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Letter: Calling out hunters

Letter: Calling out hunters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I talked with over 60 local hunters and 250 non-hunters. These problems have a larger cause: a gang mentality. It has been disgusting to find what…
Letter: 'Imagine' (Not the John Lennon version)

Letter: 'Imagine' (Not the John Lennon version)

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'This proposition is known as Pascal's wager. It never was a valid justification for religion, whether of the traditional kind or the LGM kind or ...…
Johnson, Witt: Cap and trade bill politicking is…

Johnson, Witt: Cap and trade bill politicking is…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The only way to save pulp and paper mills and Oregon manufacturing is to stop the politicking and get serious about a carbon reduction policy that…
Urging a halt on cap and trade legislation

Urging a halt on cap and trade legislation

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'There will be unforeseen consequences resulting in grave impact to small business, critical industries and vulnerable populations'
An informed voter is the best defense against attacks on…

An informed voter is the best defense against attacks on…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Secretary of State Elections Division director, Steve Trout, offers ways for voters to detect misinformation as election season looms
My view: A primer for grasping our changing climate

My view: A primer for grasping our changing climate

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Greenhouse gasses, while not providing heat, act as insulation reducing the escape of heat provided by the Sun'
My view: Leave politics out of scientific discussion

My view: Leave politics out of scientific discussion

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Never have I seen a scientific presentation start out with a political diatribe ... the return to their conservative political opinions was a…
My view: I stand with the GOP scientists

My view: I stand with the GOP scientists

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'What they did was show a lot of convincing evidence that man is not responsible for the increases in CO2 levels nor is it as destructive to the…
In defense of climate change science

In defense of climate change science

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Vast populations of peer-reviewed scientists, physicists and visionaries are being cast as conspirators by climate change-denying laymen'
Letters published Jan. 24, 2020

Letters published Jan. 24, 2020

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'California, Oregon and Washington are all following the lead of Australia in committing the war on healthy forests, resulting in devastating fires…
Legislative Days takeaways in lead up to short session

Legislative Days takeaways in lead up to short session

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'In essence, Oregon taxpayers are subsidizing luxury developments in the metro area. The entire Portland downtown area has been designated as an…
Letters published Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

Letters published Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'An informed citizenry is the basis for a well-functioning democracy. Our Founding Fathers recognized this and that is why a free press is in the…
Don't worry. We're still here.

Don't worry. We're still here.

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'If you are someone who values local news outside your immediate community, we also hope you will subscribe to all 25 Pamplin Media Group news…
A time to honor law enforcement officials

A time to honor law enforcement officials

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Law enforcement officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for our communities'
Letters published Jan. 3, 2020

Letters published Jan. 3, 2020

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Support appreciation and best wishes from the Scappoose Community Club; turning to 'The Book' for guidance
Readers respond: Revisiting Spotlight policy on national…

Readers respond: Revisiting Spotlight policy on national…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'National issues do concern residents in all Columbia County communities - and all communities across this nation, for that matter'
Prepping for 2020 session, law enforcement appreciation

Prepping for 2020 session, law enforcement appreciation

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Those of us who appreciate law enforcement need to show our appreciation for the difficult and sometimes impossible work they undertake in public…
Letters for news week ending Friday, Dec. 20

Letters for news week ending Friday, Dec. 20

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Success at the annual Toy N Joy; a chance to volunteer and work with Scappoose robotics students
Letters for Dec. 13, 2019

Letters for Dec. 13, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Columbia County offers thanks for foster children support; VR driver's education coming to St. Helens
'A house divided against itself cannot stand'

'A house divided against itself cannot stand'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'If we are willing to respect the value and dignity of each of us, to seek the truth, and be honest about our interest and concerns; we can change…
Scappoose School Board's proposed public comment policy…

Scappoose School Board's proposed public comment policy…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Scappoose School Board's proposed public comment policy change is unnecessary, is a further barrier to public transparency and open dialogue'
My view: Caring for those who first cared for us

My view: Caring for those who first cared for us

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'My family's experiences are not unique. Many who care for aging parents face similar challenges, and far too often lack access to the support they…
Online letters published Nov. 27, 2019

Online letters published Nov. 27, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The memo that I was elected to represent the citizens of St. Helens, and not as a message carrier for city staff, seems to have not been circulated'
Letters published Nov. 22, 2019

Letters published Nov. 22, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
A solution for CC Rider? Remember Pearl Harbor in Scappoose; Christmas hot community meals could use your help
Witt: Back in the Capitol for Legislative Days

Witt: Back in the Capitol for Legislative Days

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Our economy is strong and continues to perform well. We are seeing a steady job market, good wages and promising signs of growth'
Letters published Nov. 15, 2019

Letters published Nov. 15, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Note from the editor about national commentary, reponses to Preheim's 'Facts Matter' letter

Letters published Nov. 8, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters published Nov. 8, 2019
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Want a vibrant community? Sometimes you gotta pay
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters published Nov. 1, 2019
Veterans Day, the value of CC Rider and community investment, on the question of Trump's transcript

Letters published Oct. 25

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters published Oct. 25
Scappoose staffers comment on growth and inconvenience, homelessness and CC Rider, 2nd Amendment defense and the Trump transcription

Letter: Support safe sidewalks, streets for…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Support safe sidewalks, streets for…
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Scappoose sidewalks, streets need our help
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Thanks for the gunfight, Mr. Brumbles
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Educate yourself about public transportation
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Gas tax is a good deal
'...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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters published Oct. 18, 2019
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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters published Oct. 11, 2019
Supports Scappoose safe sidewalks, THConcerns, let it go (not the theme from 'Frozen')

Letters published Oct. 4, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters published Oct. 4, 2019
Opposed to Rep. Brad Witt, boos for Halloweentown, dislike for CC Rider, anti-Riverkeeper groups

Letters published Sept. 27, 2019

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters published Sept. 27, 2019
Spotlight thanks, St. Helens stonewalling, the loss of civility, a note about modern-day propaganda

Our View: Transparency takes a hit in Salem

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Our View: Transparency takes a hit in Salem
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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Blood on national media, politicans' hands
'... 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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Bridging the Scappoose-St. Helens divide
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: Ripping into Riverkeeper
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter: St. Helens' decline has gone too far
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Johnson: Walkout far from session's top takeaway
Sen. Betsy Johnson gives her takes on the 2019 Legislative Session and the impacts it will have

Letters published August 2

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters published August 2
Politics at the Columbia County Fair, Crisis of confidence, Mueller testimony should be scrutinized

Full disclosure: Scappoose schools and the Peterson…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Full disclosure: Scappoose schools and the Peterson…
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Opinion: St. Helens City Council has work to do
'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…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters: Cap, trade pushback; reaction to Johnson…
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Our opinion: Public meetings law needs sharper teeth
'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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
My View: Cap-and-trade bill will cost local jobs
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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Readers letters published the week of June 21, 2019
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…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Commentary: JOCAC discussions mirror early days of…
'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…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
My View: Fight for our future. Pass the Clean…
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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters published May 17, 2019
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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters from readers for May 10, 2019
Buddy Poppy season is here, as is election season. More letters from readers than you can shake a stick at

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