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After 19 months of combat in Vietnam I was welcomed home by long haired college student anti-war protesters who after graduation cut their hair, put on suits and became members of the corporate elite.

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When you have a situation, with immeasurable tension, involving multiple groups and many different walks of life, coming together for ANY reason there is bound to be a little tension. Especially when it comes to racial matters, and the inequalities of today being addressed. On Wednesday the …

On June 3, during a George Floyd/Black Lives Matter Protest, the city of St. Helens got invaded by 70 groups of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group that has ties to the Columbia County Republican Party and that has attracted racist and violent followers.

I would like to publicly thank State Representative Brad Witt and his office for helping me navigate the Oregon unemployment system. Like everyone else, I was having serious issues, but couldn’t seem to find anyone who would help.

Where is the numb feeling in shooting each other on our streets?

Oregon Governor Brown has called a Special Session for June 24 to address community policing and how COVID-19 has affected you, our communities and businesses.

Whether the COVID-19 pandemic and economic upheaval are a once-in-a-generation occurrence, or the sign of similar things to come remains to be seen. But the impacts throughout Columbia County mirror those around the globe. Many like to say “We’re all in this together…” which may be the case …

If you own a residence on Howard Drive or Orchard Street or Korsmo Street in Clatskanie, you may not be aware that a permit has been approved by Columbia County for a commercial business to cure and smoke meat products on a property at the west end of Howard Drive.

I have a friend, Evan, who is a white man. For many years he had a close friend named James who was a black man. James is gone now. Evan is 87.

For these past few difficult months, it is often said that “we are all in this together.”

Those of us who once wore a military uniform swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and the principles upon which our nation was founded: that all people are created equal, and that everyone has the basic human right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

There’s a narrative happening in our country right now that you can be either anti-racist OR pro-police. That you cannot support your black brothers and sisters while still supporting your community police officers. It’s false. We’ve been conditioned to look at things as either/or and it run…

In these times of the COVID-19 virus, many of us are seldom leaving our homes. But now things are beginning to open up and we are once again driving.

I've lived in Columbia County Oregon, a suburb of Portland for 59 years.  

The COVID-19 crisis has been a difficult time for all of us, and we have all made sacrifices. This has definitely been true for the public safety community.

I am writing to express my deep appreciation for the support I received during the recent primary election.

In these unprecedented times, I have found myself reflecting more and more on the importance of tradition. Our great nation is rooted in many wonderful traditions. They bind us together, they strengthen us. They provide structure to our lives. They give meaning to the sacrifices that have be…

Oregon’s Stay at Home, Save Lives order is working, with an estimated 70,000 Oregonians being spared from contracting the novel corona virus.

The Board of Columbia County Commissioners has participated in daily calls regionally, locally, and at the state level with the Governor, related to COVID-19.

I just watched Margaret Magruder’s County Commissioner campaign video, recorded when she ran for office FOUR years ago.

The Columbia County Board of Commissioners currently has two positions up for re-election, and I am writing to recommend Brandee Dudzic for Columbia County Commissioner Position 1.

As you fill out your ballots in the coming weeks, I hope you will join me in casting your vote for Brandee Dudzic for Columbia County Commissioner Position 1.

I have had the great privilege of knowing Judge Jenefer Grant for some years now.

The Magruder family has served this county for many years in various public offices.