Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

ONPOINT: Four ways to make your credit work for you

ONPOINT: Four ways to make your credit work for you

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Amanda Dugdale, manager of the Scappoose branch of OnPoint Community Credit Union, offers some tips.
My opinion: Violence impacts all of us, including police…

My opinion: Violence impacts all of us, including police…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Law enforcement at every level must strengthen, and in some cases rebuild, relationships with the people.
Letters to the Editor: Jan. 21, 2022

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 21, 2022

South County Spotlight - Opinion
This week's mailbag in the Columbia County Spotlight features thoughts on debt, vaccines and St. Helens utility fees.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Envisioning Polly Waug

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Envisioning Polly Waug

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake lets her imagination run wild. Everyone does, or if not, they ought to.
OPINION: Nick Kristof cannot have it both ways

OPINION: Nick Kristof cannot have it both ways

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Richard Botteri: 'New York's law defining residency for voting purposes raises an insurmountable obstacle...'
Letters to the Editor: Jan. 14, 2022

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 14, 2022

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Spotlight readers thank Share & Care contributors, express frustration about the interstate commute, and more.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Strength and determination

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Strength and determination

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Times are tough right now. But Pamela Loxley Drake has seen tough times before.
OPINION: Terror in Hawaii, four years ago

OPINION: Terror in Hawaii, four years ago

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Marianne Bickett: 'I was waiting for the sound of a loud blast and what might come next.'
Columbia River PUD: Winter usually means higher power bills

Columbia River PUD: Winter usually means higher power bills

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Executive director Michael J. Sykes suggests some ways to keep your costs to a minimum.
BBB: What to know when you're trying to lose weight

BBB: What to know when you're trying to lose weight

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific offers tips for the newly resolved.
OPINION: A new predator stalks the West

OPINION: A new predator stalks the West

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pepper Trail: 'The dangerous predator we're facing these days is wildfire, charging even out of grasslands to destroy our very homes.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Out with the old

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Out with the old

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Reading through Mom's old address book is like going back in time, Pamela Loxley Drake writes.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: A new year

RURAL REFLECTIONS: A new year

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake has some advice and self-reflection as 2022 comes upon us.
My view: Oregon, counties should settle timber issues…

My view: Oregon, counties should settle timber issues…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Litigation sets up winners and losers; negotiations can benefit all sides of this issue.
Herman: State should invest in caregiving workforce

Herman: State should invest in caregiving workforce

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Miki Herman of Northeast Portland is the interim chief executive officer at Portland's Albertina Kerr Centers.
OPINION: Outage season is here

OPINION: Outage season is here

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Michael J. Sykes of Columbia River PUD offers tips on dealing with power outages this winter.
Johnson: Cultural Trust donations connect us all

Johnson: Cultural Trust donations connect us all

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Nathalie Johnson, M.D., of Northwest Portland is a member of the Oregon Cultural Trust board
OPINION: Time to toss our two-party system

OPINION: Time to toss our two-party system

South County Spotlight - Opinion
William Allen: 'Try to imagine a party-free government at the federal level.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Heart gifts

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Heart gifts

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The holiday season can be a tough time for some people, Pamela Loxley Drake writes.
Letters to the Editor: Dec. 24, 2021

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 24, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Spotlight's penultimate 2021 mailbag includes criticism of Scappoose schools and St. Helens City Hall.
Renner: Next Me-Too movement is coming to a workplace near…

Renner: Next Me-Too movement is coming to a workplace near…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Author Kevin Renner of Portland is a software executive and former business journalist who is working on a new book about bad bosses.
Gregory: We need Blumenauer's Better Kidney Care Act

Gregory: We need Blumenauer's Better Kidney Care Act

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Leslie Gregory of Sellwood is a physician assistant with more than 20 years of experience, a U.S. Navy veteran, a mother of two and a founder of the…
Letters to the Editor: Dec. 17, 2021

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 17, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Columbia County Spotlight publishes reader letters on Tim Porter, Betsy Johnson and more.
Patridge: Neither rain, sleet nor political divisions…

Patridge: Neither rain, sleet nor political divisions…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Jamie Partridge of Portland is part of Postal Workers United. He delivered mail in Northeast Portland for 25 years and served many years as a Letter…
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Pictures colored with crayons

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Pictures colored with crayons

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake remembers how special the artwork of children was to her late mother.
Wyden: Outdoor recreation doesn’t need all that red tape

Wyden: Outdoor recreation doesn’t need all that red tape

South County Spotlight - Opinion
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Portland Democrat, has represented Oregon in the Senate since 1996. Wyden represented Oregon's 3rd Congressional District from…
OPINION: Scappoose's senior center is getting back on track

OPINION: Scappoose's senior center is getting back on track

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Mary Minor Carlson: 'Things are looking up. ... Stay tuned for a return of in-house lunches, live music and dancing.'
My opinion: Community college provides a bridge to Oregon…

My opinion: Community college provides a bridge to Oregon…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Education is a great public investment, but too many students are worried about their next meal, housing and child care.
OPINION: Are COVID caregivers the next 'greatest…

OPINION: Are COVID caregivers the next 'greatest…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Robert Seward: 'The challenges facing today's health workers are much more difficult than we had.'
OPINION: A salute to service: Mark O. Hatfield

OPINION: A salute to service: Mark O. Hatfield

South County Spotlight - Opinion
David Lowe Cozad: 'Mark O. Hatfield ended up being the exact reason libraries could exist at all...'

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 10, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the Editor: Dec. 10, 2021
The Spotlight hears from readers about the value of local journalism, the importance of wearing a mask and more.

Miller: Strong climate action critical to Oregon…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Miller: Strong climate action critical to Oregon…
Tim Miller is director of Oregon Business for Climate, a league of Oregon businesses advocating for ambitious, equitable, effective climate policies…

Doctors should not be penalized for prescribing…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Doctors should not be penalized for prescribing…
The opioid addiction crises has impacted every community in Oregon. Congress has a way to help stop the surge in overdoses.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Random gifts of love

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Random gifts of love
Pamela Loxley Drake has a way of brightening the holiday season for strangers and family alike.

OPINION: Is the American Dream fading in the West?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Is the American Dream fading in the West?
Benjamin Waddell: 'As the middle class fades away, what's left seems to narrow down to property owners and workers.'

OPINION: Tough-on-crime Johnson ought to get the…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Tough-on-crime Johnson ought to get the…
Miki Barnes: 'If Johnson truly wants to reduce crime, she could begin by decreasing fossil-fuel burning aviation...'

Vaughn, Miller: Oregon senator should champion…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Vaughn, Miller: Oregon senator should champion…
Brenna Vaughn is executive director of the Northwest Hydroelectric Association. Kurt Miller is executive director of Northwest RiverPartners

OPINION: Telling the truth about the way we live now

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Telling the truth about the way we live now
Laura Pritchett: 'We need stories that fashion new narratives about ecological wisdom for our future.'

Mitchell: Best COVID vaccine conversations could…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Mitchell: Best COVID vaccine conversations could…
Dr. Paul Mitchell, a pediatrician and second-year resident at Oregon Health and Science University, is an Oregon Pediatric Society board member.

New money to bring new construction to Oregon

South County Spotlight - Opinion
New money to bring new construction to Oregon
COLUMN: Kris Strickler's KEEP OREGON MOVING New opportunities await with federal infrastructure package.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Her name was Amosandra

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Her name was Amosandra
For Pamela Loxley Drake and the rubber doll she got for Christmas in 1950, it was love at first sight.

Mitchell: Best COVID vaccine conversations could…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Mitchell: Best COVID vaccine conversations could…
Dr. Paul Mitchell, a pediatrician and second-year resident at Oregon Health and Science University, is an Oregon Pediatric Society board member.

OPINION: Support small businesses hit by pandemic

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Support small businesses hit by pandemic
U.S. Small Business Administration's Martin Golden touts Small Business Saturday.

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 19, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the Editor: Nov. 19, 2021
Spotlight readers write to us about mask compliance and issues with Scappoose School District leadership.

OPINION: Building resilience along the West Coast…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Building resilience along the West Coast…
Pacific Northwest governors, California lieutenant governor and British Columbia premier penned this joint op-ed.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Tale of a squirrel

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Tale of a squirrel
Nature may not be kind, but Pamela Loxley Drake learned early on to accept people who are different.

OPINION: Keeping the public in public safety

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Keeping the public in public safety
Jeff Barker & Betsy Johnson: 'Brown claims she is reforming the criminal justice system. ... She's destroying it.'

OPINION: Telling the truth about the way we live now

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Telling the truth about the way we live now
Laura Pritchett: 'We need stories that fashion new narratives about ecological wisdom for our future.'

OPINION: Diesel trucks are big polluters. Oregon…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Diesel trucks are big polluters. Oregon…
This week, state environmental regulators have the chance to curb a huge threat to the climate and my generation's health.

OPINION: Warming Tree will help community again…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Warming Tree will help community again…
Michael J. Sykes of the Columbia River PUD is asking for donations to benefit people in need.

Foote, Marquis: Wasco County DA's legal shenanigans…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Foote, Marquis: Wasco County DA's legal shenanigans…
John Foote is the former Clackamas County district attorney. Joshua Marquis is the former Clatsop County district attorney.

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 12, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the Editor: Nov. 12, 2021
Spotlight reader letters this week include a paean to Columbia County veterans and criticism of Betsy Johnson.

My Opinion: Congress must pass provision to save…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
My Opinion: Congress must pass provision to save…
Oregon's Sen. Ron Wyden, a supporter, is in a position to keep journalism alive across the nation.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Fox, skunk, raccoon, oh my

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Fox, skunk, raccoon, oh my
Pamela Loxley Drake remembers the different houses in which her primary school friends lived.

OPINION: Local news hangs in the balance

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Local news hangs in the balance
Steven Waldman: 'This provision is the only thing in the bill that would help save democracy.'

Aiosa: To honor Oregon veterans, let's ensure all…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Aiosa: To honor Oregon veterans, let's ensure all…
About 1-in-8 of Multnomah County's houseless residents are veterans. Together, we can help get them what they need.

OPINION: Under many flags, we are all Americans

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Under many flags, we are all Americans
Brian McGahren: 'Students, teachers and staff ... do not cease being who they are once they cross the school threshold.'

Gildersleeve: Our oceans can’t wait for climate…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Gildersleeve: Our oceans can’t wait for climate…
Lyf Gildersleeve owns Portland's Flying Fish Co. He is a second-generation fishmonger and a member of the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition

OPINION: Freedom from what?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Freedom from what?
Charles Bickford: 'Columbia County is too often harmed by zealots with agendas of various types.'

OPINION: Don't let shortages spoil your holiday…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Don't let shortages spoil your holiday…
Ben Spradling: 'Getting all the right gifts for your friends and family is still an achievable goal.'

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