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The Columbia County Spotlight also publishes a reader's thoughts on gubernatorial candidate Betsy Johnson.

Editor's note: Have a letter to share? Email your thoughts to Editor-in-Chief Mark Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Letters should be no more than 400 words. All submissions must include the name and hometown of the author. Submissions should not include profane or defamatory language. We may lightly edit submissions for style and clarity. We encourage writers to suggest their own headline when submitting a letter; otherwise, a headline may be generated based on the contents of the letter.

Johnson is out of touch on climate, guns

We know that Betsy Johnson is a wealthy person who denies climate change, who got the ill-informed to believe in her.

Betsy Johnson also supports semiautomatic weapons in schools and in grocery stores and wherever she can carry one.

Really? Vote for Betsy for guns in schools in Columbia County — shoot 'em up, right, Betsy?

RW Blue, Scappoose

Grateful for Scott Keith's reporting

I want to thank you so much for the article you wrote ("Principal investigated for alleged improper behavior").

Read our Aug. 31, 2022, story about allegations at Yankton-St. Helens Arthur Academy.

I worked as a teacher at Yankton Arthur Academy three years ago. It was my first teaching job after receiving my master's in teaching, and it was a horrible experience for me.

Michael Arthur had a way of making a person feel worthless and incapable. It was definitely a hostile work environment. The harassment was relentless, especially if you weren't on his good side.

I applaud the staff that spoke out about this. It is a hard thing to do at that school. Most staff feared the repercussions if they spoke out against him.

As far as I am concerned, the director, Stephani Walker, should also be held accountable. I tried to speak to her about him weeks before I left, but because I had already fallen on Michael's bad side, she ignored me. That's how they were. It felt like a cult.

Unfortunately, because of them, I lost confidence in my ability to teach. I am just now realizing that it wasn't me, and your article helped to confirm this.

Laurie Howard, Beaverton


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