Illustrated Editorials

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

Lisa Hupp, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service##A female bear and her cubs walk near a red elderberry bush on the edge of a cliff on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

William Deacy: Swapping fish for fruit

After several years of studying brown bear ecology on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, I grew used to walking up streams into scenes of carnage. Where bears had killed and eaten spawning sockeye salmon, streambeds ...

Jeb Bladine: Projects responding to anticipated growth

Driving around town this year, it feels like significant growth in McMinnville: more traffic; lots of construction; field work marking approval of a 278-unit subdivision. And there are so many planning ...

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Dennis Richardson: Standing at the crossroads

I grew up in the era of big cars with big engines. If a Chevy 396 cubic inch motor was good, a Chrysler 426 Hemi was even better. Today, for most of us, what we value in a car is different. Concern about ...

Jeb Bladine: As media moves on, victims still need aid

Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have begun rebuilding their lives and communities. Meanwhile, after nearly three weeks of nonstop hurricane coverage, television news is moving national attention ...

Submitted photo##Raised beds full of produce from a Seed to Supper participant’s garden.

Gene Nesbitt: Seed to Supper program creating more gardeners

Yamhill County families are learning to become more food secure through a joint program of the Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon State University Extension Service. The Seed to Supper program is a comprehensive ...

News-Register-file photo##The McMinnville Community Garden.

Robert Mason: Enhancing food security in Yamhill County

Hunger is stalking Yamhill County. This is occurring in the face of the economic recovery from the great recession of 2008. Unemployment is down and income tax revenues are up enough to trigger the state ...

Jeb Bladine: City talks coming on vacation rentals

When Charles Hillestad first warned fellow McMinnville planning commissioners about the proliferation of vacation home rentals, he spoke from personal experience. Hillestad moved here from Cannon Beach, ...

Jeb Bladine: Hurricane Harvey draws climate talk

Much is happening behind the tragic human scenes caused by Hurricane Harvey, but it’s difficult to look elsewhere in the face of so much life-altering destruction.“The immediate priorities, ...

Jeb Bladine: Eclipse & president astound Americans

It’s been quite a week. Americans saw one breathtaking solar eclipse and one dumbfounding version of Donald Trump. Most agreed both experiences exceeded their wildest expectations.Long before Monday, ...

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Sheriff Tim Svenson: Moving the office forward

The duties of the office of sheriff are far-reaching—from overseeing patrols and investigations throughout the county to managing the jail, as well as implementing a range of civil responsibilities. ...

Rodney Dunning photo/Flickr creative commons##Participants of the recent Unite The Right rally in Charlotteville.

Gene Policinski: ‘Freedom’ is best response to white supremacy hatemongers

Let them march in Charlottesville. Let them speak. Hate-propagating neo-Nazis and bottom-dwelling white supremacists — the dregs of our open society — have and should have First Amendment ...

Jeb Bladine: There’s a scam for every season

Songwriter Pete Seeger, referring to Solomon’s Book of Ecclesiastes, made this phrase famous: “To everything there is a season … ”Unfortunately, for every season there is a scam. ...

Christopher Anderson/Mad Plaid Photography##Trivia contestants at The Oak in McMinnville.

Ossie Bladine: Trivial passions

I am admittedly not that great at trivia. But after five years of hosting twice-a-month pub trivia events, I’ve become a pretty darn good quizmaster.  Live trivia games at local taverns were ...

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Dr. Marvin McMillen: Music as medicine

A hard-working young man somewhere in Yamhill County has a few too many beers on a Friday night. He runs his pickup off the road into a tree at 50 mph. He survives, but breaks his shoulder, his collarbone, ...

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