Response: My actions are about fairness, integrity and…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'One thing is certain, I will continue to 'bully,' 'harass' and speak out against unfairness, hypocrisy and unethical behavior - especially in my own…

Letter: There are no Leftist patriots

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Here are two things that should never be 'conflated' with one another: being a Leftist and being an American patriot'

Letter: Preheim can take the heat

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I believe that Brady Preheim is a man who has a very strong sense of right and wrong. I also believe that he is an honest person who sincerely cares…

Letter: Putin on the Ritz

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'We need every American patriot in the country to demand our lawmakers strongly oppose this traitor in our midst'

Letters: Bullies aren't victims

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'This is why I don't use social media. Too many pretenders and trolls desperately competing for attention.'

Letter: Public Employee Unions are the real 'sacred cow' of…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'That the Supreme Court has dealt them a blow in the name of freedom incentivizes Hal Ritz to state, 'Watch for forthcoming initiatives and keep…

Letter: Bigotry, racism have no place in public…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
We have a vital issue potentially coming to a flash point in August. Our democracy absolutely mandates the right of individual thought and speech.

Letter: Is the flashlight really a lighted stick of…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Is the flashlight Cortez picked up in the dark tunnel more likely a lighted stick of dynamite about to blow apart old ways of thinking and doing? Bet…

Letter: Condemning separation at the border

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'As the people of the world rejoice with the rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team in Thailand...'

Harney County's Quick: Article, accuser 'unfair' to Medley

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'His previous district only gave glowing remarks about the work he accomplished while serving in their district'

Sex predators' positive qualities don't excuse behavior

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Speaking up never makes you popular or famous. It never brings any amount of joy or happiness to your life. Yet, we as a society, tend to…

Letter: Open letter to St. Helens mayor

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Perhaps the city should cease diverting funds to money-losing events and $50,000 studies. It makes me wonder who is in charge of my city.'

Letter: Trump shows prowess in N. Korea summit

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Except for not emphasizing chemical/biological weapons dismantling, they are already well known Trump priorities'

Letter: From a concerned Scappoose schools taxpayer

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'However, if research had been done, other options were available and could have saved the district thousands of dollars'

Letter: St. Helens' secret purchases

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I am so sick of these backroom deals, executive privileges and 'secret and confidential' plans'

Letter: With faith and fellowship, Fred Luttrell inspired

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'We would do well ourselves to honor the life of Fred Luttrell by reconsidering the Resurrection and humble teachings of Jesus Christ. Fred's…

Letter: Memorial Day reflections

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Let our departed heroes rest in peace, and may the families know that their sacrifice will never be forgotten'

Opinion: Scappoose school board plays risky game bringing…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Returning Paul Peterson to even a temporary, one-year assignment as the superintendent of Scappoose schools further sets up the district to be sued

Letter: Change the sheriff culture

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Small woodland owners own close to the same amount of land in the county as all of the non-forested areas. We don't like crime or those who support…

Letter: Voting devalued

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'By reducing the steps, effort and identification required for someone to become a voter, we created the unintended, but very real, consequence of…

Letter: Cattle exposed conscience

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'After Columbia Circuit Judge Ted Grove orders the cattle to be returned to its rightful owner, the county never complied. How does this even happen?'

Dickerson: Now is the right time to retire

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I especially wish to express my gratitude to my small, but dedicated staff who has stepped up to take us to a higher level'

Our Opinion: Concussion effort needs schools' help

South County Spotlight - Opinion
If educators truly care about the safety of the kids they teach, they should provide the requested records promptly so that this collaborative,…

In defense of reporting on anonymous letter

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Despite criticism, publishing letter sent to school board was in interest of transparency, accountability

Letter: Urging vote for Lichatowich

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'She sees the future of Columbia County as growing in jobs and recreational opportunities that maintain our health and environment'

Letter: Too much pandering by county officials, elect…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Elected officials need to stop pandering to mindless corporations that have no real commitment to the well-being of our small patch of the earth'

Letter: Lichatowich is 'sincerely dedicated'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I found Paulette Lichatowich one of the few sincerely dedicated individuals within the county who took a critical look at the many longstanding and…

Letter: Supporting re-election of Heimuller

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'We are so fortunate to have a leader in our community that gives back at every level'

Letter: Lichatowich is a 'breath of fresh air'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'She holds to principles of transparency in government and the importance of keeping big money out of politics'

Letter: Heimuller is best choice for county commission

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'After weighing both candidates' backgrounds, experience and vision for Columbia County, I have concluded that re-election of Henry Heimuller is the…

Letter: Questions about Lichatowich's meetings, stipends

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I would also like to know why she charged the taxpayers for 10 meeting fees to review a single, simple lease modification for one tenant she opposes'

Letter: Johns best for county commissionerLetter: Johns…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Kim has no interest in maligning other candidates; he intends to focus on building a better community'

Letter: Response to Larry Fair's criticisms of stipends,…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The writer makes general statements and embellishes descriptions of attendance at meetings and events where I was not the official representative'

Letter: Lichatowich has levelheaded leadership qualities

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I have had the opportunity to work with her at both the Columbia County Food Bank and the Port of St. Helens, and she has demonstrated the type of…

Letter: Lichatowich would protect quality of life

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'As the county's population grows she supports the creation of new jobs for county residents by clean, responsible and reliable entities'

Letter: To the point

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Sage advice from Dan Lindahl of Scappoose. Of note, this web introduction (there is a minimum character count) is likely far too long for Mr.…

Letter: Ferry crossing process

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The questions fall into three categories: local district, transportation and possible funding'

Letter: In support of Lichatowich

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Vote for Paulette because she is the change we need for our county to thrive in a manner that benefits current and future residents'

Letter: Political group pawns?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Do our young people even know they being used by progressive liberal socialists to funnel their anti-constitutional agenda'

Letter: Scappoose school officials should support students'…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Why would our high school be punishing its students for getting involved in politics and for standing up for what they believe to be right?'

Letter: We need to unravel Democrats' Russian…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The facts suggest that the Obama administration has been implicated in numerous conflicts of interest regarding falsely obtained FISA warrants and…

Letter: Disillusioned with NRA

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'It has become very apparent that the NRA appears to be more concerned with supporting the fire arms industry than they are in promoting education or…

Letter: Overdue for a reality check

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Every patriotic American and we ordinary citizens of Columbia County must be aware of this concealed weapon poised to destroy our democratic…

Letter: Avoid family feuds

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I presume most Republicans can go with the flow that all our young people could use a free kindergarten-to-college education. Imagine what that…

Letter: Trump fixed it, but Democrats obstruct

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'President Trump was able, without a single Democrat vote, to pass tax reform, which is putting money in the pockets of middle class and working poor…

Letter: World Day of Prayer 2018

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Invite your friends, family and communities of faith to join the women of Suriname in prayer and song to support ecumenical efforts toward justice,…

Letter: Port Westward methanol proposal falls short…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Most methanol is produced from natural gas and coal, such as NWIW is proposing; nothing green here. But renewable methanol - green methanol - does…

Letter: Lichatowich is best choice for county…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Lichatowich has 'a deep understanding of the needs of the county and our economic challenges. ... She knows how the county works, or doesn't work'

Letter: Our air, water and land under threat

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The full truth must be exposed to alert county citizens of the hazards of this scheme'

Letter: Standing beside Parkland students

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'These kids are speaking up and they won't stand for the continued inaction on reasonable gun control. I am so very proud of them!'

Letter: Changing the narrative on school shootings

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'All of these school shootings, bombings, etc., were perpetrated by people attending, who graduated from, or were expelled from public schools'

Letter: Agree on election interference claims

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Here is what, after 18 months, $12 million and a gazillion accusations and innuendo from Democrats, we do know: There is zero evidence President…

Letter: Not just mental, and not an accident

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'As with methamphetamine, violence only takes one act to start the addiction. The addiction is also passed down from father to son and dishonestly…

Letter: Take steps to protect elections

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'It is time each state takes steps to ensure the authenticity of all votes, by bringing back voting by paper ballot and do away with voting machines'

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Missing Paulette Lichatowich at Port meeting; opposed to digital-only coupons; Sheriff's Office concerns

Oregon's BottleDrop program benefits us all

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Improving access to redemption is just one of the ways that the bottle deposit program is helping St. Helens

Letter: Uncooperative inmate got what was coming to…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'It makes me sick to my stomach that we have come to the place where the bad guy gets all the breaks'

Letter: Appreciation for bread van

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Bread Store gives away products for free, but donations are appreciated as they pay for vehicle maintenance, gasoline, insurance and utilities

Letter: Low-info voters, apathy steal vote

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The Oregon problem is simple: too many low-information voters who believe everything they see and hear on the shiny TV screen'

Letter: Knock knock

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'No better time to tout Port of St. Helens property available in Columbia County in trade, industry publications and in person'

Opinion: Sheriff's Office, jail revelations should…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Spotlight coverage helps frame public discussion about Sheriff's Office best practices

From Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Sheriff's Office continues to strive toward its high calling without fear of what those with their agendas might come up with next

Letter: Senior centers have huge value

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I'm thinking there will be those who are growing older and going to have a need one day. And at that time I ask, will there be senior centers?'

Letter: Not so funny money

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'According to the cops and corporations, it's up to us to spot funny money, no matter how well it is replicated'

Letter: Without defined need, St. Helens would…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Until it is known what can be on the waterfront site and what is going to be on this site, there is no need to design a road'

Letter: Where do all the plastic bags go?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'Plastic bags are a nuisance. They litter our parks and trees, enter storm drains and can end up in rivers and oceans'

Letter: First of all, fix St. Helens

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'We must help businesses remain viable. We must have water and we must have sewer. Fix St. Helens first.'

Letter: White House ignorance and obscenities

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'I object to this obscenity in the White House and this degrading of our nation to the world'

Letter: Need more CPAC involvement

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Columbia City's Paulette Lichatowich, a member of the Port of St. Helens Commissoin and Columbia County Planning Commission, solicits return of CPACs

Letter: Tax fraud

South County Spotlight - Opinion
'The only way to have a de-weaponized IRS, which obviously intimidates lawmakers, is to go to a national sales tax'

Letter: Absolutely 'No' on Measure 101

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Send a message, again, that we will no longer take these oppressive taxes laying down

Letter: Vote 'no' on Measure 101

South County Spotlight - Opinion
What these angry voters and editors of the Spotlight clearly do not understand is that a truly free market in health care would be the best way to…

Letter: Driving into a future dead zone

South County Spotlight - Opinion
It is unconscionable that our political leaders not only turn a blind eye to the poisoning of our nation, but those in power now actually encourage it

Letter: Defense against craziness

South County Spotlight - Opinion
As Americans, we have a God-given responsibility to speak out in picture and word to defend our values and democracy

Secretary of State: Oregon fails 1 in 4 students

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Oregon leaders need to acknowledge that our educational system needs to use smarter approaches, better accountability and more options for at-risk…

Letter: Thoughts from the American hinterland

South County Spotlight - Opinion
World seems to be in an unknowable period of change, which may include a complete shuffling of political persuasions to the rise of artificial…

Letter: A Christmas blessing

South County Spotlight - Opinion
I was humbled and reminded again that Christmas is not about getting, but giving

Our opinion: Reflections on a momentous 2017

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Local connections to national news, long-awaited projects reaching conclusion, emergence of the metoo movement - 2017 had a lot to offer.

Letter: County needs innovation, not dirty…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
We need honesty, innovation and a desire to make Columbia County more than a dumping ground for businesses that no other county wants

Letters for Dec. 29, 2017

South County Spotlight - Opinion
County needs innovation, not dirty industries; A Christmas blessing; Thoughts from the American hinterland

'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial in Sept.…

Letters for Dec. 22, 2017

South County Spotlight - Opinion
No one right, or wrong, about Port Westward; Crab feed in the works for St. Helens Senior Center; Not a fan of 'unhinged' Trump cartoon; political…

My View: Give to the arts by year-end

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Oregonians may get a 2017 tax credit for giving to the Oregon Cultural Trust and qualifying arts organizations by Dec. 31.

Letter: Merchants' Toy N Joy grateful for…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Toy N Joy and Holiday Hope programs will brighten the holidays for many children and families in need in our communities

Letter: Problems with Port director's logic

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Claims and conclusions made by Port of St. Helens Executive Director Doug Hayes have significant logical errors.

Letter: Upset with Magruder's vote on Port Westward

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Thankful for commentary critical of Columbia County Commissioners Margaret Magruder and Henry Heimuller's 'yes' vote on Port Westward rezone

Letter: Backroom deals to avoid Superfund cleanup

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Now we have a federal 'good old boy/girl' backroom deal attempting to avoid paying for the cleanup of poisonous, toxic chemicals affecting our life,…

Letter: Objecting to the proposed 'tax reform' bill

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Appeal to U.S. Rep. Greg Walden to put voters over donors and dismiss the so-called tax reform bill

County's actions, or lack therof, obstruct park…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Frustrated by inaction for county to turn Chapman Landing into a park, and for the convoluted way the property was transferred from the Port of St.…

Letters

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Objections to tax bill; Superfund backroom deals; commissioners believe in fairy tales, unicorns and job growth projections at Port Westward; Our…

My View: Kids' health shouldn't be a budget…

Portland Tribune - Opinion
Congress has cut funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program; Sen. Ron Wyden vows to fight for funding to allow the program to continue.

Letter: Port Westward zone change is a mistake

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Port Westward rezone decision is a mistake, and it will more than likely again be appealed to LUBA.

Letter: Port Westward - 'Rich as the Delta of the…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
After reading this letter, you should be as upset as I am about Columbia County Commissioners Henry Heimuller and Margaret Magruder's vote on Port…

Letter: Antifa progressing toward more violence

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Why would one not think Antifa would condone violence against people in their own homes? That would be the logical progression.

Port director: Reflections on Port Westward

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Port of St. Helens Executive Director Doug Hayes offers his explanation for the need to rezone farmland at Port Westward for industrial use: It comes…

Letter: Rezone decision marks time for change

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Sad about Columbia County Commissioners Henry Heimuller and Margaret Magruder's decision to rezone quality farmland for industrial purposes.

Nob Hill Nature Park and Scappoose Bay Watershed…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Two nonprofit groups share conservation ethos and have found ways to help each other out over the past decade

Letter: Calling out the PUD on calendar

South County Spotlight - Opinion
PUD calendar notes the board directors are 'elected by the voters.' Is that true in the case of Debbie Reed?

Letter: Vote shows Tardif is voice of county's…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
In wake of Port Westward rezone decision, it's time Columbia County voters make a change.

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