"Whatchamacolumn" by Jeb Bladine

The News-Register publisher writes about the community; people; local, state and national affairs; and sometimes whimsey.

News-Register file photo##May 7, 1955. But mom, She’s so little — Just nine days old on Mother’s Day will be Marsha Jean Colvin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Colvin. Older daughter, Carolyn, 10, and son, Mike, 6, look with wonder at their tiny baby sister held by Mrs. Colvin. Mother’s Day will have special importance this year in the Colvin family.

Jeb Bladine: Memories emerge from vintage photos

Margaret Carriker Assmussen told me we must continue printing the weekly Vintage News-Register photos, saying she regularly mails them to a family member who enjoys the nostalgia triggered by images from ...

Jeb Bladine: The great gift of a second chance

Second chances are great to get, but even more important to give. Our newspaper received a second chance from a long-time reader who had let her subscription lapse due to negative reporting and commentary ...

Jeb Bladine: A mixed response to drugs and crime

Last week, staff writer Tom Henderson produced a powerful story about the ravages of drug addiction and current threats to funding for drug treatment programs. Oregon legislators, one source said, “understand ...

Jeb Bladine: Reckless moments can devastate lives

Last month, nine months following his graduation from McMinnville High School, a young man walked out of WinCo Foods with $3 worth of stolen candy bars. When confronted by the loss prevention officer and ...

Jeb Bladine: "Obamacare' is a toxic label for American health care policy

We know that labels can be shorthand instruments of racism, sexism, idiologisms of all kinds. Labels created to be cleverly descriptive can become verbal sledgehammers that penetrate our psyches and threaten ...

Jeb Bladine: In McMinnville, shovels are out

For decades, I’ve watched the steady stream of local building developments. Call it a minor obsession, perhaps, but I have a spreadsheet diary of McMinnville building permit values and major development ...

Jeb Bladine: Tax hikes become preferred solution

Oregon state and local governments have more money, but provide fewer services. The clarion call from those who presided over creation of our budget crisis is to raises taxes. One hand points to large ...

Bladine: Tax hikes become preferred solution

Oregon state and local governments have more money, but provide fewer services. The clarion call from those who presided over creation of our budget crisis is to raises taxes. One hand points to large ...

Jeb Bladine: Watching us can be watching out for us

Documents hacked from CIA or National Security Agency systems, released this week by WikiLeaks, describe methods to spy on individuals through their smartphones, TV sets, modems and other electronic devices. ...

Jeb Bladine: ‘Repeal and replace’ has a faulty premise

I’ve never been a big fan of the Affordable Care Act as America’s health care solution, partly because it so significantly complicated administration of our company health plan, and also because ...

Jeb Bladine: Joining us? Please leave meth behind

Editor's note: Information received subsequent to publication of this column reveals that the woman mentioned has no relationship to the alleged bank robber, and that she personifies the column comment ...

Jeb Bladine: Progressive looks at parking solutions

McMinnville has been progressive about downtown parking for decades. As tourism and property developments returned parking challenges to the forefront of public discussion, decision-makers will join a ...

Jeb Bladine: Most wars begin with demonization

President Donald Trump recently stood on so-called hallowed ground in front of the CIA Memorial Wall — there, presumably, to soothe wounds he inflicted by comparing the U.S. intelligence community ...

Jeb Bladine: Resolve combined with apprehension

My cousin’s husband is Northern California regional coordinator for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-partisan advocacy organization with 366 active chapters worldwide. I’ve enjoyed ...

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