Linfield fumbled opportunity to embrace free exchange of ideas

Linfield College’s administration, faculty and student body didn’t come off very well this week in their hyperbolic response to a guest speaker lined up by the nascent Young Americans for Liberty ...

When addicts and families talk all the rest of us need to listen

Following a report on a recent town hall meeting with state legislators, the News-Register received a stern rebuke for not including comments about the need for funding drug addiction services.  As ...

On-farm pot production follows a familiar path

Historically, growing and processing consumables were separate functions performed by separate means, in separate locations, by separate parties. And never the twain did meet. The farmer grew corn, beans, ...

Effective people control perhaps key to efficient animal control

Regulation of cats and dogs in the community first requires regulation of their owners. And history shows us that can be as difficult as wrangling a rebellious stray from the sidewalk. The McMinnville ...

Roberts, Benner deserve a return to Mac school board

Zach Dotson, candidate for the McMinnville School Board’s Position 1, is thoughtful, articulate, community-minded and could provide a complementary voice to the board. So is retiree Vernon V.J. Adams, ...

Small-town newpaper’s Pulitzer  celebrated by peers everywhere

As if 21st century journalism weren’t challenging enough already, community newspapers frequently have to battle being lumped in with national web, broadcast and print outlets. As President Trump ...

Say no to litigation that tramples the little guy

For almost 50 years, records compiled or acquired by a public agency in this state — any type of agency at any level, from a lowly cemetery district to the Oregon Supreme Court — have been ...

Agreement to keep Warrior mascot a better, but still imperfect, solution

The fate of Native American mascots in Oregon is being settled one-by-one. Amity High School is one of 15 facing a July 1 deadline to either change mascots, face penalties, or, as Amity has chosen, enter ...

Mac schools take the lead in testing for radon hazard

The 2015 Legislature enacted a law requiring school districts to submit radon testing plans by the fall of 2016 and carry them out by the end of 2020. But the McMinnville School District proceeded to ...

Chain retailers now feeling heat they once visited on Main

In its current state, the New Economy might as well be known as the Amazon Economy.  According to Business Insider, the online retailing behemoth now has a larger market share than Walmart, Target, ...

Trail won’t go anywhere  without communication

“There seems to be considerable discord between the town, or rather some factions of the town, and the surrounding country. This should be adjusted. Get together. Harmony is what we want, and harmony ...

Boquist unafraid to take stand in memory of son lost to suicide

Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, Democrat from Portland, is probably as closely associated with efforts to curb gun violence as any Oregon legislator. So her sponsorship of this year’s gun control ...

Thoughtful scheduling, legislating both needed

Oregon labor’s highest priority for the 2017 Legislature, the predictive scheduling mandate embodied in Senate Bill 828, contains the seed of a good idea. Unfortunately, it buries that seed in a ...

Justice system works to alleviate misery when unthinkable occurs

It’s difficult to find solace in the wake of a tragedy as stomach-churning as one occurring last week in Northeast McMinnville. For those related to the victims or perpetrator of a bloody local ...

The rush from racing not worth a lifetime of regret

The decisions made by two young men to engage in a high-speed street-racing episode will forever haunt a number of local families. Jeremy Hopper and Andrew Olsen were seeking thrills and bragging rights ...

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