Trail won’t go anywhere  without communication

“There seems to be considerable discord between the town, or rather some factions of the town, and the surrounding country. This should be adjusted. Get together. Harmony is what we want, and harmony ...

Boquist unafraid to take stand in memory of son lost to suicide

Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, Democrat from Portland, is probably as closely associated with efforts to curb gun violence as any Oregon legislator. So her sponsorship of this year’s gun control ...

Thoughtful scheduling, legislating both needed

Oregon labor’s highest priority for the 2017 Legislature, the predictive scheduling mandate embodied in Senate Bill 828, contains the seed of a good idea. Unfortunately, it buries that seed in a ...

Justice system works to alleviate misery when unthinkable occurs

It’s difficult to find solace in the wake of a tragedy as stomach-churning as one occurring last week in Northeast McMinnville. For those related to the victims or perpetrator of a bloody local ...

The rush from racing not worth a lifetime of regret

The decisions made by two young men to engage in a high-speed street-racing episode will forever haunt a number of local families. Jeremy Hopper and Andrew Olsen were seeking thrills and bragging rights ...

Think health care is complicated? What about border wall-building?

The nonsense flowing from D.C. these days never seems to end. One of the latest has the Trump administration cutting Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency funding 11 percent to help pay ...

Federal powers known to ignore states’ rights

Is the Trump administration about to bring the long arm of the law to bear against the recreational marijuana industry, newly decriminalized in eight states, but still illegal on the federal level? Press ...

State bill would curb drug costs, but who’s the real beneficiary?

According to the Milliman Medical Index, the pre-insurance cost of health care for the typical American family has more than tripled since the turn of the 21st century, rising from $8,414 in 2001 to $25,826 ...

Single-family crucial in affordable housing drive

Commendably, McMinnville’s well-publicized struggles with homelessness have led the city to make affordable housing one of its most urgent and heartfelt priorities. Not so commendably, some elements ...

Immigration policy needs civil discourse, not ridicule, diatribe

Donald Trump’s immigration policies are beginning to hit home, which have people on edge, to the point of triggering rumored U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. One such example arose ...

Corrections necessary if fiction corrupts facts

The effects of social media and other tools of today’s internet are turning the information age into what might be better termed the disinformation age.  The rumor mill has, of course, been ...

Don’t leave higher ed behind in a rush to better fund K-12

Oregon’s dominant Democrats have been sounding the alarm about the future of K-12 school funding since Nov. 8. On that day, their widely ballyhooed revenue plan died at the hands of voters, who ...

Springfield's second chair appears good fit for McMinnville

If you ignore the recent short-lived tenure of retired Air Force Gen. Martha Meeker, embracing a new city manager is something we undertake only every quarter century or so. We had the Joe Dancer era, ...

Editorial: Respite center can fill needed gap in improving public care

The future of America’s national health care system is very much undecided. But we continue to make foundational progress in how community care is delivered to the publicly insured population in ...

Editorial: Local actions remind us of our shared humanity

Precise numbers are impossible to calculate, of course, but an estimated 3 million people reportedly marched worldwide Jan. 21 to support human rights and express concern over the fate of those rights ...

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