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At September’s preparedness fair, Wayne Workman of Portable Solar City shows Jennifer Fisher solar panels she could use to charge her cellphone or laptop.

Doug Cummins - When the 9.0 awakens us ...

Trained CERT team will be ready to help — the more responders available, the better

Colorado expands on drug experiment

Many people believe Oregon will not be far behind

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Viewpoints coordinator Marna Porath searches for letters to the editor.

Marna Porath - The case of the missing letters

Letters to the editor have more power to open others’ minds than social media posts

Submitted photos Due to erosion concerns, a landowner installed a riparian forest along the Yamhill River in spring 2000.

Marie Vicksta - Cooling down streams

Too much warmth leaves fish, vegetation, wildlife, even humans ‘up a creek’

The 'grand bargain' might be grand scam

We don’t need to vilify the politicians controlling our state’s financial future, or the public employee unions that set the ruling party’s fiscal agenda

'Worry is what kills more people'

Spencer Wriggelsworth is 86 years old, and he already has experienced his share of hard knocks

Sal Peralta - Third party emerges

Rise of the non-ideological Independent Party in Oregon stems from voter dissatisfaction

Diverse comments tackle big box stores

Last week’s cover essays offered a good cross section of opinion on whether we should embrace or halt the growth of mega-stores in our local marketplace

Alene Jacobs - Treatment, not punishment

Ten-year story of success for mental health court, an alternative to jail for mentally ill and developmentally disabled residents

Shutterstock.comContemporary big box store model.

Should McMinnville allow more big box stores?

Four residents offer varied opinions about big box stores and proposed zone changes

Cassie Sollars - correction to July 5, 2013

A last-minute copy-and-paste error in the Viewpoints cover piece from July 5 substituted the writer’s biographical sketch for the concluding paragraph in a submission from Cassie Sollars

After Turkey Rama, wine events prevail

Yamhill County offers a full summer calendar of wine-related activities

Nothing special, just 'the greatest'

 I’ll miss some old-time stories at Saturday's celebration of life for Saima Vinton

Courtesy of Steve Singleton This view of McMinnville in September 2012 includes the roof of Cook School on Northeast Lafayette Avenue at lower right, Buchanan Cellers on Fifth Street at lower left, train tracks near the top, and the Oregon Brews & BBQs event at center left. The large white roof at the top is RB Rubber. The L-shaped building next to RB Rubber is Pacific Rentals and Storage on Northeast 14th Street.

Kelly McDonald and Cassie Sollars - 20-year visions for McMinnville

Based on the past, two community leaders imagine how McMinnville will look in 20 years

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Children participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for Harper’s Playground on June 8, 2012.

Cody Goldberg - Play for all

Harper’s Playground was first park in Portland built to include children with physical challenges

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