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Inner workings of people not always easy to fathom

Here at the News-Register, we are engaged, on one layer at least, in the news business. If you dig deeper, you’ll find we’re actually in the people business.

We chronicle the actions of people, be they good, bad or ugly. In fact, we seem to specialize in the very good, very bad and very ugly, as they tend to most stand out.

Critics frequently accuse us of laserlike focus on what’s wrong in life, society and the world. But it doesn’t take a very close reading of our pages to dispel that claim.

On Tuesday, we celebrated the entrepreneurship of Matt and Josh Cooksey, a pair of homeschooled lads displaying a level of initiative and ingenuity that would make Bill Gates proud. They are learning how to design, manufacture and market eyeglass frames made from exotic woods.

We also singled out for note a man, not much older that the Cookseys, who stands accused of beating and battering a 1-year-old for spilling his juice.

The mind reels. The level of depravity suggested here defies comprehension.

Elsewhere Tuesday, we recognized retiree Frank Gabriel for realizing his lifelong dream of climbing Tanzania’s 19,331-foot Mount Kilimanjaro. On one good knee. At the age of 71.

Some people talk, others do. Gabriel is clearly a doer. We titled the piece, “One heck of a trek,” and it was certainly that.

In the column just below the mountainclimbing account, Nathalie Hardy shared her tale of a retiree of a different stripe. Resident of a retirement center with a pool proudly welcoming guests, he loosed a stream of expletives at some youngsters enjoying the water under the watchful eyes of their parents.

It takes all kinds to make a world. Here’s betting we’ll never hear of Mr. Grumpy climbing anything taller than the second story of his retirement home. He ranks about 19,000 rungs below Gabriel on our pantheon.

The previous Friday, the day’s news brought us further details from the sordid realm of Bend resident John Ryan and his Mac partner.

Ryan was riding high as head of a medical services association claiming 600 physician members. Then, according to a criminal indictment, he allegedly solicited a local woman to have sex with a dog. What produces such a sick and twisted thought process?

The same issue brought us word of a pair of spirited Mac women planning to embark on a 10,000-mile, 48-state trek on their bikes. And a history-minded Sheridan woman who’s made it her life’s work to rescue, restore, read and honor diaries penned by our ancestors.

In today’s edition, you will find a brief on the death, by her own hand, of former News-Register Business Editor Molly Walker. You will also find a more robust account of the mark she made in McMinnville during her time here.

She was kind, thoughtful and upbeat with everyone. She was pure joy to work with.

Suicide at 56 is beyond our power to reconcile. We are good at chronicling the what, but the why sometimes eludes us.



Kudos, N-R. I know these editorials are offered as a collaborative work, but somebody had to acutally write it. This is well done. I appreciate your service to this community.


Thanks. Much appreciated.

Steve Bagwell, Managing Editor

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