Christian call for inclusion, tolerance, strikes right note for all Americans

In a politically divisive climate, intolerance from competing sides makes forging compromise and finding common ground — really the only way to accomplish things in society — increasingly difficult ...

Lodging tax for roads worth a look, if legal

No prudent office-holder plunges blindly forward with a new tax proposal. But Yamhill County Commissioners Stan Primozich and Rick Olson seem well justified in their desire to place a transient lodging ...

Crusade for local immigration enforcement is self-defeating

The next time there is a community theater production of “Les Misérables,” state Rep. Mike Nearman would make a splendid Inspector Javert. Nearman, like Javert, is fixated on the letter ...

All hail the eclipse of 2017; may it be sunny for all

A modern translation of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes informs us: “What has been will be again,what has been done will be done again;there is nothing new under the sun.” And so it ...

Signs of the times don’t have to get mired in overwhelming grief

A little encouragement can go a long way, whether the target is a down-and-out neighbor or a nation in the middle of an identity crisis.  Last week’s race-fueled rallies in Charlottesville, ...

Contention, compromise led to Mac sign ordinance

In McMinnville, aesthetics matter. We hold dearly the imagery of rolling vineyard hills, a tree-lined downtown historic district, the iconic Spruce Goose looking down from a gleaming glass facade, and ...

McMinnville’s can-do attitude paying big dividends these days

Like virtually every other place on the planet, McMinnville has experienced plenty of boom and bust cycles over the years. But to the community’s credit, it has never been content to ease back and ...

Tragic jail deaths curb public’s trust in sheriff

On Oct. 17, 2014, we wrote, “(Tim) Svenson remains the only reasonable choice for Yamhill County sheriff.” On Feb. 6, 2015, we followed, “Svenson off to good start as new sheriff.” But ...

Evergreen case shows need to keep legals in newspapers

The tip resulting in Tuesday’s front page article about the pending sheriff’s sale of Evergreen International Aviation’s former headquarters didn’t originate from a source with ...

Cloud of concern continues to envelop air and space museum

Last summer, we applauded the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum’s emergence from a morass of high-risk corporate bankruptcies with its campus and exhibits largely intact. We closed our paean ...

Infusing $5 billion into PERS might be just treading water

Gov. Kate Brown has asked a committee to address “uncomfortable” options that would cut the Public Employees Retirement System’s unfunded liability by $5 billion. The state is currently ...

Answers don’t come easily in torrent of child sex cases

Gut-churning acts of child sexual abuse seem to have become all too common. Our files are chock full of examples, even though we reserve fuller accounts for the worst of the lot. Christopher Lewis, who ...

Successes can keep piling up with full-time fair manager

If you’re in need of an uplifting story of government in action — especially one steeped in rural Americana — peruse recent archives of the Yamhill County Fair. It turned a corner with ...

Homeless issues not just the government’s problem

People sometimes enter McMinnville City Council chambers as it were the grand hall of the Great and Powerful Oz, seeking solutions they hope can be magically bestowed. Unfortunately, councils cannot be ...

Bills improve public records,  but fix needed to move ahead

Public records bills recently passed allows Oregonians to believe their elected officials are serious about systematically improving their constituents’ access to government information.  Unfortunately, ...

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