Hanging on to reminders helps preserve memories of loved ones as well as commonplace and extraordinary experiences


Not up to commissioners to establish state policy

Our three ideologically driven county commissioners seem more disposed to adopting resolutions than addressing pressing local issues. Could the fault lie in the lack of such issues? If so, perhaps we should ...

No shortage of 'Chicken Soup' to leaven flow of tragic news

The news can be depressing. In times when several stories of tragedy and controversy stack on top of one another, as they have this week, it’s healthy to take a moment to reflect on some “Chicken ...

Senate leader's legacy faces critical crossroads in Salem

An open letter to Oregon state Sen. Peter Courtney: Sen. Courtney, your long and venerated political legacy is at a crossroads. After decades of service in the Oregon Legislature, now in your fifth term ...

When we stand idly by we facilitate evil deeds

Modern American history is marked by a series of massacres perpetrated by angry, disturbed loners unable to form coherent thoughts or forge meaningful relationships. They typically turn out to be young, ...

The local opt-out on pot a workable compromise

The local control element inserted into House Bill 3400, as a compromise between primarily urban Democrats and largely rural Republicans, helped send a legalized marijuana implementation measure through ...

Starrett on right track with water task force

Last year, global water temperatures reached their highest level ever recorded, and land temperatures the fourth highest. The 21st century has already produced 13 of the world’s 15 hottest years. The ...

Party politics erased from editorial masthead

For nearly 90 years, the News-Register and its Telephone-Register predecessor declared themselves “An independent Republican newspaper” on their editorial page masthead. Effective today, for ...

Testing opt-out legislation little more than a cop-out

By the time you read this, the Oregon Senate may have sent HB 2655, a standardized testing opt-out enabler, to Gov. Kate Brown. And with an eye to a looming campaign dependent on Oregon Education Association ...

E-cigarette law leaves users out in the cold

Despite plenty of public outcry, there seems little hope for e-cigarette users to escape the web of regulations imposed on tobacco smokers. Most jurisdictions seem intent on applying the same restrictions ...

City needs to get serious about downtown parking

America’s long-standing love affair with the auto shows no signs of souring. Neither does McMinnville’s long-standing love affair with downtown tourism and commerce. That situation puts the ...


Letters to the Editor: July 3, 2015

A letter from Angela Flood

Letters to the Editor: June 26, 2015

Letters submitted by Merilyn Reeves, Scott Gibson, Preston C. Henry, and Beverly King

Letters to the Editor: June 19, 2015

Letters submitted by Dan Hilbert, Gerald L. Painter, Anna Pearl Johnson, Kerry Wolfe, Darlene Bratcher, David Terry, and Berniece Owen.

Letters to the Editor: June 12, 2015

Letters submitted by Andrew Davis, Dorothy Mayes, Mike Myrick, Vern Holm, Betty Damewood, and Don Schaeffer

Letters to the Editor: June 5, 2015

Letters submitted by J.W. Milligan and Terry L. Davis

Letters to the Editor: May 29, 2015

Letters submitted by Donna Jean and Jim McDaniel, Hayley DeHaan, Jim Parker, Sally L. Godard, and Scott Gibson

Letters to the Editor: May 22, 2015

Letters submitted by Philip Newman and Susan Allen.

Letters to the Editor: May 15, 2015

Letters from Darrell King, Ed and Candy Gormley, Sara Meyer, Kathie Oriet, Lauri L. Lewis, David Blanchard, Jeff Lorton, and Marlene Tebo

Letters to the Editor: May 8, 2015

Letters submitted by Tara Rich, Mark and Lori McBryde, Mel DeGraw, Ruth Gaskin, Andrew Davis, Stan Primozich, and John W. Englebrecht

Letter to the editor - May 1, 2015

A letter from Terry Davis


Illustrated Editorials

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

Jeb Bladine: July 4 tradition renewed

Kudos to Evergreen Museum and the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce for stepping into the void to produce a community celebration of the Fourth of July. If all goes well and organizers realize ...

Others Say: Overprotection of forest lands actually leads to habitat loss

Overprotection of forest lands actually leads to habitat loss For decades, timber harvests on public forest land in western Oregon have been curtailed in the interest of protecting the environment from ...

Richard McJunkin: Memories of Fourths past

Vietnam War veteran shares seven decades of perspective on our country’s celebration of independence

Others Say: Let's repair fire spending spiral

Congress could repair fire spending spiral The cost of fighting megafires in Oregon and other western states has skyrocketed in recent years, devouring funds that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of ...

Haight/Morrow: Try your hand at filmmaking

Would-be movie directors enter short film festivals for honest feedback and a chance for recognition

Legalized pot has many rules, risks

We knew nothing about marijuana 50 years ago at high school graduation time. We never watched the 1936 propaganda movie, “Reefer Madness,” and we didn't know the federal Marijuana Tax Act of ...

Jeffrey Lopez: Becoming a better father

Too many dads ignore their feelings and consequently alienate their children Father’s Day turned 100 years old in 2010. What a wonderful time to honor our dads! A Spokane, Washington, woman is ...

Jeb Bladine: Salem rule-makers march in lockstep

There are 53 Democrats in the Oregon Legislature: 35 in the House and 18 in the Senate. This year, they have ruled the state from political and social perspectives more one-sided than I can remember in ...

Scott Phoenix: Retiring teacher reflects on praiseworthy place of learning

By Scott Phoenix I want to thank the communities of McMinnville and Lafayette for the opportunity to teach their children over the course of 37 years at Patton Middle School, formerly known as McMinnville ...

Don Iler: Old things, old photos

Hanging on to reminders helps preserve memories of loved ones as well as commonplace and extraordinary experiences

Jeb Bladine: Fireworks memories include great one-liner

A new era for Fourth of July fireworks in McMinnville will burst across the skies above Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum at an event cosponsored by Evergreen and the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce. ...

Jeb Bladine: Change pending for modest growth rates

Growth means change, and change can create community angst. But be forewarned, the changes in Yamhill County due to population growth in the first half of this decade are nothing compared to what might ...

'Hams' connect us with the world, even without electricty

Ever since Marconi tinkered with wireless transmissions in the early 1900s, people have been fascinated with communicating through the airwaves. Today, there are over 700,000 amateur radio licenses issued ...

Others Say: June 5, 2015

Premature to divert prison program funding to schools In 2013, the Oregon Legislature did a good thing. Faced with a soaring prison population projected to cost the state $600 million over 10 years for ...

Christine Anderson: Small farmer takes big step

McMinnville farm fights for right to freely advertise a legal product: raw milk

Cassie Sollars: 'Little' town steals her heart

Move to McMinnville changed life significantly for Downtown Association manager

Jeb Bladine: Pay out the 'kicker,' then look at change

Most people agree it’s smart to set aside funds in a rainy day savings account. But, apparently, that good advice is lost on Oregonians as it relates to their state government. We already have a ...

Scott Gibson: Quit wasting your money

Nutritional supplements: A road to nowhere with unregulated, untested, bogus, ineffective products

Others Say: May 22, 2015

Renovating our state Capitol building will be quite expensive Would you spend $337 million to redo a cake that has a bowling trophy on top? That description of the Oregon State Capitol might well send ...

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