Columbia County's Opinions

April 17, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Readers
Letters for the week of April 17, 2015 A pleasing ‘Keeping the Faith’ article for Easter I had thought I would send a thank you note to reporter Mark Miller by snail mail, but that does not seem…
(Image is Clickable Link) Sen. Betsy Johnson
April 17, 2015

Advance of fast-track, contradictory laws is bad for Oregon

by Sen. Betsy Johnson
By Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose The 2015 Oregon Legislature is shaping up to be one of contradictions — more gun control for those who obey the law but possibly more government protection for…
(Image is Clickable Link) Rep. Brad Witt
April 17, 2015

State health care reforms showing results

by Rep. Brad Witt
By Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie As you know, one of the state’s main responsibilities, along with education and public safety, is human services. Under this huge umbrella is health care. Every…
Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
April 10, 2015

Body cameras mark next step for enforcing law

by Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
Police officers have been recording their conversations out in the field at least since the advent of the mini-cassette recorder. Throughout my 26-year career, law enforcement has used audio…
April 10, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for April 10, 2015, issue If you love the county, vote yes on Measure 5-243 Measure 5-243 is an initiative that raises our county aggregate extraction fee 35 cents per ton.…
April 03, 2015

Reflections on autism awareness in the Spotlight

by Darryl Swan
April is Autism Awareness Month, and this is the third year in which the Spotlight has launched an information campaign around autism awareness. We anticipate that some of our readers have…
April 03, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for April 3, 2015 To the Columbia County commissioners Now, let us move on to your attempt to place a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities and recreational marijuana,…
Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose
March 27, 2015

Frohnmayer's Oregon blueprint

by Sen. Betsy Johnson
Nine years ago, Dave Frohnmayer — then president of the University of Oregon — was invited to speak to the Oregon Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the…
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie
March 27, 2015

Letters focus on education funding, student tests

by Rep. Brad Witt
We receive a lot of letters from constituents, and other stakeholders, on a myriad of issues. The latest flurry of emails has come from parents, teachers, and administrators regarding funding…
March 27, 2015

Letters

by (none)
Letters to the editor for March 27, 2015 County is undermining medical marijuana program This letter is in response to the Columbia County commissioners’ comments published in a March 13 article…

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Mar 24, 2015

Seeking relief for the family of St. Helens' Jennifer Warren

by Rep. Brad Witt
By Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie This session I introduced a bill to address what I felt was a gross inequity in current statute, namely some provisions of the Oregon Tort Claims Act. HB 2644…
Mar 24, 2015

Letters

by (none)
Letters from readers for March 20, 2015 DeShazer’s sudden interest in transparency I was unable to attend the last Port of St. Helens meeting, so first, let me say thank you for the informative…
Mar 13, 2015

Too often with the Internet, the proof is in the accusation

by Darryl Swan
An important news story came across our radar this week that’s worth further exploration. It didn’t have anything to do with explosive oil trains, or government spending gone awry, or the Second…
Mar 13, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for March 13, 2015 Voters can see through miners’ efforts on depletion fee increase An article in the Wednesday, March 4, St. Helens Chronicle highlights the rock miners’…
Mar 06, 2015

Letters

by Pamplin Media Group
Letters to the editor for March 6, 2015 Intent in the Second Amendment This is in response to Mr. Chris Brumbles letter in last week’s paper (see “An open letter to Commissioner Earl Fisher,”…
Mar 06, 2015

Seeking redemption with a no vote on Low-Carbon Fuel Standard…

by Sen. Betsy Johnson
By Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose It’s not often in politics that you get a shot at redemption, but I’m taking one now. In 2009, at the urging of then-Gov. Ted Kulongoski, I voted in favor of…
Mar 06, 2015

Drones, reverse mortgage ads and threat from Bakken crude oil

by Rep. Brad Witt
By Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie As I meet with people around the district, they often ask me what I am working on ... what bills I have sponsored. Bill sponsorship is broken down into two…
Feb 27, 2015

Expected state oil-by-rail rules must make industry accountable

by Darryl Swan
Oregon is on the right track in its consideration to add administrative rules that would give emergency response agencies more resources and a better ability to respond to hazardous material…
Feb 27, 2015

Letters

by Pamplin Media Group
Letters for Feb. 27 issue Valentines for veterans On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Scappoose Senior Center hosted a service project to make valentines for…
Marty Liesegang
Feb 20, 2015

Bounty of birds collected in Sauvie Island goose hunt

by Marty Liesegang
The third period of the Northwest special goose season opened Saturday, Feb. 7, and it really put geese on the move in Columbia County. They had become very relaxed during the closure and hadn’t…