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Letters published Nov. 8, 2019

Letters published Nov. 8, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Fill the Boot' success for MDA, concerns about St. Helens lagoon project, $pirit of Halloweentown, Trump transcript
Want a vibrant community? Sometimes you gotta pay

Want a vibrant community? Sometimes you gotta pay

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'While these services may not be part of your personal, day-to-day experiences, they are critical components of a healthy, vibrant community'
Letters published Nov. 1, 2019

Letters published Nov. 1, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Veterans Day, the value of CC Rider and community investment, on the question of Trump's transcript
Letters published Oct. 25

Letters published Oct. 25

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Scappoose staffers comment on growth and inconvenience, homelessness and CC Rider, 2nd Amendment defense and the Trump transcription
Letter: Support safe sidewalks, streets for Scappoose

Letter: Support safe sidewalks, streets for Scappoose

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'As a former 30-year trail runner and current avid hiker and cyclist, I am concerned with the eroding sidewalks in Scappoose'
Letter: Scappoose sidewalks, streets need our help

Letter: Scappoose sidewalks, streets need our help

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Measure 5-275 gives Scappoose residents the opportunity to fix this problem in the most painless way possible'
Letter: Thanks for the gunfight, Mr. Brumbles

Letter: Thanks for the gunfight, Mr. Brumbles

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'That is how propaganda works, and you use the methods of Karl Marx, Vladamir Lenin, Joseph Goebbels, and Julius Caesar, while claiming to hate them'
Letter: Educate yourself about public transportation

Letter: Educate yourself about public transportation

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Public transportation is part of a community's infrastructure. Most governments realize that for every dollar spent on public transportation, an…
Letter: Gas tax is a good deal

Letter: Gas tax is a good deal

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'...it is without hesitation that we will be voting yes for Measure 5-275, the 3-cent-per-gallon tax'
Letters published Oct. 18, 2019

Letters published Oct. 18, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Scappoose gas tax, anti-gun slinger, public transportation ed, Halloweentown bucks, pot meet kettle, let it go part deux (not 'Hot Shots!'), Trump…
Letters published Oct. 11, 2019

Letters published Oct. 11, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Supports Scappoose safe sidewalks, THConcerns, let it go (not the theme from 'Frozen')
Letters published Oct. 4, 2019

Letters published Oct. 4, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Opposed to Rep. Brad Witt, boos for Halloweentown, dislike for CC Rider, anti-Riverkeeper groups
Letters published Sept. 27, 2019

Letters published Sept. 27, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Spotlight thanks, St. Helens stonewalling, the loss of civility, a note about modern-day propaganda
Our View: Transparency takes a hit in Salem

Our View: Transparency takes a hit in Salem

Portland Tribune - Opinion
If Oregon hopes to find a new Public Records Advocate, independence must be a guaranteed part of the job description, not a hollow campaign promise.
Letter: Blood on national media, politicans' hands

Letter: Blood on national media, politicans' hands

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'... politicians have the most blood on their hands by using mass shootings as a tool for getting re-elected and to project their progressive liberal…
Letter: Bridging the Scappoose-St. Helens divide

Letter: Bridging the Scappoose-St. Helens divide

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I had a friend suggest to me that it might be a good idea to combine the outstanding leadership in Scappoose with that of St. Helens'
Letter: Ripping into Riverkeeper

Letter: Ripping into Riverkeeper

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'But why take anybody else's word for what corrupt, power-hungry, back-stabbing lawyers the Riverkeeper organizations are when their members can tell…
Letter: St. Helens' decline has gone too far

Letter: St. Helens' decline has gone too far

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The promise of walking paths, trees and grass has been put behind the need to 'cover up' the toxic lagoon on this property with solidified waste…
Johnson: Walkout far from session's top takeaway

Johnson: Walkout far from session's top takeaway

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Sen. Betsy Johnson gives her takes on the 2019 Legislative Session and the impacts it will have
Letters published August 2

Letters published August 2

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Politics at the Columbia County Fair, Crisis of confidence, Mueller testimony should be scrutinized
Full disclosure: Scappoose schools and the Peterson contract

Full disclosure: Scappoose schools and the Peterson contract

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'At no time during a public board meeting or in an executive session was there discussion about entering into a contract and hiring Peterson as a…
Opinion: St. Helens City Council has work to do

Opinion: St. Helens City Council has work to do

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I indicated to the mayor that I did know the sales information, but wanted this information stated publicly so that the general community could be…
Letters: Cap, trade pushback; reaction to Johnson criticism

Letters: Cap, trade pushback; reaction to Johnson criticism

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Those 'emission reduction goals' in the bill will affect our lives only as individual freedom-destroying consequences, with zero measurable change…
Our opinion: Public meetings law needs sharper teeth

Our opinion: Public meetings law needs sharper teeth

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Our interest in this regard, whether dealing with the St. Helens City Council, Scappoose School Board or any other public entity, is to encourage…
My View: Cap-and-trade bill will cost local jobs

My View: Cap-and-trade bill will cost local jobs

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Bill Kerr is president of the United Steelworkers Local Union 1097, and an employee of Georgia-Pacific's Wauna mill in Clatskanie.
Readers letters published the week of June 21, 2019

Readers letters published the week of June 21, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Topics this week: Anti-paid leave, opposed to Johnson's HB 2020 opposition, fuzzy math in the Scappoose School District
Commentary: JOCAC discussions mirror early days of committee

Commentary: JOCAC discussions mirror early days of committee

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'One thing all members had in common is that they wanted to either show that, or determine if, funds for jail operations were spent exclusively on…
My View: Fight for our future. Pass the Clean Energy Jobs…

My View: Fight for our future. Pass the Clean Energy Jobs…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Yusuf Arifin is a student at Cedar Park Middle School in Beaverton. Ruby Haack and Edith Allen are students at Grant High School in Portland.
Letters published May 17, 2019

Letters published May 17, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Election season is in full swing and candidate champions are out in force. Also, rebuttal from Preheim, thank yous and notice of a big event for…
Letters from readers for May 10, 2019

Letters from readers for May 10, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Buddy Poppy season is here, as is election season. More letters from readers than you can shake a stick at

Letters to the editor

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the editor
More than 103 column inches of letters (that's big!), on topics from the election (Scappoose School Board, Port) to county parks and the need for all…

Letters to the editor for April 26, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the editor for April 26, 2019
Scappoose School Board, CC Rider, Port of Columbia County and other topics covered in letters published April 26

Help and hope for Oregon's suicide crisis

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Help and hope for Oregon's suicide crisis
Regardless of the motivation, however, our families, schools, communities and media organizations have too often chosen the easy way out by simply…

Letter: Hard work, dedication pay off

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Hard work, dedication pay off
'With her attitude she will not only catch up but will outperform others in her chosen field, and it won't be long before she's sitting behind a…

Opinion: Proposed cap-and-trade law is troubling

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Opinion: Proposed cap-and-trade law is troubling
While it is our moral imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, I think we need a more efficient, cheaper, less bureaucratic and more direct way…

Op-ed: What will it take to finally achieve…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Op-ed: What will it take to finally achieve…
'When will the time come when your gender does not prevent you from achieving what you are capable of? What will it take?'

Letter: Sans research, 'shut your pie-holes'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Sans research, 'shut your pie-holes'
'For everybody in the county, please don’t believe that your favorite talk show dingdong tells the truth. Money rules, and it is far easier to…

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South County Spotlight - Opinion
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If you value local news provided by the Spotlight, we encourage you to invest in our future, and the future of Columbia County news reporting, by…

Opinion: Global warming is not settled science

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Opinion: Global warming is not settled science
Scappoose's Tom Ford responds to Spotlight editorial, 'Winter doesn't mean the planet isn't warming'

Opinion: Winter doesn't mean the planet isn't…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Opinion: Winter doesn't mean the planet isn't…
Many experts believe that if the current rate of global warming does not slow, extreme weather events like the Polar Vortex will become more common…

Letter: Straight from the horse's mouth

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Straight from the horse's mouth
Want more objective verifiable information? Give Mr. Doug Hayes, executive director at the Port of Columbia County, a call!

Letter: Thank you from Share & Care

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Thank you from Share & Care
'Please remember that our Scappoose families in need don't just need help at Christmas, they need help all year long'

Our opinion: Investment in public transit is an…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Our opinion: Investment in public transit is an…
Detractors need to be shown a public transit system they can believe - and invest - in

Johnson: As lawmakers, we can't give what we don't…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Johnson: As lawmakers, we can't give what we don't…
Sen. Betsy Johnson, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, outlines spending challenges confronting lawmakers in the 2019 legislative…

Letter: A rose ... err, a socialist by any other…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: A rose ... err, a socialist by any other…
With re-election of Kate Brown and Democratic control of Legislature, 'Oregon has 'fundamentally transformed' itself into a socialist state'

Letter: Thank you for SAPO passage, Columbia County

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Thank you for SAPO passage, Columbia County
'People like crazy Gov. Kate Brown and hypocrite Witt are catering to far left radical communists and are planning to assault us again'

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