Columbia County's Opinions

June 26, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor published June 26, 2015 We must make a stronger effort for racial justice As many people are this week, we are horrified and grieving at the loss of nine precious lives in…
June 19, 2015

Letters

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Letters to the editor published June 19, 2015 Music to our ears I would like to congratulate Larry Jackson and the Scappoose High School symphonic band on their second-place performance in the…
(Image is Clickable Link) Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie
June 19, 2015

New law kick starts retirement planning

by Rep. Brad Witt
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, represents Oregon House District 31. Nearly two decades ago, Oregon formed a Retirement Task Force to try and anticipate the consequences of the aging Baby Boomer…
June 01, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for May 29, 2015 It was our pleasure I want to thank you for your service during the past nine months (actually the past 13 years). Our “Kids Night Out” was published in…
(Image is Clickable Link) Sen. Betsy Johnson
June 01, 2015

Legislators mired in hair dryers, window tinting as Oregon's…

by Sen. Betsy Johnson
Nero fiddled while Rome burned, but here in Oregon we were tinkering with the noise levels on public restroom hand-dryers while the state Supreme Court handed down a decision that will echo for…
May 22, 2015

Letters

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Letters to the editor for May 22, 2015 Memorial Day event will honor veterans sacrifices Memorial Day, May 25, at 10:30 a.m.: The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Heritage Park…
May 22, 2015

How much is too much for state Capitol upgrades?

by Rep. Brad Witt
If you have ever been to the Oregon Capitol, you will agree that it is truly an impressive building, spanning over two blocks of real estate and crowned with a statue of a gold plated pioneer…
May 15, 2015

CC Rider needs stable funding, but 5-243 isn't it

by Darryl Swan
Measure 5-243 proposes to increase the depletion fee on aggregate rock mined in Columbia County from 15 cents to 50 cents per ton — a 35-cent increase — as a means to improve county roads and…
May 15, 2015

Hoag, Graham make the grade for Scappoose school board

by Swan, Darryl
When we think about questionable policies or poor oversight of taxpayer resources, the Scappoose School District routinely ranks near the bottom of local government-run agencies that draw our…
May 15, 2015

Monahan, Amos have the qualities St. Helens schools need

by Darryl Swan
There is a crowded field of candidates on the ballot for two up-for-grabs positions on the St. Helens School District board. The candidates are: (Director, Position 2) Melody Killens, Trinity…

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May 15, 2015

Letters

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Letters published May 15, 2015 All should share the cost The proposed increase in the gravel depletion fee is best thing for the county. County roads are rapidly deteriorating. CC Rider, which…
May 15, 2015

WITT: Taking steps to increase police transparency

by Brad Witt
Oregon does not exist in a vacuum, and what happens on the national level often stimulates legislation here at home. One such case has to do with interactions between the police and the citizen…
May 15, 2015

Our picks for the May 19 special election

by Staff
This is our final installment of candidate and issue endorsements leading into the Tuesday, May 19, special election. To read responses to all of our questionnaires, please visit the Spotlight’s…
May 15, 2015

Depletion tax increase uses false logic

by Bob Short
Measure 5-243 is based on several false premises. It is obviously false to think that gravel producers can absorb a more than 200 peercent depletion tax increase and go on about their business,…
May 15, 2015

My response to gravel industry claims about Measure 5-243

by Claudia Eagle
This is a response to the full-page ad opposed to Measure 5-243 that was in the Spotlight on Friday, May 8. Ad statement 1: Columbia County Gravel is used regionally, not locally. Did anyone…
May 08, 2015

For CRF&R, we like Kreutzer, Marks, Schlumpberger

by Darryl Swan
It’s hard not to be leery when individual candidates campaign in unison for multiple positions on a public agency’s governing board. The temptation to scrutinize is even greater when the band of…
May 08, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters for the May 8, 2015, issue Oil train concerns drive need for Port Commission changes Ballots for the election of three Port of St. Helens commissioners are now out. My wife, Maddy, and I…
(Image is Clickable Link) Rep. Brad Witt
May 08, 2015

Background check bill marked a legislative 'low point'

by Rep. Brad Witt
Monday, May 4, marked a contentious day in the Capitol. The House voted on Senate Bill 941, the bill that requires universal background checks for firearms transfers in the state of Oregon.…
Paulette Lichatowich.
May 01, 2015

Fresh faces, mostly, desired in outcome of Port Commission races

by Darryl Swan
Arguably no other public agency in Columbia County has generated as much statewide controversy and sustained local discussion over the last few years as has the Port of St. Helens. Most of the…
JESSE SPRINGER - Editorial cartoon for the issue of May 1, 2015
May 01, 2015

Letters

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Letters to the editor for May 1, 2015 Chalk champions As walkers, we would like to thank the chalk artist’s encouragement at Veterans Park in Scappoose. Rich and Judy Phelps Scappoose Marijuana…