Jennifer Turner: Debt collectors hijacking justice system

Denise Zencka, a mother of three in Indiana, had to file for bankruptcy because she couldn’t afford to repay medical bills incurred for treatment of thyroid cancer. And because she was unable to work, she had to stay with her parents in Florida while she recovered.

 

Jeb Bladine: Stretching credulity a dangerous affair

When something is hard to believe, you might say it “strains credulity.” Actually, since credulity implies gullibility, something that strains credulity is so flawed that even a gullible person ...

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Kevin Chambers: A decentralized future

Cryptocurriences a trending topic, but it’s the blockchain technology that has staying power

Jeb Bladine: Honoring service; remembering JCs

Our Tuesday N-R profile of Debbie Harmon Ferry initiated something different — publication of features about Distinguished Service Award winners prior to the event. This year’s DSA Banquet ...

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Eric Schuck: Costs of reopening a plant

Positive effects from tariffs can be outweighed by negative hit to neighboring industries

Jeb Bladine: Bag charge seems like gentle reminder

An editorial today urges the city of McMinnville to stand firm with the 5-cent charge on paper bags at retail locations. It’s a “ho-hum” issue for some people, but others maintain it’s ...

Rachel Goodman: Facebook targeting threatens civil liberties

It’s heartening to see, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, growing skepticism about how Facebook handles data and data privacy. But we should take this opportunity to ask the bigger, ...

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Jim LeTourneux: Oregon could sustain twice today’s timber cut

Chances are most of you know little about today’s timber industry, beyond impressions left from viewing loaded log trucks headed through town or finished lumber delivered to lumber yards or construction ...

Jeb Bladine: Sharing a passion for museum mission

In August 2016, when Steve Down agreed to donate $10.68 million to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, the museum promised to “appropriately acknowledge contributions of The Falls at McMinnville ...

Dr. Seamus McCarthy and Jenn Richter: Creating a community that instills resilience and hope

All the odds are stacked against 5-year-old Katrina, a composite for the 4,979 children served by the Yamhill Coordinated Care Organization’s Early Learning Hub and partner agencies. Katrina and ...

Jeb Bladine: Expensive lessons in complex litigation

When reporting on complex litigation, we realize there’s a lot of lawyering between headlines. Most of that legal maneuvering goes unreported to the general public, but reading the court documents ...

Submitted photo##Michal Wert (standing) and associate Rob Tracey (kneeling) of the Native Plant Society of Oregon assist with a native plant landscaping project commissioned by the county in conjunction with its 2014 reconfiguration of the intersection of  Abbey, Kuehne and Hendricks roads, north of Lafayette.

Michal Wert: Roadside vegetation critical for native species

The landscape explorers encountered in the Willamette Valley in the early 19th century bears little resemblance to the landscape today. A last refuge of a once-extensive prairie landscape remains along ...

Jeb Bladine: Digital giants using private information

Revelations about digital invasions of personal privacy represent warnings too long ignored. The Guardian, a British newspaper that circulates extensively in the UK and U.S., set the scene for us in 2014: “Google ...

Emma Nolan: A look at foster care from the inside

I was 15 years old when I was placed in foster care for the first time. It was the day before Halloween, four days before my 16th birthday. The host family’s four kids, ages 2 to 10, were in their ...

Jeb Bladine: Parking study puts light on challenges

There’s much to like about McMinnville’s Downtown Strategic Parking Management Plan, now pending city council adoption. At best, however, it is a good start … a framework for challenging ...

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