What happened to states’ rights, once a staple of political thought?

Americans have been harping on states’ rights for a total of 241 years. Some latter-day Confederates go so far as to argue the Civil War was more about states’ rights than slavery — ...

Let’s stop letting the monied have their way

Virtually every American supports legislation to curb soaring prescription drug prices, and a majority to curb rampant gun violence. Virtually every Oregonian supports fixing unfunded liability in the ...

Reps never seem to run short of bad ideas to weigh in Salem

Expanding Democratic dominance has made the Oregon Legislature increasingly efficient. The amount of mischief it used to take six months to assemble can be compressed into a single month, now that those ...

Naysayers, step aside; willing hands at work

Cynicism about government has become a staple of political thought in today’s America. In the process, a proud tradition of can-do optimism has degenerated into an incessant clamor of can’t-do ...

Just say no to adminstration’s Bonneville Power takeover try

Donald Trump has proven the most partisan president in modern American history. When he musters bluff and bluster to demand unity, he isn’t offering to give ground if you are, in hopes of meeting ...

Abuse occurs in the unlikeliest of settings

When families worry about protecting loved ones from abusers, manipulators and molesters, they probably think of people like Christopher Enyart. A serial abuser of young boys, freed after serving 10 years ...

Selecting new member of bench rare and important opportunity

Yamhill County voters will decide this year who becomes the next judge in Oregon’s 25th Judicial District. And that’s the way it should be. Presiding Judge Ronald Stone has decided to give ...

Linfield’s new leader seems like a good fit

Accelerating at a blistering pace, technology has wreaked havoc on retailing; turned government upside-down and culture inside -out; made uncertainty the only real remaining certainty. Along the way, it ...

Register-Guard sale sign of times, but not inevitable for all papers

Community news is still being covered nationwide by reporters and editors with intimate knowledge of the people and stories around them. But local ownership is, in fact, becoming increasingly endangered.  The ...

Democrats put the lie to premise of off-year housekeeping sessions

Oregon voters this week resoundingly approved the 2017 Legislature’s preferred funding scheme for the expansion of Medicaid coverage in Oregon. Although some lawmakers hoped for a resounding no vote ...

Alcohol no less menace than meth, crack, opioids

As a nation, we have long recognized the dangers inherent in alcohol, tobacco, street drugs and prescription drugs. By turn, we have rallied to regulate, control or even eliminate their use, though progress ...

Short session wrong venue for new ventures

If there’s anything more certain as death and taxes these days, it’s this: Tax talk will dominate the off-year 35-day legislative session starting Feb. 1. The only question is, will the focus ...

Insider’s take on homelessness reveals human need for kindness

Last week’s Viewpoints cover article, by a former Willamina man now living on the streets of McMinnville, garnered a strong reaction. The most important lessons, as many commenters noted, were that ...

Casinos's pursuit of MIllennials may not be on sound footing

Casinos around the country are rushing to introduce skill-based machines and eSports options to their gaming floors, all in the name of attracting millennials who aren’t embracing traditional slot ...

Death penalty so elusive pursuit is pointless here

We can think of no more deserving candidate for the death penalty than our own Jeffery Dana Sparks — the serial sex offender who raped and murdered 12-year-old Lacey Renee Robancho after her bike ...

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