We picture the writer alone at the desk, perhaps banging a head against a keyboard, nothing on the page printed for the eventual book on the shelf. But this is not how most books or writing come to life. ...

Editorials

Recent job losses lend urgency to efforts to draw new industry

The recent sequence of job reductions in Yamhill County is worthy of some concern. Hopefully, it will spur a renewed effort on the part of local leaders, in both the public and private sectors, to make ...

Oregon's independent voices need to be heard

The Motor Voter Act, which Democrats rammed through on a straight party-line vote last year, promises to prove a win-win for them. It not only will swell voter rolls with youthful and often disengaged ...

Museum's bankruptcy filing raises some cause for concern

Filing for bankruptcy was the logical course of action for the Michael King Smith Foundation, in order to avoid a sheriff’s foreclosure auction on the courthouse steps. But it was hardly a predetermined ...

County should adopt set of specific goals

Annual goal-setting is something McMinnville’s mayor, city manager and city councilors undertake most seriously. They devote many hours each January — almost seven this year, in the course ...

Bag of big-ticket items not what voters were promised

In 2010, we supported Measure 71, which created a new 25-day legislative session in even-numbered years. At the time we believed the additional session would “allow approximately one month the following ...

Bankruptcy the best bet for long-lasting museum

Filing for bankruptcy is deeply imbued with negative connotations. But in the cases of the McMinnville troika of Evergreen International Aviation, Evergreen Vintage Aircraft and the Michael King Smith ...

It's way past time to rein in runway energy boondoggle

The Oregon Department of Energy, charged with encouraging conservation of conventional sources and development of renewable alternatives, went about its task quietly and commendably for decades. But the ...

If we pull together in harmony, no problem ever looms too large

Next week, volunteers will do their best to tally an official count of the local homeless population. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the county to conduct such a count every ...

Clash over bypass interchange doesn't require state involvement

Here’s our take on the northern terminus of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass: With no perfect option available, all routes — Springbrook Road to 99W in Newberg, McKay Road via Highway 219 and, yes, ...

Affordable housing crisis demands united rent and wage action

Another newspaper recently opined: “Portland has a housing problem ... There are too few apartments, and the units that are available rent for more than local incomes can support. Rents have climbed ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 12, 2016

Commissioners back militants I am thrilled with the level of representation by our Yamhill County commissioners. They’re certainly not going to be limited by the moderation of one of our concerned ...

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 5, 2016

Board sides with militants Are there other News-Register readers who see the irony among the various stories in last Friday’s paper? Our esteemed county commissioners once again governed (and I ...

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 29, 2016

Small-town values I am writing to thank two people for an act of kindness that was displayed Jan. 23 in McMinnville. My wife and I were shopping and went through the ATM at U.S. Bank to withdraw funds. ...

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 22, 2016

Let there be lights I want to extend my appreciation to the city of McMinnville for leaving our city lit up throughout the extent of the holiday season. Some of us love to celebrate all 12 days of Christmas, ...

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 15, 2016

Feds sell out to meatheads The Dietary Guidelines for Americans released this week by U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services mark the ninth time in a row that the meat industry ...

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 8, 2016

Letters by Fred Fawcett, Jeff Flake, Curtis L. Jenson and Imon Pilcher

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 31, 2015

Services appreciated I would like to thank the Department of Health and Human Services of Yamhill County. I am now at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem and have become an advocate for mentally ill people ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 24, 2015

Lions offer thanks This is an open letter to the citizens of Yamhill County to say thank you for the tremendous support of the McMinnville Lions Chrismas tree sale held at Colvin Auto Center. Every dollar ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 18, 2015

Please don’t feed the terrorists In the war of words about the war on ISIS, some of the presidential candidates seem to be clawing their way to the bottom to give the simplest, most destructively ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 11, 2015

Quarterback shows character Linfield football coach Joseph Smith was right when he said “our program is based on values and character” after last Saturday’s win over Mary-Hardin Baylor. ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

Jeb Bladine: The PERS question: Asked and answered

Seventeen years ago in this space, I posed a question: “How long will Oregonians accept the excessive cost of the Public Employees Retirement System, which produces benefits that far outstrip those ...

 
Emily Grosvenor: A leap forward in creativity

We picture the writer alone at the desk, perhaps banging a head against a keyboard, nothing on the page printed for the eventual book on the shelf. But this is not how most books or writing come to life. ...

 
Dave Robinson: Principles of disaster prep

Call them core values, immutable truths or life rules; I feel one must form his or her own personal “prepper philosophy.” The following 10 principles I’ve developed are a work in progress. ...

Jeb Bladine: Congress dives into drug-cost scandals

Nationwide scandals about rising drug costs are unfolding in two congressional hearings this week. Wednesday, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs began inquiry into profiteering charges involving ...

 
Nick Walton: The power of the Schnecken

We produce a product not necessary for the sustenance of human life. That was the realization I had, sitting on the floor of our kitchen, crying with my wife one night the first winter our coffeehouse ...

Jeb Bladine: Minimum wage? How about reducing COL?

Liberal politicians, union interests and many well-intended citizens want Oregon’s minimum wage raised by 50-60 percent. Like so much political noise, however, it’s a proposal made behind blinders ...

 
Seamus McCarthy: Transformative wellbeing

“Pain is different for each person.” Sadly, Chris Trunde knows the subject well, from personal experience. From a childhood automobile accident, from arthritis and from his 48 years of living, ...

Jeb Bladine: Palin re-emerges as a newsmaker

Regrettably, Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump was big news this week. New York Times reporters Alan Rappeport and Maggie Haberman, dripping with etiquette, portrayed Palin as a political ...

Tom Hastings: Cruzing for love

“We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out!” — Ted “Aspirational War Criminal” Cruz OK, carpet ...

 
Michael Crabtree: A healthier Miller Woods

The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (district) completed a much needed thinning project at our Miller Woods property last summer. Managing a forest for the overall health of the trees, understory ...

Jeb Bladine: Attention spans continue to shrink

If one thing is clear — and I’m not sure anything truly is clear these days — it’s that our attention spans have grown dangerously short. Some blame 24/7 news programming, while ...

 
Kathy Beckwith - Breaking the habit of war

Have people given up on “Peace on Earth?” When January rolls around, do we pack the words away with the decorations for another year, and assume it’s a nice, but unlikely, concept? Perhaps ...

Jeb Bladine: By all means, don't tamper with the 2nd

Although I prefer congressional legislation to unilateral executive decree, I understand President Obama’s frustration. Despite the ongoing slaughter, Congress refuses any common sense action seeking ...

 
Ellie Gunn: Building community one block at a time

Last summer I was alone most of the time as my husband was on a long distance hike on the Pacific Northwest Trail. My neighbors helped me with various garden chores, and I only had to text someone if I ...

Jeb Bladine: Smallest stories can be the biggest

It’s time again to look back on the year’s news and remember some high profile stories. Sometimes, however, the biggest stories are the smallest. It’s hard to argue with various selections ...

 
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

[Much of the holiday season traditions are repeated each year, from watching favorite movies to singing timeless carols. In the newspaper industry, there is no tradition that can hold a candle to that ...

Jeb Bladine: Growing MacHub, one donor at a time

The MacHub project has been growing, one donor at a time, since Dec. 1. You can join that donor list the hard way: Go through the hundreds of items accumulated on your shelves and tabletops, in cabinets ...

 
Steve Macy: Say yes for our kids

In May of 2016, the McMinnville School District Board of Directors will ask voters to support the passage of a facilities bond measure. This measure was recommended by the Long Range Facilities Task Force, ...

Jeb Bladine: Marijuana 'horse' may be out the door

The state of Oregon is going to operate separate, complex regulatory systems for medical and recreational marijuana. There are justifications for a dual system, but pitfalls if it reduces safety for recreational ...

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