“Only Nazis get to be Nazis.” I said that frequently 10 years ago, when my son, then barely out of elementary school, protested “the madness of King George.” That was when he ...

Editorials

Naysayers, step aside; willing hands at work

Cynicism about government has become a staple of political thought in today’s America. In the process, a proud tradition of can-do optimism has degenerated into an incessant clamor of can’t-do ...

Just say no to adminstration’s Bonneville Power takeover try

Donald Trump has proven the most partisan president in modern American history. When he musters bluff and bluster to demand unity, he isn’t offering to give ground if you are, in hopes of meeting ...

Abuse occurs in the unlikeliest of settings

When families worry about protecting loved ones from abusers, manipulators and molesters, they probably think of people like Christopher Enyart. A serial abuser of young boys, freed after serving 10 years ...

Selecting new member of bench rare and important opportunity

Yamhill County voters will decide this year who becomes the next judge in Oregon’s 25th Judicial District. And that’s the way it should be. Presiding Judge Ronald Stone has decided to give ...

Linfield’s new leader seems like a good fit

Accelerating at a blistering pace, technology has wreaked havoc on retailing; turned government upside-down and culture inside -out; made uncertainty the only real remaining certainty. Along the way, it ...

Register-Guard sale sign of times, but not inevitable for all papers

Community news is still being covered nationwide by reporters and editors with intimate knowledge of the people and stories around them. But local ownership is, in fact, becoming increasingly endangered.  The ...

Democrats put the lie to premise of off-year housekeeping sessions

Oregon voters this week resoundingly approved the 2017 Legislature’s preferred funding scheme for the expansion of Medicaid coverage in Oregon. Although some lawmakers hoped for a resounding no vote ...

Alcohol no less menace than meth, crack, opioids

As a nation, we have long recognized the dangers inherent in alcohol, tobacco, street drugs and prescription drugs. By turn, we have rallied to regulate, control or even eliminate their use, though progress ...

Short session wrong venue for new ventures

If there’s anything more certain as death and taxes these days, it’s this: Tax talk will dominate the off-year 35-day legislative session starting Feb. 1. The only question is, will the focus ...

Insider’s take on homelessness reveals human need for kindness

Last week’s Viewpoints cover article, by a former Willamina man now living on the streets of McMinnville, garnered a strong reaction. The most important lessons, as many commenters noted, were that ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: February 16, 2018

Light timing spot-on I want to compliment the workers and planners who set the timing of the traffic lights on Second Street, at both Adams and Baker street intersections.I cross those intersections almost ...

Letters to the Editor: February 9, 2018

Not the dogs’ fault Yes, pets should not be allowed to roam for many reasons, not the least of which is for their own safety. The two dogs that were shot did not deserve to be killed. They may ...

Letters to the Editor: February 2, 2018

Did us a favor Last year, our neighbor, Nicole Wood, shot and killed two dogs trespassing on her property. She was charged, tried, convicted and sentenced in Yamhill County.It is over as far as authorities ...

Letters to the Editor: January 26, 2018

Undue influence I have supported People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for years, with the understanding it was working to solve animal abuse cases. But no longer, as I’ve discovered PETA ...

Letters to the Editor: January 19, 2018

Time for climate action On Jan. 12, the News-Register reprinted an editorial from the Corvallis Gazette-Times: “Carbon bill isn’t a good fit for short session.” Sen. Dembrow, D-Portland, ...

Letters to the Editor Jan. 12, 2018

Hats for the homeless? I have crocheted more than 400 stocking caps and donated them to the birthing center, cancer clinic, Union Gospel Mission and family, friends and neighbors. I still have more than ...

Letters to the Editor: January 5, 2018

Not what we paid for For the past few years, Social Security recipients have watched their monthly checks get smaller. The Obama years were the worst. It was first time since cost-of-living adjustments ...

Letters to the Editor: December 29, 2017

Acts of kindness Two incidents I experienced this holiday season, while small and insignificant in themselves, convinced me that the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in our community. First, on ...

Letters to the Editor: December 22, 2017

A load of garbage: I was extremely disappointed by the McMinnville City Council’s decision to divert local trash to a Washington state landfill. Riverbend is an asset to the community, no matter ...

Letters to the Editor: December 15, 2017

Letters from Colt D. Freitas, Scott Gibson, Lynn Crowell, Susan Meredith and Margaret Cross

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

Jeb Bladine: One grain of sand in environmental war

State and local governments around America are being pressured to ban carry-out plastic bags at retail establishments. The campaign worked in McMinnville. A local ban began in September at large retailers ...

 
Tom Henderson: Immigration sweeps a stain on American honor

“Only Nazis get to be Nazis.” I said that frequently 10 years ago, when my son, then barely out of elementary school, protested “the madness of King George.” That was when he ...

Bob Franken: Tainting intelligence panel with partisanship

I covered Capitol Hill during my CNN phase. That was quite a while ago, but to this day, I have friends among veteran members of Congress, including members of the House and Senate intelligence committees.

 

 
Flu outbreak exposes critical danger

By MORTEN WENDELBO and CHRISTINE BLACKBURNOf the Snowcroft Institute The current flu season is one of the worst on record in the U.S. By early January, overall mortality was already double that of last ...

Jeb Bladine: Quest continues for accountability

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, the first Republican elected to statewide office since 2002 and first to serve as secretary of state since 1985, said this after his November 2016 election: “We’re ...

 
Starla Pointer: Be the public at a public meeting

City councils, school boards, planning commissions, county commissions and other public bodies all have public meetings on a regular basis. And they discuss important issues, such as how to spend taxpayers’ ...

Jeb Bladine: City struggles with on-street RV living

McMinnville and Newberg, as most cities, have enacted municipal code protections against neighborhood nuisances. They bar activities that, in Newberg’s words, “promote blight, reduce property ...

 
Randy Stapilus: 2018 could break Oregon’s short-session mold

This year’s Oregon legislative session, which opened Monday, Feb. 5, took the biggest fork in the road before it even convened. On Jan. 23, voters across the state passed — by a landslide ...

Jeb Bladine: Energy not growing from high-value soil

We call them solar farms, but the operations aren’t growing energy from the high-value farmland lying below their arrays of solar panels. Therein lies the Oregon controversy playing out locally this ...

 
Scott Gibson: What I learned on the school board

After six years on the McMinnville School Board, I recently stepped down because my wife and I moved to Amity. Serving on the school board was one of the most enjoyable and interesting experiences of ...

Jeb Bladine: Recording history, 1 meeting at a time

For 40-plus years, I’ve had more than a passing fascination with historic records of local activities … some might call it a mild obsession. In recent years, the city of McMinnville has become ...

Moving back to the editorial page

My first exposure to the opinion function came in 1971, when I signed up for John Hulteng's legendary editorial-writing course during my first year of grad school at the University of Oregon. He was coming ...

We built the road; now fix the signage

Here’s a long-awaited sentence: I drove the Newberg-Dundee Bypass! It’s just Phase 1, thus incomplete, And funding and topographic challenges caused an interchange flaw that may become a black ...

 
Just looking for a wave and a smile

Former husband and homeowner reflects on a life winding down on the streets

Jeb Bladine: With few sibs, you depend on cousins

Year-end holidays remind us how families are complicated foundations of our lives. As someone with small nuclear families — both vertically and horizontally — I always marvel at how people ...

 
Ken Dollinger: As the bypass turns

It’s been a trying saga so far, and this season concludes with a few cliffhangers left out there

Jeb Bladine: Personal lists of ‘prominent deaths’

Today we continue our year-end tradition of reviewing the most prominent local news stories, and recognizing the loss of a few well-known people. Our practice of listing prominent deaths always overlooks ...

 
W. L. W. White: Our Boys, How Christmas Eve was enjoyed years ago

[The following is reprinted from the Dec. 25, 1886, edition of the Daily Reporter., McMinnville, Vol. 1, No. 95; price: 2 cents] By W. L. W. White Publisher, Daily Reporter Eighteen years ago Christmas ...

Jeb Bladine: No drones allowed, but some photos OK

People clearly are concerned about government surveillance, as per reader comments on our news story about Yamhill County’s new contract for aerial photography. The related debate spawned myriad ...

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