Upcoming restoration projects continue McMinnville stream’s storied history

Editorials

Conduct that raises eyebrows has no place in public office

Last Friday’s News-Register contained stories about two locally elected officials confronted with conflicts of interest. One behaved impeccably, avoiding not only the exercise of undue influence, ...

Mac continues to stay in front of major vacation rental issues

Cities around the country are constantly battling social technologies that affect local governance. Notably, the “sharing economy” has resulted in a large vacation rental industry. Using web-based ...

Don’t let museum fall to pair coveting its carcass

The three key figures in a $25 million lawsuit filed last month in federal court — plaintiff Steve Down and defendants Paul R. Peterson and J.W. Millegan — share certain similarities. They ...

DeVos visit seen as honor for deserving district and school

Neither protests nor counter-protests nor gloom of day nor Oregon drizzle stayed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from swift completion of her appointed rounds on a wet McMinnville Wednesday. We ...

Sensible gun control action is long overdue

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza used a rapid-fire semi-automatic rifle to kill his mother, then gun down 26 students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. On June 12, 2016, Omar ...

Economic development at the county could use consistency

Yamhill County has yet to come up with a economic development strategy that’s stuck. But it’s not for lack of effort. Five years ago, the county budget committee urged commissioners to better ...

GOP rebels spare Oregon a health care catastrophe

Oregon didn’t simply dodge a bullet this week with the collapse of the latest Republican effort to gut President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Health Care Act. It dodged a missile taking ...

Task force unlikely to hit on better solution than churches

Merchants don’t feel the McMinnville City Council has done enough to control disruptive downtown behavior, serving to send shoppers packing. In response, the council has asked a task force to spend ...

Parking poses a challenge, but it's not insurmountable

Eventually, McMinnville is going to have to acquire a suitable site for a second downtown parking structure and raise the money to fund construction. Already, the Atticus Hotel and Allegory Brewery are ...

Small steps make some progress in addressing housing issue

The old saying goes, “It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.” In McMinnville’s case, city officials have broken out the candles, but are still stumbling around in the ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: October 20, 2017

You go, girls Last week, the Boy Scouts of America announced that starting next year they will allow girls to join and be able to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. The motivation for the change came from ...

Letters to the Editor: October 13, 2017

Ban airliners, too I couldn’t agree with you more about your call for more gun control laws following the recent tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. As a matter of fact, I’ll go even further ...

Letters to the Editor: October 6, 2017

Bard position To quote Shakespeare regarding the county administrator salary and the study for workers, the lady doth protest too much. A.M. Fernandez-Madrid Carlton   Landfill poses danger OPB ...

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 29, 2017

Parking not good Dear Owen Ronchelli, A parking problem is a good thing? So take away all the parking spots, and it will be even better! Duh! The new “motel” took almost 35 parking spots ...

Letters to the Editor: September 22, 2017

 

Letters to the Editor: September 15, 2017

I meant all of them I was misrepresented by one of the residents at the Sept. 5 meeting in Carlton about the “inclusion.” I did not say “Latino” or refer only to the Latino community ...

Letters to the Editor: September 8, 2017

Unions maligned The News-Register exhibited uncharacteristic cynicism in publishing the Cascade Policy Institute’s op-ed piece “Time to stop forcing union membership” Sept, 1 — ...

Letters to the Editor: September 1, 2017

Neighborhood threat Although I love the tourism that has helped make McMinnville such an interesting and prosperous community, the rise in the number of short-term and Airbnb rentals throughout our community ...

Letters to the Editor: August 25, 2017

Room tax benefits all County Commissioner Mary Starrett is a dedicated Libertarian who has never met a tax she liked, but in the real world, we need taxes to pay for services and infrastructure. Commissioners ...

Letters to the Editor: August 18, 2017

Letters from Rep. Ron Noble, Linda O'Hara, Steve Wozniak and Mike McCauley

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

 
Luke Westphal: Care for Cozine Creek

Upcoming restoration projects continue McMinnville stream’s storied history

Jeb Bladine: Complex laws set deadly force rules

The shooting of a home intruder this week sparked debates about rights of self-defense. As Capt. Rhonda Sandoval points out in today’s news story, Oregon laws on the use of deadly force are complicated. First ...

 
Camilla Sumner: Gap year reflections

It’s been almost three months since I returned home from Cambodia, and it was the best year of my life. After I graduated from high school in June 2016, I didn’t feel like college was the right ...

Jeb Bladine: Good time to revisit the First Amendment

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1791, underpins America’s most important individual freedoms. Every so often, it’s pertinent to remember that one simple, but very complicated, ...

 
Elliot Berkman: Healthy choices are neither good nor bad; only thinking makes them so

Doing healthy things can feel like a battle between the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. The devil impels me to order the bacon burger for lunch, but the angel nudges my hand toward the ...

Jeb Bladine: ‘This isn’t the time to talk gun control’

A demented mass murderer killed at least 58 people Sunday night in Las Vegas during 10 minutes of near-automatic gunfire from high above an outdoor concert venue. We still don’t know exactly how ...

 
Christopher Hendon: The science of good java

Brewing a great cup of coffee depends on chemistry and physics

Jeb Bladine: What an interesting cast of characters!

I can imagine your eyes rolling as the Evergreen saga produces another high stakes legal drama. This time, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a much-interested bystander. The Falls Event Center ...

 
William Deacy: Swapping fish for fruit

After several years of studying brown bear ecology on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, I grew used to walking up streams into scenes of carnage. Where bears had killed and eaten spawning sockeye salmon, streambeds ...

Jeb Bladine: Projects responding to anticipated growth

Driving around town this year, it feels like significant growth in McMinnville: more traffic; lots of construction; field work marking approval of a 278-unit subdivision. And there are so many planning ...

 
Dennis Richardson: Standing at the crossroads

I grew up in the era of big cars with big engines. If a Chevy 396 cubic inch motor was good, a Chrysler 426 Hemi was even better. Today, for most of us, what we value in a car is different. Concern about ...

Jeb Bladine: As media moves on, victims still need aid

Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have begun rebuilding their lives and communities. Meanwhile, after nearly three weeks of nonstop hurricane coverage, television news is moving national attention ...

 
Gene Nesbitt: Seed to Supper program creating more gardeners

Yamhill County families are learning to become more food secure through a joint program of the Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon State University Extension Service. The Seed to Supper program is a comprehensive ...

 
Robert Mason: Enhancing food security in Yamhill County

Hunger is stalking Yamhill County. This is occurring in the face of the economic recovery from the great recession of 2008. Unemployment is down and income tax revenues are up enough to trigger the state ...

Jeb Bladine: City talks coming on vacation rentals

When Charles Hillestad first warned fellow McMinnville planning commissioners about the proliferation of vacation home rentals, he spoke from personal experience. Hillestad moved here from Cannon Beach, ...

Jeb Bladine: Hurricane Harvey draws climate talk

Much is happening behind the tragic human scenes caused by Hurricane Harvey, but it’s difficult to look elsewhere in the face of so much life-altering destruction.“The immediate priorities, ...

Jeb Bladine: Eclipse & president astound Americans

It’s been quite a week. Americans saw one breathtaking solar eclipse and one dumbfounding version of Donald Trump. Most agreed both experiences exceeded their wildest expectations.Long before Monday, ...

 
Sheriff Tim Svenson: Moving the office forward

The duties of the office of sheriff are far-reaching—from overseeing patrols and investigations throughout the county to managing the jail, as well as implementing a range of civil responsibilities. ...

 
Gene Policinski: ‘Freedom’ is best response to white supremacy hatemongers

Let them march in Charlottesville. Let them speak. Hate-propagating neo-Nazis and bottom-dwelling white supremacists — the dregs of our open society — have and should have First Amendment ...

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