Columbia County's Opinions

FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor published July 22, 2016
July 22, 2016


by Readers
Letters to the editor for July 22, 2016 Reasons to admire Mayo I’m asking Columbia County voters to take a long, hard look at Wayne Mayo for county commissioner. Over the last several years, I…
FILE PHOTO - The deposit Oregonians will receive from returning used bottles and cans is going up to 10 cents per container starting in April, 2017 the OLCC announced this week.
July 22, 2016

Oregon bottle deposit to rise to 10 cents starting Spring 2017

by Geoff Pursinger
The refund Oregonians will get from returning used soda cans and water bottles is about to go up. This week the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it was doubling the redemption…
FILE PHOTO - Former Columbia RIver Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Jay Tappan
July 19, 2016

Government wrongdoers get a pass under Oregon's attorney-client…

by Darryl Swan
Some of the greatest political figures in history got their start as lawyers. In fact, of all the professions, lawyers are glaringly dominant among the ranks of Founding Fathers and presidents,…

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A freight train donning placards indicating the tankers transported ethanol passes through Scappoose Thursday, June 30.
July 08, 2016


by Darryl Swan
Letters to the editor for July 8, 2016 Railroad should better assess ethanol-by-rail for safety Industry needs rail, but safety must be the top priority. One hundred-plus tankers that…
July 01, 2016

For the Fourth, consider fireworks' effect on neighbors, veterans

by Darryl Swan
Columbia County rarely fails to impress when it comes to displays of support for military veterans. Our parks and memorials — from Scappoose Veterans Park and the veterans memorial at Heritage…
July 01, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Courtney Vaughn
Hunting is thrill killing by another name The capture and arrest of three hunter/gun nuts for killing of elk and deer is a refreshing event in the battle to define what “recreation” means in the…
June 24, 2016

IGA between fire districts is a step in the right direction

by Darryl Swan
There are numerous reasons to support the recent intergovernmental agreement between Scappoose Fire and Columbia River Fire and Rescue fire districts allowing for one fire chief — SFD Chief Mike…
June 24, 2016


by Darryl Swan
Letters published June 24, 2016 Backing Mayo in November I’ve known Wayne Mayo for over 30 years and he’s my choice for Columbia County commissioner. Wayne has many outstanding qualities that…
June 21, 2016

Our opinion: Governor needs to oppose gross receipts tax

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest attempt to…
June 17, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate…

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding election-year tradition of inviting the two major candidates for…

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Jun 17, 2016

The day the city of Mosier became an externality

by Jim Lichatowich
On Thursday, June 9, I attended a news conference in Mosier. Six days earlier, 16 tanker cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed and ignited in a fireball at the edge of town. After exiting…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Gery Fiebich, a corrections deputy at the Columbia County Jail, unloads a meal cart for inmates. Fiebich is one of several jail deputies hired after the county approved of a three-year levy to fund jail operations.
Jun 17, 2016

Approaching 3-year mark, JOCAC reports jail is 'extremely well…

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In May 2014, the citizens of Columbia County approved a tax levy — Measure 5-238 — to provide an operating levy to operate the Columbia County Jail for three years. One provision of this levy…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A Bakken oil-by-rail transport passes through Columbia County en route to the Global Partners LP transloading facilty at Port Westward in 2015.
Jun 14, 2016

Bakken crude oil: Worth it for Columbia County?

by Darryl Swan
It wasn’t without dueling senses of irony and inevitability we watched the events in Mosier play out last week with the Union Pacific oil train derailment. Just a couple weeks earlier, on May…
Jun 07, 2016

Oil-by-rail regulators outline safety initiatives

by Pamplin Media Group
Earlier this year, we wrote about actions the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have taken to increase the safety and…