As another Veteran’s Day approaches, I think of my parents. Dad grew up in north Portland and enlisted in the Navy after graduation from Jefferson High School. Although being scheduled for discharge in mid-October 1941 he received stop gap orders from the War Department and was assigned to a…

If you have diabetes, keeping blood sugar in a normal range is important for overall health. High blood sugar levels over time can lead to damage of the eyes, kidneys and circulation.

I can’t quite comprehend why our local self-proclaimed whistleblower continues to lob inflated accusations at me and the St Helens Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO).

My 11-year-old 6th grade granddaughter came to me the other day and asked for help studying for a test in her Health class for school. She presented a list of words with the definitions that would be on the test that they would be having the next day. ( Mind you this is a Health class with b…

The unanswered question is what, if any part is the S400 Russian Anti-Aircraft system delivered to Turkey despite American protestations summer of 2019 playing in the pull back of the American soldiers from the forward Kurdish areas? 

The last few years before my sister retired from U of O she used her local transit system to go to work. It’s a four-and-a-half-mile drive to the Thurston Station Park-N-Ride where she boarded a Springfield City Bus to the Lane Transit District City Bus Center where she transferred to a Euge…

I would like to commend the Chronicle for their story about Richardson’s Furniture and Mattress Gallery. It’s refreshing to read a positive story during these troubling times. Not only do Annie and Joe do an outstanding job of managing their business, their store is well stocked, very compet…

I am amazed when I hear people say “Why can’t our transportation system pay for itself?” Fact: There are no transportation systems in the entire Western Hemisphere that pay for themselves. All of our transit systems are subsidized in one way or another. Up until now, CC Rider has been forced…

Dressed in Anonymous costumes, a small group silently marched in the St. Helens Halloween Town Parade with signs and flyers. The crowd greeted them with a mix of gratitude and indecency. The following days, they were taunted with hate speech on Facebook. I am appalled with the citizens of Co…

With our lovely new fence, sidewalk, and landscaping, the Columbia City Community Library is now able to be open when school is in session. Kit Gardes managed the project. We will be changing our open hours on Mondays and Tuesdays, to 10 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays will stay 3 to 6 p.…

I was recently working during the Halloweentown Parade. There was a group at forefront very appropriately dressed, in black capes and masks. The only thing that singled them out were the signs they carried. The stated facts concerning the safety and efficacy of vaccines. The signs also allud…

The delivery of news may be changing, but your hometown newspaper is here to stay. Even though there’s been a lot of conversation about how print is dying, in fact, your hometown paper has more readers in print combined with online today than ever before.

It has been a busy week in Salem as lawmakers returned to the Capitol for Legislative Days to receive updates on legislation, rulemaking, budgets and prepare for the 2020 short session.

What a difference a little time will make. Just a few years ago, without a shred of scientific evidence, marijuana proponents proclaimed how safe marijuana and THC was. (THC is the psychoactive chemical derived from marijuana, also known as cannabis.)

I would like to know who is responsible for the decision to bring Portland’s mentally challenged and drug addicts to our lovely community? Why are we allowing Portland to just dump their problems on us? The County Commissioners, the Mayor and the rest of the tentacles of our local government…

It will provide stable funding for transit services in Columbia County by creating a Transit Service District, which will remain under oversight of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners. It will NOT create more staff, boards or another entity.

On September 26, Rep. Suzanne Bonimici, along with all the other Democrat reps from Oregon, voted to require the U.S. Border Patrol to institute measures to provide electronic medical records for migrants entering the country between entry points (illegal entry) who are captured and detained.

It has been a busy week in Salem as lawmakers returned to the Capitol for Legislative Days to receive updates on legislation, rulemaking, budgets and prepare for the 2020 short session.

There are a number of mysteries to solve in Columbia County in the waning months of 2019. Chief among them is why, after every one of Riverkeeper’s environmental questions and objections to NEXT Fuel locating in Columbia County have been answered and refuted, is Riverkeeper not welcoming NEX…

According to the current CC Rider by-laws, its purpose is to enhance local and regional public transit services provided within Columbia County. I presume local is public transit of residents within the city where they live; and regional to be the transit of county residents between the comm…

What if I told you that according to the FBI, in the past 20 years, crimes with guns have declined 70% and murders using guns have declined 50%? The UN wants our guns, but even UNODC admits that there are 93 countries that have higher murder and violent crime rates than the US; most if not a…

Joseph Goebbels said “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

Regarding Bill Eagle’s call for Columbia County Port officials to recuse themselves from any vote, past or future, based on receiving money from “special interests” who are affected by their vote: Well, OK. Let’s go with that idea for a minute. However, in order to purify our entire body pol…

Times are changing in American politics, especially in Oregon. As of August, Secretary of State reports that of 36 Oregon counties, Non Affiliated Voters have a majority in 19, Republicans hold 12 and Democrats with a mere 5. Basically this means that neither Republican nor Democrat parties …

One of the top 10 causes of death for Oregonians is suicide. Oregon has more deaths each year from suicide than motor vehicle accidents. There are more than 600 deaths by suicide and more than 1,800 hospitalizations due to suicide in Oregon each year. i The friends and family members (suicid…

The people and businesses of Rainier pride themselves as “The Spirited City on the Mighty Columbia.” But a summer of construction that will result in a much needed and improved A Street has tried that spirit. Through the construction disruption, the locally owned businesses and residents of …

Recently in a letter to the editor of this publication Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal was described as an “economic stimulus package”. That it is a “disgusting”, “blatant falsehood” to claim it will end air travel and eliminate beef. Just Google ‘AOC’ and ‘green new deal’ together…

There is regular reporting in the media concerning “climate change.” And that topic is typically bound to the idea that human activity is the cause. Well, that is as far as it ever goes. There is never mention of the idea that as long as the number of people on the planet increases by the cu…

A workshop entitled “Legal Guardianship” will be held at Columbia County Law Library on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 6-8 p.m. We are located at 270 S. First St. in St. Helens. The workshop will be the 33rd in our series of Lawyer in the Law Library workshops.