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September 12, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for Sept. 12, 2014 You’re welcome This is a thank-you to the reporters who write for the Spotlight. My guess is local government operates without oversight and is prone at…
Brad Witt.
September 05, 2014

Considerations as fall begins in District 31

by Brad Witt
By Rep. Brad Witt As days get shorter and mornings take on that crisp, fresh smell of fall in the Northwest, students head back to school. We start looking forward to the fall routines.…
September 05, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters from readers for 9-5-2014 Who does Heimuller work for? Columbia County Commissioner Henry Heimuller’s largest out-of-state campaign contributors in 2014 are BNSF Railway Co. and Portland…
September 05, 2014

Rules unfairly favor tenants, not landlords, in rental agreements

by Clifford Howard
I have talked about it to a lot of my friends and would really like to say something about why landords charge the fees they do and check potential renters out in such detail. The laws in Oregon…
August 29, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters from readers published Aug. 29, 2014 Radio show to explore coal, crude oil issues Clean Columbia County has just signed to host a one hour radio program on KOHI, on the dial at 1600 AM.…
August 29, 2014

Statewide policy on ICE holds needed

by Sharon Bonn
Commentary from Sharon Bonn of St. Helens The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was created in response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and initiated the joining in 2003 of U.S. Immigration…
August 29, 2014

County leaders must take a stand on climate change

by Darryl Swan
Commentary from William Allen of St. Helens Climate change. Climate change! When you mention these two words, many people’s eyes glaze over. The topic seems to invoke concern, apathy or denial,…
August 22, 2014

Port Westward projects come into focus

by Darryl Swan
This week saw developments that brought into focus how two controversial projects will play out at Port Westward. First, the Oregon Department of State Lands on Monday, Aug. 18, resoundingly…
August 22, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters from readers for the 8/22 issue Veterans Park monument passes another milestone Another phase in the ongoing project of the “Armed Forces Monument” at Veteran’s Park has been completed.…
August 15, 2014

We want the full story on the Greisen investigation

by Darryl Swan
Last week, we published findings related to an investigation into the discovery of cash and bank receipts found in a locked drawer in former Scappoose Police Chief Douglas Greisen’s office as he…

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Aug 15, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters from readers published Aug. 15, 2014 Log trucks are the culprit Now that the county has “repaired” parts of Cater Road and elsewhere, I wonder if all that new money for the Sheriff’s…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jim Lichatowich
Aug 08, 2014

Salmon have been left out of the plan

by Jim Lichatowich
Jim Lichatowich lives in Columbia City and is the author of two award-winning books about salmon, "Salmon Without Rivers" (1999) and "Salmon People and Place" (2013). In the 1930s, the federal…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Christensen
Aug 08, 2014

Protect taxpayers from oil operations liability

by Danner Christensen
Danner Christensen is the co-founder of the activist group, Envision Columbia County. He lives in St. Helens. Columbia County commissioners Tony Hyde, Henry Heimuller and Earl Fisher deserve…
Aug 08, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters from readers for the Aug. 8, 2014 issue Stop oil export runaround The Wall Street Journal published July 31 reports that Enterprise Products Partners LP successfully lobbied the U.S.…
Aug 01, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters from readers for the Aug. 1, 2014 issue Leveling the playing field The July 26 Wall Street Journal reports that a Chinese solar panel company, Trina Solar Ltd., among others, has been…
Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
Aug 01, 2014

Restoring jail staff levels will not happen overnight

by Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
A column by Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson I sympathize with the family of 1-year-old Paxton Pitts, after the woman who was convicted of assaulting him was released from jail early.…
Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt
Aug 01, 2014

Student Placido honored Columbia County with contribution to…

by Rep. Brad Witt
A column by Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, who represents Oregon's House District 31 Rainier Junior/Senior High School student David Placido and his history teacher, Andrew Demko, were recently…
Jul 28, 2014

Considerations beyond Port Westward

by Darryl Swan
The story of Seely Mint Farm north of Clatskanie is increasingly a story of success for Columbia County. In fact, Seely Mint, which is a family-owned 450-acre organic mint farm, harbors real…
Jul 28, 2014

Letters

by Swan, Darryl
Letters from readers published July 25, 2014 Heaven forbid we stop corporate welfare I would like to address comments made in local newspapers. I will agree to a fraction of the improvements…
Sep 05, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters to the editor for the June 6, 2014 issue Disappointed with apathy I was disappointed no one has addressed the apathy of the Columbia County voters. It is unbelievable issues such as the…