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The Columbia County Spotlight publishes a reader response to an op-ed and a letter on the Nov. 8 election.

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Backing Betsy Johnson for governor

I'm a Democrat and I'm voting for Betsy Johnson for governor.

For those who want positive change, she's the only choice. The other candidates are out of touch with moderate Oregonians, and neither party is willing to compromise.

Only Betsy can represent us, break the stalemate, and get things moving.

I see the ads slamming and misrepresenting Betsy's agenda for Oregon. Gun control is a case in point. If you are looking for a resolution on gun violence, Betsy can do the job, and she's the only one who can. She has the clout and connections to make the changes most Oregonians want.

Additionally, please know this: Betsy genuinely cares about people. I've seen firsthand how she helps individuals and families in need. No hesitation, no red tape. That's Betsy!

You do not have to agree with her on every issue to support her. But, if you want a better Oregon, vote for Betsy Johnson. She gets things done and she does them right!

Peter McHugh

City Councilor, Scappoose

Clatsop commissioner wrong on timber plan

In an op-ed published in the Spotlight on Sept. 30, Courtney Bangs, Clatsop County commissioner, claims that the Oregon Department of Forestry has ignored the voices of counties in the development of the Habitat Conservation Plan now under consideration by ODF.

Read the commentary by Courtney Bangs, originally published online Sept. 14, 2022.

In fact, Clatsop County is one of 15 counties given special attention in the development of the plan. This group of counties has had meetings with ODF regarding this plan since 2018, including 11 meetings in February 2021 alone.

Bangs is misleading your readers, either purposely, or by limiting her knowledge to the whispers of timber spokespersons. All stakeholders have had the opportunity to have their voices heard. These kind of comments after the fact are simply complaints by those who didn't get their way.

Cheryl Conway, Astoria

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