Columbia County's Opinions

June 24, 2016

IGA between fire districts is a step in the right direction

by Darryl Swan
There are numerous reasons to support the recent intergovernmental agreement between Scappoose Fire and Columbia River Fire and Rescue fire districts allowing for one fire chief — SFD Chief Mike…
June 24, 2016

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters published June 24, 2016 Backing Mayo in November I’ve known Wayne Mayo for over 30 years and he’s my choice for Columbia County commissioner. Wayne has many outstanding qualities that…
June 21, 2016

Our opinion: Governor needs to oppose gross receipts tax

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest attempt to…


June 17, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate…

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding election-year tradition of inviting the two major candidates for…
LICHATOWICH
June 17, 2016

The day the city of Mosier became an externality

by Jim Lichatowich
On Thursday, June 9, I attended a news conference in Mosier. Six days earlier, 16 tanker cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed and ignited in a fireball at the edge of town. After exiting…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Gery Fiebich, a corrections deputy at the Columbia County Jail, unloads a meal cart for inmates. Fiebich is one of several jail deputies hired after the county approved of a three-year levy to fund jail operations.
June 17, 2016

Approaching 3-year mark, JOCAC reports jail is 'extremely well…

by (none)
In May 2014, the citizens of Columbia County approved a tax levy — Measure 5-238 — to provide an operating levy to operate the Columbia County Jail for three years. One provision of this levy…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A Bakken oil-by-rail transport passes through Columbia County en route to the Global Partners LP transloading facilty at Port Westward in 2015.
June 14, 2016

Bakken crude oil: Worth it for Columbia County?

by Darryl Swan
It wasn’t without dueling senses of irony and inevitability we watched the events in Mosier play out last week with the Union Pacific oil train derailment. Just a couple weeks earlier, on May…
June 07, 2016

Oil-by-rail regulators outline safety initiatives

by Pamplin Media Group
Earlier this year, we wrote about actions the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have taken to increase the safety and…
May 27, 2016

PUD directors need to stick to approved general manager hiring…

by Darryl Swan
Though the Columbia River People's Utility District has not had a full-time, permanent general manager since December 2014, it's encouraging the board did not toss aside its established…
FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor for May 27, 2016
May 27, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Readers
Letters published May 27, 2016 As Memorial Day approaches, a reflection on the community’s generosity The generosity demonstrated by the citizens of our community this past weekend on the…

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May 26, 2016

Our Opinion: Gross receipts tax would only hurt those it aims to…

by Editorial Board
A new analysis by state economists should make public employees think twice about the harm they’d do to low-income Oregonians if the unions and their backers succeed in pushing through a gross…
May 20, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor published May 20, 2016 Community generosity makes Buddy Poppy fundraiser work Memorial Day is the 30th of May, and is observed on the last Monday of the month, a three-day…
May 06, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Letters published May 6, 2016 Many reasons to support public transit district I have some very special — and personal — reasons for supporting the creation of a County Wide Transportation…