Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

COVID-19 liability protection will allow Oregon's recovery…

COVID-19 liability protection will allow Oregon's recovery…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Business needs statewide protection from lawsuits for protecting employees from COVID-19.
UNICEF shares back-to-school tips for parents

UNICEF shares back-to-school tips for parents

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Let your child know that it's not only OK, but normal, to feel frustrated or anxious at times like this.'
Another COVID punch in the heart

Another COVID punch in the heart

South County Spotlight - Opinion
It was no surprise, but that doesn't stop the in-school classrooms delay from being a disappointment
Frazier: What happened to the 'Oregon Way'?

Frazier: What happened to the 'Oregon Way'?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Oregon's diversity can and should be celebrated, and the unique and disparate ... communities should be respected.'
Lemhouse: Animals are suffering and workers are in jeopardy

Lemhouse: Animals are suffering and workers are in jeopardy

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The Farm System Reform Act ... would immensely improve our food production in the United States.'
Oregon's foster community hit hard during pandemic

Oregon's foster community hit hard during pandemic

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Oregon's most at-risk kids in foster care may be in more trouble than ever during pandemic
Vance: Let's figure out how to get along online

Vance: Let's figure out how to get along online

South County Spotlight - Opinion
If we want our cities to move forward, we are going to have to figure out how to live with each other.
Roth: Oregon's foster community needs our help

Roth: Oregon's foster community needs our help

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'When Oregon opens back up, there is a real possibility for a surge of children going into foster care.'
Marquis & AhYou: Stop kangaroo slaughter, just do it

Marquis & AhYou: Stop kangaroo slaughter, just do it

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'We should expect companies like Nike ... to adapt and end their role in driving the slaughter of kangaroos.'
Pediatricians say that kids should go back to school

Pediatricians say that kids should go back to school

South County Spotlight - Opinion
American Academy of Pediatrics: Schools provide more than just academics to nation's children
Turner: Biden is no moderate, but obviously socialist

Turner: Biden is no moderate, but obviously socialist

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'No matter how great their ideas are, there will never be enough of other people's money to solve their problems.'
Middle: Oregon can lead in transition to vote by mail

Middle: Oregon can lead in transition to vote by mail

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Every state shouldn't have to re-invent that wheel. We've been doing it for years without any significant fraud.'
Ford: You can't make up some of today's news

Ford: You can't make up some of today's news

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Writer marvels at Portland protests, questions city leadership and what lies ahead
Conway: Stop limiting Oregon's charter school enrollment

Conway: Stop limiting Oregon's charter school enrollment

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'An arbitrarily low cap forces charters to rely on admission lotteries, turning education into a game of chance.'
CDC: Reopen schools to invest in children's education

CDC: Reopen schools to invest in children's education

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The best available evidence ... indicates that COVID-19 poses low risks to school-aged children.'
Vance: There are better days ahead - stick with us

Vance: There are better days ahead - stick with us

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Spotlight continues building toward recovery and toward its previous format
Howard & Marshall: State should quickly pay out unemployment

Howard & Marshall: State should quickly pay out unemployment

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The problem is no longer that OED is overwhelmed ... the problem is that Oregon families are suffering.'
Drake: Bridging digital divide will accelerate learning,…

Drake: Bridging digital divide will accelerate learning,…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I hope to see more states learn from Oregon's success and its unwavering commitment to equity...'
Dawson: Public utility regulations are outmoded

Dawson: Public utility regulations are outmoded

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'...Oregon's low-income families suffer the most from PURPA's added burdens.'
Myers: Leaders cannot take supply chain for granted

Myers: Leaders cannot take supply chain for granted

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Once a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the faster we can get it into the hands of people everywhere, the better.'
Turner: Beware the continuing creep of socialism

Turner: Beware the continuing creep of socialism

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The majority of the population in the United States knows very little about socialism and its ties with communism.'
Eagle: Please wear your masks and practice social distancing

Eagle: Please wear your masks and practice social distancing

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Please ... be a good neighbor and a responsible citizen. Your life and the lives of others may depend on it.'
Goldammer: In praise of Scappoose High School

Goldammer: In praise of Scappoose High School

South County Spotlight - Opinion
He thanks his teachers for making his senior year 'an amazing experience for me and the class of 2020.'
Ebert: Some good news in a time of trouble

Ebert: Some good news in a time of trouble

South County Spotlight - Opinion
A young man proudly tells how his father studied for, and passed, his citizenship test
Jonas: Thanks to Rep. Witt for help with unemployment

Jonas: Thanks to Rep. Witt for help with unemployment

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Rep. Witt is the only legislator to demand accountability from the Oregon Employment Department.
Edwards: Wearing masks is best, easiest way to halt pandemic

Edwards: Wearing masks is best, easiest way to halt pandemic

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Businesses cannot fully reopen and we cannot fully enjoy life again unless this pandemic is under control.'
Hermann: A tale of two centuries

Hermann: A tale of two centuries

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'We see how both the storming of the Bastille and the death of George Floyd have sparked a revolution...'
Kane: Phony 'mask exemption' cards make the rounds

Kane: Phony 'mask exemption' cards make the rounds

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'...You shouldn't believe everything you see, no matter how legitimate it looks.'
Botteri: Bigotry has a history in Beaverton

Botteri: Bigotry has a history in Beaverton

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The struggle has run on for decades. But haters do not aim their anger at just one group.'
CCRA's return marks a step back toward normalcy

CCRA's return marks a step back toward normalcy

South County Spotlight - Opinion
While fans are not yet allowed, the return of stock car racing offers welcome relief

Witt: Special Session addresses police reform,…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Witt: Special Session addresses police reform,…
He sponsored SB 1602 in the House to signal the potential end of the 'timber wars'

Yang: The free press must be allowed to do their…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Yang: The free press must be allowed to do their…
Journalists have been arrested, pepper-sprayed and hit with rubber bullets, too

As COVID-19 cases spike, we need more than PPE

South County Spotlight - Opinion
As COVID-19 cases spike, we need more than PPE
Nurses - and the rest of us - must also protect our inspiration in these tough times

Vance: County continues success in coronavirus…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Vance: County continues success in coronavirus…
Like Oregon, case numbers are up, but hospitalizations, deaths remain modest

Vance: Let's celebrate America - at least for a day

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Vance: Let's celebrate America - at least for a day
We agree on much more than we don't - despite what the media might lead you to believe

'Free press' isn't free - now, more than ever, it…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
'Free press' isn't free - now, more than ever, it…
Strike a blow for liberty by supporting your local independent media outlet this July 4.

Edmundson & Ramana: Nuclear power doesn't fit with…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Edmundson & Ramana: Nuclear power doesn't fit with…
'This is as it should be, for GND proposals also emphasize considerations having to do with ethics and equity.'

Kearns Moore: Make police misconduct records public

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Kearns Moore: Make police misconduct records public
'It will take many bold reforms to restore ... trust. Adding more transparency and accountability must be among them.'

Burton: Exercise and your immune system

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Burton: Exercise and your immune system
'Exercise directly improves our bodies' abilities to fight infection and disease.'

Turner: We need better presidential candidates

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Turner: We need better presidential candidates
'Why should I ... support a political party who supports the destruction of the very country I fought in defense of?'

Field: Paycheck protection brings hope to small…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Field: Paycheck protection brings hope to small…
'...I write to you, Oregonians, to say despite some bumps in the road, the PPP is working.'

Fruits: Era of permanent prosperity is over

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Fruits: Era of permanent prosperity is over
'We can't turn the public sector's budget problems into a private sector bankruptcy crisis.'

Horn: Please wear masks to protect each other

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Horn: Please wear masks to protect each other
'Wouldn't it be the sensible and responsible thing to do to always wear masks as we shop?'

Paycheck Protection Program is the hope small…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Paycheck Protection Program is the hope small…
The program has already provided 58,000 Oregon small businesses with $6.8 billion

Our View: Pamplin papers change use of 'Black'

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our View: Pamplin papers change use of 'Black'
AP style change focuses on being inclusive and respectful in news reporting and the evolution of language.

Kreins: In support of Tim Brooks

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Kreins: In support of Tim Brooks
'We need more board members like Tim who are willing to voice their opinion, rather than just filling a seat.'

Eagle: Antifa isn't a terrorist organization…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Eagle: Antifa isn't a terrorist organization…
'No one has lost their lives because of this organization; an organization called Antifa doesn't exist.'

Reed: A good start for more affordable housing

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Reed: A good start for more affordable housing
'These are times that challenge us as a society to do better and we can and will do better.'

Vosher: Thanks to Brad Witt and his office for help

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Vosher: Thanks to Brad Witt and his office for help
'Take advantage of the advantage that we have with Brad Witt and his office working for us.'

Garber: Journalism has never been more important

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Garber: Journalism has never been more important
PRESIDENT'S COLUMN: As our reporters cover protests, disease and more in our cities and small towns, we need your help.

Siah: Standing up and standing with the community

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Siah: Standing up and standing with the community
'Without our Black community, we are no community, and we must educate ourselves and make our support heard.'

Boone: Oregon cities, frontline of COVID response,…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Boone: Oregon cities, frontline of COVID response,…
'We can and need to do better, but that cannot happen without a strong ... partnership on the state and federal level.'

Reimann: Psychology may be key to solving police…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Reimann: Psychology may be key to solving police…
'Completely disbanding or downsizing police agencies is not the answer. This is not a time to shoot from the political hip.'

My View: Open Oregon says make police misconduct…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
My View: Open Oregon says make police misconduct…
Open Oregon, a member of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, shares the frustration of those stymied in their efforts to hold police…

Freimuth: Brooks is an asset to the school board

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Freimuth: Brooks is an asset to the school board
'I appreciate having a board member who has my back as a parent, is always looking out for and protecting our children.'

Heppner: From the concerned patriots of Columbia…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Heppner: From the concerned patriots of Columbia…
'On Wednesday, June 3, St Helens came together, in many different ways, for the BLM march.'

Rosenthal: A 'thank you' to Larry Ericksen

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Rosenthal: A 'thank you' to Larry Ericksen
'Larry has done some great things for our county, including fulfilling most of these goals.'

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Custer: Will CRF&R disappear?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Custer: Will CRF&R disappear?
'Are we, the citizens in Columbia River Fire & Rescue, facing our own 'Brexit?''

Topaz: Looking again at St. Helens' unique…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Topaz: Looking again at St. Helens' unique…
'It was more powerful than the usual, expected ones because the whole town was part of it.'

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