As schools across our community prepare to head into what we all hope is a sunshine-filled summer, Start Making A Reader Today is celebrating the end of its 26th year fostering a love of books and reading ...

Editorials

Festivals hold together what politics drive apart

The Monday after Sheridan Days, a festival that brings the community together in a spirit of fellowship, one of Sheridan’s younger residents learned how fragile that fellowship can be. Sarai Weeks ...

Little-known gubernatorial contender earns debate spot

Move over, Republican challenger Knute Buehler. You’ve no one but yourself to blame for falling 237 votes short of managing to bookend the GOP gubernatorial nomination with that of the Independent ...

Raise voices in protest, but offer hands in love

Although we have said it before, it bears repeating. The Trump administration policy of separating children from their families in the name of immigration enforcement, without exception or regard for ...

Community policing choices don't carry any guarantees

Few things fire small-town passions like the prospect of losing a treasured vestige of independence, whether a newspaper, grocery store, elementary school or police department.Because newspapers and grocery ...

Realities cast a shadow on sunny report outlook

More than half of McMinnville single mothers live in poverty, along with their children. Let that statistic sink in for a moment. It’s a fact easily overlooked in an analysis of McMinnville completed ...

Don’t let hyperbolic critics stonewall trail opportunity

The NIMBY element is in high dudgeon over the proposed Yamhelas Westsider Trail. Among more strident partisans, the rhetoric outstrips all reason. We respect principled and thoughtful opposition. But ...

Smoking ban an idea whose time has come

Loitering, which appears to wax and wane in downtown McMinnville, has been waxing of late. And with our tourism-centric community heading into the heart of the summer tourist season, the city is duty bound ...

Moore needs to come clean on his ugly 2016 campaign

One sentence in Tuesday’s edition required a correction appearing on Page 2 of today’s issue. In a story about Ken Moore’s write-in victory in the Democratic House 24 primary, the News-Register ...

City offers opportunities for meaningful involvement

Want to make a lasting mark on life in McMinnville? Consider volunteering for one of three advisory committees the city is creating. The city is looking for input from people with a diverse array of life ...

Nothing like local UFO Fest to nourish the mind and soul

Little, if anything, embraces both the playful and the serious like McMinville’s annual UFO Festival.  It started in 2000, when McMenamins historian Tim Hills became interested in the famous ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: June 22, 2018

Longing for dad lost to war I read a letter to the editor about Memorial Day and decided I needed to write. I consider it Dead Vet Day. I do not celebrate it. I do not buy a red flower. I ignore it. I ...

Letters to the Editor: June 15, 2018

Splitting families barbarous I’m writing to express my shock and horror at the inhumane treatment asylum seekers are receiving as a result of recent policy changes by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. An ...

Letters to the Editor: June 8, 2018

Paying price for moral rot I don’t usually read newspaper inserts published in small print, especially if statistics are involved. But I actually took the time to read the 2018-19 Yamhill County  ...

Letters to the Editor: May 25 2018

Kids doing right thing The Wednesday night of May 16th, the community truly had reason to celebrate at 3rd Street Pizza. The movie theater was packed, with a line snaking out the door. Was this small ...

Letters to the Editor: May 18, 2018

Let’s hear some specifics Something I have heard from nearly all Oregon legislative candidates — regardless of party affiliation — is simplistic advocacy for better education, housing ...

Letters to the Editor: May 11, 2018

Rural representation needed Yamhill County has more than 100,000 citizens, but many of them are not adequately represented by our countywide local government. That’s why I am urging folks to vote ...

Letters to the Editor: May 4, 2018

In the trenches with Starrett I have been in the trenches for the past year, working tirelessly as a Yamhill County citizen to raise awareness of abuses within the foster care system administered by DHS. ...

Letters to the Editor: April 27, 2018

Letters from Liz Marlia-Stein, Rod Runyon, Linda Watkins, Joe Jumalon, Tim Duerfeldt, Patrick J. Swanson, Randy Stapilus, Beth Rankin and James Crawford

Letters to the Editor: April 20, 2018

Letters from Barbara Curtis, Kourtney Ferrua, Shirley Ward Mullen, Zach Larsen, John Englebrecht, Phil Newman, Michael Roberson, Steve Harloff, Peter Vetter, Dennis Carmody and Darrell King.

Letters to the Editor: April 13, 2018

Letters from Kathy George, Jeff Flake, Annette Madrid, Mary Macey, Terry Willard, Mick Forlines, Larry Treadwell, Fred Fawcett and Mary Novak

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

 
Michael Finlay: Reading is crucial to future academic success

As schools across our community prepare to head into what we all hope is a sunshine-filled summer, Start Making A Reader Today is celebrating the end of its 26th year fostering a love of books and reading ...

Jeb Bladine: Complex legal web separates families

Americans are trapped in webs of complex laws — laws interpreted by intricate court decisions, implemented through mazes of rules and frequently subject to political and personal whims of enforcement. It’s ...

Chad Marlow: Fate of net neutrality on the line

On June 11, net neutrality protections ceased to exist.

This means your internet service provider is now able to engage in content-based discrimination. Internet content it favors for political or financial reasons can be delivered at top speeds, while content it disfavors is slowed or locked.

Jeb Bladine: Life is a scam, or so it seems

Life is a scam. Overstatement? Perhaps. But today, on a massive scale, criminals continuously target human emotions and weaknesses in their efforts to steal from us. They use threats, exploit fears, ...

Emily Merchant: Citizenship question risks skewing census

By EMILY KLANCHER MERCHANTUniverity of California at DavisThe 2020 U.S. Census is still two years away, but demographers and civil rights activists are already expressing doubt about the validity of the ...

 
Catharine Wang: DNA testing carries hidden downside

Aggressive marketing techniques and the popularity of bestowing recreational ancestry tests as gifts have led more consumers than ever to the world of personal genetic testing. The recent arrest of a ...

 
Heather Richards: Alpine, Atticus just taste of things to come

On July 23, 2013, the McMinnville City Council adopted the city’s first urban renewal plan. After years of engagement, dialogue, visioning and evaluation, the plan was designed to guide public investment ...

Jeb Bladine: Medicare ‘A’ needs a sense of urgency

Human nature features some disruptive tendencies. One is a general inability to identify, acknowledge and act to prevent pending financial catastrophes. Two out of three just isn’t good enough. Oregonians, ...

Jeb Bladine: Memories from a half-century ago

Tuesday, it will have been exactly 50 years since Bobby Kennedy was assassinated at a presidential campaign appearance in California. I don’t remember where I was when I heard the news, but for me, ...

 
Jesse James Maxwell: Finding the light

I was born Jesse James Maxwell on July 31, 1984. The site of the hospital is now occupied by a Walgreens drug store. I was ushered into a low-income, single-parent household, and that presented extreme ...

Jeb Bladine: Police didn't want assault publicized

McMinnville Police Department clearly did not want to see public reports about the violent attack May 12 that sent a McMinnville woman to intensive care at Oregon Health & Science University.Social ...

 
Frederic Lemieux: Myths of mass shootings exposed

At least 10 students were killed on May 18 at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. Another in a long line of mass school shootings erupting in America, a disgruntled student opened fire with a shotgun and ...

 
Tom Henderson: Quiet thoughts from a library in Wales

Ronald Reagan frequently referred to America as a shining city on a hill. He was wrong. At least he misinterpreted what Puritan leader John Winthrop meant in his 1630 sermon, “A Model of Christian ...

Jeb Bladine: SEC plea bargain back under wraps?

Confused by the latest Evergreen-related kerfuffle? Well, get in line. We have a stack of legal documents, along with access to multiple sources and numerous notes, but we don’t have the first clue ...

Jeremy Shapiro: Science deniers fail to appreciate complexities

Currently, there are three important issues on which consensus has been reached in the scientific community, but not in the community at large: climate change, biological evolution and childhood vaccination. On all three, prominent members of the Trump administration, including the president, have lined up against the conclusions of research.

 

 
Brian Feucht: Artificial intelligence raises revolutionary issues

The phrase “artificial intelligence” elicits one of three responses from most humans: excitement, fear or confusion. If you are already familiar with topic, you’re likely feeling all ...

Jeb Bladine: Don’t get caught in debt collection wringer

I’m picking up on today’s commentary — this page — by ACLU Human Rights Researcher Jennifer Turner. You might want to read that article first, then return here.Turner broadly digests ...

Jennifer Turner: Debt collectors hijacking justice system

Denise Zencka, a mother of three in Indiana, had to file for bankruptcy because she couldn’t afford to repay medical bills incurred for treatment of thyroid cancer. And because she was unable to work, she had to stay with her parents in Florida while she recovered.

 

Jeb Bladine: Stretching credulity a dangerous affair

When something is hard to believe, you might say it “strains credulity.” Actually, since credulity implies gullibility, something that strains credulity is so flawed that even a gullible person ...

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