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Editorials

Contention, compromise led to Mac sign ordinance

In McMinnville, aesthetics matter. We hold dearly the imagery of rolling vineyard hills, a tree-lined downtown historic district, the iconic Spruce Goose looking down from a gleaming glass facade, and ...

McMinnville’s can-do attitude paying big dividends these days

Like virtually every other place on the planet, McMinnville has experienced plenty of boom and bust cycles over the years. But to the community’s credit, it has never been content to ease back and ...

Tragic jail deaths curb public’s trust in sheriff

On Oct. 17, 2014, we wrote, “(Tim) Svenson remains the only reasonable choice for Yamhill County sheriff.” On Feb. 6, 2015, we followed, “Svenson off to good start as new sheriff.” But ...

Evergreen case shows need to keep legals in newspapers

The tip resulting in Tuesday’s front page article about the pending sheriff’s sale of Evergreen International Aviation’s former headquarters didn’t originate from a source with ...

Cloud of concern continues to envelop air and space museum

Last summer, we applauded the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum’s emergence from a morass of high-risk corporate bankruptcies with its campus and exhibits largely intact. We closed our paean ...

Infusing $5 billion into PERS might be just treading water

Gov. Kate Brown has asked a committee to address “uncomfortable” options that would cut the Public Employees Retirement System’s unfunded liability by $5 billion. The state is currently ...

Answers don’t come easily in torrent of child sex cases

Gut-churning acts of child sexual abuse seem to have become all too common. Our files are chock full of examples, even though we reserve fuller accounts for the worst of the lot. Christopher Lewis, who ...

Successes can keep piling up with full-time fair manager

If you’re in need of an uplifting story of government in action — especially one steeped in rural Americana — peruse recent archives of the Yamhill County Fair. It turned a corner with ...

Homeless issues not just the government’s problem

People sometimes enter McMinnville City Council chambers as it were the grand hall of the Great and Powerful Oz, seeking solutions they hope can be magically bestowed. Unfortunately, councils cannot be ...

Bills improve public records,  but fix needed to move ahead

Public records bills recently passed allows Oregonians to believe their elected officials are serious about systematically improving their constituents’ access to government information.  Unfortunately, ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: August 11, 2017

Peter and Linda Enticknap, and Anita Benson

Letters to the Editor: August 4, 2017

Is it really such a chore? To Councilor Remy Drabkin: During the July 25 council meeting, you expressed irritation because the city is not getting credit for what is being done about the homeless situation ...

Letters to the Editor: July 28, 2017

Letters from Sheila Hunter and Nancy Thornton

Letters to the Editor: July 21, 2017

Letters by Stuart Jacobson, John M. Dullivan, Edward Fuller, Sandra Ponto, Carol Ackerson and Alisa Owen

Letters to the Editor: July 14, 2017

Letters from Stephanie Stevens, Michael Burr, Sheila Hunter, Allen L. Six, Anthony Bell, Ricardo Small, Don Bowie, Sandl Till, Mike Sullivan, James Galbreath and Gloria LaFata

Letters to the Editor: July 7, 2017

They are invaders We have been invaded, and the invasion is not being resisted or dealt with. As cartoonist Walt Kelly’s Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” The invaders ...

Letters to the Editor: June 30, 2017

Harvest of facts I was heartened to see the enthusiasm in the community about McMinnville High’s pathway program, as evidenced by letters to the editor voicing concerns about halting the horticulture ...

Letters to the Editor: June 23, 2017

Letters from Whitney Rich, Frank Mitchell, Ramsey McPhillips, Robin Zimmerman, Merilyn Reeves, Cameron Urnes, Liz Marlia-Stein and Alan Wenner.

Letters to the Editor: June 16, 2017

Letters from Dawn Tedder, Lee Vasquez, Fred Fawcett, David Terry and Kathy Beckwith

Can Stock photo / Graphic by N-R staff.

 
Letters to the Editor: Responses to Riverbend commentary

[Editor’s Note: Last week’s Viewpoints article by Paul Burns, “Riverbend’s story takes more than 140 letters,” generated a spirited response from readers in opposition to ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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Dr. Marvin McMillen: Music as medicine

A hard-working young man somewhere in Yamhill County has a few too many beers on a Friday night. He runs his pickup off the road into a tree at 50 mph. He survives, but breaks his shoulder, his collarbone, ...

Jeb Bladine: Misinformation hits at Evergreen story

Officials at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum respond calmly to public misconceptions about EASM’s slow but steady emergence from the shadow of its controversial history. But even their patience ...

Jeb Bladine: Listen to the experts; ‘get thee to the path’

Solar eclipse fever is rising. When the dusk settles on Aug. 21, will your experience live up to the hype? Here is some important eclipse-watching information, but first, a few statistics from the exact ...

 
Ron Noble: Triumphs, disappointments from first legislative session

About 18 months ago I announced my campaign for House District 24. As I traveled the district, everywhere from McMinnville to Carlton and Hillsboro, the message I continually heard was the same: We are ...

Gene Policinski: More Americans see less media bias, but why?

Attention, you so-called “enemies of the people” and alleged purveyors of biased reporting: There’s reason to think fewer people than last year might see you that way, despite the ongoing, ...

 
Jeb Bladine: Baby Boomer Band just plays on and on

America’s population bulge is moving through the chart of U.S. census statistics with relentless impacts on many areas of our lives. It’s one thing to recount the raw numbers of Baby Boomers ...

 
Matt Johnson and Erika Marksbury: Whose side are you on?

Downtown McMinnville congregations strive to move past the blame game on homelessness

Jeb Bladine: Health care debate on a whimsical ride

America — albeit through backroom deliberations by a single political party — is struggling to design an efficient, humane and affordable health care system. As that national controversy continues ...

 
Lata Nott: Still Going Strong After 225 Years

By Lata Nott Special to the News-Register Common practice for liberals and conservatives now is to take turns calling each other enemies of the First Amendment. The results of this year’s “State ...

Jeb Bladine: ‘Maintaining a safe, livable environment’

There are many roles in solving the problems of a growing homeless population — local and state government, social service agencies, religious and humanitarian institutions, and volunteer citizens, ...

 
Ossie Bladine: Ushering in the arts industry

When it comes to economic development, the arts industry is often viewed as a complementary asset at best — a contributor perhaps, but certainly not a mainstay. Conventional reasoning has it that ...

Jeb Bladine: Story had lesson about cycles of life

Our Tuesday story about Cal and Debbie Kearns touched many readers with its calm, composed yet emotional telling of a human condition that too often is hidden from view. Debbie, assisted by Reporter Starla ...

 
Jonathan Lockwood: Passage of Will’s Bill critical

Earlier this month, Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Sgt. Leroy Petry spoke at the VETERANS FIRST rally to urge lawmakers to remove the barriers to expanding access to mental health care services.  “I’m ...

Jeb Bladine: Traditions provide community strength

Currently, city leaders and others throughout the community find their attention increasingly focused on a complex mixture of homelessness and vagrancy challenges requiring strong consensus for responsive ...

 
Tom Emery: CCC helped millions

June 30 marks 75 years since the end of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an organization that also fought fires, improved timber, irrigation, wildlife protection in Oregon

Jeb Bladine: Time to move the sidewalk bedroom

McMinnville is experiencing some fallout from political correctness. Uncomfortable with offensive labels, we have created a homogeneous concept known as “The Homeless.” Compassion for human ...

Jeb Bladine: Americans in dark on health care law

Our national attention suffers from a scattershot effect that features one high-profile news cycle after another. We leap from travel ban appeals to climate change treaties; from Russian hacking to deadly ...

 
Paul Burns: Riverbend’s story takes more than 140 characters

A provocative tweet can travel around the globe in seconds or land on the front page in minutes. But for the important civic issues confronting our local community, the conversations rarely fit in 140 ...

Jeb Bladine: Former FBI chief takes center stage

I’m all in with this week’s testimony by former FBI Director James Comey. It’s 7 a.m. Thursday; Comey just started his Senate testimony; and my column deadline is in two hours. The stage ...

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