Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

OPINION: Hands off the rocks

OPINION: Hands off the rocks

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Marjorie 'Slim' Woodruff: 'Painted rocks and stacked rocks introduce a human element to a wild area.'
Columbia River PUD: Protect your home from wildfire

Columbia River PUD: Protect your home from wildfire

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Michael J. Sykes warns of wildfire risk this summer and offers tips for keeping your home, and the environment, safe.
Tsongas, Pang: Lawmakers must make toxic-free law a priority

Tsongas, Pang: Lawmakers must make toxic-free law a priority

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Dr. Theodora Tsongas is an environmental health scientist. Jamie Pang is the environmental health program director at Oregon Environmental Council.
Opinion: Letting the garden teach me about my disabled child

Opinion: Letting the garden teach me about my disabled child

South County Spotlight - Opinion
If a tree or a plant is a little bit different, we don't call it disabled; we call it beautiful.
Galvez: ‘I must strive to take on social forces that…

Galvez: ‘I must strive to take on social forces that…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Dr. Eva Galvez is a family medical care provider at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Hillsboro.
Rural Reflections: God save the bunnies

Rural Reflections: God save the bunnies

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake remembers rabbit-hunting with her father back on the farm.
OPINION: Congress must take action to protect workers

OPINION: Congress must take action to protect workers

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Jeff Merkley and Graham Trainor: '...Woefully outdated labor laws continue to undermine workers' rights.'
OPINION: Is the Oregon Legislature still accessible?

OPINION: Is the Oregon Legislature still accessible?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Evan Bryan: 'Oregon's legislative leaders shut out low-income and disenfranchised Oregonians.'
Letters to the Editor: July 16, 2021

Letters to the Editor: July 16, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
This week, the Spotlight publishes letters on frugality and global poverty.
Opinion: An Oregon mom outlines the realities of ‘Special…

Opinion: An Oregon mom outlines the realities of ‘Special…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The web of bureaucracy that ensnares parents of disabled children is difficult for others to even imagine.
Rural Reflections: The old bus

Rural Reflections: The old bus

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake recalls her days of riding the school bus and going to a since-demolished school.
Rural Reflections: Beneath the leaves

Rural Reflections: Beneath the leaves

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake remembers uncovering the magic and majesty of nature with her father in this week's column.
Zoucha: Support candidates who push for a cleaner energy…

Zoucha: Support candidates who push for a cleaner energy…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Jack Zoucha of Wilsonville is the Oregon Institute of Technology's student president.
OPINION: Think about language

OPINION: Think about language

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Aeric Estep: 'We must use all the complexity, nuance, beauty and tactfulness of language in order to create understanding.'
Metz: Henry Kaiser was right, single-payer health care…

Metz: Henry Kaiser was right, single-payer health care…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Samuel Metz, MD, of Southwest Portland is vice president of Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program and a founding member of Mad As Hell…
Marquis: Don't change rules on prison inmate voting rights

Marquis: Don't change rules on prison inmate voting rights

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Joshua Marquis of Astoria was Clatsop County district attorney from 1994 to 2018. He is active in the National District Attorneys Association.
CRPUD: Stay comfortable and save energy during heat waves

CRPUD: Stay comfortable and save energy during heat waves

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Michael J. Sykes suggests ways to reduce power consumption when it's hot outside.
BBB: How to return to work at your small business

BBB: How to return to work at your small business

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Keylen Villagrana shares tips for businesses that are considering bringing workers back into the office.
OPINION: A patriot's view on the Fourth of July

OPINION: A patriot's view on the Fourth of July

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Wayne Mayo: 'Perhaps the greatest story is the humility shown in complete and total victory by America and its leaders.'
Ridings: Supporting local means supporting local newspapers

Ridings: Supporting local means supporting local newspapers

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Newspapers provided the critical information needed to protect the safety of their readers during the pandemic.
Gordon: Got a COVID vaccination? You can thank research and…

Gordon: Got a COVID vaccination? You can thank research and…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Ken Gordon is executive director of the Northwest Association of Biomedical Research.
Letters to the Editor: High praise for Spotlight columnist

Letters to the Editor: High praise for Spotlight columnist

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Readers weigh in on Oregon State University's Extension Service and the importance of electric vehicles.
Opinion: Oregon needs to get in front of climate catastrophe

Opinion: Oregon needs to get in front of climate catastrophe

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Jaime Mathis: State should continue passing bills like HB 2021-100% Equitable Energy for All
Make waves to protect coastal tide pools

Make waves to protect coastal tide pools

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Carlie Davis: Reintroduce sea otters to help tame urchin population, protect kelp forests
Pulliam: Lawmakers’ get failing grade on graduation…

Pulliam: Lawmakers’ get failing grade on graduation…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
MacKensey Pulliam of Sandy is co-founder of the Oregon Moms Union. She argues that Senate Bill 744 leaves some students behind.
Bates: Honor our veterans by supporting state capitol’s…

Bates: Honor our veterans by supporting state capitol’s…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Steve Bates of Boring is an honorary life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and is a life member of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of…
Sanchez, Salinas and Fettig: Don’t disenfranchise people…

Sanchez, Salinas and Fettig: Don’t disenfranchise people…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Rep. Tawna Sanchez represents House District 43. Rep. Andrea Salinas represents House District 38. Amy Fettig is executive director of The Sentencing…
Pham, Valderrama and Alonso Leon: Child care is…

Pham, Valderrama and Alonso Leon: Child care is…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
State Rep. Khanh Pham is represents House District 46 in Southeast Portland. Rep. Andrea Valderrama represents House District 47 in East Multnomah…
Readers' letters: Don’t let legislation reduce our…

Readers' letters: Don’t let legislation reduce our…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Our readers sound off on ending the filibuster, medical research, vaccines, Portland-area highway tolls and child care concerns.
Fruits: PERS Board must act to end continuing crisis

Fruits: PERS Board must act to end continuing crisis

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Eric Fruits is vice president of research at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon's free market public policy research organization. He has studied state…

Bauer: Oregon must step up to protect undocumented…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Bauer: Oregon must step up to protect undocumented…
Janet Bauer is a senior policy analyst with the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Learn more at ocpp.org.

Meiffren-Swango: Oregon can’t wait another season…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Meiffren-Swango: Oregon can’t wait another season…
Celeste Meiffren-Swango of Southeast Portland is state director for Environment Oregon.

OPINION: Two longs and two shorts

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Two longs and two shorts
Pamela Loxley Drake recalls the magic and wonder of her old family crank-telephone.

Schmidt, Hieb: Newspapers, magazines are more than…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Schmidt, Hieb: Newspapers, magazines are more than…
Brigitte Schmidt Gwyn is president and chief executive office of MPA, the Association of Magazine Media. Laurie Hieb is executive director of the…

Kolker: Double Up Food Bucks benefit families,…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Kolker: Double Up Food Bucks benefit families,…
Katy Kolker is executive director of the Portland Farmers Market, which has seen a benefit from a food program lawmakers could continue this year.

OPINION: Misguided bill would hammer local print…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Misguided bill would hammer local print…
Media publishers warn that Senate Bill 582 would pile unnecessary costs on community newspapers and magazines.

DeRemer: SB 844 could hurt patient access to…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
DeRemer: SB 844 could hurt patient access to…
Shawn M. DeRemer, M.D., is president and executive medical director for Anesthesia Associates Northwest and Evolve Health and Wellness.

Miller: Hydropower is a zero-carbon energy source…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Miller: Hydropower is a zero-carbon energy source…
Kurt Miller is executive director of the not-for-profit Northwest RiverPartners, which advocates for hydropower in the Pacific Northwest.

Ettling: Lawmakers should support bipartisan…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Ettling: Lawmakers should support bipartisan…
Brian Ettling of Northeast Portland is a volunteer with Citizens' Climate Lobby and lead organizer for SJM 5.

Soliday: Let's do the math on child care for small…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Soliday: Let's do the math on child care for small…
Sharon Soliday is chief executive officer of the Hello Foundation, a company providing speech and occupational therapy and school psychology services…

OPINION: What do we owe wildland firefighters?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: What do we owe wildland firefighters?
Jonathon Golden: 'I hope more states and legislators will start paying attention. This is a debt that needs to be paid.'

Letters to the Editor: June 11, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the Editor: June 11, 2021
Spotlight readers write in with reflections on military veterans they knew.

OPINION: Kids' animated shows are udderly ridiculous

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Kids' animated shows are udderly ridiculous
Pamela Loxley Drake knows the difference between a cow and a bull. Why don't cartoonists?

Our Opinion: Come on out to the ballgame

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Our Opinion: Come on out to the ballgame
The Vancouver Canadians have been playing well but not drawing well. Give them your support while they're in town.

Sloan, Tupper: Immigrants deserve right to legal…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Sloan, Tupper: Immigrants deserve right to legal…
The Honorable Andrea Sloan is a retired Portland Immigration Court judge. Leni Tupper is a former attorney adviser in the Portland Immigration Court,…

Charles: Time to put brakes on Kate Brown’s…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Charles: Time to put brakes on Kate Brown’s…
John A. Charles Jr. is president and chief executive officer of Portland's Cascade Policy Institute, a free market public policy research…

Smith: Want more lumber? Manage our forests better

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Smith: Want more lumber? Manage our forests better
Nick Smith of Sherwood is executive director of the nonprofit Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, which advocates for active forest management in…

OPINION: Rural reflections

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Rural reflections
Pamela Loxley Drake shares her thoughts and experiences on growing up in the country.

Quick-Warner, Wilson: High-speed rail speeds past…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Quick-Warner, Wilson: High-speed rail speeds past…
Brittany Quick-Warner is president and chief executive officer of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. Keith Wilson is president and CEO of TITAN…

OPINION: You can explore the West and escape the…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: You can explore the West and escape the…
Molly Absolon: 'I've learned that if everyone is going to the latest hotspot, I'm itchy to go somewhere else.'

Bubl: We needed the rain, but...

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Bubl: We needed the rain, but...
Advice from Columbia County's OSU Extension Service agent on how to nurture your green thumb.

Salinas, Hardesty, Colquitt: Don’t let big money…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Salinas, Hardesty, Colquitt: Don’t let big money…
State. Rep. Andrea Salinas represents House District 38 in Clackamas County. Jo Ann Hardesty is a Portland city commissioner. Rosa Colquitt is chair…

Walmsley, O'Brien: Pandemic left big impact on…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Walmsley, O'Brien: Pandemic left big impact on…
Bethany Walmsley is executive director for the Returning Veterans Project. Mark O'Brien is with RALI and an expert on criminal justice and addiction.

Our Opinion: Help us all by getting vaccinated,…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Our Opinion: Help us all by getting vaccinated,…
Washington and Multnomah counties are opening back up. Columbia County is lagging behind.

Davis and Allen: Dental therapists would offer…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Davis and Allen: Dental therapists would offer…
Miranda Davis, DDS, MPH, has been a tribal clinic dentist for 15 years and supervises dental therapists in Oregon. Gary Allen, DMD, MS, is vice…

Readers' letters: There are alternatives to I-5…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Readers' letters: There are alternatives to I-5…
Local writers sound off on state school budget needs, homelessness solutions and the many conspiracy theories.

OPINION: Please beware of utility scam attempts

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Please beware of utility scam attempts
Michael J. Sykes: 'If you receive a suspicious call about your account, the best thing to do is hang up and call us back.'

OPINION: Killing wildlife to see who wins

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Killing wildlife to see who wins
Ted Williams: 'Competing to kill wildlife outrages the fair-chase hunting community.'

Letters to the Editor: May 21, 2021

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letters to the Editor: May 21, 2021
Letters in the Spotlight this week discuss Memorial Day, political theater and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Readers letters: Utility legislation good for…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Readers letters: Utility legislation good for…
Readers sound off on homeless campers, affordable energy, preschool and economic justice.

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