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Editorials

Pot not the only drug deserving a spotlight

The state of Oregon — and much of the nation, for that matter — has been wrapped up in discussion of pot. Unfortunately, that’s diverted talk from the drugs that actually continue to ...

Causes of conflagration clear, but solutions won't come eas

One of the worst wildfire seasons in history has struck Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the continental U.S. The heat of August seemed to herald the eruption of a wall of fire along their westerly reaches this ...

Thinking bigger about our water conservation

With water resources drying up all along the West Coast, it’s time to become proactive instead of just reactive in our everyday efforts to conserve water. One successful method, water harvesting, ...

Many signs that the public is tired of partisanship politic

It’s a definite sign of national frustration when Donald Trump, ooozing with bombast and arrogance, takes a double-digit lead in Republican polls. On a lesser scale, we see that identical frustration ...

Sorry outcome to cap series of bad choices

Yamhill County is prone to controversy under its current crop of commissioners, which makes for riveting political theater. The city of McMinnville shows occasional flashes of puzzling behavior itself. ...

Takes spark imagination, carry on spirit for future generations

It’s natural to fear treasured traditions may be lost on future generations. With Millennials growing up in tech-dominated times, classics, antiques and oral histories face uncertain fates. But ...

Independent Party needs infusion of citizen support

There is nothing more toxic to the political process than partisanship, and Oregon is rife with it. The Republican Party’s nationwide rush to the right — it has shifted 22 points toward the ...

Ordinance won't move needle, will draw ire

Last week, the McMinnville City Council passed an ordinance placing as much restriction on carrying guns in public as Oregon law allows. We’re sure councilors had their hearts in the right place, ...

Alpine 'festival street' can bolster development

From more wheelchair accessible sidewalk corners to landscape-changing capital projects, work tied into McMinnville’s transportation bond will have a lasting effect on the city.  But one project ...

For old-fashioned family fun, it's hard to beat county fair

Outside Native American culture, which dates back thousands of years, the American West lacks institutions and traditions with real age to them. After all, the huge waves of settlement by emigrants from ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 28, 2015

Letters submitted by Jeri Paull Earl, R. Scott, Tony Hartford, and Gayle Alexander.

Letter to the Editor: Aug. 21, 2015

Letter submitted by Dennis Carmody

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 14, 2015

Letters submitted by Bernie Meyer and Ramsey McPhillips

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 7, 2015

Letters submitted by Judy Gerrard, Amanda Witter and C. Craig Kiser.

Letters to the Editor: July 31, 2015

Letters submitted by Mary Starrett, Michael S. Groshong, Mary Novak, Dennis Carmody, Diane Trenhaile, and David Terry.

Letters to the Editor: July 24, 2015

Letters submitted by Maxine Kurtzbein and Scott Gibson.

Letters to the Editor - July 17, 2015

Editorial poisons debate The July 10 editorial misses the most important points about the new Toxic Free Kids Act. Our state is sadly behind our neighbors in recognizing that dangerous toxic chemicals ...

Letters to the Editor: July 10, 2015

Letters submitted by Robert Mason, Viron Fessler, Jane Kristof and David Terry

Letters to the Editor: July 3, 2015

A letter from Angela Flood

Letters to the Editor: June 26, 2015

Letters submitted by Merilyn Reeves, Scott Gibson, Preston C. Henry, and Beverly King

Commentary

Illustrated Editorials

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

Frank Sheridan: West Valley business

It is hard to write the beginning of a story until you know the end, and the end of this story is jobs. The prosperity and well-being of people are dependent upon continued employment, development, growth ...

Jeb Bladine: Reunions a fresh look at who we are

It’s high school reunion time — in McMinnville, throughout Yamhill County, all across America. Our newspaper reunion calendar reports that two weeks hence, there will be reunions of the Yamhill-Carlton ...

Jeb Bladine: Fire safety requires public responsibility

“Your help,” implored Oregon State Forester Doug Decker on Wednesday, “is critical in preventing the next wildfire.” The words scarcely had left his computer when yet another wildfire ...

Ossie Bladine: The Oregon Trail Generation

A few months ago, News Editor Don Iler and I were explaining to a couple of more seasoned members of the News-Register staff about our annoyance at being labeled Millennials. It turns out we’re not ...

Community Commentary: When will the 'War Party' ever learn?

By Patrick Evans Seventy years ago, the United States became the first, and only, nation to use nuclear weapons in pursuit of its foreign policy goals. Today, the United States and its ally, Israel, are ...

Scott Gibson: End of life decisions

I recently had an older couple, currently in good health, come in for an office visit. As part of their appointment, they brought in their POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) forms for ...

Jeb Bladine: Stories stay alive in lawsuit after lawsuit

Sad stories don’t just go away; to the dismay of many, they play out again and again in the courts. That observation received several exclamation marks this week, ensuring that some of the most ...

Martha Meeker: The McMinnville way

I’ve lived in more than a few cities during my 28 years in the Air Force and in most, I got to know and interact with their community leaders. I got to know the citizens around the bases I worked ...

Jeb Bladine: A sorry tale of the lost state tax credit

Oregon Legislature Democrats were so desperate to raise taxes this year that their end-of-session ploy was too toxic even for some of their political brethren. Still, they managed to sneak through one ...

Jan Iversen: The fighting side of love

First, identify the styles of you and your partner, then gain skill and awareness that leads to effective fighting, which can be a healthy aspect of any romance.

Important to admit if 'unsure of obligations'

Misinterpreting Oregon’s public records/meetings law — as in a letter from county Commissioner Mary Starrett — can be a mild offense given the complexities of that law. However, we’ve ...

Sal Peralta: Oregon legislative review 2015

The 78th regular session of the Oregon legislature concluded its business earlier this month. In the 2015-17 biennium, the legislature had an additional 10 percent or $1.8 billion to spend, as a result ...

Guest Commentary: Article triggers mega-quake buzz

The internet has been all abuzz recently about an article in the July 20 issue of The New Yorker magazine. Written by Kathryn Schulz, the article titled “The Really Big One” details the geographical ...

Jeb Bladine: Mixed implications of downtown parking

There is a mixed bag of implications from the creation of 26 new on-street handicapped parking spaces in downtown McMinnville. A first thought is that accessibility to important areas of the core city ...

Jeb Bladine: Regulatory costs strangle economy

Tunnel-vision regulations enacted by Congress and state legislatures are strangling our economy. Too many lawmakers either don’t understand or simply choose to ignore the extreme costs of their complex ...

Kevin Martinez: Dead ringers for real guns

Most of us grew up playing with toy guns as youngsters and, years later, our children and grandchildren continue to play with them. In today’s society, where toy guns are more realistic than ever, ...

Bill Miller: Thinking of inking

Summertime conjures up images of hot days, watermelon, swimming and, of course, tattoos. Tattoos? Well, maybe not tattoos; but it is a time when people wear a little less and you might see more ink than ...

'Disconnected' week puts focus on soccer

Women’s soccer was spotlighted this month with an exciting World Cup championship won by the United States, and there was much amazement at the disparity of payout for women versus men in that sport. ...

Others Say: July 10, 2015

Oregon students surprise Saxton with higher test scores Rob Saxton, who stepped down last week as Oregon’s deputy superintendent of public instruction, inadvertently fueled the rebellion against ...

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