Answers don’t come easily in torrent of child sex cases

Gut-churning acts of child sexual abuse seem to have become all too common. Our files are chock full of examples, even though we reserve fuller accounts for the worst of the lot. Christopher Lewis, who ...

Successes can keep piling up with full-time fair manager

If you’re in need of an uplifting story of government in action — especially one steeped in rural Americana — peruse recent archives of the Yamhill County Fair. It turned a corner with ...

Homeless issues not just the government’s problem

People sometimes enter McMinnville City Council chambers as it were the grand hall of the Great and Powerful Oz, seeking solutions they hope can be magically bestowed. Unfortunately, councils cannot be ...

Bills improve public records,  but fix needed to move ahead

Public records bills recently passed allows Oregonians to believe their elected officials are serious about systematically improving their constituents’ access to government information.  Unfortunately, ...

Oregon wise to warn Big Brother not to spy

A house somewhere in the area may or may not have been burglarized recently, but the Neighborhood Watch commander has a plan to keep everyone safe nevertheless. He wants all the neighbors to provide him ...

Odds grow longer against Riverbend expansion plan

When the 87-acre Riverbend Landfill embarked on an expansion bid almost 10 years ago, its Texas overseers had no idea what they were getting into. We did. That led us to contend, “You’re too ...

Metro West should pull over in county lawsuit

Consumers should have the choice between Coke and Pepsi or Cap’n Crunch and Lucky Charms. Such is the free enterprise system. Ambulance service, however, is not the same as breakfast cereals. Perhaps ...

Celebrate freedom on America’s birthday by respecting others’

Bombs bursting in air and embers setting bushes aflame. Hot dogs loaded topped with mustard and relish and scared dogs hiding beneath the blanket.The birthday celebration for the United State of America ...

Affordable housing pilot project could lead to creative solutions

The McMinnville City Council last week discussed a package of state laws passed last year to combat the shortage of affordable housing plaguing Oregon, particularly in rural areas. Among them was a bill ...

A pass on prosecution can't be construed as vindication

Dear John:We can appreciate the heartfelt relief you and Cylvia must feel, now that a three-year FBI investigation has concluded no one in the Kitzhaber household warrants criminal prosecution in federal ...

No time to let off the gas; press on with the bypass

A Tuesday story headlined, “Business and civic leaders seek bypass money,” appears at number 951 in a search of our online archives using the keywords “Dundee” and “bypass.” And ...

Homeless activity downtown is rising to an alarming level

Homelessness in McMinnville’s downtown “living room” is reaching levels that demand action by city government and the community it serves. The volume of seedy vagrant activity is rising ...

State care facility reporting is nowhere near up to snuff

Nursing homes are pretty much all the same, right? How much difference could it make, really? Well, consider this: In the last 10 years, the 37-bed Brookdale McMinnville Westside has received 125 complaints ...

Agri-tourism issue not fully settled, but case-by-case system is working

The recent application of the Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery for on-site tasting approval fostered some oh-so-common opposition, much of which can be tossed aside, but also positive and useful big-picture ...

Responsibility for racist hate runs to the top

The fatal act of white supremacist terrorism perpetrated on a Portland train Friday will not soon be forgotten, at least not by anyone who can muster an ounce of compassion. The horror will reverberate ...

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