Columbia County's Opinions

December 02, 2016

The loneliness of moral courage

by Danner Christensen
St. Helens resident Danner Christensen weighs in on a recent walkout by Scappoose High School students, who were protesting a recent increase in verbal and physical assault offenses
PHOTO COURTESY OF SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - Scappoose Fire District responded to a structure fire on Riverside Lane on Nov. 23. Firefighters spent several hours on scene extinguishing the blaze. One friend of the family believes Scappoose Fire's posting of photos of the fire on its Facebook page reflects questionable judgment.
December 02, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Commentary about the recent election, thoughts about agricultural land targeted for an industrial rezone, disagreement with fire district's Facebook photo policy.
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Mike Sheehan (left) and Nancy Ward review a press release distributed during a Columbia River PUD meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15. Ward and several others in floating homes say they deserve to vote in PUD elections, and the district should initiate the appropriate action to try to include ratepayers in floating homes along the Multnomah Channel.
November 25, 2016

PUD should seat Ward, then make the necessary annexations

by Darryl Swan
Editor's note: After this editorial had gone to press, the Oregon Elections Division affirmed the PUD's methods and interpretation of Nancy Ward's ineligibility to serve on the utility's board…


November 25, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Commentary submitted regarding the recent Columbia River PUD election, and a statement about our current two-party political system.
November 18, 2016

CRPUD statement regarding recent board election

by Pamplin Media Group
Below is a press release from the Columbia River People's Utility District regarding the result of the Nov. 8 election for Subdivision 1.
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November 18, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Letters published Nov. 18 Grateful for opportunity to serve As the holiday season approaches and I reflect on this past year and what is to come, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I would like to…
November 11, 2016

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters published Nov. 11, 2016
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November 11, 2016

Preserving the future at Port Westward

by Paulette Lichatowich
Conserving farmland would be a better use for the 837 acres at Port Westward.
SPOTLIGHT GRAPHIC - Remember: The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Please vote.
November 04, 2016

Taking measure of the local measures

by (none)
This week, we take a quick look and weigh in on eight measures specific to Columbia County. Following the same approach as last week’s candidate picks, we took a general poll of the Spotlight…
FILE PHOTO - Jail levy needed for continuation of a safe and secure community, Columbia County Circuit Court judges assert.
November 04, 2016

Functioning jail necessary to protect the community

by (none)
Op-ed courtesy of Columbia Count Circuit Judges Jenefer Stenzel Grant, Ted E. Grove and Cathleen B. Callahan We are the judges of Columbia County’s Circuit Court bench, and we would like your…

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SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor for Nov. 4, 2016
Nov 04, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Letters published Nov. 4, 2016 Mayo would bring quality traits, ethics to county commission I have known Wayne Mayo for over 30 years. You learn a lot about a person by working with him on the…
FILE PHOTO - Concern has been raised that St. Helens businesses were disregarded for participation in a small number of Spirit of Halloweentown events. Amanda Normine, who is the business development committee chair for SHEDCO, suggests a future work session to hash through some of the issues and, more importantly, find sensible solutions.
Nov 04, 2016

For St. Helens community, we need someone who cares

by Amanda Normine
St. Helens City Council and City Administrators: I am a local small business owner and am also the vice chair on the St. Helens Economic Development Corp. (SHEDCO) board of directors. I am…
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Oct 28, 2016

Spotlight candidate quick picks

by Darryl Swan
Who we're voting for in each contested race
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Oct 28, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Letters published in the Spotlight on Oct. 28, 2016 Voting for Magruder I am voting for Margaret Magruder for the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners. She says her priorities are: “a…
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Oct 21, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Readers
Letters published Oct. 21, 2016 Nancy Ward is the right choice To the people of Scappoose, Columbia River People’s Utility District, Subdivision 1: You have an extremely important decision to…
Oct 14, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Letters published Oct. 14, 2016 Vote for positive changes In May, we voters decided to elect Alex Tardif as county commissioner in place of a long-term incumbent. We did this because we want to…
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Oct 14, 2016

From the 'Sheriff's Desk'

by Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
Comments from Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson regarding Hightower murder investigation I am extremely proud of the way the Hightower homicide investigation was carried out in our county.…
Oct 07, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Letters published Oct. 7, 2016 To avoid continued community disrespect, vote Ward, Burge I would like to share a few thoughts on the upcoming election of a Columbia River People’s Utility…
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Oct 07, 2016

Once aware of domestic violence, there's no excuse for inaction

by Allison Brady
SAFE is a small nonprofit with a big mission. One of my jobs at SAFE is to ignite a fire under people to take action against domestic and sexual violence. I love this part of my job because I am…