Columbia County's Opinions

September 24, 2016

Our Opinion: Measure 97 based on deceptions

by Editorial Board
Supporters of Measure 97 — a massive corporate sales tax on the November ballot — have pushed two deceptive arguments to try to persuade Oregon voters that they magically won’t be hurt by what…
September 23, 2016

PUD board actions defy good government

by Darryl Swan
Merriam-Webster’s defines a “kangaroo court” as follows: 1) a mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted; 2) a court characterized by irresponsible,…
September 16, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Letters published Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 You are very welcome I would like to thank the South County Spotlight, in particular reporter Nicole Thill for her wonderful article and Rose Zimnicki…


September 09, 2016

With housing crisis in effect, CAT offers financing, foreclosure…

by Leanne Murray
Community Action Team has been helping with housing needs for about 30 of its 50 years. This article focuses on two significant programs CAT offers to homeowners who may be encountering…
August 26, 2016

Houselessness comes to Columbia County: part two

by Leanne Murray
Leanne Murray is Community Action Team's program operations coordinator for its Human Investment Department. The Spotlight is working with CAT to showcase its positive impact in the community as…
August 26, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor published Aug. 26, 2016 Numerous winners in VFW wood raffle Yes, we did have a winner. Actually, there are several. The truckload of wood was delivered to the lucky ticket…
August 19, 2016

We need a more effective public records law

by Darryl Swan
We entered last week with news Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum had submitted revisions to Oregon Public Records Law for consideration during the 2017 legislative session. The revisions…
FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor published Aug. 19, 2016
August 19, 2016

Letters

by Readers
Letters published Aug. 19, 2016 Veterans benefit raffle starts Friday, runs through Saturday Don’t forget to swing by Grocery Outlet in Scappoose and get your tickets for the wood raffle. The…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Philip Griffin, left, attorney for the Columbia River PUD, listens to public comments alongside PUD Director Dave Baker during a meeting March 15.
August 12, 2016

OPINION: Legal, policy and fairness lapses at the PUD

by Darryl Swan
On Monday, the Spotlight received an email correspondence between Columbia River People’s Utility District Directory Dave Baker and the PUD’s attorney, Philip Griffin of the Scappoose law…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Scappoose police officers now don lighter uniforms and use their first names to identify themselves as part of an effort to connect better with the community.
August 05, 2016

Police-community building efforts not falling on deaf ears

by Darryl Swan
It’s tempting to measure the performance of our law enforcement officers using the same metrics as we use for other public employees. But that would be a mistake. A significant difference is the…

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Aug 04, 2016

My View: Both Trump, Rio Olympics earn gold in hyperbolic hurdles

by Jules Boykoff
If Twitter-sphere trash-talking were an Olympic sport, Donald Trump would be a legitimate contender for gold. When the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics commence on Friday, Trump will be consumed with…