Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

My View: My belief in the right to choose

My View: My belief in the right to choose

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Legislator: Oregon must continue its leadership in standing up for access to reproductive care.
LETTERS: Betsy Johnson is 'breath of fresh air'

LETTERS: Betsy Johnson is 'breath of fresh air'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Columbia County Spotlight readers write in about the Oregon governor's race and gun rights.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Little light

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Little light

South County Spotlight - Opinion
We don't have lightning bugs here in Oregon, as Pamela Loxley Drake laments, but we can still embody their spirit.
BBB: What to do when a salesperson shows up at your door

BBB: What to do when a salesperson shows up at your door

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Better Business Bureau offers advice for ensuring you don't get cheated or pressured into an unwise purchase.
OPINION: We need every tool to fight today's wildfires

OPINION: We need every tool to fight today's wildfires

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Steve Pyne: 'Fire control does not mean one thing; it embraces many strategies.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: A day for dads

RURAL REFLECTIONS: A day for dads

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake is missing her dad, and the other father figures in her life, this Father's Day.
OPINION: Are assault weapons a problem we can tax our way…

OPINION: Are assault weapons a problem we can tax our way…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Richard Botteri: 'Should our focus be on controlling the guns, or limiting access to the ammunition?'
OPINION: Making progress toward replacing Interstate Bridge

OPINION: Making progress toward replacing Interstate Bridge

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Rep. Susan McLain: We 'have a responsibility ... to be wise stewards of the money that is entrusted to the program.'
CRPUD: Plant safely near electrical equipment

CRPUD: Plant safely near electrical equipment

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Michael J. Sykes: 'Before you head to the nursery ... please take a moment to consider electrical safety.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Golden fields

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Golden fields

South County Spotlight - Opinion
In her weekly column, Pamela Loxley Drake reflects on the imagery and memory of her family farm.
LETTERS: More voices in support of NEXT biofuel project

LETTERS: More voices in support of NEXT biofuel project

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Columbia County Spotlight continues to hear from readers about the planned development at Port Westward.
OPINION: It's time for a Drug Deaths Prevention Governance…

OPINION: It's time for a Drug Deaths Prevention Governance…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Leonard Lee Buschel: 'Perhaps we can find the time and effort to give the issue of drug deaths the attention it so desperately deserves?'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: A bugle's call

RURAL REFLECTIONS: A bugle's call

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Already a somber event, Memorial Day has devastating new meaning this year, as Pamela Loxley Drake writes.
LETTERS: Spotlight readers appalled by mass shootings

LETTERS: Spotlight readers appalled by mass shootings

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Letter-writers react to the recent massacres in New York and Texas in this week's mailbag.
NAMI board president: Trauma survivors can help others…

NAMI board president: Trauma survivors can help others…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
La'Verne Lynn Adams: I survived domestic abuse and now am a licensed professional counselor.
NAMI: Misgendering can lead to stigma against trans people

NAMI: Misgendering can lead to stigma against trans people

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Bart Brewer: Marginalization faced by transgender population contributes to higher rates of depression, social isolation
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Green

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Green

South County Spotlight - Opinion
With an assist from a dental anesthetic, Pamela Loxley Drake waxes rhapsodic about her favorite color.
LETTERS: 'Be the Match' cancer patients need

LETTERS: 'Be the Match' cancer patients need

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Columbia County Spotlight hears from the parent of a young father with leukemia in this week's reader mailbag.
Doctor: Exercise may be better for depression than…

Doctor: Exercise may be better for depression than…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Y. Pritham Raj, M.D: Walks with someone you love who is dealing with depression may just be the best medicine.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Spring into spring

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Spring into spring

South County Spotlight - Opinion
A nostalgic Pamela Loxley Drake pens a paean to her favorite season of the year.
OPINION: Understand how elections work

OPINION: Understand how elections work

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Joe Turner: 'Our election system is not perfect, but it is what we have, and our responsibility is to use it or lose it.'
OPINION: Why Oregonians should continue wearing masks…

OPINION: Why Oregonians should continue wearing masks…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Riley Christmas: 'Why get rid of our masks when we could practice preventative healthcare?'
OPINION: Plenty of food, but not for all farmworkers

OPINION: Plenty of food, but not for all farmworkers

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Astra Lincoln: 'Although farmworkers harvest fruit and vegetables all day ... they are living in 'food deserts.''
OPINION: Oregon counties should drop timber lawsuit

OPINION: Oregon counties should drop timber lawsuit

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Dave Johnson: 'Obviously, some commissioners were true to their word, and some were not.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: The empty page

RURAL REFLECTIONS: The empty page

South County Spotlight - Opinion
A page is never truly empty, Pamela Loxley Drake muses after finishing her new book.
LETTERS: Weighing in on GOP primary for Oregon House…

LETTERS: Weighing in on GOP primary for Oregon House…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Columbia County Spotlight publishes letters from readers before the May 17 election.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Remembrance

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Remembrance

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Jewelry can have remarkable significance, Pamela Loxley Drake writes in this Mother's Day column.
NAMI: How labeling language affects mental health

NAMI: How labeling language affects mental health

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Bart Brewer: We shouldn't let diagnoses blind us from the people behind those labels
LETTERS: Praise, criticism for recent op-ed pieces

LETTERS: Praise, criticism for recent op-ed pieces

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Columbia County Spotlight welcomes both, with that and more in this week's reader mailbag.
Endorsements: Kotek, Pierce are parties' best picks for…

Endorsements: Kotek, Pierce are parties' best picks for…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
A moderate Republican and a practical Democrat are the right options when facing a three-way race in November.

CRPUD: Working to combat the threat of wildfires

South County Spotlight - Opinion
CRPUD: Working to combat the threat of wildfires
Michael J. Sykes: 'We have enacted a number of measures to reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading in our area.'

Opinion: Give Oregon's small businesses a break…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Opinion: Give Oregon's small businesses a break…
Lori Olund: Elected officials should avoid overburdening economy's backbone with new regulations.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Soup's on

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Soup's on
Pamela Loxley Drake recalls the kitchen of her childhood and the memories she made there.

Opinion: West Coast becoming a breeding ground for…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Opinion: West Coast becoming a breeding ground for…
David Pope: Parental groups like Oregon Moms Union are seeking to indoctrinate our children.

Oregon voters want more from journalists; we're…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Oregon voters want more from journalists; we're…
Some don't want journalists picking 'winners' and 'losers' but some triage is needed to best inform the electorate.

OPINION: A do-it-yourself national park

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: A do-it-yourself national park
Asta Bowen: 'Even a few square feet of native plants can bring a missing species back home.'

LETTERS: Will biofuel project be good or bad for…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
LETTERS: Will biofuel project be good or bad for…
The Spotlight hears readers' different takes on the NEXT Renewable Fuels project.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Television learning curve

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Television learning curve
Television isn't real life, unfortunately, as Pamela Loxley Drake learned as a small child.

OPINION: Caring for a rabbit given as an Easter…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Caring for a rabbit given as an Easter…
Requiring a lot of care, they often end up in animal shelters only weeks after the holiday.

OPINION: The mud of Ukraine

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: The mud of Ukraine
Selu Stearn has a message for Russian invaders amid Vladimir Putin's attack on Ukraine.

OPINION: Wildlife fauxtography

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Wildlife fauxtography
Ted Williams of Writers on the Range exposes the exploitative, dishonest industry of photographing 'wild' animals.

OPINION: School boards must regain the trust of…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: School boards must regain the trust of…
OVBC survey finds that a minority of Oregonians feel their local school boards represent their beliefs

LETTERS: Stop swallowing propaganda and think for…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
LETTERS: Stop swallowing propaganda and think for…
In the Columbia County Spotlight's weekly mailbag this week, we have letters from Deer Island and Clatskanie readers.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Farming in the dark

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Farming in the dark
Trauma ran deep in rural America in the years after World War II and entering the Cold War, recalls Pamela Loxley Drake.

OPINION: Tolling to encircle Oregon 'like a…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Tolling to encircle Oregon 'like a…
Bob Rubitschun: ODOT policies would have been unthinkable a few years ago; today, they're moving faster than a runaway freight train.

OPINION: Support, don't ostracize, people with…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Support, don't ostracize, people with…
Andrew Zinn: '...Almost half are below the federal poverty level, making them the poorest minority in our country.'

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Out of the gate

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Out of the gate
Gates play a bigger role than you might expect on a farm, as Pamela Loxley Drake recalls.

LETTERS: Port Westward biodiesel plant what…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
LETTERS: Port Westward biodiesel plant what…
The Spotlight hears from a former county chair plus shares another reader's thoughts on an alarming trend.

OPINION: A new threat to Oregon's legislative system

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: A new threat to Oregon's legislative system
Richard Botteri: 'State agencies can now abandon policies they disfavor even though mandated by legislation...'

OPINION: The rest of the story on fossil fuels in…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: The rest of the story on fossil fuels in…
Lou Christian of UA Local 290: 'New technologies are going to advance, with or without us.'

OPINION: Building sustainable future must happen in…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Building sustainable future must happen in…
Tony Sleva: 'We need to electrify our energy supply systems to eliminate fossil fuel consumption.'

OPINION: Unusual coalition unites for clean energy

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Unusual coalition unites for clean energy
Matt Witt: 'A delegation representing all parts of the coalition even held a sit-in in the governor's office.'

Opinion: Republicans can win Oregon with moderate…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Opinion: Republicans can win Oregon with moderate…
Happy Valley resident: I will more than likely support Betsy Johnson if Christine Drazan doesn't win primary

OPINION: Looking at our gun problem through a…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Looking at our gun problem through a…
Eric Canon: 'Statistics tell us gun owners are the ones who are losing their lives to gun violence.'

RURAL REFLECTIONS: No eek factor on the farm

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: No eek factor on the farm
Pamela Loxley Drake grew up surrounded, and fascinated, by insects and arachnids of all shapes and sizes.

DECISION 2022: Oregonians should fight war against…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
DECISION 2022: Oregonians should fight war against…
Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam is a Republican candidate seeking his party's nomination in the race for Oregon governor.

CRPUD: Hydropower provides many benefits in…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
CRPUD: Hydropower provides many benefits in…
Michael J. Sykes of the Columbia River PUD talks about a renewable Oregon resource.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Apron strings

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Apron strings
Pamela Loxley Drake recalls the versatility and comfort of the many aprons of her childhood.

LETTERS: What has happened to American pride and…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
LETTERS: What has happened to American pride and…
The Columbia County Spotlight hears readers' thoughts on how the United States compares to war-torn Ukraine.

OPINION: Action needed now to address climate change

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Action needed now to address climate change
Jessie Kochaver: 'It's past time we put these climate-focused policies to use.'

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