I have attended more high school reunions than almost anyone — a few of my own, but mostly reunions from other schools and previous eras. I’ve covered 25- and 30-year gatherings, along with ...

Editorials

Even heroes need help fighting homelessness

We hate to expose anyone’s secret identity, but it’s increasingly obvious Heather Hunter is a Wonder Woman clone. Someone should check the parking lot at Champion Team for an invisible jet. Although ...

What’s sauce for winery goose, is sauce for brewery gander

For the second time in two years, neighbors and land-use activists seek to deny a farm-based brewery the same marketing opportunities routinely extended to wineries dotting nearby vineyards. Over the ...

Time to begin pressing for Phase II of bypass

Phase I of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, the first new addition to Western Oregon highways since Interstate 205, cost $252 million. And it consists of two lanes spanning four miles, thus represents just a ...

One issue stands out at ONPA gubernatorial candidate forum

The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association set aside an hour of its annual conference last month to hear from the state’s guberatorial candidates. The outcome was unsurprising.  Democratic ...

City parks demand stronger commitment

There’s nothing wrong with McMinnville parks that $87,000 a year wouldn’t cure. Unfortunately, the money simply isn’t there — at least not in the city’s public works budget ...

Continued RV encampments pose thorny dilemma for city

McMinnville is in the process of learning something every parent discovers: It’s easier to issue orders than force compliance. When an irate toddler refuses to follow directions, you can reason, ...

Museum continues to adapt through adversity

We know this much about the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum: It’s still open and operational.  That’s about the only constant we can attribute to the beloved attraction and educational ...

The library is cool and sets an example for community

Temperatures nearing triple digits earlier this week revealed a truth as blistering as the heat itself: McMinnville remains woefully lacking in places where people at the mercy of the elements can find ...

Foreclosure innovation paying real dividends

We commend Yamhill County for offering the city 12 lots from a failed Dayton subdivision for the amount of back taxes owed on them. The tax obligation on the lots is a grand total of just under $31,000. ...

Community response to script Turkey Rama’s next chapter

No Turkey Trot. No Turkey barbecue. No Biggest Turkey Lip Sync and fundraiser competition. Should this year’s event just be called Mac-O-Rama?  To be fair, there will be some turkey this weekend ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 10, 2018

Letters from Lynn Crowell, Brittany Ruiz, Naomie Klinger, Rachael Estrada, Liz Marlia-Stein, Margaret Cross and Fred Brown.

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 3, 2018

Frustrated with can jam I like to think of McMinnville as a city with a pulse on the needs of its citizens. But lately, I’ve found an area where our fair city has fallen short. McMinnville leaders ...

Letters to the Editor: July 27, 2018

Keep great asset going As stated in last week’s lead editorial, the problem is with the landlord, not the museum. And it is still open, though some people believed otherwise. I have been a volunteer ...

Letters to the Editor: July 20, 2018

Rename, rebrand I am motivated once again to comment on Turkey Rama, this time inspired by the editorial in the July 13 edition titled, “Community response to script Turkey Rama’s next chapter.” ...

Letters to the Editor: July 13, 2018

Work toward a solution U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici’s July 2 bulletin describes the Oregon congressional delegation’s visit to see first hand the 123 immigrant detainees at the federal prison ...

Letters to the Editor: July 6, 2018

Let us compete Sokol Blosser wines will readily compete with those of any country, at all quality levels, at all price points, in every market. Bring it on. I only wish our president and his trade representatives ...

Letters to the Editor: June 29, 2018

Bring the turkey back! Last week, I read in the News-Register that there will be NO turkey sides or BBQ for Turkey Rama this year. My heart sank. There is NO Turkey Rama without turkey! Our family has ...

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  ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

Jeb Bladine: Nutritious walnuts go best with music

Combining music with walnuts? I suppose it makes sense, but only in McMinnville. Five years ago today, a small crowd attended the inaugural Walnut City Music Festival. Few of those people will forget ...

 
Starla Pointer: Reunion opens window on the soul

I have attended more high school reunions than almost anyone — a few of my own, but mostly reunions from other schools and previous eras. I’ve covered 25- and 30-year gatherings, along with ...

Elizabeth DeVisser: Celebrating dictators a slippery slope

“Pinochet Did Nothing Wrong.” A Patriot Prayer member displayed this slogan last Saturday, when the group, supported by white supremacists, held a rally in Portland. This person’s ideals ...

Jeb Bladine: Frustrating search for available house

A local family with five kids is trying anxiously to find housing. Members have a month to avoid becoming unwilling campers at a relative’s home. The parents still have faith something will surface, ...

Amitrajeet Batabyal: Breaking all the rules not what made America great

By AMITRAJEET BATABYALOf the Rochester Institute of Technology Nations sell goods and services to each other because this exchange is generally mutually beneficial. It’s easy to understand that ...

 
Eric Schuck: Soybeans, cherries tell sad trade tale

Current soybean pricing is one of those situations where the late Paul Harvey should jump in with, “and now you know the rest of the story …” It really is that weird. But simply because ...

Carla Canseco: Experiencing trauma of families torn apart

I am a Latina student at Linfield College who has traumatic personal experience with family separation. Though awareness of this U.S. immigration practice has just reached the surface within our society ...

Dr. Margot Kushel / West Coast a magnet for homeless

Editor's note: Dr. Margot Kushel serves as a professor at the University of California at San Francisco Medical School. She also maintains a clinical practice with the school's affiliated San Francisco ...

Jeb Bladine: Battles to maintain 'best suited' notices

Here’s your summer reading assignment: At least browse the Legal Notices on pages 5-6 in Section B of the News-Register. Today’s include a ballot measure, a property foreclosure, the sale ...

 
Worth Mathewson Make a difference: Buy a duck stamp

For those interested in the welfare of wildlife, there is an excellent opportunity available at any post office. For $25, one can buy a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as ...

Jeb Bladine: After street bond, right back to work

McMinnville transportation bond projects have and will create significant improvements in McMinnville traffic flow, but in just a few years, it could seem like an inadequate Band-Aid. It’s not for ...

Jeb Bladine: Multiple intents of new smoking law

In three weeks, smoking outdoors will be banned along Third Street in downtown McMinnville. The ban will extend from Adams to Johnson streets, plus 50 feet to the north and south. Enforcement should be ...

 
Tom Henderson: Literally shooting the messenger

Trump not behind newspaper shooting, but killer certainly could take encouragement

 
Thomas Hellie: Liberal arts education never more valuable

These are the last days of my final year as president of Linfield College. I am about to retire. But I haven’t stopped thinking, and at times worrying, about the future of American higher education. ...

Jeb Bladine: Parking structure once a better place

McMinnville has proclaimed the beginning of a “new life” for its downtown parking structure: an end to camping and loitering; a full clean-up; continuing enforcement for a new code of conduct. Reactions ...

James Van Nostrand: Coal and nuclear folly

By JAMES VAN NOSTRANDUniversity of West Virginia President Donald Trump recently ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to stop the closure of coal and nuclear power ...

 
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.

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