June 30 marks 75 years since the end of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an organization that also fought fires, improved timber, irrigation, wildlife protection in Oregon

Editorials

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 ...

Set a summer goal to experience the variety of community events

This just in for the summer: Yamhill is expecting more hot July nights. Sheridan is a small town with big dreams. Carlton has a serious case of the blues on the horizon. But don’t feel bad for Carlton. ...

Good intentions run amok in OR Medicaid expansion

There is a disheartening similarity to the revelations of government fraud and waste arising periodically in Oregon. Typical elements include the sudden creation or massive expansion of a well-intended ...

Time to expose GOP blinders on universal health care coverage

The United States’ founding document deemed “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” inalienable rights.  Former president Barack Obama must have had this in mind as he sought ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: June 23, 2017

Letters from Whitney Rich, Frank Mitchell, Ramsey McPhillips, Robin Zimmerman, Merilyn Reeves, Cameron Urnes, Liz Marlia-Stein and Alan Wenner.

Letters to the Editor: June 16, 2017

Letters from Dawn Tedder, Lee Vasquez, Fred Fawcett, David Terry and Kathy Beckwith

Can Stock photo / Graphic by N-R staff.

 
Letters to the Editor: Responses to Riverbend commentary

[Editor’s Note: Last week’s Viewpoints article by Paul Burns, “Riverbend’s story takes more than 140 letters,” generated a spirited response from readers in opposition to ...

Letters to the Editor: June 9Don Stackpole, 2017

Letters from Don Stackpole, Susan Meredith, Kathleen Bernards, Kris Bledsoe, Alisa Owen, Dan Katz, Dan Hilbert, Steven Roberts, Steve Sommerfeld, Lisa Bear, Elmer M. Werth and Milo Nakamura





Letters to the Editor: June 2, 2017

Letters from Toni Schroeder, Viamae McKnight, Darren Nettrouer, Gail Craven, David Terry and Robert E. Mason.

Letters to the Editor: May 19, 2017

Letters from Craig Pubols, Gene White and Robert E. Mason

Letters to the Editor: May 12, 2017

Letters from Katherine Martin, Fred Fawcett, Sheila Hunter, June Horowitz, Dan Katz, David Larson, Janis Braich and Larry Vollmer

Letters to the Editor: May 5, 2017

Letters from Jane Kristof, John Moehl, Alisa Owen, Scott Gibson, Steve Patterson and Michael J. Hampton.

Letters to the Editor: April 28, 2017

Letters from Scott Phoenix, Katie Kulla, Tom Vail, Elizabeth Van Staaveren, Liz Marlia-Stein, Jerry Hart and Zack Geary.

Letters to the Editor: April 21, 2017

Letters from Suzanna Sandoval, Craig Mellgren, Kathy Beckwith, Mike Sullivan, Heidi Sumner, Kris J. Olsen and Melvin Nysser





Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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Tom Emery: CCC helped millions

June 30 marks 75 years since the end of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an organization that also fought fires, improved timber, irrigation, wildlife protection in Oregon

Jeb Bladine: Time to move the sidewalk bedroom

McMinnville is experiencing some fallout from political correctness. Uncomfortable with offensive labels, we have created a homogeneous concept known as “The Homeless.” Compassion for human ...

Jeb Bladine: Americans in dark on health care law

Our national attention suffers from a scattershot effect that features one high-profile news cycle after another. We leap from travel ban appeals to climate change treaties; from Russian hacking to deadly ...

 
Paul Burns: Riverbend’s story takes more than 140 characters

A provocative tweet can travel around the globe in seconds or land on the front page in minutes. But for the important civic issues confronting our local community, the conversations rarely fit in 140 ...

Jeb Bladine: Former FBI chief takes center stage

I’m all in with this week’s testimony by former FBI Director James Comey. It’s 7 a.m. Thursday; Comey just started his Senate testimony; and my column deadline is in two hours. The stage ...

 
Beth Dell: McMinnville bags it better

They have been called “plastic tumbleweeds.” (New York Times, Feb, 2017) They blow along our highways, snag on wild berry canes, contaminate our hay bales, float up to our stunning Oregon beaches, ...

Jeb Bladine: Beware risks of muscle memory

Drivers in downtown McMinnville need to leave their muscle memory behind and pay close attention to new traffic patterns and controls. Citywide transportation bond projects became reality this week with ...

Rich Lowry: Don’t fear the robots

We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot. A wave of fear over automation is driving dire predictions about robots rendering swaths of Americans unemployable and has created a vogue for outlandishly ...

Others Say: Lawmakers must focus on stabilizing state’s future

Lawmakers must focus on stabilizing state’s future On the surface, it appeared the recent revenue forecast of an additional $187 million to flow into Oregon’s coffers was good news. But the ...

Jeb Bladine: Slave cabins convey sense of our history

We winced in early May when President Donald Trump declared achieving Middle East peace is “not as difficult as people have thought over the years.” Days later, we shuddered when the president ...

 
Lata Nott: Why social media keeps failing us

Attempts to improve modern online communication may be wrapped in false hope

 
Jeb Bladine: Memories emerge from vintage photos

Margaret Carriker Assmussen told me we must continue printing the weekly Vintage News-Register photos, saying she regularly mails them to a family member who enjoys the nostalgia triggered by images from ...

Others say: NEW DHS boss faces a tough task

Is there a tougher, more frustrating job in all of Oregon state government than serving as the head of the Department of Human Services? If so, we’re not sure we want to hear about it, considering ...

 
Alene Jacobs: Glimmers of hope

Drug courts make significant difference in community battles with drug addiction

Jeb Bladine: The great gift of a second chance

Second chances are great to get, but even more important to give. Our newspaper received a second chance from a long-time reader who had let her subscription lapse due to negative reporting and commentary ...

 
Jeff Knapp: Enhancing transportation

With more visitors to wine country each year, how can we improve ways in which tourists get around?

Jeb Bladine: A ‘disorderly mind’ ponders Civil War

Every day, it seems, we confront the mental gymnastics of President Donald Trump. George F. Will provided presidential perspective this week in his column entitled, “We have a president who does ...

Others Say: Trump, timber and trade

Many Americans in extractive industries, and in the regions dependent on them, voted for Donald Trump. These regions — whether in Appalachia or Southern Oregon — are among the poorest in the ...

Others Say: Richardson's redistricting idea deserves a look

There’s almost nothing more partisan than deciding the boundaries of Oregon’s political districts. The boundaries of 30 state Senate seats, 60 state House seats and Oregon’s congressional ...

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