Columbia County's Opinions

December 19, 2014

It's a wonderful life, Columbia County

by Darryl Swan
It seems like the Christmas holiday season excites hypersensitivity to bad news. Just this week, reports that Pakistani Taliban religious extremists stormed a military school in Peshawar and…
December 19, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for Dec. 19, 2014 Big fuel Christmas bonus All this concern, all this blathering ink fretting that the poor oil drillers may not be able to drill profitably below $50 per…
December 12, 2014

Welcome back, Mr. Sykes

by Darryl Swan
Our news last week that Mike Sykes, one of Scappoose’s native sons, would be taking over the role of city manager in Scappoose has been widely received as a positive development. Indeed, we have…
December 12, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for the Dec. 12, 2014, issue CASA will exist in Columbia County I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, volunteer and would like to address a question that has…
December 08, 2014

What's in a name? For Old Town rebrand, not much ... at least,…

by Darryl Swan
The St. Helens City Council is on the right track when it voted to rechristen the Old Town — or is it “Olde Towne”? — neighborhood as the city’s “Riverfront District.” One criticism, however, is…
December 08, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters to the editor for the Dec. 5 issue What has happened to America? Want to commit legal murder? Become a police officer. What has happened to America? It has become a police state. No one…
December 08, 2014

Letters

by Mark Miller
Letters to the editor for the Nov. 28 issue Donations needed for Share and Care This year, the Kiwanis Club of Scappoose, along with the Scappoose Fire Department, will once again sponsor the…
December 08, 2014

Like public transit? Then please support a depletion fee increase

by Thelma Bonar
As chief petitioner on the successful health district dissolution initiative, I am gathering signatures on a new initiative to increase the Natural Resource Depletion Fee. This initiative is to…
December 08, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters to the editor for the Nov. 21 issue Thankful for the community On Friday, Nov. 14, my son and his friend were walking home from school when they were struck by a vehicle. Our family…
December 08, 2014

Shop local - it really works

by Darryl Swan
Adorned on the glass-paned doors of small businesses across south Columbia County is two simple words that speak volumes about community spirit and involvement: shop local. In so many ways, it’s…

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Oct 31, 2014

For commissioner race, trust your instincts

by Darryl Swan
This election season has been particularly divisive. For several of the local races, notably the runoff for Position 2 seat on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, or the contested…
Oct 31, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters for the Oct. 31, 2014 issue Several questions for Henry Heimuller I am writing on behalf of the cattle confiscated by Columbia County and the Oregon Humane Society. Let me tell you what…
Oct 24, 2014

Gravel industry whisper campaign distracts from real election…

by Darryl Swan
A whisper campaign making the rounds, one that appears to stem from associates of Columbia County’s rock mining industry and Columbia County Commissioner Henry Heimuller’s re-election campaign,…
Oct 24, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters from readers for the issue of Oct. 24, 2014 Half-truths in mining official’s commentary Mr. Bob Short brought up some interesting half-truths about the depletion fee increase proposed by…