It’s heartening to see, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, growing skepticism about how Facebook handles data and data privacy. But we should take this opportunity to ask the bigger, ...

Editorials

Bonamici dwarfs her 1st district opposition

When Suzanne Bonamici made her first run for Congress in 2012, she faced two formidable Democratic primary opponents in fellow state Rep. Brad Witt and state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. After dispatching ...

The stakes are too high to beat a retreat on bags

Tuesday’s front page was topped by a pair of stories on efforts to cope with solid waste, a byproduct of growing global consumerism. At first glance, the two topics seemed unrelated — keeping ...

All that glitters isn’t gubernatorial

On the state level, the governor’s race probably will earn top billing in the general election. However, not so much in the primary. We’ve not been overly impressed with Democratic incumbent ...

It’s time county tried looking forward instead of backward

Former Yamhill County Commissioner Kathy George sent a letter in today’s section taking Commissioner Rick Olson to task over a recent exchange with his colleagues. Olson has suggested the county ...

Starrett’s commitment deserves a re-election

It isn’t often we find ourselves aligned with Oregon Right to Life, the Oregon Firearms Federation, Oregonians in Action, the Taxpayer Association of Oregon and other outfits of such pronounced conservative ...

City can weigh study’s value by embracing its to-do list

When you visit the doctor, and receive a clean bill of health, how do you react? Do you applaud your good fortune or lament wasting money on tests turning up nothing of note? No matter what the doctor ...

Tap Primozich, Rojas for November runoff

All four candidates for Position 1 on the county board of commissioners are serious about their campaigns, reflected in a set of uniformly thoughtful and engaging editorial board presentations. We don’t ...

Republicans in House District 23 need Bledsoe’s radical moderation

The state of Oregon isn’t in a good place. It faces an ongoing Public Employee Retirement System financial crisis; some of the lowest high school graduation rates in the nation; repeat episodes of ...

Early start essential in a digital economy

The McMinnville School District’s expansion into pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds — now being offered at three schools, as detailed in a set of stories this week — represents ...

Let’s hear it for conversation without a screen to intervene

Are you comfortable with remote device-assisted communication substituting for face-to-face conversation? Think of all the aspects of a good conversation, including deeper focus, eye-to-eye contact and ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: April 20, 2018

Letters from Barbara Curtis, Kourtney Ferrua, Shirley Ward Mullen, Zach Larsen, John Englebrecht, Phil Newman, Michael Roberson, Steve Harloff, Peter Vetter, Dennis Carmody and Darrell King.

Letters to the Editor: April 13, 2018

Letters from Kathy George, Jeff Flake, Annette Madrid, Mary Macey, Terry Willard, Mick Forlines, Larry Treadwell, Fred Fawcett and Mary Novak

Letters to the Editor: April 6, 2018

Letters from Martha O'Donnell, Gayle Campbell, Melvin Nysser, Patrick McGee, Jim Frelka, Margaret Cross, Alecia Juber, Anita VanDatta, Sheila Hunter and Alisa Owen.

Letters to the Editor: March 31, 2018

Where were the Mac students? On March 24, I attended the March for Our Lives in McMinnville. Considering it was cold and rainy, we had a good turnout. However, very few high school students participated ...

Letters to the Editor: March 23, 2018

NRA not on our side I’ve had it with the NRA. The NRA showed its true colors when it filed suit against the people of Florida for raising the age to purchase firearms. NRA = No Responsible Action. President ...

Letters to the Editor: March 16, 2018

Coastal drilling too dangerous Just say no to “Drill, baby, drill!” Recent talk has us authorizing drilling off all our coastlines. I know Sen.s Merkley and Wyden are opposed, but I’m ...

Letters to the Editor: March 9, 2018

Saving the neighborhood There’s been a lot said and written recently about individuals living in RVs on Doran Drive. My wife and I bought a new house on Hidden Meadow Drive in 2015. It backs up ...

Letters to the Editor: March 2, 2018

Off-balance, ill-researched I was disheartened to read the off-balanced, ill-researched “Immigration sweeps” commentary of Feb. 16, which compared the brave men and women enforcing our immigration ...

Letters to the Editor: February 23, 2018

End Oregon’s sanctuary policy On May 1, 2013, Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law a bill to grant illegal aliens official Oregon driver cards. As soon as the ink was dry, Oregonians for Immigration ...

Letters to the Editor: February 16, 2018

Light timing spot-on I want to compliment the workers and planners who set the timing of the traffic lights on Second Street, at both Adams and Baker street intersections.I cross those intersections almost ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

Editorial cartoons do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of the News-Register.

Jeb Bladine: Bag charge seems like gentle reminder

An editorial today urges the city of McMinnville to stand firm with the 5-cent charge on paper bags at retail locations. It’s a “ho-hum” issue for some people, but others maintain it’s ...

 
Rachel Goodman: Facebook targeting threatens civil liberties

It’s heartening to see, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, growing skepticism about how Facebook handles data and data privacy. But we should take this opportunity to ask the bigger, ...

 
Jim LeTourneux: Oregon could sustain twice today’s timber cut

Chances are most of you know little about today’s timber industry, beyond impressions left from viewing loaded log trucks headed through town or finished lumber delivered to lumber yards or construction ...

Jeb Bladine: Sharing a passion for museum mission

In August 2016, when Steve Down agreed to donate $10.68 million to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, the museum promised to “appropriately acknowledge contributions of The Falls at McMinnville ...

 
Dr. Seamus McCarthy and Jenn Richter: Creating a community that instills resilience and hope

All the odds are stacked against 5-year-old Katrina, a composite for the 4,979 children served by the Yamhill Coordinated Care Organization’s Early Learning Hub and partner agencies. Katrina and ...

Jeb Bladine: Expensive lessons in complex litigation

When reporting on complex litigation, we realize there’s a lot of lawyering between headlines. Most of that legal maneuvering goes unreported to the general public, but reading the court documents ...

 
Michal Wert: Roadside vegetation critical for native species

The landscape explorers encountered in the Willamette Valley in the early 19th century bears little resemblance to the landscape today. A last refuge of a once-extensive prairie landscape remains along ...

 
Jeb Bladine: Digital giants using private information

Revelations about digital invasions of personal privacy represent warnings too long ignored. The Guardian, a British newspaper that circulates extensively in the UK and U.S., set the scene for us in 2014: “Google ...

 
Emma Nolan: A look at foster care from the inside

I was 15 years old when I was placed in foster care for the first time. It was the day before Halloween, four days before my 16th birthday. The host family’s four kids, ages 2 to 10, were in their ...

Jeb Bladine: Parking study puts light on challenges

There’s much to like about McMinnville’s Downtown Strategic Parking Management Plan, now pending city council adoption. At best, however, it is a good start … a framework for challenging ...

Ron Noble: A local take on 2018 legislative session

Although representatives were limited to introducing two bills, and senators just one, 260 measures were introduced during Oregon’s recently concluded 2018 legislative session. The House passed ...

Brian J. Hunhoff: Flushing truth down an Oval hole

“Captain Jack” Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures.

Known as “The Poet Scout,” this is the final stanza of his 1889 poem, “Truth” —

Jeb Bladine: Evergeen-related stories still swirling

People have asked about the lack of recent updates on various sagas still swirling around the Evergreen campus. The best answer is legal conflicts evolve slowly, often with lengthy gaps between newsworthy ...

 
Thompson Morrison: Mustering the courage to re-imagine education

The world is changing. Fast. We are transitioning, at breakneck speed, from an industrial economy to an innovation economy. Soon, more than half of all jobs we have today will no longer exist. They will ...

 
Cassie Sollars: Broader background checks a point of consensus?

The nation’s collective grief felt tragically and achingly familiar after last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Fourteen students and three teachers ...

Matt Nelson: The collected moments of 50 years

Friday night, I went to Gallery Theater for the opening night of “The Wizard of Oz.”

In my youth, it was called Gallery Players. I grew up doing shows there. It’s been 23 years since I walked through those doors, but everything came whooshing back.

 

Jeb Bladine: President ignores consequence ‘laws’

At press time Thursday, we were awaiting word on President Donald Trump’s plan for tariffs on steel (25 percent) and almuminum (10 percent). Earlier in the week, bending to diverse pressures, Trump ...

Jeb Bladine: Counting stripes a path to patience

Patience appears on many lists of our most important virtues, but it’s not exactly a human norm. Roadways are filled with impatient people. To best see that impatience in action, just follow the ...

 
Scott and Melody Gibson: Vietnam - Lightning in a Bottle

After a brief recent visit, we have concluded today’s Vietnam is much like lightning in a bottle. Its people are ambitious, industrious, highly educated, largely young and eager to show what they ...

Web Design & Web Development by LVSYS