Soil and Water District celebrates Earth Day all year with activities to protect the local environment Throughout the 1960s, the American environmental movement was building momentum and gaining support. ...

Editorials

No reason for such hostility toward our tribal neighbors

America is an amalgam of ethnic heritages, probably to a greater degree than any other country on the planet. It has managed to assimilate successive waves of people fleeing famine, war or persecution, ...

Prepare for tidal wave of summer sun and fun

A stretch of 70-degree weather gave way to clouds and drizzle this week. Consider this the calm before the storm. No, you didn’t miss anything in the weather forecast. The storm we reference above ...

For real ethics reform, best hope is ballot box

The abuse of power perpetrated by Oregon’s gubernatorial tandem of John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes should produce a surge of reform not seen since Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in the summer ...

Braich deserves another term on McMinnville school board

The third and final contested McMinnville school board race, being examined today, pits a longtime school district employee against a longtime school board incumbent. Janis Braich is seeking to extend ...

Tough to oppose incumbent but nod goes to challenger

Larry Vollmer served two terms on the budget committee, getting an apprenticeship in school finance, before joining the McMinnville School Board in 2006. He is nearing completion of his second full term ...

Finger-pointing doesn't help solve homelessness

Six years since Yamhill County’s adoption of “End Homelessness Now,” a 10-year plan to end homelessness, we may actually be worse off than ever. If you look at straight numbers, ...

Inner workings of people not always easy to fathom

Here at the News-Register, we are engaged, on one layer at least, in the news business. If you dig deeper, you’ll find we’re actually in the people business. We chronicle the actions of people, ...

Gibson deserves to return to Mac school board seat

Next month, we will witness the most contested election for local school board positions in recent memory. Both McMinnville and Newberg districts have three contested races, while Yamhill-Carlton has two.  The ...

Water & Light wise to secure water well before it is neede

When McMinnville Water & Light voted to pay $2.8 million for a senior water right on the Willamette, augmenting a larger but less senior right acquired earlier, it was continuing a long local tradition ...

Forestry plan takes one step back, one forward

The ongoing saga of commercial forestry on the Oregon lands owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management has taken some new twists in recent weeks. The painstakingly sluggish process of resolving the ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor - April 24, 2015

Letters from A.K. Cardinal, Tim Roberts, Gene White and Kathy Cabe

Letters to the editor - April 17, 2015

Letters from Roger Martin, Mike Burr, Shanna Uscanga and Bertha Biskey

Letters to the Editor - April 10, 2015

Letters from Bob Zahniser, Beulah Adams, Patrick J. Swanick, Phil Newman, Ken Dollinger and Ramsey McPhillps.

Letters to the Editor - April 3, 2015

Letters from Charles Gluskoter, Craig Pubols and Laura Pedroni

Letters to the editor - March 27, 2015

Letters from Scott Gibson and Jerry Sullivan

Letters to the editor - March 20, 2015

Letters from Jake Rockwood, Earl R. Scott, Ken Dollinger and Patricia McGhehey

Letters to the Editor - March 13, 2015

Letters from Peggy Riehl, Dave Boeckel, Elmer M. Werth, Nancy Keim, Dianne Gluskoter, and Melissa Winkelman.

Letters to the editor - March 6, 2015

Letters from Jane Kristof,  Robert E. Mason, Tony Hartford, Imon Pilcher, M.A. Novak, and Dana Elwell.

Letters to the Editor - Feb. 27, 2015

Letter writers include David Terry, John Sullivan, Dale Lux and David C. Blanchard.

Letters to the Editor - Feb. 20, 2015

Letters from Antoinette Marcel, Linda Watkins, Erma S. Vasquez, Tony Hartford, Jack Crabtree and Lee Vasquez, Lori Brazil, Robert Porath

Commentary

Illustrated Editorials

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

Marie Vicksta: People spoke, legislators acted

Soil and Water District celebrates Earth Day all year with activities to protect the local environment Throughout the 1960s, the American environmental movement was building momentum and gaining support. ...

Jeb Bladine: Protect access to body cam videos

Oregon legislators are struggling with issues related to police body cams, and they have plenty of company throughout the country. It’s a hot topic nationally due to a steady stream of reports about ...

Others Say: Governor must make compromises to pass transportation bill

Kudos to Gov. Kate Brown for highlighting the state’s congested roadways in her first State of the State Address. “These issues are real, and they are statewide,” Brown said Friday. Solving ...

Jeb Bladine: Tragic death puts spotlight on caution

When a 41-year-old McMinnville man suffered serious injury in a March 31 crash at Fourth and Evans streets in downtown McMinnville, my mind jumped in two directions: First, I was transported 40 years ...

Others Say: April 17, 2015

Need to tighten rules for forest spraying A legislative proposal to protect residents of rural areas against exposure to herbicides sprayed on private forest lands has been sent to a work group, ostensibly ...

Leonard Finkelman: Making sense of scientific facts

By drawing conclusions from observations of the world, philosophy cannot help but be irrevocably connected to science

Jeb Bladine: Wily virus tricks us to secure a new host

This year’s virus of choice seems to be causing something between a common cold and the flu, with many people asking themselves: I wonder how long this cough is going to hang on? Here’s a ...

Eric Schuck: Drought exposes vital mistake

Outside Boardman, about 30 miles west of Pendleton, the Navy’s footprint in Oregon is fairly small. So, for most of the past two years, when my Reserve weekend would roll around each month, I’d ...

Jeb Bladine: A trifecta of stores about public records

At the risk of exaggerating the importance of our request for Yamhill County documents, the News-Register at least temporarily has joined a trifecta of high-interest public records stories. Beginning ...

Others Say - April 3, 2015

Selected editorials from other Oregon newspapers Increase public trust by releasing police body camera videos Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would standardize the use of body cameras worn ...

Perspectives on vaccination

Pediatrician “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first and the lesson afterwards.”- Albert Einstein How we have gained knowledge about preventable diseases certainly ...

Jared Larson - Science from the Arctic

By Jared Larson Close your eyes and picture a place you would like to visit. When I close my eyes, I see the Arctic. There are polar bears roaming the ice and hunting for seals. Vast expanses ...

Emily Grosvenor - Writing reflects terroir, too

Unique local festival draws potential writers whose work finally finds its way to printed page

Jeb Bladine - Anti-business laws multiplying in Salem

How are things going at the Oregon Legislature? Just great, if you believe in oppressive government regulation; not so good if you believe in a free enterprise system. State Rep. Bill Kennemer, R-Canby, ...

Dave Robinson - Getting tech ready to prepare for and recov

I confess to being completely fascinated with gadgets. I’m pretty sure I’m in the majority. Otherwise, how do you explain the millions of tablets, smartphones and other computerized gizmos ...

Others Say - March 27, 2015

Spend a pittance to protect sage grouse The potential effects on Baker County’s economy if the federal government lists the sage grouse as a threatened or endangered species can hardly be underestimated. ...

David Roth/Patrick Story - Ask legislators to return rural investments to rural Oregon

A nasty loophole in Oregon law is being used to divert tax money from the intended rural recipients in favor of the Portland Metro area. Because of a twist in the law, about 5,000 acres of urban land in the Portland area are treated as rural because those acres were considered rural back in 2002.

Salley Ivey - Yamhill County juvenile facility is strict, as it should be

When I read the article on the Yamhill County juvenile facility published a few months back (News-Register, Nov. 4, “Lining up at Juvie”), it really upset me. I chose not to speak out, but ...

Jeb Bladine - In 'Sunshine Week,' Oregon has clouds

All WhatchamaColumns                     This has been “Sunshine Week,” a national dialogue about open government, freedom of information ...

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