Graduation numbers are encouraging, but more needs to be achieved before they’re satisfactory

Editorials

Single-family crucial in affordable housing drive

Commendably, McMinnville’s well-publicized struggles with homelessness have led the city to make affordable housing one of its most urgent and heartfelt priorities. Not so commendably, some elements ...

Immigration policy needs civil discourse, not ridicule, diatribe

Donald Trump’s immigration policies are beginning to hit home, which have people on edge, to the point of triggering rumored U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. One such example arose ...

Corrections necessary if fiction corrupts facts

The effects of social media and other tools of today’s internet are turning the information age into what might be better termed the disinformation age.  The rumor mill has, of course, been ...

Don’t leave higher ed behind in a rush to better fund K-12

Oregon’s dominant Democrats have been sounding the alarm about the future of K-12 school funding since Nov. 8. On that day, their widely ballyhooed revenue plan died at the hands of voters, who ...

Springfield's second chair appears good fit for McMinnville

If you ignore the recent short-lived tenure of retired Air Force Gen. Martha Meeker, embracing a new city manager is something we undertake only every quarter century or so. We had the Joe Dancer era, ...

Editorial: Respite center can fill needed gap in improving public care

The future of America’s national health care system is very much undecided. But we continue to make foundational progress in how community care is delivered to the publicly insured population in ...

Editorial: Local actions remind us of our shared humanity

Precise numbers are impossible to calculate, of course, but an estimated 3 million people reportedly marched worldwide Jan. 21 to support human rights and express concern over the fate of those rights ...

Editorial: Addressing Oregon PERS crisis a moral imperative for lawmakers

On the opening day of this year’s state legislative session, a glimmer of hope emerged for the future of Oregon’s unsustainably overly-generous Public Employee sRetirement System. Speculation ...

New milestone planned to enrich downtown Mac

Soaring cathedrals and towering skyscrapers are built block by block and beam by beam, just like their more pedestrian counterparts. The key is finding the right materials and placing them in the right ...

Prevention as important as reaction to homeless issues

In McMinnville, we don’t need an annual count to identify the scope of homelessness. The need is visible every day, from the downtown core to entryways of the big box stores on the outskirts of town.  Not ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 24, 2017

Letters by John Kowollk, John Moehl, Gene White, Laycee Grauer, Gayle Campbell, Tony Roder, Mike Nakamura, Scott Gobson and Fred Fawcett

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 17, 2017

Bag the ban I have been following the McMinnville proposed ban on plastic bags. Yes, the environmental issues concern me. I use plastic bags several times after bringing them home. All items we bring ...

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 10, 2017

Appreciate library Growing up, I had the privilege of having a parent who worked as a librarian at the McMinnville Public Library. On days I didn’t have after school events, I’d walk, usually ...

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 3, 2017

Letters by Anita VanDatta, Elizabeth DeVisser, Adrianne Santina, Vyrle Owens, Emily Kerrigan, Ron Morton, Robert Wilson, Robert Porath and Fred Fawcett.

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 20, 2017

Clear roads I’d just like to say how extremely satisfied I am with the city services during the recent snowfall. Roads were cleared, utilities were taken care of, emergency services were up and ...

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 13, 2017

Councilor off base I realize that I lost the election to Kevin Jeffries in 2014, but that has been behind me for a long time. I am writing about how Jeffries has done some good things and some terrible ...

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 6, 2017

Be prepared This past weekend, my family had an opportunity to test our preparedness for the Big One (the magnitude 9.0 Cascadia earthquake we are expecting any time). Last Friday, we discovered a major ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 30, 2016

Inherit the dirt Donald Trump promised the moon and is already delivering dirt clods. He said he would threaten Carrier into keeping all its jobs in the United States. In the end, Carrier got a $7 million ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 23, 2016

Shelter needed This letter is a speculation on possible alternatives to the system-wide shutdown of homeless shelters during the recent cold spell. For those who can’t turn up the thermostat or ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 16, 2016

Letter from Santa From:  Santa To:  America. We are behind schedule in making toys and may be a tad late in coming down your chimneys. The problems started when Trump began his presidential ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

 
Cpt. Chris Ray: Local drug effort at crisis point

Governor threatening to pull state support, which is vital for operation of multi-agency drug team

Jeb Bladine: Pitts optimistic on future of journalism

Leonard Pitts, known for messages of hope inserted into nationally syndicated columns about social and political problems, says he has changed. “I have not hope,” the bestselling author and ...

 
Salam Noor: Oregon achieves together

Graduation numbers are encouraging, but more needs to be achieved before they’re satisfactory

Jeb Bladine: Biased people can find biased media

You literally can pick your poison when tuning into the current quagmire of national politics. The New York Times is calling on Congress to investigate President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, commenting: ...

 
Charles C. Haynes: A shameful day

On Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, suspending the refugee program ...

Jeb Bladine: Joining us? Please leave meth behind

Editor's note: Information received subsequent to publication of this column reveals that the woman mentioned has no relationship to the alleged bank robber, and that she personifies the column comment ...

 
Kathy Neary: A call for ‘housing first’

Providing a basic survival need can go a long way in curbing chronic homelessness

Jeb Bladine: Progressive looks at parking solutions

McMinnville has been progressive about downtown parking for decades. As tourism and property developments returned parking challenges to the forefront of public discussion, decision-makers will join a ...

 
Deb Bridges: Share a room, but not a bed

After receiving the exciting news confirming a pregnancy comes the undeniable thrill about decorating a nursery. Parents are lured by the decorative bedding in stores and online, filling the crib with ...

Jeb Bladine: Most wars begin with demonization

President Donald Trump recently stood on so-called hallowed ground in front of the CIA Memorial Wall — there, presumably, to soothe wounds he inflicted by comparing the U.S. intelligence community ...

 
Tom Henderson: Requiem for a crusading newspaperman

Nat Hentoff died this month at the age of 91. That is a tragedy. A greater tragedy is how so few of you know he lived. The vast majority of you probably just read his name for the first time. Many people ...

Jeb Bladine: Resolve combined with apprehension

My cousin’s husband is Northern California regional coordinator for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-partisan advocacy organization with 366 active chapters worldwide. I’ve enjoyed ...

 
Peter Hofstetter: Restore hospital Medicare payments with ACA repeal

In the new year, Congress and President Trump have promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If they are successful, it is imperative they restore critical Medicare payments to hospitals and clinics ...

 
Scott Gibson: Unraveling Obamacare

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Jeb Bladine: Reality intertwined in more ‘fake news’

This has been an extraordinary week in national politics. It began with long-awaited congressional hearings on nominees to the Donald Trump Cabinet, accompanied by the president-elect’s first press ...

 
Ossie Bladine: From non to fake news

It’s more important than ever for consumers to read and view responsibly

Jeb Bladine: Can’t stop thinking about the chickens

Most writing guides provide clear advice about clichés: Don’t use them; be creative, not trite. Admittedly, I’ve strayed from that clearly-marked path. I’ve described chickens ...

Rich Lowry: Who’s the Boss? Divided GOP congress must find balance

Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him.So far the early legislative agenda of Republicans after ...

 
Charles C. Haynes: Historic win for Native American religionFirst Amendment works — and will — if we still have it

Our First Amendment freedoms will work — if we still have them around to use. Those five freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — have been challenged at various times ...

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