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 ...

A pass on prosecution can't be construed as vindication

Dear John:We can appreciate the heartfelt relief you and Cylvia must feel, now that a three-year FBI investigation has concluded no one in the Kitzhaber household warrants criminal prosecution in federal ...

No time to let off the gas; press on with the bypass

A Tuesday story headlined, “Business and civic leaders seek bypass money,” appears at number 951 in a search of our online archives using the keywords “Dundee” and “bypass.” And ...

Homeless activity downtown is rising to an alarming level

Homelessness in McMinnville’s downtown “living room” is reaching levels that demand action by city government and the community it serves. The volume of seedy vagrant activity is rising ...

State care facility reporting is nowhere near up to snuff

Nursing homes are pretty much all the same, right? How much difference could it make, really? Well, consider this: In the last 10 years, the 37-bed Brookdale McMinnville Westside has received 125 complaints ...

Agri-tourism issue not fully settled, but case-by-case system is working

The recent application of the Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery for on-site tasting approval fostered some oh-so-common opposition, much of which can be tossed aside, but also positive and useful big-picture ...

Responsibility for racist hate runs to the top

The fatal act of white supremacist terrorism perpetrated on a Portland train Friday will not soon be forgotten, at least not by anyone who can muster an ounce of compassion. The horror will reverberate ...

Set a summer goal to experience the variety of community events

This just in for the summer: Yamhill is expecting more hot July nights. Sheridan is a small town with big dreams. Carlton has a serious case of the blues on the horizon. But don’t feel bad for Carlton. ...

Good intentions run amok in OR Medicaid expansion

There is a disheartening similarity to the revelations of government fraud and waste arising periodically in Oregon. Typical elements include the sudden creation or massive expansion of a well-intended ...

Time to expose GOP blinders on universal health care coverage

The United States’ founding document deemed “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” inalienable rights.  Former president Barack Obama must have had this in mind as he sought ...

Reorganization shouldn’t curb Mac’s disaster prep efforts

There is some subtle irony in the public objections raised in response to McMinnville’s decision to cut its half-time emergency management coordinator position.  After all, isn’t one ...

Budget, PERS and transportation demand plan with broad buy-in

The Oregon Legislature is facing a general fund shortfall of $1.4 billion, a Public Employees Retirement System shortfall of $21 billion and a transportation system deficit, harder to estimate with any ...

There’s no excuse for inmate’s painful death

Let’s make one thing clear from the outset. Joshua Mulbreght and Zachary Chronister are each serving more than six years, Mulbreght for manslaughter and Chronister for assault, for the Yamhill County ...

Patience is the watchword as we watch our tax investment pay off

Construction continues apace throughout McMinnville, and for downtown drivers and pedestrians, it’s creating a war-zone atmosphere in some locales.That situation will expand Monday, when demolition ...

Left does itself no favors by allowing fringe to run amok

Increasingly in recent years, Republican Party leaders have shirked their moral responsibility to condemn dark, ugly fringe elements of their base — fascists, racists, Nazis, militiamen, Klansmen, ...

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