 28, 2017

How to foster relationships with confident Christians

by Ciara Dreeszen
Ciara Dreeszen is a junior at Scappoose High School, where she focuses on journalism and creative writing. She plans to attend Oregon State University after graduation to pursue a career as an…


FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor published in the April 21 issue of the Spotlight.
April 21, 2017

Letters

by Readers
More than 84 inches of commentary originating from the Columbia County community. Political hopefuls have their fans and detractors out in force as the May 16 special districts election comes…
PORT OF ST. HELENS IMAGE - An aerial shot of Port Westward, on the Columbia River
April 14, 2017

Port launches yet another bad PR campaign

by Darryl Swan
The Port of St. Helens Commission advanced an application to rezone high quality farmland into industrial property, but is not sharing application details with the public. Not only is it a bad…
File photo
April 14, 2017

Letters to the editor

by Readers
Candidate endorsements for school boards, Port of St. Helens; Readers speak out against Port efforts to re-zone farm land; Reflecting on the origins of Easter
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:  - 'I watched people attempt to defend themselves from a higher tax rate without the proper appraisal, they had no way to defend themselves. This was very sad to watch, especially considering this county is so poor anyway.' - Daniel Knutson, Scappoose
April 07, 2017

Letters

by Pamplin Media Group
Missile program would be a waste, getting fleeced with Columbia County tax assessments, enough already with tax-happy Oregon, on candidate stumps
FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt
April 01, 2017

Grants help cities be strategic about economic development…

by Rep. Brad Witt
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, and Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, hosting town hall meetings Saturday, April 1, in St. Helens and Vernonia.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY - A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from a THAAD battery located on Wake Island during the U.S. Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency's Flight Test Operational (FTO)-02 Event 2a. During the test, the THAAD system successfully intercepted two air-launched ballistic missile targets, the agency reported.
March 31, 2017

Letters to the editor

by Readers
Missile defense is a national priority, stumping for a return of Chris Iverson to the Port of St. Helens Commission.
FILE PHOTO -  Some residents are concerned loose building codes could allow developers to erect tall buildings along the St. Helens waterfront. Currently, the tallest building in the area is the Muckle Building on the Strand, which is 55 feet.
March 31, 2017

Building height restriction needed to preserve waterfront

by Jeannine "JJ" Duehren
Jeannine 'JJ' Duehren is a long-time small business owner, including owner of rental properties in St. Helens. She is spearheading an effort to preserve height restrictions for buildings along…

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FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt
Mar 25, 2017

Legislative report: Pole truck permits, Bill of Rights for…

by Rep. Brad Witt
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, discusses pole truck permits, Bill of Rights for siblings of foster children, and private grave site access
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Equipment on the construction site of Dutch Canyon Estates in Scappoose preps a water-logged parcel Monday, March 13.
Mar 24, 2017

Letters

by Readers
More questions about Scappoose School District's Open Enrollment policy, Port Commission options, violations apparently no problem for DR Horton homebuilders
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - WITT
Mar 19, 2017

Success of OWEB's programs, budget allocation in context of…

by Rep. Brad Witt
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, notes the value of Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board natural resources initiatives, and notes their significance in light of the state's budget crisis.
FILE PHOTO - JUPE
Mar 17, 2017

Placing Scappoose School District's long-range planning in…

by Stephen Jupe
Scappoose School District Superintendent Stephen Jupe offers talking points about the district's long-range plannning initiatives.
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The Scappoose Kiwanis Club annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. at Grant Watts Elementary School.
Mar 17, 2017

Letters to the editor

by Pamplin Media Group
Donations for Scappoose Easter Egg hunt, assessing the value of our citizenship (i.e. What is more important, watching sports and checking Facebook or being a citizen?) and expectations of a…
Mar 14, 2017

My View: Commission applauded for following the science

by Joan Dukes
A Kitzhaber policy has failed to meet its own goals, so panel 're-balanced' it.
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Allen: Many citizens believe consent is mandatory. Police officers insist citizens understand consent is voluntary, so why are they against the legislation?
Mar 10, 2017

Where do we draw the blue line?

by Bill Allen
Op-ed from St. Helens resident Bill Allen regarding proposed legislation requiring police officers to give a Miranda-like warning prior to conducting searches
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Letters published 3/10/2017
Mar 10, 2017

Letters to the editor

by Readers
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 2 or more years in service area; Scappoose…
FILE PHOTO - Witt
Mar 10, 2017

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

by Rep. Brad Witt
Weekly legislative update by Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie. Witt serves House District 31
Mar 03, 2017

Letters

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