Rodney Dunning photo/Flickr creative commons##Participants of the recent Unite The Right rally in Charlotteville.

Gene Policinski: ‘Freedom’ is best response to white supremacy hatemongers

Let them march in Charlottesville. Let them speak. Hate-propagating neo-Nazis and bottom-dwelling white supremacists — the dregs of our open society — have and should have First Amendment ...

Jeb Bladine: There’s a scam for every season

Songwriter Pete Seeger, referring to Solomon’s Book of Ecclesiastes, made this phrase famous: “To everything there is a season … ”Unfortunately, for every season there is a scam. ...

Christopher Anderson/Mad Plaid Photography##Trivia contestants at The Oak in McMinnville.

Ossie Bladine: Trivial passions

I am admittedly not that great at trivia. But after five years of hosting twice-a-month pub trivia events, I’ve become a pretty darn good quizmaster.  Live trivia games at local taverns were ...

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Dr. Marvin McMillen: Music as medicine

A hard-working young man somewhere in Yamhill County has a few too many beers on a Friday night. He runs his pickup off the road into a tree at 50 mph. He survives, but breaks his shoulder, his collarbone, ...

Jeb Bladine: Misinformation hits at Evergreen story

Officials at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum respond calmly to public misconceptions about EASM’s slow but steady emergence from the shadow of its controversial history. But even their patience ...

Jeb Bladine: Listen to the experts; ‘get thee to the path’

Solar eclipse fever is rising. When the dusk settles on Aug. 21, will your experience live up to the hype? Here is some important eclipse-watching information, but first, a few statistics from the exact ...

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State Rep. Ron Noble addresses constituents at a town hall meeting held at the McMinnville Civic Hall on April 6.

Ron Noble: Triumphs, disappointments from first legislative session

About 18 months ago I announced my campaign for House District 24. As I traveled the district, everywhere from McMinnville to Carlton and Hillsboro, the message I continually heard was the same: We are ...

Gene Policinski: More Americans see less media bias, but why?

Attention, you so-called “enemies of the people” and alleged purveyors of biased reporting: There’s reason to think fewer people than last year might see you that way, despite the ongoing, ...

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Jeb Bladine: Baby Boomer Band just plays on and on

America’s population bulge is moving through the chart of U.S. census statistics with relentless impacts on many areas of our lives. It’s one thing to recount the raw numbers of Baby Boomers ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A homeless man who gave his name as Albert lays down on a makeshift bed on the lawn of the First Presbyterian Church in McMinnville in June.

Matt Johnson and Erika Marksbury: Whose side are you on?

Downtown McMinnville congregations strive to move past the blame game on homelessness

Jeb Bladine: Health care debate on a whimsical ride

America — albeit through backroom deliberations by a single political party — is struggling to design an efficient, humane and affordable health care system. As that national controversy continues ...

Garen M. photo/Flikr Creative Commons##Monument to the First Amendment, outside Independence Hall, Philadelphia.

Lata Nott: Still Going Strong After 225 Years

By Lata Nott Special to the News-Register Common practice for liberals and conservatives now is to take turns calling each other enemies of the First Amendment. The results of this year’s “State ...

Jeb Bladine: ‘Maintaining a safe, livable environment’

There are many roles in solving the problems of a growing homeless population — local and state government, social service agencies, religious and humanitarian institutions, and volunteer citizens, ...

News-Register file photo##Walt Haight leads a dance number in “Reefer Madness” at Gallery Theater. Arts and culture are important players in the local economy.

Ossie Bladine: Ushering in the arts industry

When it comes to economic development, the arts industry is often viewed as a complementary asset at best — a contributor perhaps, but certainly not a mainstay. Conventional reasoning has it that ...

Jeb Bladine: Story had lesson about cycles of life

Our Tuesday story about Cal and Debbie Kearns touched many readers with its calm, composed yet emotional telling of a human condition that too often is hidden from view. Debbie, assisted by Reporter Starla ...

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