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

Courtesy of Kyer Wiltshire
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

Reading politics between the lines

Oregon already has eliminated one barrier to voting by replacing polling places with home-delivered ballots

Marcus Larson filephoto/News-RegisterIn July 2012, Bruce Simonson runs the hay baler on his Sheridan farm. The first statewide land use planning system, established in Oregon in 1973, help maintain exclusive farm use for productive agricultural property.

Marilyn Worrix - Separating urban from rural

Oregon’s land use planning system marks 40 years of protection against sprawl

If tornado hits, we 'stop the presses'

In a 90-minute span, our staff went to the scene, snapped and processed photos, interviewed witnesses and officials, wrote the story and remade pages on the computer

Marcus Larson file photo
News-RegisterOne of the employees at Cascade Steel, which came to McMinnville through the efforts of MIP, 
is Fred Menke, 
who keeps watch on the steel recycling process.

Carol Granger - Connections boost economy

Starting in 1953, local organizations attract new businesses, help existing enterprises thrive, create mutually beneficial partnerships

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