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RURAL REFLECTIONS: Of farmers and farm kids

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Of farmers and farm kids

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake is proud to be a 'farm kid.' You should be proud of your farming heritage, too.
LETTERS: Thoughts on Scappoose mayoral, Oregon…

LETTERS: Thoughts on Scappoose mayoral, Oregon…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Columbia County Spotlight publishes readers' takes in its weekly mailbag.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: All about B-I-N-G-O

RURAL REFLECTIONS: All about B-I-N-G-O

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake marvels at the endurance and versatility of a simple game.
OPINION: Wild horses deserve a home in the West

OPINION: Wild horses deserve a home in the West

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Scott Beckstead: 'The federal government has a built-in bias against wild horses...'
OPINION: Wild horses need to stop ruling the range

OPINION: Wild horses need to stop ruling the range

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Ted Williams: 'No invasive species can thrive or even exist in 'natural ecological balance.''
CRPUD: Celebrate Public Power Week with your public power…

CRPUD: Celebrate Public Power Week with your public power…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Michael J. Sykes shares important information about Columbia River PUD and upcoming events.
Enough is enough: Bad behavior by coaches, parents and fans…

Enough is enough: Bad behavior by coaches, parents and fans…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Heads of national and state sports organizations warn that trend could be an end to high school sports
Opinion: Celebrate legacy of U.S. Constitution each…

Opinion: Celebrate legacy of U.S. Constitution each…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Linda Neace and Rick Riley: Everyone should refresh their knowledge, renew appreciation for principles of freedom.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: From a kneecap view

RURAL REFLECTIONS: From a kneecap view

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The world looks different to children, Pamela Loxley Drake writes. How can it not?
LETTERS: Ex-teacher reacts to Yankton Arthur Academy…

LETTERS: Ex-teacher reacts to Yankton Arthur Academy…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Columbia County Spotlight also publishes a reader's thoughts on gubernatorial candidate Betsy Johnson.
OPINION: Building strong communities could be a team sport

OPINION: Building strong communities could be a team sport

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Matt Witt: '...Billionaires and some giant corporations seem to be playing a different game.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Change is here to stay

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Change is here to stay

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake isn't sold on technological advancements making life better, but hey, that's life.
OPINION: Nuclear power is not healthy

OPINION: Nuclear power is not healthy

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Victor Odlivak: 'The simplest solution is to use a lot less energy than we currently do.'
OPINION: Can we live with electric mountain bikes on trails?

OPINION: Can we live with electric mountain bikes on trails?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Molly Absolon: 'So, what are the impacts of electric mountain bikes? Do they harm trails, or cause more accidents?'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: To leaves or not to leaves?

RURAL REFLECTIONS: To leaves or not to leaves?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake skipped raking last fall, and she doesn't regret a thing.
Opinion: Freezing Oregon property taxes would cause problems

Opinion: Freezing Oregon property taxes would cause problems

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Former Budget Committee member: Initiative Petition 10 needs to be redrafted so those who can pay for vital public services continue to pay for them.
OPINION: Coming soon, the apocalypse -- maybe

OPINION: Coming soon, the apocalypse -- maybe

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pepper Trail for Writers on the Range: 'How will we know when we move from pre- to post-apocalypse?'
OPINION: Interstate 5 bridge replacement is an opportunity

OPINION: Interstate 5 bridge replacement is an opportunity

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Oregon and Washington state lawmakers: 'The new I-5 bridge will be future-compatible (and) climate-friendly.'
LETTERS: What about nuclear waste?

LETTERS: What about nuclear waste?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Columbia County Spotlight's weekly mailbag includes thoughts on power production, student loan debt and more.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Backed into a corner

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Backed into a corner

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake wishes kids a happy back-to-school. Unfortunately, her own memories of school are less fond.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: You can't always believe your own eyes

RURAL REFLECTIONS: You can't always believe your own eyes

South County Spotlight - Opinion
As a child, Pamela Loxley Drake was fooled by a couple of staged photos. We should all do our own research, she says now.
Bob's Red Mill: Employee owners boost retention, recruitment

Bob's Red Mill: Employee owners boost retention, recruitment

South County Spotlight - Opinion
CEO Trey Winthrop: Oregon businesses are facing historic labor shortages, but employee stock ownership plans can help.
BBB: How to avoid scammers when student loan repayments…

BBB: How to avoid scammers when student loan repayments…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Better Business Bureau shares some expert advice for those paying off student loan debt.
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Being recycled sure beats getting old

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Being recycled sure beats getting old

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Pamela Loxley Drake isn't quite sure what old means. Good or bad, she prefers a different way of looking at it.
LETTERS: Oregon's rivers deserve support

LETTERS: Oregon's rivers deserve support

South County Spotlight - Opinion
The Columbia County Spotlight publishes letters from a Libertarian Party supporter and a conservationist.
OPINION: Why you should give a darn about these dams

OPINION: Why you should give a darn about these dams

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Michael J. Sykes: 'Our customer rates could jump by as much as 65%, according to that study.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: At the window

RURAL REFLECTIONS: At the window

South County Spotlight - Opinion
It is not enough to merely admire, or even help care for, backyard wildlife, Pamela Loxley Drake writes.
OPINION: Our 'violence addiction' is deadly

OPINION: Our 'violence addiction' is deadly

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Charles Bickford: 'Guns, violence and drugs are both profitable and addictive.'
OPINION: Will salmon finally win this year?

OPINION: Will salmon finally win this year?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Rocky Barker: 'Finally, there is a sign of hope for the fish even as Snake River salmon ... remain close to extinction.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Ewe sometimes need help

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Ewe sometimes need help

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Ewe should know the old saying, 'Heaven helps those who help themselves,' as Pamela Loxley Drake suggests.

LETTERS: More union support for Port Westward…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
LETTERS: More union support for Port Westward…
The Columbia County Spotlight shares reader letters in our July 22, 2022, mailbag.

Column: Our comments are leaving; our commitment…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Column: Our comments are leaving; our commitment…
Starting Aug. 1, Pamplin Media Group will no longer host online comments on its articles.

OPINION: Big Tech is steamrolling America's…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Big Tech is steamrolling America's…
Brett Wesner: 'Congress must take action to curb undue influence of Big Tech on the news media industry...'

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Confessions of a summer camp…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Confessions of a summer camp…
Pamela Loxley Drake and her sisters never really took to the summer camp experience.

LETTERS: Time for people to take some responsibility

South County Spotlight - Opinion
LETTERS: Time for people to take some responsibility
Accountability is the theme of this week's Columbia County Spotlight reader mailbag.

OPINION: Tips for a new 'Code of the West'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Tips for a new 'Code of the West'
Dave Marston: 'You will never become an old-timer, although with patience, you might become ... a 'neo-native.''

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Harmony

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Harmony
Here is an important lesson we ought to learn from nature, Pamela Loxley Drake writes.

CRPUD: Community grants support Columbia County

South County Spotlight - Opinion
CRPUD: Community grants support Columbia County
Michael J. Sykes: 'If you are involved in a local not-for-profit ... I encourage you to consider applying for this grant.'

My View: Federal funds needed to improve election…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
My View: Federal funds needed to improve election…
A $20 billion bill in Congress would help every state make elections more secure with predictable funding.

LETTERS: Pro-life, or just pro-human life?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
LETTERS: Pro-life, or just pro-human life?
Food for thought in this week's letters to the editor of the Columbia County Spotlight.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Getting from there from here

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Getting from there from here
Pamela Loxley Drake writes a travelogue of sorts from the airport in her latest column.

NAMI: Kindness can help improve minority mental…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
NAMI: Kindness can help improve minority mental…
Bart Brewer: There are many other roadblocks communities face, such as barriers to care

Former state official: Thousands on brink of losing…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
Former state official: Thousands on brink of losing…
Charles Gallia: Congress should make American Rescue Plan Act subsidies permanent before insurance premiums rise.

OPINION: Was it just a dream?

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Was it just a dream?
Timothy Rake: 'This Fourth of July, we are still uneasy with the progress we have made towards Jefferson's self-evident truths.'

OPINION: Freedom in the West, but not for women

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Freedom in the West, but not for women
Rebecca Johnson: 'Many well-intentioned men ... are opting to step back and let women fight this battle.'

My View: My belief in the right to choose

South County Spotlight - Opinion
My View: My belief in the right to choose
Legislator: Oregon must continue its leadership in standing up for access to reproductive care.

LETTERS: Betsy Johnson is 'breath of fresh air'

South County Spotlight - Opinion
LETTERS: Betsy Johnson is 'breath of fresh air'
Columbia County Spotlight readers write in about the Oregon governor's race and gun rights.

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Little light

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Little light
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…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
BBB: What to do when a salesperson shows up at your…
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…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: We need every tool to fight today's…
Steve Pyne: 'Fire control does not mean one thing; it embraces many strategies.'

RURAL REFLECTIONS: A day for dads

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: A day for dads
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…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Are assault weapons a problem we can tax…
Richard Botteri: 'Should our focus be on controlling the guns, or limiting access to the ammunition?'

OPINION: Making progress toward replacing…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: Making progress toward replacing…
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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
CRPUD: Plant safely near electrical equipment
Michael J. Sykes: 'Before you head to the nursery ... please take a moment to consider electrical safety.'

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Golden fields

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: Golden fields
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…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
LETTERS: More voices in support of NEXT biofuel…
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…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
OPINION: It's time for a Drug Deaths Prevention…
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

South County Spotlight - Opinion
RURAL REFLECTIONS: A bugle's call
Already a somber event, Memorial Day has devastating new meaning this year, as Pamela Loxley Drake writes.

LETTERS: Spotlight readers appalled by mass…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
LETTERS: Spotlight readers appalled by mass…
Letter-writers react to the recent massacres in New York and Texas in this week's mailbag.

NAMI board president: Trauma survivors can help…

South County Spotlight - Opinion
NAMI board president: Trauma survivors can help…
La'Verne Lynn Adams: I survived domestic abuse and now am a licensed professional counselor.

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