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Editorials

Targeted plan may breed new era of biz promotion

The résumé for McMinnville is robust. It features affordable land, cheap utilities, a skilled and educated workforce, strong development programs and a history of effective community leadership ...

Flint water contamination crisis sounds warning bell everywhere

As a state-directed economy move, the bankrupt, economically depressed Rust Belt city of Flint, Michigan, switched water sources in April 2014. In the process, it inadvertently set off something that promises ...

Abundance of dog-related calls one of many burdens for police

Pooch left in a hot car? Call the cops. Loose dog posing potential danger? Dial 911. Dog bite suffered on the street? Get officers to the scene ASAP. Canine issues have become a staple for local police ...

Citizens willing to act curb societal tragedies

The national news seems dominated by incidents of sick, evil or sadistic behavior on the part of someone somewhere. On better days, reports may be leavened with elements of mere graft, corruption and malfeasance, ...

Parks system has earned another round of support

Local residents have a track record, dating back to at least the 1970s, of supporting city parks and recreation measures. They have rejected only one in the memory of Parks Director Jay Pearson, whose ...

City gets the kick it needed to start moving in the right direction

Sometimes there’s nothing like a swift kick in the appropriate rears to set the mule train of city government in motion. McMinnville city officials must have known of serious problems in the neighborhood ...

Increasing police staff need not dictate fee, tax

The McMinnville police have been chronically underfunded and understaffed for at least a quarter of a century now. Chief after chief have made their City Manager Kent Taylor over the years, largely to ...

New development planned on historically controversial land

With news of a planned 500-home subdivision in McMinnville’s northwest corner, we can’t help but let our minds wander to the past, and wonder if McMinnville voters would have made a different ...

Steel sent hurtling down the highway never something to be

Drugs, alcohol, guns and fast cars seem to hold a sinister fascination for American youth. And that goes double or triple for the male component. Tuesday’s edition brought the fast car element home ...

Per-mile tax the future, not necessarily the now

Drivers should probably get used to the idea of a per-mile tax to one day replace the gas tax. But there’s much to debate regarding the effectiveness of such a plan in the short term. Often a pioneer ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: July 22, 2016

Turkey Rama for the birds When will the appropriate people finally admit that Turkey Rama no longer represents this community? It’s time to move on and bury the turkey. I don’t know where ...

Robert Mason::4

Landfill foes loseEngland’s House of Commons has a rule: A member may not call another member a liar.During a speech, Winston Churchill said that a member lied, which brought down on Churchill a ...

Letters to the Editor: July 15, 2016

City needs new rec center I’m writing to express my support of a new parks and recreation bond. I was pleased to see the July 5 front page article in the News-Register dreaming of this same thing. ...

Letters to the Editor: July 8, 2016

Abortion not murder Susan Paz’s letter equating abortion with murder deserves a response. Her position presupposes a determination of the controversy over when human life begins. The physiology ...

Letters to the Editor: July 1, 2016

Abortion is murder The right to one’s own life takes precedence over all lesser rights, such as another’s privacy, choice or convenience. Government-sanctioned murder is immoral, and the ...

Letters to the Editor: June 17, 2016

Requiem for an RV park The Mulkey RV Park sign on Highway 18 has been removed, so I guess the park is a thing of the past. I know nothing about the history of the park, except that some have lived there ...

Letters to the Editor: June 10, 2016

Road is a hazard I’m a resident near the intersection of Seventh Street and Duniway Road, and city officials have never posted a speed limit sign to replace the 25 mph sign removed during road widening. On ...

Letters to the Editor: June 3, 2016

‘Dumped’ headline fits I saw in the News-Register that a few people did not like the words used pertaining to County Commissioner Allen Springer being “dumped.” Frankly, the headline ...

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 ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

 
Tom Henderson: A star is born (just don't blink)

I now only work as a journalist between acting projects. My first gig was in “Othello” at South Salem High School in 1980. Most recently, I appeared in last year’s motion picture “10 ...

Jeb Bladine: Pokemon game has political connections

It seemed necessary this week to read up on “Pokémon Go,” the game that suddenly exploded into international prominence. Locally, some urged businesses to use Pokémon to lure ...

A quest to improve public records laws

Legal issues involving access to Oregon public records are complex, often contentious and sometimes subject to costly appeals and litigation. Last year, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum formed the ...

 
Amy Halloran-Steiner: Practicing mindfulness

Stop right there and pay attention — not to the thoughts you might be having, but to the feel of this newspaper between your fingers just now. See the contrasted black and white of the typed ...

 
Ron Wyden: A fighting chance against fire

By SEN. RON WYDEN In the past, warm spring weather touched off the start of the worst wildfires. Now, unfortunately, one fire season essentially runs into the next. In early summer, states were ...

Jeb Bladine: An ironic local twist to Ron Stover story

Picking up, as promised, from last week: Former McMinnville wheeler-dealer Ron Stover faces federal indictments alleging wire and bankruptcy fraud, with pending charges of theft, racketeering and securities ...

 
Mel Gurtov: The extent of Brexit fallout

To judge from a New York Times front-page article that appeared two days after the British vote to withdraw from the EU, the entire post-World War II global financial and political structure that the United ...

Jeb Bladine: Stover case brings a rush of memories

Once, long ago, I secured a loan with a phone call followed by a quick bank visit to sign a few sheets of paper. Today, the same process can take weeks, if not months, with more stringent requirements ...

 
Dave Robinson: Wilderness preparation

One of the more popular summer activities in our area is camping. We live in the middle of one of the most beautiful outdoor recreation areas in the world. No matter where you live in Oregon, you are only ...

Jeb Bladine: Silent moments; back to business

Please join me in a moment of silence for 189 mass-shooting victims — killed and wounded — from incidents since June 2015 in Charleston, Chattanooga, Roseburg, Colorado Springs, San Bernadino ...

 
Ossie Bladine: Enjoying the summertime tunes

Ah, summer. The days when I celebrated the end of my school year are long gone (although I get to help my wife, a teacher, celebrate) and summer weather seems to be sporadic throughout the year these days. ...

Sen. Doug Whitsett: Putting an end to fake emergencies

The ability of American citizens to petition their government to redress grievances is enshrined in our nation’s founding documents. The right to refer measures passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly ...

Free summer meals offered to youths

Yamhill County school districts will be offering free federally subsidized meals to youths 18 and under again this summer. Meals will be offered on a drop-in basis, with no registration requirement. ...

 
Carolyn Smithrud: Staying safe while you sip

The attention on our area as the heart of Oregon wine country continues to grow, and with it an increase in traffic in our cities and on country roads. All should do their part to ensure the roads remain ...

Jeb Bladine: Debate continues on rural pot shops

It’s rebuttal time on the idea of populating Yamhill County with marijuana shops along rural highways. Although the deadline is past for submitting written testimony to the county planning commission, ...

 
Don Iler That's it for this journalist

I’ve had two of the three worst jobs in America.  According to a recent list from www.careercast.com, as a newspaper reporter, I’ve worked the worst job in America for the past three ...

MacHub nonprofit still alive, helping

Time for an update on MacHub, a unique local project creating new funding streams for nonprofit agencies through a professional online sales operation of donated items. We’ve been unabashedly supportive ...

 
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 ...

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