Letter: White House ignorance and obscenities

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I object to this obscenity in the White House and this degrading of our nation to the world'

Letter: Need more CPAC involvement

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Columbia City's Paulette Lichatowich, a member of the Port of St. Helens Commissoin and Columbia County Planning Commission, solicits return of CPACs

Letter: Tax fraud

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The only way to have a de-weaponized IRS, which obviously intimidates lawmakers, is to go to a national sales tax'

Letter: Absolutely 'No' on Measure 101

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Send a message, again, that we will no longer take these oppressive taxes laying down

Letter: Vote 'no' on Measure 101

South County Spotlight - Opinion
What these angry voters and editors of the Spotlight clearly do not understand is that a truly free market in health care would be the best way to…

Letter: Driving into a future dead zone

South County Spotlight - Opinion
It is unconscionable that our political leaders not only turn a blind eye to the poisoning of our nation, but those in power now actually encourage it

Letter: Defense against craziness

South County Spotlight - Opinion
As Americans, we have a God-given responsibility to speak out in picture and word to defend our values and democracy

Secretary of State: Oregon fails 1 in 4 students

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Oregon leaders need to acknowledge that our educational system needs to use smarter approaches, better accountability and more options for at-risk…

Letter: Thoughts from the American hinterland

South County Spotlight - Opinion
World seems to be in an unknowable period of change, which may include a complete shuffling of political persuasions to the rise of artificial…

Letter: A Christmas blessing

South County Spotlight - Opinion
I was humbled and reminded again that Christmas is not about getting, but giving

Our opinion: Reflections on a momentous 2017

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Local connections to national news, long-awaited projects reaching conclusion, emergence of the metoo movement - 2017 had a lot to offer.

Letter: County needs innovation, not dirty industries

South County Spotlight - Opinion
We need honesty, innovation and a desire to make Columbia County more than a dumping ground for businesses that no other county wants

Letters for Dec. 29, 2017

South County Spotlight - Opinion
County needs innovation, not dirty industries; A Christmas blessing; Thoughts from the American hinterland

'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial in Sept.…

Letters for Dec. 22, 2017

South County Spotlight - Opinion
No one right, or wrong, about Port Westward; Crab feed in the works for St. Helens Senior Center; Not a fan of 'unhinged' Trump cartoon; political…

My View: Give to the arts by year-end

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregonians may get a 2017 tax credit for giving to the Oregon Cultural Trust and qualifying arts organizations by Dec. 31.

Letter: Merchants' Toy N Joy grateful for successful auction

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Toy N Joy and Holiday Hope programs will brighten the holidays for many children and families in need in our communities

Letter: Problems with Port director's logic

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Claims and conclusions made by Port of St. Helens Executive Director Doug Hayes have significant logical errors.

Letter: Upset with Magruder's vote on Port Westward

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Thankful for commentary critical of Columbia County Commissioners Margaret Magruder and Henry Heimuller's 'yes' vote on Port Westward rezone

Letter: Backroom deals to avoid Superfund cleanup

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Now we have a federal 'good old boy/girl' backroom deal attempting to avoid paying for the cleanup of poisonous, toxic chemicals affecting our life,…

Letter: Objecting to the proposed 'tax reform' bill

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Appeal to U.S. Rep. Greg Walden to put voters over donors and dismiss the so-called tax reform bill

County's actions, or lack therof, obstruct park plans for…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Frustrated by inaction for county to turn Chapman Landing into a park, and for the convoluted way the property was transferred from the Port of St.…

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Objections to tax bill; Superfund backroom deals; commissioners believe in fairy tales, unicorns and job growth projections at Port Westward; Our…

My View: Kids' health shouldn't be a budget bargaining chip

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Congress has cut funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program; Sen. Ron Wyden vows to fight for funding to allow the program to continue.

Letter: Port Westward zone change is a mistake

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Port Westward rezone decision is a mistake, and it will more than likely again be appealed to LUBA.

Letter: Port Westward - 'Rich as the Delta of the Nile'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
After reading this letter, you should be as upset as I am about Columbia County Commissioners Henry Heimuller and Margaret Magruder's vote on Port…

Letter: Antifa progressing toward more violence

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Why would one not think Antifa would condone violence against people in their own homes? That would be the logical progression.

Port director: Reflections on Port Westward

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Port of St. Helens Executive Director Doug Hayes offers his explanation for the need to rezone farmland at Port Westward for industrial use: It comes…

Letter: Rezone decision marks time for change

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Sad about Columbia County Commissioners Henry Heimuller and Margaret Magruder's decision to rezone quality farmland for industrial purposes.

Nob Hill Nature Park and Scappoose Bay Watershed Council:A…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Two nonprofit groups share conservation ethos and have found ways to help each other out over the past decade

Letter: Calling out the PUD on calendar

South County Spotlight - Opinion
PUD calendar notes the board directors are 'elected by the voters.' Is that true in the case of Debbie Reed?

Letter: Vote shows Tardif is voice of county's future

South County Spotlight - Opinion
In wake of Port Westward rezone decision, it's time Columbia County voters make a change.

Letters for Dec. 1

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Calling out the PUD; Port Westward rezone marks time for change; Tardif is future of county commissioners

OPINION: Reasons for Scappoose dog rescue investigations…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Investigations into All Terrier Rescue Hunters Crossing Inc. in Scappoose hoped to shed light on myriad complaints against dog rescue operation

Letter: Patriotism redux

South County Spotlight - Opinion
When we politicize national symbols and acts, such as the National Anthem, we are disrespecting our national values.

Letter: More on Antifa

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Just because some people dress up in masks and act like vandals and anarchists --- those who use any excuse to cause trouble --- it does not make…

Shopping local is in your best interest

South County Spotlight - Opinion
This holiday season, consider the value of shopping locally --- not only does it support your local business community, it aids the local consumer as…

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Successful American Legion fundraiser; our systems are rigged for corporations; problems with Antifa; Port Westward questions; news at the Scappoose…

Letter: Hold county commissioners accountable

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Express your opinion about preserving valuable farmland for future generations, and ensure commissioners vote down Port Westward rezone

Letter: A Veteran

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Veterans Day ceremony planned for Scappoose Heritage Park at the Veterans Memorial, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11

Letter: Not buying PCC bond

South County Spotlight - Opinion
No mention of any plan to spend money generated by new PCC bond in Columbia County.

Letter: My take on Antifa

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Antifa members are mostly spoiled brats and cowards who don't even know what they want

Culture change direly needed to combat sexual…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
A culture change is needed to reverse the alarming rate of sexual assault, abuse and harrassment.

Letter: Preserving the history of Scappoose

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Karen Holmberg, president and curator of the Scappoose Historical Society, annouces donation and has a request for a community contribution.

Letter: Democrats, it's time to get involved

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Chair of the Democratic Party of Columbia County, Greg Pettit, is looking for other Democrats to get involved.

Our Opinion: Good legislation requires good data

South County Spotlight - Opinion
One of the most helpful steps in moving forward on the issue would be to get good data. And yet for more than 20 years, the federal Centers for…

Letters to the editor

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Jeff Campbell of Scappoose struck a chord with is letter regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election --- big money influence has been running…

Opinion: Curry fountain worth the wait, and there's…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Patience. Sometimes we forget about it in the workaday rush, expecting life events to unfold at lightning speed. The Scappoose Rotary Children's…

Silence in midst of dehumanizing acts is a betrayal

South County Spotlight - Opinion
St. Helens' Danner Christensen writes about the dehumanization that occurs when politicians scapegoat undocumented residents as the cause of…

Letter: The Russians are coming! The Russians are…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Think the Russians are a big problem with our election system? Think again. Since Citizens United, our electoral system has been compromised by an…

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Reflections on 'Jackass Joe,' Habitat's response to disaster, comments from a St. Helens arts commissioner

Non-participant complaints of highway sculptures…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Al Petersen of St. Helens argues the public had ample time to weigh in on Gateway Sculpture projects, and excuses for not doing so and complaining…

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Problems with Port Westward proposal; SOLVE clean-up a success on Multnomah Channel; community showed up for Columbia City Celebration

Public art should bind communities, not divide them

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Enthusiasm for public art funding is jeopardized when the supposed beneficiary of the funding, the majority public, dislikes the final product

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Is this an attempt to tax the people who don't drink and don't smoke? Find your money in newly leased marijuana op.

Letter: Hey buddy, can you spare $8.5 million?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
When did you and I agree to subsidized wholly for-profit companies? The costs just don't match the benefit.

Letter: Land planned for industry is rare fertile…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
This land is a unique habitat, historical and a cultural treasure, not to be raped by money-hungry corporations

'The Day That Will Live in Infamy'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Tom Ford is a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4362. He lives in Scappoose.

The good, bad and ugly on display in wake of Harvey

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Columbia County residents have a history of showing up when disaster strikes to aid victims. We are already seeing the same in aftermath of Harvey

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Thanks for Black Tie & Blue Jeans success; lack of data for sugary drink tax in St. Helens; brains, not greed, needed for Port Westward rezone…

Letter: Bonamici missed an opportunity with her…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Charles W. Stauffer of St. Helens asserts U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici could have been a voice of unity, rather than stoke further divisiveness

Letter: Protect farmland and a legacy for our…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Goble's Alison Derum offers commentary on the importance of preserving farmland at Port Westward, urging a 'no' vote on rezone

OPINION: Oregon fire marshal plays negligent, risky…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
UPDATE: The state Fire Marshal's Office stated today, Aug. 25, that Mr. Youngberg has been placed on stand-down status. More details at end of…

Letter: Some people just get things done

South County Spotlight - Opinion
When projects hit a roadblock, Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, can clear a path forward

Letter: A time to decide

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Columbia City's Joe Turner notes that, for Columbia County, it's a time to decide if it wants to be Portland bedroom community or something else

Letter: Sen. Johnson to speak at Veterans Breakfast

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Tom Ford of VFW Post 4362 extends invitation to monthly Veterans Breakfast where Sen. Betsy Johnson is scheduled to speak

OPINION: All-important words guiding St. Helens

South County Spotlight - Opinion
There are certain words, argues St. Helens' Stephen Topaz, that when spoken in St. Helens grants the speaker great power.

OPINION: County commissioners should listen to the…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Nancy Whitney, of St. Helens, urges Columbia County Commissioners Henry Heimuller, Alex Tardif and Margaret Magruder to vote 'no' on the Port…

Letters to the editor

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Port rezone is a bad idea and compromises soils; Nob Hill Community Park is a community asset

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
A challenge to Global's neighborliness; not sold on Port Westward rezone; wary of St. Helens urban renewal

Probes, leaks show how top public officials let the…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Absent leaked reports, we would never know the truth of public officials' bad behavior

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Life along the Columbia River as it was; pot farm problems; farmland in peril; thanks Sen. Johnson

CRFR report exposes more than division chief…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Duty vehicles for personal use, political retaliation and much more noted in report

Education budget improves, but we're not there yet

South County Spotlight - Opinion
At $8.2 billion, budget marks 11% increase --- but $200 million more needed to hit target

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Concern for St. Helens marijuana grow operation on city property; Oregon is violating 2nd Amendment

Your home is being invaded - act before it's too…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Commentator Hal Ritz warns you will be victimized in your own home and in broad daylight if Trump's BPA proposal passes

Letter

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the editor published July 7, 2017: Columbia City's Joe Turner sounds off on the Oregon Transportation Plan

Tax reform will wait, except for rollback on small…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Rep. Brad Witt lives in Clatskanie and represents Oregon's 31 District. He can be reached at [email protected]

Spotlight's new look honors past, embraces the…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
PMG President Mark Garber delves into the messaging behind the Spotlight's new look and name, all with an eye to the future of community journalism.

Scappoose School Board mishandled Jupe evaulation,…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Elected Scappoose school officials make misteps in management of district superintendent, fault the Spotlight for reporting

Letters to the editor

South County Spotlight - Opinion
A call for community help for Brenda Havlik; supports the Bakers following PUD fiascos; a first-hand opinion regarding the city of St. Helens

Building community, one smile at a time

South County Spotlight - Opinion
We remain in control of our own destinies, and you can make a change for the better by a simple act of kindness.

It's a bad time to push the National Popular Vote…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
We should avoid making lasting changes to our historical election processes and to rush a circumvention of our national Constitution.

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Thank you for Memorial Day support, questions about Portland mayor's attempt to limit free speech for the right.

With lawsuit settlement, turbulent PUD likely to…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Despite $1.3 million settlement with former employees, the numerous issues dominating PUD discourse for the past three years remain unresolved.

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Angst agaisnt those who pushed prosecution of the Bakers, making it a successful spring wine tasting at the Watts House

A Gen Z perspective: Technology zaps positivity,…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Jacob Munoz, a junior at Scappoose High School, talks about the positivity gap he sees in his generation, and offers one easy fix

Letters to the editor

South County Spotlight - Opinion
As Memorial Day approaches, veterans reps from Scappoose and St. Helens offer commentary on ways to honor veterans and their service.

Bold actions needed to address state's $1.6 billion…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatkskanie, offers a synopsis of some legislative actions being pursued to address the state's looming budget deficit.

The importance of 'adequate' administration

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Scappoose School District Superintendent Stephen Jupe offers information about school administrators factor into the student-learning equation.

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Warnings from the state AG's Office, new leadership at the Scappoose VFW, Byte Sized has big FIRSTs, a score of political ramblings, and much more.

For transgender athletes, situation and feelings…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Chase Bakkensen, a junior at Scappoose High School, seeks answers to his questions about transgender athlete competition.

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Spotlight readers sound off about the upcoming election, the Port of St. Helens rezone effort, and much more in this week's letters installment.

Restrictions on ADUs loosen in wake of housing…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Rep. Brad Witt, a Clatskanie Democrat, discusses legislative actions regarding the housing crisis, as well as efforts to protect vehicle owners'…

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Seventeen letters that pretty much cover Columbia County's sweeping political landscape as the May 16 election closes in. Ballots were mailed…

PUD leaves the door wide open for speculation

South County Spotlight - Opinion
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…

How to foster relationships with confident…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Ciara Dreeszen is a junior at Scappoose High School, where she focuses on journalism and creative writing. She plans to attend Oregon State…

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
More than 84 inches of commentary originating from the Columbia County community. Political hopefuls have their fans and detractors out in force as…

Port launches yet another bad PR campaign

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Port of St. Helens Commission advanced an application to rezone high quality farmland into industrial property, but is not sharing application…

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