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Editorials

Trail won’t go anywhere  without communication

“There seems to be considerable discord between the town, or rather some factions of the town, and the surrounding country. This should be adjusted. Get together. Harmony is what we want, and harmony ...

Boquist unafraid to take stand in memory of son lost to suicide

Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, Democrat from Portland, is probably as closely associated with efforts to curb gun violence as any Oregon legislator. So her sponsorship of this year’s gun control ...

Thoughtful scheduling, legislating both needed

Oregon labor’s highest priority for the 2017 Legislature, the predictive scheduling mandate embodied in Senate Bill 828, contains the seed of a good idea. Unfortunately, it buries that seed in a ...

Justice system works to alleviate misery when unthinkable occurs

It’s difficult to find solace in the wake of a tragedy as stomach-churning as one occurring last week in Northeast McMinnville. For those related to the victims or perpetrator of a bloody local ...

The rush from racing not worth a lifetime of regret

The decisions made by two young men to engage in a high-speed street-racing episode will forever haunt a number of local families. Jeremy Hopper and Andrew Olsen were seeking thrills and bragging rights ...

Think health care is complicated? What about border wall-building?

The nonsense flowing from D.C. these days never seems to end. One of the latest has the Trump administration cutting Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency funding 11 percent to help pay ...

Federal powers known to ignore states’ rights

Is the Trump administration about to bring the long arm of the law to bear against the recreational marijuana industry, newly decriminalized in eight states, but still illegal on the federal level? Press ...

State bill would curb drug costs, but who’s the real beneficiary?

According to the Milliman Medical Index, the pre-insurance cost of health care for the typical American family has more than tripled since the turn of the 21st century, rising from $8,414 in 2001 to $25,826 ...

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 ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: March 24, 2017

Read the signs I would like to remind you of a very easy-to-miss, yet very frustrating, thing that has to do with driving. We all know a while ago, the school zone 20 mph rules took place. Signs were ...

Letters to the Editor: March 17, 2017

It’s my body Dear state Rep. Mike Nearman, I have called your office five times during the past three weeks, requesting a return call to answer a question. You state on your website, “Answering ...

Letters to the Editor: March 10, 2017

Letters from David Lombrozo and Fred Fawcett

Letters to the Editor: March 3, 2017

LEtters by Sharon Smith, Howard Leichter, Anthony Bell, Brenda Butterfield and Robert E. Mason.

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 ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

 
Janet Peterson & Katie Sours: It takes a village

A community approach to improving child health in Yamhill County

Jeb Bladine: In McMinnville, shovels are out

For decades, I’ve watched the steady stream of local building developments. Call it a minor obsession, perhaps, but I have a spreadsheet diary of McMinnville building permit values and major development ...

Letter to readers: Downey Jr. didn't visit, but we're sure he'd like us

Brooding actor Robert Downey Jr. didn’t visit McMinnville, encounter friendly locals who helped him get his car fixed or enjoy lunch at Mikey’s Pizzeria while the work was being done. But ...

Jeb Bladine: Tax hikes become preferred solution

Oregon state and local governments have more money, but provide fewer services. The clarion call from those who presided over creation of our budget crisis is to raises taxes. One hand points to large ...

Bladine: Tax hikes become preferred solution

Oregon state and local governments have more money, but provide fewer services. The clarion call from those who presided over creation of our budget crisis is to raises taxes. One hand points to large ...

Justice system works to alleviate misery when unthinkable::1

It’s difficult to find solace in the wake of a tragedy as stomach-churning as one occurring last week in Northeast McMinnville. For those related to the victims or perpetrator of a bloody local ...

 
Tom Henderson: 'Nevertheless, she persisted'

Journalists everywhere are the children of Nellie Bly With March celebrating Women’s History Month, my thoughts turn to two old newspaper buddies who died within 13 days of one another in 1922. Erasmus ...

Jeb Bladine: Watching us can be watching out for us

Documents hacked from CIA or National Security Agency systems, released this week by WikiLeaks, describe methods to spy on individuals through their smartphones, TV sets, modems and other electronic devices. ...

Jeb Bladine: ‘Repeal and replace’ has a faulty premise

I’ve never been a big fan of the Affordable Care Act as America’s health care solution, partly because it so significantly complicated administration of our company health plan, and also because ...

 
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 ...

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