In the new year, Congress and President Trump have promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If they are successful, it is imperative they restore critical Medicare payments to hospitals and clinics ...

Editorials

Banning plastic bags a case of  good intentions, with tradeoffs

Plastic bag bans are more of a gesture than a significant environmental benefit. There are plenty of pros to reducing the common carrier of groceries and other goods, the most significant being reducing ...

Oregonians yearn for leaders who stir souls

In the inaugural address Monday, Gov. Kate Brown invoked the memory of Tom McCall in her opening and Mark Hatfield in her closing. That’s fitting, as the two former governors, both Republicans, ...

Elected officials on thin ice in new political age

Both federal and state government leaders kicked off the new year with reasons for the electorate’s confidence to be shaky.  In a highly publicized and somewhat comical debacle, the U.S. House ...

If committed to be fair, cities need to collect what is due

After years of lurching from one financial crisis to another, Willamina has finally begun to get its financial house in order. City leaders rightly deserve the full support of the citizenry. But they’ve ...

Donations, deductions a great way to begin 2017

There is just a day and some change left to purge your closets and garages for usable items that can transform into goodwill for your fellow human beings (and provide deductions at tax time).  The ...

Elections, of course, dominate Readers Forum topics in 2017

The News-Register prints its top ten news and sports stories of the year, which its done annually for many years. We also find it interesting to recap the most frequently discussed topics in our Readers ...

Contracting jail services could provide dividends

We are not big fans of the contracting out of public services to private agencies. We take particular exception to the contracting out of services falling within a public agency’s core function, ...

Further coordination can improve already robust service community

For several years, a group of volunteers associated with McMinnville churches worked together to provide shelter during times of extreme cold. Known as C-WISH, the effort was discontinued this year after ...

Rave economic reviews don’t extend past PDX

State and federal stats paint a glowing picture of Oregon’s economy. In colorful prose, accompanied by flashy maps and graphics, analysts tell us it’s red hot and rolling. But the Oregon story ...

Let’s hope records bill moves us closer to culture of transparency

When a public records denial is challenged in Yamhill County, it falls to District Attorney Brad Berry to issue a ruling. Berry considers each challenge thoughtfully, professionally, expeditiously, but ...

Letters

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 ...

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 6, 2017

Be prepared This past weekend, my family had an opportunity to test our preparedness for the Big One (the magnitude 9.0 Cascadia earthquake we are expecting any time). Last Friday, we discovered a major ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 30, 2016

Inherit the dirt Donald Trump promised the moon and is already delivering dirt clods. He said he would threaten Carrier into keeping all its jobs in the United States. In the end, Carrier got a $7 million ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 23, 2016

Shelter needed This letter is a speculation on possible alternatives to the system-wide shutdown of homeless shelters during the recent cold spell. For those who can’t turn up the thermostat or ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 16, 2016

Letter from Santa From:  Santa To:  America. We are behind schedule in making toys and may be a tad late in coming down your chimneys. The problems started when Trump began his presidential ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 9, 2016

She deserved more It is commendable that the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office has admitted error in the suicide of Debbie Samples, but I think the most important, most central question is: Why was ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 2, 2016

Dog a real problem I am sure the incident of the lady who shot the “running dogs” is a horrible nightmare for her and her family. There is undoubtedly more to this story than the incident ...

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 25, 2016

Justice was served Let’s get this straight. Two years ago, a Latino member of our community walks into a 7-Eleven across from Linfield College and stabs to death our student athlete, Parker Archie ...

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 18, 2016

Fight hatred The post-election hate speech, bullying and physical violence toward people whose race, religion, heritage, sexual preference or mobility differs from our own is both frightening and unAmerican. We ...

Letters to the Editor: Nov 10, 2016

Answers seem dodgy County Commissioner Stan Primozich will not answer certain pressing questions. The Yamhelas bicycle path requires an agricultural impact study under Oregon law, but Primozich talks ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

 
Peter Hofstetter: Restore hospital Medicare payments with ACA repeal

In the new year, Congress and President Trump have promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If they are successful, it is imperative they restore critical Medicare payments to hospitals and clinics ...

 
Scott Gibson: Unraveling Obamacare

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Jeb Bladine: Reality intertwined in more ‘fake news’

This has been an extraordinary week in national politics. It began with long-awaited congressional hearings on nominees to the Donald Trump Cabinet, accompanied by the president-elect’s first press ...

 
Ossie Bladine: From non to fake news

It’s more important than ever for consumers to read and view responsibly

Jeb Bladine: Can’t stop thinking about the chickens

Most writing guides provide clear advice about clichés: Don’t use them; be creative, not trite. Admittedly, I’ve strayed from that clearly-marked path. I’ve described chickens ...

Rich Lowry: Who’s the Boss? Divided GOP congress must find balance

Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him.So far the early legislative agenda of Republicans after ...

 
Charles C. Haynes: Historic win for Native American religionFirst Amendment works — and will — if we still have it

Our First Amendment freedoms will work — if we still have them around to use. Those five freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — have been challenged at various times ...

Jeb Bladine: Calendar year has collection of politics

What would we do without calendar years? They provide regular opportunities to regret various behaviors and pledge to do better in the year ahead – thus, the tradition of New Year’s resolutions ...

Jeb Bladine: Holiday wishes, in print and online

Here at the News-Register, we spend most of our time creating, producing and delivering local stories and advertising displays printed on paper. Our Oregon Lithoprint division has a warehouse full of different ...

Charles C. Haynes: Historic win for Native American religion

On Dec. 4, the two-year struggle by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their sacred land and water ended — at least for now — when the Obama administration denied the easement needed ...

 
The joy of Christmas

[The following was published by the editorial staff of the Telephone-Register on Dec. 22, 1921.] One of the finest things about Christmas is that it is real and true. It is a joyous time proving than ...

Gary Brower: Cell phone survival Making it through a wintry inconvenience

The bridge in Salem was out of commission, and I was cut off from my home in McMinnville. At 10 am on Wednesday, December 14, a wintery mix of rain, sleet and snow started to fall near my job site in ...

Others Say: Others step in where governor is silent

Addressing Oregon’s annual Leadership Summit a year ago, Gov. Kate Brown made no mention of the biggest financial crisis facing state government: PERS, the underfunded, bloated retirement system ...

Jeb Bladine: Quiet retrospective of 2016 life stories

In December, I stop to read our newspaper archive of obituary articles from the previous year. It’s a quiet, reflective and often moving experience that occasionally inspires a column about some ...

 
Scott Gibson: Take the test

Smarter Balanced testing allows schools to be held accountable for their performances

Jeb Bladine: Telling stories just part of the package

Grizzlies and Wildcats will mingle and reminisce at a Jan. 7 memorial service for Perry Stubberfield, and the source for many of their stories will be the man they are there to honor. Perry’s 78 ...

 
Sal Peralta: Crashing the parties

County ballot measures passed in November show voters’ desire to change campaign rules

 
Robert F. Dodge: The Treaty of Tlatelolco

Giving thanks to our Latin American neighbors toward a world free of nuclear weapons

Jeb Bladine: Partners produce holiday light magic

Once again this holiday season, a night drive or walk through downtown McMinnville reveals a spectacular canopy of tree lighting that magnifies the sidewalk and cross-street Christmas displays. It’s ...

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