Contention, compromise led to Mac sign ordinance

In McMinnville, aesthetics matter. We hold dearly the imagery of rolling vineyard hills, a tree-lined downtown historic district, the iconic Spruce Goose looking down from a gleaming glass facade, and ...

McMinnville’s can-do attitude paying big dividends these days

Like virtually every other place on the planet, McMinnville has experienced plenty of boom and bust cycles over the years. But to the community’s credit, it has never been content to ease back and ...

Tragic jail deaths curb public’s trust in sheriff

On Oct. 17, 2014, we wrote, “(Tim) Svenson remains the only reasonable choice for Yamhill County sheriff.” On Feb. 6, 2015, we followed, “Svenson off to good start as new sheriff.” But ...

Evergreen case shows need to keep legals in newspapers

The tip resulting in Tuesday’s front page article about the pending sheriff’s sale of Evergreen International Aviation’s former headquarters didn’t originate from a source with ...

Cloud of concern continues to envelop air and space museum

Last summer, we applauded the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum’s emergence from a morass of high-risk corporate bankruptcies with its campus and exhibits largely intact. We closed our paean ...

Infusing $5 billion into PERS might be just treading water

Gov. Kate Brown has asked a committee to address “uncomfortable” options that would cut the Public Employees Retirement System’s unfunded liability by $5 billion. The state is currently ...

Answers don’t come easily in torrent of child sex cases

Gut-churning acts of child sexual abuse seem to have become all too common. Our files are chock full of examples, even though we reserve fuller accounts for the worst of the lot. Christopher Lewis, who ...

Successes can keep piling up with full-time fair manager

If you’re in need of an uplifting story of government in action — especially one steeped in rural Americana — peruse recent archives of the Yamhill County Fair. It turned a corner with ...

Homeless issues not just the government’s problem

People sometimes enter McMinnville City Council chambers as it were the grand hall of the Great and Powerful Oz, seeking solutions they hope can be magically bestowed. Unfortunately, councils cannot be ...

Bills improve public records,  but fix needed to move ahead

Public records bills recently passed allows Oregonians to believe their elected officials are serious about systematically improving their constituents’ access to government information.  Unfortunately, ...

Oregon wise to warn Big Brother not to spy

A house somewhere in the area may or may not have been burglarized recently, but the Neighborhood Watch commander has a plan to keep everyone safe nevertheless. He wants all the neighbors to provide him ...

Odds grow longer against Riverbend expansion plan

When the 87-acre Riverbend Landfill embarked on an expansion bid almost 10 years ago, its Texas overseers had no idea what they were getting into. We did. That led us to contend, “You’re too ...

Metro West should pull over in county lawsuit

Consumers should have the choice between Coke and Pepsi or Cap’n Crunch and Lucky Charms. Such is the free enterprise system. Ambulance service, however, is not the same as breakfast cereals. Perhaps ...

Celebrate freedom on America’s birthday by respecting others’

Bombs bursting in air and embers setting bushes aflame. Hot dogs loaded topped with mustard and relish and scared dogs hiding beneath the blanket.The birthday celebration for the United State of America ...

Affordable housing pilot project could lead to creative solutions

The McMinnville City Council last week discussed a package of state laws passed last year to combat the shortage of affordable housing plaguing Oregon, particularly in rural areas. Among them was a bill ...

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