Columbia County's Opinions

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.
January 13, 2017

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

by Darryl Swan
The Columbia River People’s Utility District board of directors is poised to appoint one of three applicants to serve as the utility’s Subdivision 1 director through 2018. Of the three, only two…
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January 13, 2017

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Letters to the editor for 1/13 VFW wood raffle canceled Lousy weather and horrible roads, so VFW Post 4362 has decided to cancel the wood raffle we had scheduled for this weekend, Saturday, Jan.…
FILE PHOTO - VFW Post 4362 Commander Tom Ford, left, on Veterans Day at the Veterans Memorial at Scappoose Heritage Park.
January 06, 2017

A plea: We need veterans to help support our veterans

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


January 06, 2017

We get an 'F' in reducing waste, spending

by Joe Turner
Op-ed from Joe Turner in Columbia City about the failings of government, and generally most people, when it comes to curbing spending.
January 06, 2017

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Letters to the editor published in the Jan. 6, 2017 issue of the Spotlight.
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December 30, 2016

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A letter from Caroline Skinner, member of Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park, about the many park improvements that took place over the year 2016.
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December 30, 2016

The CRPUD board's missed opportunity

by Nancy Ward
Final thoughts on the recent “CRUD” election can be summed up in two words — missed opportunity. The room was packed to overflowing at the Columbia River People’s Utility District board meeting…
FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt
December 30, 2016

Preparing for the regular session as 2016 draws to a close

by Rep. Brad Witt
Commentary from Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, on the closing of 2016 and a preview of the February legislative session
December 30, 2016

Thanks for making charities a success

by Tricia Stockwell
Letter to the editor by Tricia Stockwell regarding success of Merchants' Toy N Joy and Scappoose Share & Care programs Thanks for making charities a success A big thanks to the vendors, sponsors…
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December 23, 2016

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Letters published Dec. 23, 2016 Larry Engstrom was a local hero Scappoose lost a great leader last week. Larry Engstrom was many things: a good father, faithful husband, upright and decent local…

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Dec 23, 2016

Is it CRPUD or CRUD?

by Leonard Peterson
Letter to the editor by Leonard Peterson regarding the CRPUD decision to appoint a board member, not Nancy Ward The people lost again. On Dec. 20, the Columbia River People’s Utility District…
Dec 23, 2016

Larry Engstrom was a local hero

by Wayne Mayo
Letter to the editor by Wayne Mayo of Scappoose regarding the passing of Larry Engstrom Larry Engstrom was a local hero Scappoose lost a great leader last week. Larry Engstrom was many things: a…
Dec 23, 2016

Community is needed to improve St. Helens

by Stephen Topaz
Letter to the editor by Stephen Topaz of St. Helens about the need for community to pull together to improve the city In the past few weeks in the city of St. Helens, there have been…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Scappoose school board members discuss development of a school-based health center at a work session in November. Problems finding a suitable location for the center, one that didn't require an expensive build-out, has brought the project to a standstill.
Dec 16, 2016

School-based health center is a healthy choice for Scappoose

by Darryl Swan
Flat-lining proposal to build a school-based health center in Scappoose is going to hit those who need it most the hardest.
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Dec 09, 2016

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Letters published Dec. 9, 2016 The giving poem ‘Twas just near the end of campaigning, and all through the town, partner agencies were worried, the pledges were down. Many had given but not…
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Dec 09, 2016

Running for a PUD board position not as easy as it sounds

by Nancy Ward
Running for Director, Subdivision 1, of the Columbia River People’s Utility District sounds like a straight-forward effort, doesn’t it? Even for someone who has no prior experience as a…
Dec 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.
Dec 02, 2016

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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.
Nov 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…
Nov 25, 2016

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