Illustrated Editorials

Editorial cartoons do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of the News-Register.

Jeb Bladine: Fire safety requires public responsibility

“Your help,” implored Oregon State Forester Doug Decker on Wednesday, “is critical in preventing the next wildfire.” The words scarcely had left his computer when yet another wildfire ...

Ossie Bladine: The Oregon Trail Generation

A few months ago, News Editor Don Iler and I were explaining to a couple of more seasoned members of the News-Register staff about our annoyance at being labeled Millennials. It turns out we’re not ...

Community Commentary: When will the 'War Party' ever learn?

By Patrick Evans Seventy years ago, the United States became the first, and only, nation to use nuclear weapons in pursuit of its foreign policy goals. Today, the United States and its ally, Israel, are ...

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Scott Gibson: End of life decisions

I recently had an older couple, currently in good health, come in for an office visit. As part of their appointment, they brought in their POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) forms for ...

Jeb Bladine: Stories stay alive in lawsuit after lawsuit

Sad stories don’t just go away; to the dismay of many, they play out again and again in the courts. That observation received several exclamation marks this week, ensuring that some of the most ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##The Boy Scouts of local troop 260 work to repaint the white lettering of the McMinnville at the municipal airport in June. Repainting of the airport compass, top left, was set for a later date.

Martha Meeker: The McMinnville way

I’ve lived in more than a few cities during my 28 years in the Air Force and in most, I got to know and interact with their community leaders. I got to know the citizens around the bases I worked ...

Jeb Bladine: A sorry tale of the lost state tax credit

Oregon Legislature Democrats were so desperate to raise taxes this year that their end-of-session ploy was too toxic even for some of their political brethren. Still, they managed to sneak through one ...

Jan Iversen: The fighting side of love

First, identify the styles of you and your partner, then gain skill and awareness that leads to effective fighting, which can be a healthy aspect of any romance.

Important to admit if 'unsure of obligations'

Misinterpreting Oregon’s public records/meetings law — as in a letter from county Commissioner Mary Starrett — can be a mild offense given the complexities of that law. However, we’ve ...

Shutterstock image##The Oregon Legislature rejected a proposal for a $180 million seismic renovation of the state Capitol. It was one of few voting conflicts during the session with Democratic majorities in both houses.

Sal Peralta: Oregon legislative review 2015

The 78th regular session of the Oregon legislature concluded its business earlier this month. In the 2015-17 biennium, the legislature had an additional 10 percent or $1.8 billion to spend, as a result ...

Guest Commentary: Article triggers mega-quake buzz

The internet has been all abuzz recently about an article in the July 20 issue of The New Yorker magazine. Written by Kathryn Schulz, the article titled “The Really Big One” details the geographical ...

Jeb Bladine: Mixed implications of downtown parking

There is a mixed bag of implications from the creation of 26 new on-street handicapped parking spaces in downtown McMinnville. A first thought is that accessibility to important areas of the core city ...

Jeb Bladine: Regulatory costs strangle economy

Tunnel-vision regulations enacted by Congress and state legislatures are strangling our economy. Too many lawmakers either don’t understand or simply choose to ignore the extreme costs of their complex ...

Submitted photo##A photo of an airsoft rifles taken by the Carlton Police Department. If the orange tips are removed, they appear very real. Some criminals will paint orange tips on real guns to make them resemble toys.

Kevin Martinez: Dead ringers for real guns

Most of us grew up playing with toy guns as youngsters and, years later, our children and grandchildren continue to play with them. In today’s society, where toy guns are more realistic than ever, ...

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