"Whatchamacolumn" by Jeb Bladine

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

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 ...

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, ...

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. ...

Jeb Bladine: Misinformation hits at Evergreen story

Officials at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum respond calmly to public misconceptions about EASM’s slow but steady emergence from the shadow of its controversial history. But even their patience ...

Jeb Bladine: Listen to the experts; ‘get thee to the path’

Solar eclipse fever is rising. When the dusk settles on Aug. 21, will your experience live up to the hype? Here is some important eclipse-watching information, but first, a few statistics from the exact ...

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Jeb Bladine: Baby Boomer Band just plays on and on

America’s population bulge is moving through the chart of U.S. census statistics with relentless impacts on many areas of our lives. It’s one thing to recount the raw numbers of Baby Boomers ...

Jeb Bladine: Health care debate on a whimsical ride

America — albeit through backroom deliberations by a single political party — is struggling to design an efficient, humane and affordable health care system. As that national controversy continues ...

Jeb Bladine: ‘Maintaining a safe, livable environment’

There are many roles in solving the problems of a growing homeless population — local and state government, social service agencies, religious and humanitarian institutions, and volunteer citizens, ...

Jeb Bladine: Story had lesson about cycles of life

Our Tuesday story about Cal and Debbie Kearns touched many readers with its calm, composed yet emotional telling of a human condition that too often is hidden from view. Debbie, assisted by Reporter Starla ...

Jeb Bladine: Traditions provide community strength

Currently, city leaders and others throughout the community find their attention increasingly focused on a complex mixture of homelessness and vagrancy challenges requiring strong consensus for responsive ...

Jeb Bladine: Time to move the sidewalk bedroom

McMinnville is experiencing some fallout from political correctness. Uncomfortable with offensive labels, we have created a homogeneous concept known as “The Homeless.” Compassion for human ...

Jeb Bladine: Americans in dark on health care law

Our national attention suffers from a scattershot effect that features one high-profile news cycle after another. We leap from travel ban appeals to climate change treaties; from Russian hacking to deadly ...

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