"Whatchamacolumn" by Jeb Bladine

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

Jeb Bladine: Tragic death puts spotlight on caution

When a 41-year-old McMinnville man suffered serious injury in a March 31 crash at Fourth and Evans streets in downtown McMinnville, my mind jumped in two directions: First, I was transported 40 years ...

Jeb Bladine: Wily virus tricks us to secure a new host

This year’s virus of choice seems to be causing something between a common cold and the flu, with many people asking themselves: I wonder how long this cough is going to hang on? Here’s a ...

Jeb Bladine: A trifecta of stores about public records

At the risk of exaggerating the importance of our request for Yamhill County documents, the News-Register at least temporarily has joined a trifecta of high-interest public records stories. Beginning ...

Jeb Bladine - Anti-business laws multiplying in Salem

How are things going at the Oregon Legislature? Just great, if you believe in oppressive government regulation; not so good if you believe in a free enterprise system. State Rep. Bill Kennemer, R-Canby, ...

Jeb Bladine - In 'Sunshine Week,' Oregon has clouds

All WhatchamaColumns                     This has been “Sunshine Week,” a national dialogue about open government, freedom of information ...

Jeb Bladine - We remember and admire all that was

All WhatchamaColumns                     Dave Frohnmayer, as we’ve been reminded this week, was many things to Oregon. Comments from state ...

Submitted photo##Highway 18 runs diagonally in front of Riverbend Landfill. Yamhill County commissioners will soon vote on a 29-acre expansion, which lies in the light-tan triangular area between the line of trees along Highway 18 and the gray plastic marking the landfill’s edge. This view during a time of high water in December 2014 shows the South Yamhill River along the landfill’s south and east borders.

Jeb Bladine - Landfill opponents have 'won'

Years of dedicated resistance reduced the height and acreage of the original Riverbend expansion proposal; now let's have some certainty on its life expectancy

Jeb Bladine - Kitz campaign story revives old memory

All WhatchamaColumns This week, I was mentally transported back 27 years to a dimly lit conference room in the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. It was the site of a vile political ambush that ...

Website changes, but newspaper still print

One reason for change is many people enter our website with smart phones and tablets

Advice to governor either bad, or good!

Perhaps, governor's decision not to resign cautious stems from cautious deliberation

House committee has higher taxes in mind

There’s little to slow the onslaught of every imaginable tax hike proposal

'Gross-thought' ignores basic rule

In the long run, net results mean much more than immediate consequences 

Legal marijuana still a mind-altering drug

Let’s not act as if it’s harmless to have pot drifting openly through Americans' lives

Latest park project joins a long tradition

McMinnville provides an amazing array of parks experiences

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