Parking poses a challenge, but it's not insurmountable

Eventually, McMinnville is going to have to acquire a suitable site for a second downtown parking structure and raise the money to fund construction. Already, the Atticus Hotel and Allegory Brewery are ...

Small steps make some progress in addressing housing issue

The old saying goes, “It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.” In McMinnville’s case, city officials have broken out the candles, but are still stumbling around in the ...

Linfield facing challenges, but seems poised to prevail

America’s private four-year colleges have been buffeted by gale force winds of change. They face the risk of increasing marginalization, as a dwindling number of college graduates pursue a proliferating ...

Basic planning and preparation make big difference in a crisis

Recognition of September as Emergency Preparedness Month this year is met with myriad scenes of destruction, caused primarily by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Though the storms struck the other side of ...

Congress now last resort for nation’s Dreamers

Former President Barack Obama was the architect of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, designed to grant a safe haven to children who didn’t enter the U.S. of their own volition and ...

Lack of compromise on all sides fueling increased wildfire activity

The Gorge ablaze might be the defining image of this year’s fire season, at least in our neck of the woods. We’re experiencing yet another devastating batch of forest fires this season, and ...

Hyperbole distorting suicide measure facts

According to the Second Amendment News, Silence is Consent, Truth or Fiction, The Gun Collective, GunsAmerica, Guns.com and other voices for the taking-up-arms crowd, which seems to specialize is whipping ...

Christian call for inclusion, tolerance, strikes right note for all Americans

In a politically divisive climate, intolerance from competing sides makes forging compromise and finding common ground — really the only way to accomplish things in society — increasingly difficult ...

Lodging tax for roads worth a look, if legal

No prudent office-holder plunges blindly forward with a new tax proposal. But Yamhill County Commissioners Stan Primozich and Rick Olson seem well justified in their desire to place a transient lodging ...

Crusade for local immigration enforcement is self-defeating

The next time there is a community theater production of “Les Misérables,” state Rep. Mike Nearman would make a splendid Inspector Javert. Nearman, like Javert, is fixated on the letter ...

All hail the eclipse of 2017; may it be sunny for all

A modern translation of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes informs us: “What has been will be again,what has been done will be done again;there is nothing new under the sun.” And so it ...

Signs of the times don’t have to get mired in overwhelming grief

A little encouragement can go a long way, whether the target is a down-and-out neighbor or a nation in the middle of an identity crisis.  Last week’s race-fueled rallies in Charlottesville, ...

Contention, compromise led to Mac sign ordinance

In McMinnville, aesthetics matter. We hold dearly the imagery of rolling vineyard hills, a tree-lined downtown historic district, the iconic Spruce Goose looking down from a gleaming glass facade, and ...

McMinnville’s can-do attitude paying big dividends these days

Like virtually every other place on the planet, McMinnville has experienced plenty of boom and bust cycles over the years. But to the community’s credit, it has never been content to ease back and ...

Tragic jail deaths curb public’s trust in sheriff

On Oct. 17, 2014, we wrote, “(Tim) Svenson remains the only reasonable choice for Yamhill County sheriff.” On Feb. 6, 2015, we followed, “Svenson off to good start as new sheriff.” But ...

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