Reorganization shouldn’t curb Mac’s disaster prep efforts

There is some subtle irony in the public objections raised in response to McMinnville’s decision to cut its half-time emergency management coordinator position.  After all, isn’t one ...

Budget, PERS and transportation demand plan with broad buy-in

The Oregon Legislature is facing a general fund shortfall of $1.4 billion, a Public Employees Retirement System shortfall of $21 billion and a transportation system deficit, harder to estimate with any ...

There’s no excuse for inmate’s painful death

Let’s make one thing clear from the outset. Joshua Mulbreght and Zachary Chronister are each serving more than six years, Mulbreght for manslaughter and Chronister for assault, for the Yamhill County ...

Patience is the watchword as we watch our tax investment pay off

Construction continues apace throughout McMinnville, and for downtown drivers and pedestrians, it’s creating a war-zone atmosphere in some locales.That situation will expand Monday, when demolition ...

Left does itself no favors by allowing fringe to run amok

Increasingly in recent years, Republican Party leaders have shirked their moral responsibility to condemn dark, ugly fringe elements of their base — fascists, racists, Nazis, militiamen, Klansmen, ...

For now, the gross receipts tax appears to be only plan in play

The governor and Legislature are battling on two fronts to balance the state budget for the next biennium. On the first, the government has no choice but to curb spending. The Oregon Constitution requires ...

Linfield fumbled opportunity to embrace free exchange of ideas

Linfield College’s administration, faculty and student body didn’t come off very well this week in their hyperbolic response to a guest speaker lined up by the nascent Young Americans for Liberty ...

When addicts and families talk all the rest of us need to listen

Following a report on a recent town hall meeting with state legislators, the News-Register received a stern rebuke for not including comments about the need for funding drug addiction services.  As ...

On-farm pot production follows a familiar path

Historically, growing and processing consumables were separate functions performed by separate means, in separate locations, by separate parties. And never the twain did meet. The farmer grew corn, beans, ...

Effective people control perhaps key to efficient animal control

Regulation of cats and dogs in the community first requires regulation of their owners. And history shows us that can be as difficult as wrangling a rebellious stray from the sidewalk. The McMinnville ...

Roberts, Benner deserve a return to Mac school board

Zach Dotson, candidate for the McMinnville School Board’s Position 1, is thoughtful, articulate, community-minded and could provide a complementary voice to the board. So is retiree Vernon V.J. Adams, ...

Small-town newpaper’s Pulitzer  celebrated by peers everywhere

As if 21st century journalism weren’t challenging enough already, community newspapers frequently have to battle being lumped in with national web, broadcast and print outlets. As President Trump ...

Say no to litigation that tramples the little guy

For almost 50 years, records compiled or acquired by a public agency in this state — any type of agency at any level, from a lowly cemetery district to the Oregon Supreme Court — have been ...

Agreement to keep Warrior mascot a better, but still imperfect, solution

The fate of Native American mascots in Oregon is being settled one-by-one. Amity High School is one of 15 facing a July 1 deadline to either change mascots, face penalties, or, as Amity has chosen, enter ...

Mac schools take the lead in testing for radon hazard

The 2015 Legislature enacted a law requiring school districts to submit radon testing plans by the fall of 2016 and carry them out by the end of 2020. But the McMinnville School District proceeded to ...

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