Casinos's pursuit of MIllennials may not be on sound footing

Casinos around the country are rushing to introduce skill-based machines and eSports options to their gaming floors, all in the name of attracting millennials who aren’t embracing traditional slot ...

Death penalty so elusive pursuit is pointless here

We can think of no more deserving candidate for the death penalty than our own Jeffery Dana Sparks — the serial sex offender who raped and murdered 12-year-old Lacey Renee Robancho after her bike ...

There’s no sound reason for decimating Medicaid

Voters are facing something unusual Jan. 23 — a referendum challenging a $320 million health care assessment approved by the 2017 Legislature. It’s on the ballot as Measure 101, with a yes ...

Letters of 2017 reflect county all over the map

While the News-Register rarely strays into national news, fully a fourth of all the letters to the editor we received in 2017 referenced Donald Trump — perhaps illustrating what former Speaker of ...

New tax law increases need to support local organizations

While there remain a few hours in 2017, you might want to get charitable contributions in under the wire for tax purposes — and, of course, for the feeling of making a positive difference in your ...

Don't worry about your privacy, it disappeared a long time ago

Many people are genuinely concerned about encroachments on their privacy. It is hard to soothe their apprehensions when it often seems our every move is being monitored and recorded on one high-tech device ...

Phase 1 adds capacity; much more is needed

It required vision and a whole lot of persistence for a section of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass to be completed.  As with any major infrastructure project, contention, compromise and criticism played ...

Local United Way support lacking in both directions

Think of United Way funding these days like being married to a millionaire undergoing a mid-life crisis. You thought you could always count on him to support you in the lifestyle to which you have become ...

Plenty of options on PERS, given the will and courage

McMinnville Rep. Ron Noble has a better idea. So does Bend Rep. Gene Whisnant. So do other critics of Oregon’s overly generous and easily gamed Public Employees Retirement System, whose unfunded ...

Victims enduring rape exams deserve swift, certain testing

Last December, Juliette Simmons filed a report with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office alleging she had been drugged and raped by an acquaintance in during a Mount Hood ski trip. She said she ...

Immigration agents muzzle critics in the ‘land of the free’

When an undocumented immigrant named Yesenia shared her story with the News-Register in February, she feared a simple unpaid parking ticket might expose her to immigration agents and thus separate her ...

City could use substance in its eco-friendly moves

The McMinnville City Council’s Tuesday night decision to divert municipal waste to an out-of-state landfill arrived with a hefty dose of self-congratulation all around. But the city needs to embrace ...

There’s no real reform in any of the tax plans now in play

After nearly a year-long litany of dashed dreams, the Trump administration appears desperate for a legislative victory it can savor on Fox and Twitter. And cutting taxes has long been considered a virtually ...

Citizens should be free from offensive litter

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We get that. But when one man’s treasure begins to accumulate in unsightly heaps, creep into road right of way, encroach on neighboring property, ...

Runaway campaign spending helps fuel alarming government spending

The state Legislature’s Committee Days event, staged last week, produced plenty of hot topics. At the top of that list is a January special election measure to determine whether we fully implement ...

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