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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 15, 2021

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 15, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Spotlight hears from readers about government spending and parent input in public schools.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: The old pump

RURAL REFLECTIONS: The old pump

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake recalls one of the oddest, oldest fixtures of her childhood.
Knudson and Hurst: Measure 110 started strong, but Oregon…

Knudson and Hurst: Measure 110 started strong, but Oregon…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Monta Knudson is executive director of Bridges to Change. Tera Hurst is executive director of the Health Justice Recovery Alliance.
OPINION: If you see racism, call it out

OPINION: If you see racism, call it out

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Wayne Hare: 'In a sense, it's not even rudeness. America has made us invisible.'
Riley: Supporting Medicare Advantage is supporting seniors

Riley: Supporting Medicare Advantage is supporting seniors

South County Spotlight - Opinion
State Sen. Chuck Riley of Hillsboro, a Democrat representing Senate District 15 in Washington County, serves on the Governor's Commission on Senior…
Letters to the Editor: Oct. 8, 2021

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 8, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Spotlight features letters from readers about climate change, redistricting and street racing.
Hastings: Want to improve democracy? Dump the electoral…

Hastings: Want to improve democracy? Dump the electoral…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Tom H. Hastings is coordinator of Portland State University's Conflict Resolution BA/BS degree programs and certificates and senior editor of…
Opinion: It's time for Asian-Americans to speak out

Opinion: It's time for Asian-Americans to speak out

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Erica Naito-Campbell and Anne Naito-Campbell, organizers of Oregon Rises Above Hate, are fourth- and third-generation Japanese-Americans respectively.
OPINION: Things that are inexplicable

OPINION: Things that are inexplicable

South County Spotlight - Opinion
James Maass: 'You can't win. So why do it? ... Gambling will always ruin more lives than it will ever help.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Dancing in her leaves

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Dancing in her leaves

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Seasons change, and so has Pamela Loxley Drake, who remembers fall on the farm.
OPINION: Think twice before you give 'pink'

OPINION: Think twice before you give 'pink'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Kelsey Gardipee of the Better Business Bureau: 'We're here to help you understand where your money is going.'
EDITORIAL: What happens next? We're still waiting to see

EDITORIAL: What happens next? We're still waiting to see

South County Spotlight - Opinion
St. Helens school closures, Scappoose bus driver shortages and more remind us that the pandemic is still ongoing.
OPINION: Burnout and depression are two sides of the same…

OPINION: Burnout and depression are two sides of the same…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Y. Pritham Raj: 'As October is Depression Awareness Month, let's challenge ourselves to take a proactive approach.'
Letters to the Editor: Oct. 1, 2021

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 1, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Spotlight hears from readers about mental health care, water reserves and more.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Why did the chicken cross the road?

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Why did the chicken cross the road?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake goes looking for inspiration from her mother's kitchen clippings.
Trainor and Nunez: Build Back Better offers Oregonians hope

Trainor and Nunez: Build Back Better offers Oregonians hope

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Graham Trainor is president of the Oregon AFL-CIO. Diana Nunez is executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council.
OPINION: Progress made in clinical trials despite…

OPINION: Progress made in clinical trials despite…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Shelby Kline: 'For participants not responding to traditional therapies, clinical trials can be life-changing.'
OPINION: (Another) open letter to the governor

OPINION: (Another) open letter to the governor

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Anthony Sorace: 'Many of us - and certainly I, personally - are grateful for your efforts to protect our community.'
OPINION: Pixley stands up for Columbia County, people's…

OPINION: Pixley stands up for Columbia County, people's…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Doug Walker: 'The content and the intent of the sheriff's letter was misunderstood, or was it just ignored?'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Different playgrounds

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Different playgrounds

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake found out that the experience of growing up on an Ohio farm is different from growing up in Chicago.
Dooley: There are more threats to children than just…

Dooley: There are more threats to children than just…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Liz Dooley and her family live in Southwest Portland. Dooley is head of the Ladybug CDH Foundation
EDITORIAL: It's past time for independent redistricting

EDITORIAL: It's past time for independent redistricting

South County Spotlight - Opinion
We aren't impressed with a system in which lawmakers choose their own constituents.
Goodrum: Businesses, households need broadband connection…

Goodrum: Businesses, households need broadband connection…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Gioia Goodrum of McMinnville is the 2021 chair of the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce.
Metz, Liebman: Every voter in every state should vote by…

Metz, Liebman: Every voter in every state should vote by…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Samuel Metz is a physician from Southwest Portland. Robert Liebman is a professor of sociology at Portland State University.
Letters to the Editor: Sept. 17, 2021

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 17, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Spotlight's readers share thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations.
OPINION: Together we can remove barriers to civic engagement

OPINION: Together we can remove barriers to civic engagement

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Raising children is a lot of work. So, let's make it easier for families to participate in community and civic events.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: That's what farmers do

RURAL REFLECTIONS: That's what farmers do

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake remembers all the hard work her parents put into their family farm, all year-round.
OPINION: What the pandemic taught us about crisis…

OPINION: What the pandemic taught us about crisis…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
SBA's Martin Golden: 'All Oregon businesses should develop a workable crisis preparedness plan...'
OPINION: Welcome to Yosemite, the new Pyrocene Park

OPINION: Welcome to Yosemite, the new Pyrocene Park

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Steve Pyne: 'Virtually every management issue of Yosemite today traces back to fire.'
Wilder: Expand Pell Grants to make college affordable,…

Wilder: Expand Pell Grants to make college affordable,…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Brent Wilder is president of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities, representing 13 of Oregon's leading independent, nonprofit…

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 10, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the Editor: Sept. 10, 2021
The Columbia County Spotlight's mailbag includes letters about St. Helens' water storage and the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPINION: Let's create a fleet of clean-energy…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Let's create a fleet of clean-energy…
Sara Wright is transportation program director for Oregon Environmental Council.

Alderman: Congress must pass paid leave policy for…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Alderman: Congress must pass paid leave policy for…
Sherri Alderman is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician in Oregon and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Early Childhood

Opinion: Redistricting is vital. Here's how to get…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Opinion: Redistricting is vital. Here's how to get…
State lawmaker Christine Drazan says Oregonians will need to speak up to ensure a fair redistricting process.

Trainor: Working Oregonians deserve bold action…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Trainor: Working Oregonians deserve bold action…
Graham Trainor is president of the Oregon AFL-CIO, the statewide federation of labor unions representing more than 300,000 Oregonians.

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 3, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the Editor: Sept. 3, 2021
The Spotlight's readers write in about Sheriff Brian Pixley, Scappoose schools and more.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Pocket change

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Pocket change
A humble potato means so much more than it appears, writes Pamela Loxley Drake.

EDITORIAL: Sheriff's letter is a partisan outburst

South County Spotlight - Opinion
EDITORIAL: Sheriff's letter is a partisan outburst
Focusing on Gov. Kate Brown and partisan politics instead of the pandemic, Brian Pixley isn't helping.

OPINION: Shot in the arm for advertising would…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Shot in the arm for advertising would…
Brett Wesner: 'It would help small businesses to dig out of the economic doldrums...'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 27, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the Editor: Aug. 27, 2021
Spotlight readers weigh in on Columbia County Sheriff Brian Pixley's letter to Gov. Kate Brown.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Go to the field

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Go to the field
Pamela Loxley Drake remembers learning about the birds and the bees and other facts of life on the farm.

OPINION: Make Afghan refugee resettlement a top…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Make Afghan refugee resettlement a top…
Som Subedi of Portland is a former refugee who says the nation should welcome Afghans fleeing years of conflict.

OPINION: Lawmakers give out high school…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Lawmakers give out high school…
Micah Perry is a program assistant for external affairs at Portland's Cascade Policy Institute.

Busse: Lines blurred between HIV health message,…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Busse: Lines blurred between HIV health message,…
Tom Busse lives in Northwest Portland. He calls for better HIV health messaging.

OPINION: Environmental hazards go beyond what's in…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Environmental hazards go beyond what's in…
Joe Turner: 'There are three distinct environmental threats on today's planet, all of which include mankind.'

Rural Reflections: Farm after dark

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Rural Reflections: Farm after dark
Pamela Loxley Drake recounts the spooky sounds of her childhood home in the Ohio countryside at night.

OPINION: When wildfire keeps coming back

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: When wildfire keeps coming back
Char Miller: 'The rising generation will shoulder the heavy costs resulting from our indecision.'

EDITORIAL: PCC should require COVID-19 vaccines

South County Spotlight - Opinion
EDITORIAL: PCC should require COVID-19 vaccines
Revisiting the decision not to have a vaccination mandate is the right call, given the delta surge.

Goodman, Schneider: Frontline workers need family…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Goodman, Schneider: Frontline workers need family…
Julia Goodman is an assistant professor at the Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health. Daniel…

Smith: Communities of color can't afford more…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Smith: Communities of color can't afford more…
Loretta Smith is a former Multnomah County Commissioner and current candidate for U.S. Congress.

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 13, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the Editor: Aug. 13, 2021
The Spotlight publishes letters about our Scappoose School District coverage, wildfire prevention and more.

Woodsong: Regional carbon fee, rebate could ease…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Woodsong: Regional carbon fee, rebate could ease…
Garlynn Woodsong of Northeast Portland is with Woodsong Associates, a planning firm helping cities, towns and regions adapt to climate change.

Miller: Brown's dam-busting lawsuit is bad for…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Miller: Brown's dam-busting lawsuit is bad for…
Kurt Miller is executive director of Northwest RiverPartners. He argues that a state lawsuit would hurt clean energy plans.

Rural Reflections: Trophies on the wall

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Rural Reflections: Trophies on the wall
Pamela Loxley Drake remembers her father's knack for finding old stone artifacts and what they meant to her.

EDITORIAL: Brown's tough response to delta variant…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
EDITORIAL: Brown's tough response to delta variant…
Other leaders also must act swiftly and forcefully to blunt the impact of the latest wave of the deadly virus.

OPINION: No denying it, climate change fight…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: No denying it, climate change fight…
Tobias Read of Beaverton is Oregon's state treasurer and a former state representative.

EDITORIAL: A time to come together

South County Spotlight - Opinion
EDITORIAL: A time to come together
The Spotlight celebrates 100 years since Scappoose became a city, and you should, too!

OPINION: Two Western states act to control methane

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Two Western states act to control methane
Tim Lydon of Writers on the Range: 'Methane rules today could produce swift returns on climate.'

OPINION: In defense of public education

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: In defense of public education
Lowell Greathouse: 'What does it mean when we fail to understand the fullness of our history or the complexity of our world?'

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 6, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the Editor: Aug. 6, 2021
Read this week's letters in the Columbia County Spotlight in defense of landlords and small business owners.

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