Jeb Bladine: Good time to revisit the First Amendment

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1791, underpins America’s most important individual freedoms. Every so often, it’s pertinent to remember that one simple, but very complicated, ...

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Elliot Berkman: Healthy choices are neither good nor bad; only thinking makes them so

Doing healthy things can feel like a battle between the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. The devil impels me to order the bacon burger for lunch, but the angel nudges my hand toward the ...

Jeb Bladine: ‘This isn’t the time to talk gun control’

A demented mass murderer killed at least 58 people Sunday night in Las Vegas during 10 minutes of near-automatic gunfire from high above an outdoor concert venue. We still don’t know exactly how ...

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Christopher Hendon: The science of good java

Brewing a great cup of coffee depends on chemistry and physics

Jeb Bladine: What an interesting cast of characters!

I can imagine your eyes rolling as the Evergreen saga produces another high stakes legal drama. This time, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a much-interested bystander. The Falls Event Center ...

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William Deacy: Swapping fish for fruit

After several years of studying brown bear ecology on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, I grew used to walking up streams into scenes of carnage. Where bears had killed and eaten spawning sockeye salmon, streambeds ...

Jeb Bladine: Projects responding to anticipated growth

Driving around town this year, it feels like significant growth in McMinnville: more traffic; lots of construction; field work marking approval of a 278-unit subdivision. And there are so many planning ...

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Dennis Richardson: Standing at the crossroads

I grew up in the era of big cars with big engines. If a Chevy 396 cubic inch motor was good, a Chrysler 426 Hemi was even better. Today, for most of us, what we value in a car is different. Concern about ...

Jeb Bladine: As media moves on, victims still need aid

Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have begun rebuilding their lives and communities. Meanwhile, after nearly three weeks of nonstop hurricane coverage, television news is moving national attention ...

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Gene Nesbitt: Seed to Supper program creating more gardeners

Yamhill County families are learning to become more food secure through a joint program of the Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon State University Extension Service. The Seed to Supper program is a comprehensive ...

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Robert Mason: Enhancing food security in Yamhill County

Hunger is stalking Yamhill County. This is occurring in the face of the economic recovery from the great recession of 2008. Unemployment is down and income tax revenues are up enough to trigger the state ...

Jeb Bladine: City talks coming on vacation rentals

When Charles Hillestad first warned fellow McMinnville planning commissioners about the proliferation of vacation home rentals, he spoke from personal experience. Hillestad moved here from Cannon Beach, ...

Jeb Bladine: Hurricane Harvey draws climate talk

Much is happening behind the tragic human scenes caused by Hurricane Harvey, but it’s difficult to look elsewhere in the face of so much life-altering destruction.“The immediate priorities, ...

Jeb Bladine: Eclipse & president astound Americans

It’s been quite a week. Americans saw one breathtaking solar eclipse and one dumbfounding version of Donald Trump. Most agreed both experiences exceeded their wildest expectations.Long before Monday, ...

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Sheriff Tim Svenson: Moving the office forward

The duties of the office of sheriff are far-reaching—from overseeing patrols and investigations throughout the county to managing the jail, as well as implementing a range of civil responsibilities. ...

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