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.

It takes brass, and a certain other quality even less admirable, to be called out, by me, for bald-faced lies, (attributing Riverkeeper’s false claims to The Spotlight newspaper, as Mr. O’Hanlon did, in The Chronicle), responding with a railing accusation against my source choice for accurat…

As with anyone who loses a loved one no matter why my deepest sympathy goes out to you. Amazon has an excellent Grief Recovery Handbook by James/Friedman with recovery specialists. I wish I heard as much fire and passion for the many young women murdered in this county, or the endless child …

As part of the ‘Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994,’ assault weapons were banned in the United States between September 1994 through 2004. During this period guns designed and manufactured with pistol grips and high capacity magazines were restricted to military, police an…

Although Oregon’s unemployment rate is lower than it has been in decades, not every aspect of the state’s labor market looks rosy. A new report by the Oregon Center for Public Policy points out that more than one-third of counties in the state have yet to make up the job losses from the Grea…

“On Riverkeepers and climate change” (Aug 22) A new, detailed version of the Green New Deal’s energy plan shows it can more than pay for itself, with two-thirds of the cost paid by private investment (vox.com May 18, 2019). The remaining third will be massively counterbalanced by a $500 bill…

Sincere Climate Change alarmists might consider the argument that the USA has made great strides in reducing bad gas(ses), but also, most other nations seem (by their efforts) far less concerned with their gasses. There’s argument, too, of how we Americans are better positioned to degasify. …

Although Arthur C. Clarke authored his novel CHILDHOOD’S END in 1953, its message is extremely relevant even today. In this sci-fi classic, Overlords appear in giant spaceships from another, far-distant planet, whose civilization is more advanced than ours. Over some years of rule, these bei…

This July the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 1013, a bill that narrowed the definition of Aggravated Murder and drastically reduced the number of murderers in this state who are eligible for the death penalty. While reasonable minds can differ on the morality of capital punishment, we…

This coming Sunday at 10:30 at the community church that meets in the grade school across the highway from the Grocery Outlet in Rainier a group of locals including teenagers that went to Fiji on a mission are going to recount their extraordinary experiences.  Among other acts of God, a woma…

It appears my letter requesting the Commissioners who’ve taken money from Global Partners to abstain from voting on any resolutions tied to their contributor so the integrity of a clean, unbiased vote could take place, free of corporate influence had ruffled some feathers, particularly among…

Representative Maxine Waters (D - CA), calls on her followers to verbally assault members of the Trump Administration in public in order to isolate Trump and instill fear in anyone serving in his Administration to dissuade them from doing so any longer.

Every one of the quotes Mr. O’Hanlon attributes to the Columbia County Spotlight, (7/31/19, letters to the editor), are actually only the outlandish claims made by the Riverkeepers reported on by the Spotlight. O’Hanlon’s bald-faced attempt to lend journalistic credence to Riverkeepers ridic…

At the August 5th planning meeting, three of the (Columbia County Planning) commissioners voted in favor to allow a commercial flooring business to operate on their rural residential property on Berg Rd. in Warren. We were told that we can voice our complaints during the next six months to t…

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” - Thomas Jefferson

Perhaps, you have seen several lawsuits, on TV, concerning “Roundup” weed killer. It is extremely dangerous. It should’ve been outlawed and taken off the shelves years ago. Roundup is the by-product of “Agent Orange.” During the Vietnam War, “Agent Orange” was sprayed in Vietnam, via airplan…

Gun violence is a preventable and deeply disturbing American tragedy that continues to terrify communities, destroy families, and take away thousands of precious lives every year. I’m heartbroken by the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio and by the tragic gun violence that to…

Compliments to those involved in the Columbia County Fair this year. I have been bringing my three grandsons for the last three years on “Kids Day”! The improvements each year having been more accommodating then the next and this year was the best. More shaded areas and benches to rest and g…

I worked for many years at leading facilities as a level one trauma nurse. Providers at leading medical institutions are using a device and procedure that has no FDA testing for safety or effectiveness. Procedure called electroshock involves up to 450 volts to the brain and greater. In the p…

The Fair Board has evidently learned nothing about their past oppressive behavior. Last year they harassed and violated the rights of Misty Fox and even as that case is still pending litigation or settlement, they put their tyranny caps on again this year and came out in true Brown Shirt fas…