Columbia County's Opinions

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

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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…
March 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…
March 24, 2015

Letters

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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…
March 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…
March 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’…
March 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,”…
March 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…
March 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…

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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…
Feb 13, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for Friday, Feb. 13, issue Vermin and rats, oh my County voters approved recreational marijuana by a 53 percent margin. Remarkably, this happened in spite of the fact that…
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Feb 13, 2015

Benefits of a viable jail are seen,and felt, in our community

by Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
On April 26, the Clatskanie Police Department arrested James M. Bryan on felony and warrant misdemeanor charges, criminal mischief first degree (after he was accused of slashing the police…
Feb 06, 2015

A plea for civility

by Garrett Lines
Garrett Lines lives in St. Helens. Over the last couple of decades our country has gone through major political and economic changes. We have become much more polarized on how policy and…
Feb 06, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for Feb. 6, 2015 Thank you for wood raffle success This past weekend, the Veterans of Foreign Wars had a fundraiser with a wood raffle, and it was a success. That success…
Feb 02, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for the Jan. 30, 2015, issue More government, anyone? Does anyone believe there isn’t enough government involvement in our lives? The personal preference engineers of Smoke…
Feb 02, 2015

The real story behind thePort of St. Helens project denial

by Catherine Mater
In August, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) rendered its decision on project funding from state lottery funds funneled through ConnectOregon. Since ConnectOregon was passed into Oregon…
Feb 02, 2015

The magical thinking of Brad Witt et al

by Roy Fuller
Last week we were treated to a report from Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, with regard to the shenanigans of the 78th Assembly of the Oregon Legislature. He reports that he and his…