State bill would curb drug costs, but who’s the real beneficiary?

According to the Milliman Medical Index, the pre-insurance cost of health care for the typical American family has more than tripled since the turn of the 21st century, rising from $8,414 in 2001 to $25,826 ...

Single-family crucial in affordable housing drive

Commendably, McMinnville’s well-publicized struggles with homelessness have led the city to make affordable housing one of its most urgent and heartfelt priorities. Not so commendably, some elements ...

Immigration policy needs civil discourse, not ridicule, diatribe

Donald Trump’s immigration policies are beginning to hit home, which have people on edge, to the point of triggering rumored U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. One such example arose ...

Corrections necessary if fiction corrupts facts

The effects of social media and other tools of today’s internet are turning the information age into what might be better termed the disinformation age.  The rumor mill has, of course, been ...

Don’t leave higher ed behind in a rush to better fund K-12

Oregon’s dominant Democrats have been sounding the alarm about the future of K-12 school funding since Nov. 8. On that day, their widely ballyhooed revenue plan died at the hands of voters, who ...

Springfield's second chair appears good fit for McMinnville

If you ignore the recent short-lived tenure of retired Air Force Gen. Martha Meeker, embracing a new city manager is something we undertake only every quarter century or so. We had the Joe Dancer era, ...

Editorial: Respite center can fill needed gap in improving public care

The future of America’s national health care system is very much undecided. But we continue to make foundational progress in how community care is delivered to the publicly insured population in ...

Editorial: Local actions remind us of our shared humanity

Precise numbers are impossible to calculate, of course, but an estimated 3 million people reportedly marched worldwide Jan. 21 to support human rights and express concern over the fate of those rights ...

Editorial: Addressing Oregon PERS crisis a moral imperative for lawmakers

On the opening day of this year’s state legislative session, a glimmer of hope emerged for the future of Oregon’s unsustainably overly-generous Public Employee sRetirement System. Speculation ...

New milestone planned to enrich downtown Mac

Soaring cathedrals and towering skyscrapers are built block by block and beam by beam, just like their more pedestrian counterparts. The key is finding the right materials and placing them in the right ...

Prevention as important as reaction to homeless issues

In McMinnville, we don’t need an annual count to identify the scope of homelessness. The need is visible every day, from the downtown core to entryways of the big box stores on the outskirts of town.  Not ...

Women take to streets to be heard over clatter and din

Hundreds of thousands of American women are planning a historic march on Washington, D.C., Saturday to protest today’s inauguration of billionaire business mogul Donald Trump. Hundreds of thousands ...

Snowstorm response wasn't perfect, but vastly better than Portland's

Last week’s snowstorm was adventuresome in Yamhill County, primarily in good ways. About five inches of snow transformed our communities into temporary winter recreation parks. But memories will ...

Banning plastic bags a case of  good intentions, with tradeoffs

Plastic bag bans are more of a gesture than a significant environmental benefit. There are plenty of pros to reducing the common carrier of groceries and other goods, the most significant being reducing ...

Oregonians yearn for leaders who stir souls

In the inaugural address Monday, Gov. Kate Brown invoked the memory of Tom McCall in her opening and Mark Hatfield in her closing. That’s fitting, as the two former governors, both Republicans, ...

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