Graduation should be a happy occasion during which students are honored and their years of achievement celebrated. It’s a formal event. It should be treated that way — for the benefit of all ...

Editorials

Don't let the glare of bad news blind us to all that goes right

It can take a strong stomach to digest a day’s worth of what passes for news in the cesspool of social media. And many days, one fares only marginally better with the outpourings of media outlets ...

Report: Proposed corporate sales tax would act largely as consumption tax

An analysis released this week confirms what many Oregonians have suspected from the outset: Initiative Petition 28 is bad for our state and bad for our pocketbooks. It has little if any upside. Just making ...

Enviros continue to block deal, counties not doing much better

For decades, the federal Bureau of Land Management has been stuck between the rock of Northwest timber counties and the hard place of environmental advocacy coalitions.  In matters of public debate, ...

This year's Oregon primary marked by thoughtful voting

Tuesday night’s election returns were marked by numerous unexpected twists and turns, some of which suggest shifting fortunes may be in the wind for the November general election, and perhaps elections ...

Portland follies easily flow south to Salem

On April 28, The Oregonian reported: "The path to riches in Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' final budget has been paved with 'unprecedented revenue growth,' according to a new financial forecast ...

County leading the way in battling child abuse

There was plenty to absorb in April, as agencies throughout the nation held events and gave interviews in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month.  Even one case of abuse or neglect against our ...

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 ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: May 27, 2016

My fair share I served the federal government for 15 years as a U.S. Marine and then 21 years more as an air traffic controller. Social Security was withheld during most of my time as a Marine. As an ...

Letters to the Editor: May 20, 2016

Pray in private I’ve read a number of times about people being unhappy with the public prayer before the county commissioner meetings — particularly with Allen Springer’s participation. If ...

Letters to the Editor: May 13, 2016

He paved the roads I want to compliment County Commissioner Allen Springer. When he was liaison to public works (with staff members John Phelan Roy Panchow), many rural roads were paved.These roads were ...

Letters to the Editor: May 6, 2016

Bond needed In choosing to send a bond to the people of McMinnville, the district’s long-range planning committee and the school board kept fiscal responsibility front and center in the process. ...

Letters to the Editor: April 29, 2016

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 ...

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 ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

 
Starla Pointer: Commencement etiquette

Graduation should be a happy occasion during which students are honored and their years of achievement celebrated. It’s a formal event. It should be treated that way — for the benefit of all ...

Jeb Bladine: Be sure about plan for transfer station

Riverbend Landfill has generated so much angst and protest over so many years it’s surprising to see almost no public interest generated by plans for a new solid waste facility in McMinnville. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

 
Traveling with benevolence

My wife, Caye, and I like to travel, mainly to less developed countries where we encounter memorable situations: * We saw a Maasai herdsman with his cattle on grassland in Tanzania “Ah! Timeless ...

Jeb Bladine: Maslow would like Precinct 18 voters

McMinnville voters must be feeling pretty good about their lives — that was especially true this week in McMinnville’s Precinct 18 on the northwest side of town. I’m reminded of the ...

 
David Bates: Other manifestations

The 17th Annual UFO Festival is upon us, which for UFO enthusiasts means alien costumes, games, lectures, films and live music.  It seems an ideal occasion to place the topic of UFOs in the context ...

Jeb Bladine: A great time to find 1,284 more planets

The timing couldn’t be more appropriate for this week’s announcement that the Kepler telescope mission has discovered 1,284 more exoplanets. As that news was sinking in, McMinnville was gearing ...

 
No complications living with NF

My name is Barry Lilly. I have lived in McMinnville since 1973. I taught school in Dayton and McMinnville for a total of 35 years. And, I have neurofibromatosis. Don’t worry about remembering the ...

Jeb Bladine: Hobson's choice for presidential voters

Barring a come-from-behind victory by Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will win their party nominations, and one will become the next president of the United States. Americans soon will ...

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 ...

 
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 ...

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; ...

 
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 ...

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