Manufacturing’s multi-purpose roles are essential to the area’s economic well-being

Editorials

Current college landscape poses some new challenges for Linfield

Linfield College President Thomas Hellie delivered some refreshingly direct remarks last week about the state of McMinnville’s four-year university. The message he drove home is how no college or ...

Richardson earns nod for Secretary of state

Two years ago, longtime Southern Oregon lawmaker Dennis Richardson got caught running the wrong race. The conservative principles shaped by his LDS faith, rural roots, Republican politics and Vietnam ...

Not much to like in this year’s crop of measures

The seven measures making Oregon’s 2016 general election ballot are a motley group, often featuring poor conception or poor execution, if not both. We can find full favor with only three, none of ...

Lack of contested local races a missed opportunity for voters

A lack of interest in seeking office raises concerns about apathy and complacency on the part of the citizenry. Local politics and policies are apparently not seen as sufficiently important in everyday ...

District raises solar objection worthy of serious state scrutiny

Earlier this summer, we published an editorial dismissing neighbor opposition to solar arrays proposed for farm tracts in the Sheridan and Dayton areas, based on fears of glare, traffic, noise, heat, distraction, ...

Adjustments for manager, city vital for future growth

Two years ago, the McMinnville City Council decided on a hire that bucked tradition in many ways. Martha Meeker is the just the third city manager in the history of McMinnville. Between them, her two ...

Crowdfunding provides aid, light in dark times

Crowdfunding was not born into the Internet. The practice by a community of people to contribute small amounts into what becomes a large pot was centered for ages around local banks. These funds can help ...

County, residents must brace themselves for coming quake

A website set up by Oregon Public Broadcasting calculates just how much damage people can expect in their individual ZIP codes when a 9.0 earthquake strikes the Pacific Northwest. Enter 97128 for McMinnville ...

City is not the answer to homeowners’ beef

It is easy to understand — but much harder to support — homeowners’ frustration as developer Alan Ruden continues work on the Bungalows at Chegwyn Village, his northeast McMinnville subdivision. A ...

Museum’s new makeup to ease operations, increase exposure

The writing was on the wall for many years: the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum campus built too much, and tried to operate too many projects for an education-based nonprofit entity. Museum founder ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 23, 2016

Records request goes too far I am blissfully unaware of the internal politics that were part of the performance review of City Manager Martha Meeker but found the article in last week’s newspaper ...

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 9, 2016

Reject hate speech On August 5, you published a letter that I cannot  describe as anything but racist. For a month I have pondered how to respond. This letter was written in response to the comments ...

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 2, 2016

Health costs too high Why is it that Canada (and every other industrial nation) can provide first class health care to its citizens at half the cost we spend in the good ol’ USA? I believe, plain ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 26, 2016

County workers deserve better One of the greatest lessons my parents taught me when I was young was to always put myself in another person’s shoes before criticizing them. I also learned the importance ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 19, 2016

Time for tough love Every week for the last several weeks, the homeless issue is at the forefront of local news, especially here at home and in Portland. The Aug. 2 News-Register article “Street ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 12, 2016

Minds in the toilet Our Yamhill County commissioners never cease to amaze. Not content with wasting their time and our money on the Malheur fandango this past spring, they are now off and running on ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 5, 2016

Pool hardly a success This is my response to Pat Swanick’s July 29 Viewspoints commentary, “A community success story.” Just to be clear this is Andrew Davis, the non-winemaker. How ...

Letters to the Editor: July 29, 2016

 

Letters to the Editor: July 22, 2016

Turkey Rama for the birds When will the appropriate people finally admit that Turkey Rama no longer represents this community? It’s time to move on and bury the turkey. I don’t know where ...

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Landfill foes loseEngland’s House of Commons has a rule: A member may not call another member a liar.During a speech, Winston Churchill said that a member lied, which brought down on Churchill a ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

 
Karl Klooster: Staying on the same page

Active newspaper readership leads to concerned, aware participation on hometown issues

Jeb Bladine: Like giving drugs to Oregon addicts

In February we asked: “How long will Oregonians allow the excessive cost of PERS to drive our ship of state?” It’s time to change that rhetorical question to something slightly more impudent: ...

 
Lacey Dykgraaf: Unsung economic heroes

Manufacturing’s multi-purpose roles are essential to the area’s economic well-being

Jeb Bladine: High-tech tips, free wi-fi tablet

If you don’t use a computer or cell phone, this column is not for you. If those are tools of your daily life, I assume that you, like me, have a few gaps in your knowledge of device operations. There ...

 
Joan Paddock: Starting with a rhythm

People may know me as a professor of music at Linfield College, as conductor of the college band or as a trumpet player at churches and concerts in the community. A newer, somewhat related, interest of ...

Jeb Bladine: Consider who gets Measure 97 billions

An attorney from Portland and a citizen-politician from Klamath Falls win this week’s nod for thought-provoking commentary about state financial management and the call for an unprecedented tax increase. James ...

 
Ossie Bladine: This commentary for sale?

Native advertising has exploded as a digital revenue platform, leaving some left deceived

Jeb Bladine: Countdown starts for another election

Counting this week, there are 10 Viewpoints sections before election day, so get ready for a steady stream of letters, editorials and commentary about candidates and issues on the November 8 ballot. When ...

 
Angela Flood: Records from the trenches

Being an advocate for free and open public documents is no picnic, especially in Oregon

Jeb Bladine: Silents & Boomers started local ‘drag’

Before the car parade begins in this year’s Dragging the Gut Festival, a few of McMinnville’s early cruisers would like to set the record straight. Our entertaining feature story last week ...

 
Tom H. Hastings: Time for nuclear disarmament

When I turned 12 on October 27 1962, I asked my dad if he thought I’d live to go to high school. The memory of him looking at me — he was a Navy veteran of World War II in the Pacific and spent ...

Mary Stern: Inspired for the Aspire development

I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new executive director at the McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity. As many of you know, I served for many years as a Yamhill County commissioner and was deeply ...

Jeb Bladine: Marijuana stories populate the news

Who would have thought, a few short years ago, that marijuana would become one of the most prominent 2016 story topics in the News-Register? After Oregonians voted in 2014 to legalize recreational marijuana, ...

Jeb Bladine: It’s tough to have an original thought

I don’t know why anyone tries to write creative commentary about Donald Trump — it’s all been written before. This week, The Donald couldn’t stop himself from wondering aloud if ...

 
Gene Policinski: What is 'free speech’ on the web?

Digital etiquette and the first amendment — in theory and in practice — in social media

Jeb Bladine: Law enforcement via 'civil exclusion'

Civil exclusion laws have a dark history in Oregon, where “white utopia” policies once banned all black people from entering the state. Today, though still controversial, civil exclusion laws ...

Chip Hutcheson: We count on the mail

I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?) Guest Writer Chip Hutcheson is president ...

 
Nathan Knottingham: A fond farewell

First, a heartfelt thank you. Thank you to so many who were open to accepting a new member to the community, who allowed me to earn your trust, and lead your Chamber of Commerce for the past three years. ...

 
Pat Swanick: Pool a community success story

For the past eighteen months, I’ve been deeply involved in an exciting project to preserve and enhance Carlton’s Community Pool Complex. Carlton’s pool has a long and proud history, and ...

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