The price is right I support the upcoming school bond proposal because it’s the right proposal at the right time. Like many McMinnville residents, I felt conflicted about whether improving existing ...

Editorials

Campaign season could exhaust work on state transportation bill

Transportation promises to be a key issue in statewide elections this year. A committee of lawmakers plans to begin in May crafting a transportation package for the 2017 legislative session, which promises ...

Olson a positive change to make for the county

Four years ago, we endorsed Allen Springer for Yamhill County commissioner on two main characteristics, transparency and independence. In our estimation, he has failed to deliver on either count, falling ...

Brad Berry gets re-election nod in county’s district attorney race

The American Civil Liberties Union released a report this week indicating 78 percent of Oregon’s district attorney races went uncontested between 2004 and 2014. Yamhill County contributed, as Brad ...

Force does not always lead to best outcome

When a police officer catches a thief in the act, training and experience give him a good idea how his quarry is going to respond and what he should do to counter that. But confronting a citizen in the ...

System of neighborhood associations worth a look

Oregon has historically been proud of its citizen involvement. After all, allowing people to propose laws and amend the constitution is known nationwide as “The Oregon System.” As further ...

Assessor's office best left in the hands of Derrick Wharff

The campaign to fill the assessor’s office pits a former appraiser, Jeanie Sandall, against the current chief appraiser, Derrick Wharff. We give our nod to Wharff, based on his superior track record ...

School bonds on May ballot both the right size for voters

Residents of two local school districts will vote on school bonds in the May 17 primary. The sticker price on one gives us a moment of pause, but the other is all-around reasonable. In the end, we believe ...

The fix is in when it comes to filling 'open' legislative seats

On the surface, Sen. Doug Whitsett, Republican from conservative-leaning Klamath Falls, would seem to have little in common with Sen. Diane Rosenbaum, Democrat from liberal-leaning Portland. And what ...

Pierce is our pick for GOP gubernatorial nomination

Given Oregon’s recent history of Democratic domination, there seems little likelihood Bud Pierce or Allen Alley will unseat Democrat Kate Brown from the governor’s office in November. The ...

Not too late to welcome back veterans of the Vietnam War

Ceremonies around the nation this week commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and with them a widespread effort evolved to give the war’s American veterans the welcome they well deserved ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: April 22, 2016

Fight drugs creatively Readers of the News-Register might be familiar with the section showing local arrests. If you pay the least bit of attention to these, you see that a staggering percent of people ...

Letters to the Editor: April 15, 2016

He does what he says As a former Yamhill County commissioner, I follow what is going on at the county. Commissioner Allen Springer is running for his second term, and I plan to vote for him. Three things ...

Letters to the Editor: April 8, 2016

A balanced voice Commissioner Allen Springer is a huge disappointment. After running as someone who promised to bring the community together, he routinely goes out of his way to antagonize those with ...

Letters to the Editor: April 1, 2016

Support schools I’ll keep this short and simple: Please support McMinnville schools and our entire community by voting yes on the school district facilities bond in May. Without changing our current ...

Letters to the Editor: March 25, 2016

Reaction was not slow Newberg High School’s averted tragedy draws slow reaction? Hardly. We have two grandchildren attending Newberg High. It was a paralyzing experience for all of us, a horror ...

Letters to the Editor: March 18, 2016

Common ground Both groups would deny it, but there are a lot of similarities between Republican and Democratic partisans. First, they share denial of this. Trump’s Republican followers are characterized ...

Letters to the Editor: March 4, 2016

Homeless problem solvable Although much has been and will be presented about the homeless situation in McMinnville, it is generally considered to be a minor nuisance, an unsolvable problem, or someone ...

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 26, 2016

Local program a miracle I am very appreciative of the fact that certain individuals in Sheridan care so much about people in need. I love the idea of the Angel’s Attic program.It helps the needy ...

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 19, 2016

Vote in support of schools I am voting “Yes for Our Kids” on the May school bond. There are loads of largely obvious, if slightly boring, reasons why maintaining and updating facilities at ...

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 ...

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Readers Forum: Election edition

The price is right I support the upcoming school bond proposal because it’s the right proposal at the right time. Like many McMinnville residents, I felt conflicted about whether improving existing ...

Jeb Bladine: Where was outcry against BOLI rules?

Why didn’t the Oregon business community show up this week to oppose one of the most ludicrous regulatory suggestions in memory? Does their balance mean people simply accept the nonsense proposed ...

Jeb Bladine: If only the two sides talked to each other

Let’s break from discussing Evergreen-related legal entanglements long enough to take a peek behind the curtain. We see well-intentioned people trying to stabilize an important nonprofit institution; ...

 
Paige Benner: The rise of slacktivism

If only a “like” on Facebook triggered a gallon of clean drinking water to be delivered to an impoverished community; a retweet meant a safe home for a starving dog; or, a comment on Instagram ...

 
Scott Gibson: Making every baby wanted

In an age when political positions are staked out with razor wire, it is unusual to find solutions to social problems that can bridge political divides. We may, however, be on the cusp of a radical change ...

Jeb Bladine: Americans have short memories

I thought I knew a lot about the 2007-09 recession — housing costs driven up by fraudulent loans, Wall Street greed and a financial crash triggered by reckless derivatives of mortgage-backed bonds. Then, ...

 
Tom Henderson: We the media

Wolf Blitzer never showed up. Neither did Anderson Cooper. One would think Sean Hannity or Megyn Kelly would drop by, if only to interrupt the speakers. Nope. Even the Portland television boys couldn’t ...

Jeb Bladine: GOP has history of convention dramas

For all the spectacle and angst of the 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign, we may be headed to an even more gripping turn of political events: a brokered GOP convention July 18-21 in Cleveland, ...

 
Reid Oliver: Driving wine consumption

As the last of the Millennial Generation joins the ranks of the legal drinking age, marketers around the world scramble to understand this extremely large, and historically diverse faction of the population. While ...

Jeb Bladine: Intrigue continues in Evergreen cases

It’s been 27 months since the bankruptcy of Evergreen International Airlines launched a cottage industry of legal actions that have confounded not only observers, but participants. When a monarchy ...

 
Mike Schmidt: Immeasurable impacts

I have always had a special place in my heart for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As the Director of Employment Services at MV Advancements, I have the privilege of helping ...

Jeb Bladine: 2014 NIMBY caution just as relevant today

Two weeks ago, without warning, a contingent of farm owners appeared to present county commissioners with an array of concerns about the Yamhelas Westsider Trail project. We could ask what kind of organizing ...

 
Sal Peralta: Legislature as divided as ever

The 2016 legislative session concluded on March 3rd of this month, closing the door on one of the most contentious, partisan and acrimonious sessions in recent history. Oregon voters approved annual sessions ...

Jeb Bladine: Threatened tragedy draws slow reaction

Here at the newspaper, we like to think we understand the nuances of “public interest.” I have to confess to being fooled this week by relatively limited public reaction to a bloodcurdling ...

 
Ossie Bladine: 13 breathtaking Oregon celebrity mansions you must see to believe

No. 3 will blow your mind! This article actually has nothing to do with celebrities or mansions. Sorry if you feel misled. This has to do with clickbait, listicles and my internal debate about what journalism ...

Jeb Bladine: Election reality show conceals tax debate

Can you think of one good result from this year’s presidential campaign? Don’t think too hard. Instead, imagine what might be happening while the media diverts our attention with its TV reality ...

 
Don Iler: Springtime for Trump

With Donald Trump’s path to the Republican nomination looking increasingly like a sure thing, his neo-fascist statements and attitudes reminded me of past dictators. Since Hitler’s rise to ...

Jeb Bladine: Oregon a leader in abuse of drugs

Abuse of drugs and alcohol disrupts and frequently destroys people’s lives — locally, across Oregon and throughout the nation. We don’t recognize the full effect of substance abuse because ...

 
Madeline Bisgyer: New perspective on justice

Like many of my peers at the Sheridan Japanese School, my bus stop used to be the Yamhill County Courthouse. I would feel uncomfortable when I had to wait there, so close to the jail, with people who didn’t ...

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