A new “First Amendment Report Card,” unveiled today by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, gives our First Amendment freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and ...

Editorials

Linfield fumbled opportunity to embrace free exchange of ideas

Linfield College’s administration, faculty and student body didn’t come off very well this week in their hyperbolic response to a guest speaker lined up by the nascent Young Americans for Liberty ...

When addicts and families talk all the rest of us need to listen

Following a report on a recent town hall meeting with state legislators, the News-Register received a stern rebuke for not including comments about the need for funding drug addiction services.  As ...

On-farm pot production follows a familiar path

Historically, growing and processing consumables were separate functions performed by separate means, in separate locations, by separate parties. And never the twain did meet. The farmer grew corn, beans, ...

Effective people control perhaps key to efficient animal control

Regulation of cats and dogs in the community first requires regulation of their owners. And history shows us that can be as difficult as wrangling a rebellious stray from the sidewalk. The McMinnville ...

Roberts, Benner deserve a return to Mac school board

Zach Dotson, candidate for the McMinnville School Board’s Position 1, is thoughtful, articulate, community-minded and could provide a complementary voice to the board. So is retiree Vernon V.J. Adams, ...

Small-town newpaper’s Pulitzer  celebrated by peers everywhere

As if 21st century journalism weren’t challenging enough already, community newspapers frequently have to battle being lumped in with national web, broadcast and print outlets. As President Trump ...

Say no to litigation that tramples the little guy

For almost 50 years, records compiled or acquired by a public agency in this state — any type of agency at any level, from a lowly cemetery district to the Oregon Supreme Court — have been ...

Agreement to keep Warrior mascot a better, but still imperfect, solution

The fate of Native American mascots in Oregon is being settled one-by-one. Amity High School is one of 15 facing a July 1 deadline to either change mascots, face penalties, or, as Amity has chosen, enter ...

Mac schools take the lead in testing for radon hazard

The 2015 Legislature enacted a law requiring school districts to submit radon testing plans by the fall of 2016 and carry them out by the end of 2020. But the McMinnville School District proceeded to ...

Chain retailers now feeling heat they once visited on Main

In its current state, the New Economy might as well be known as the Amazon Economy.  According to Business Insider, the online retailing behemoth now has a larger market share than Walmart, Target, ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: April 28, 2017

Letters from Scott Phoenix, Katie Kulla, Tom Vail, Elizabeth Van Staaveren, Liz Marlia-Stein, Jerry Hart and Zack Geary.

Letters to the Editor: April 21, 2017

Letters from Suzanna Sandoval, Craig Mellgren, Kathy Beckwith, Mike Sullivan, Heidi Sumner, Kris J. Olsen and Melvin Nysser





Letters to the Editor: April 14, 2017

Depend on yourself We are constantly reminded to be prepared and to learn to take care of ourselves and family. This last windstorm put many without electricity, and some were not able to take care of ...

Letters to the Editor: April 7, 2017

No cuts to Meals There will be no cuts to Meals on Wheels in Yamhill County as a result of proposed budget cuts by the Trump administration. Our program is managed by NorthWest Senior & Disability ...

Letters to the Editor: March 31, 2017

Critic off base This is regarding the March 24 article about the McMinnville Senior Center taking a group of seniors to the Grotto. Dan Hilbert sent the Freedom From Religion Foundation a letter saying ...

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

Commentary

 
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Gene Policinski: When it comes to our core freedoms, is a “C+” grade good enough?

A new “First Amendment Report Card,” unveiled today by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, gives our First Amendment freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and ...

 
Dave Robinson: Essentials to survive disaster

Major earthquakes occur every year all over the world, usually in places like India, Bangladesh or some other faraway place. We watch our news thinking, “those poor people.” The news girl goes ...

Jeb Bladine: A mixed response to drugs and crime

Last week, staff writer Tom Henderson produced a powerful story about the ravages of drug addiction and current threats to funding for drug treatment programs. Oregon legislators, one source said, “understand ...

Jeb Bladine: Syria a reminder of ‘moral inertia’

Near-unwatchable images from Syria last week showed children burned and strangling to death after rockets dropped by Russian/Syrian jets smothered them with the chemical agent Sarin. The phrase “moral ...

Others Say: Health insurance savings could help heal the state

A legislative proposal to move the state’s public employees’ health care into coordinated care organizations makes sense on multiple levels: It would save hundreds of millions of dollars at ...

 
Scott Gibson: School competition

Our new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is a strong advocate of school choice for kindergarten through 12th grade students by using school vouchers and for-profit charter schools. The basic selling ...

 
Andrew Moss: Why ICE raids imperil us all

A restaurant worker and father of four daughters in Southern California is arrested while dropping his youngest daughter at school. A young woman in Mississippi is taken into custody after speaking at ...

Jeb Bladine: Reckless moments can devastate lives

Last month, nine months following his graduation from McMinnville High School, a young man walked out of WinCo Foods with $3 worth of stolen candy bars. When confronted by the loss prevention officer and ...

Rick Lowry: The Crisis of Trumpism

Trumpism is in crisis. This isn’t a function of poll numbers, or any melodrama of the past months, but something more fundamental: No officeholder in Washington seems to understand President Donald ...

Jeb Bladine: "Obamacare' is a toxic label for American health care policy

We know that labels can be shorthand instruments of racism, sexism, idiologisms of all kinds. Labels created to be cleverly descriptive can become verbal sledgehammers that penetrate our psyches and threaten ...

 
Steve Dehner: Everyone can write

Back in the 1930s, an accomplished and versatile writer by the name of Brenda Ueland moved from New York back to her home state of Minnesota and began teaching a local writing class. Her students ...

 
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. ...

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