The 78th regular session of the Oregon legislature concluded its business earlier this month. In the 2015-17 biennium, the legislature had an additional 10 percent or $1.8 billion to spend, as a result ...

Editorials

Emotionally wounded souls need treatment

In a matter of 10 months, a community that has gone many years without a fatal officer-involved shooting has experienced two. While the earlier incident fostered more questions than answers, the more recent ...

City moved too fast in inking video promotion

When you get an offer that sounds too good to be true, think twice. It probably is. Unfortunately, that advice comes too late for the city’s acceptance of four “free” 60-second marketing ...

Turkey Rama another hit from many perspectives

From all accounts we have received, McMinnville’s 55th Annual Turkey Rama celebration was a hit. It’s important for the larger community to recognize all the hard work that goes into making ...

Rape victims deserve better than stockpiling of DNA kits

On March 3, 1989, Virginia resident Debbie Smith was dragged into the woods and raped repeatedly by an armed stranger wearing a ski mask. Intent on helping authorities identify the perpetrator, she willingly ...

Wood guided museum through ups and downs

Larry Wood would likely be the first to say he never set out to be the director of a nationally-recognized museum. Then again, he also has never been one to back down from a challenge. Wood’s five-year ...

Toxics bill another example of legislative over-reach

The 2015 Oregon Legislature seemed to lurch from lowlight to lowlight this session before finally saying sine die Monday. So it comes as no great surprise to discover it managed one more on its way out ...

Not up to commissioners to establish state policy

Our three ideologically driven county commissioners seem more disposed to adopting resolutions than addressing pressing local issues. Could the fault lie in the lack of such issues? If so, perhaps we should ...

No shortage of 'Chicken Soup' to leaven flow of tragic news

The news can be depressing. In times when several stories of tragedy and controversy stack on top of one another, as they have this week, it’s healthy to take a moment to reflect on some “Chicken ...

Senate leader's legacy faces critical crossroads in Salem

An open letter to Oregon state Sen. Peter Courtney: Sen. Courtney, your long and venerated political legacy is at a crossroads. After decades of service in the Oregon Legislature, now in your fifth term ...

When we stand idly by we facilitate evil deeds

Modern American history is marked by a series of massacres perpetrated by angry, disturbed loners unable to form coherent thoughts or forge meaningful relationships. They typically turn out to be young, ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: July 24, 2015

Letters submitted by Maxine Kurtzbein and Scott Gibson.

Letters to the Editor - July 17, 2015

Editorial poisons debate The July 10 editorial misses the most important points about the new Toxic Free Kids Act. Our state is sadly behind our neighbors in recognizing that dangerous toxic chemicals ...

Letters to the Editor: July 10, 2015

Letters submitted by Robert Mason, Viron Fessler, Jane Kristof and David Terry

Letters to the Editor: July 3, 2015

A letter from Angela Flood

Letters to the Editor: June 26, 2015

Letters submitted by Merilyn Reeves, Scott Gibson, Preston C. Henry, and Beverly King

Letters to the Editor: June 19, 2015

Letters submitted by Dan Hilbert, Gerald L. Painter, Anna Pearl Johnson, Kerry Wolfe, Darlene Bratcher, David Terry, and Berniece Owen.

Letters to the Editor: June 12, 2015

Letters submitted by Andrew Davis, Dorothy Mayes, Mike Myrick, Vern Holm, Betty Damewood, and Don Schaeffer

Letters to the Editor: June 5, 2015

Letters submitted by J.W. Milligan and Terry L. Davis

Letters to the Editor: May 29, 2015

Letters submitted by Donna Jean and Jim McDaniel, Hayley DeHaan, Jim Parker, Sally L. Godard, and Scott Gibson

Letters to the Editor: May 22, 2015

Letters submitted by Philip Newman and Susan Allen.

Commentary

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Sal Peralta: Oregon legislative review 2015

The 78th regular session of the Oregon legislature concluded its business earlier this month. In the 2015-17 biennium, the legislature had an additional 10 percent or $1.8 billion to spend, as a result ...

Guest Commentary: Article triggers mega-quake buzz

The internet has been all abuzz recently about an article in the July 20 issue of The New Yorker magazine. Written by Kathryn Schulz, the article titled “The Really Big One” details the geographical ...

Jeb Bladine: Mixed implications of downtown parking

There is a mixed bag of implications from the creation of 26 new on-street handicapped parking spaces in downtown McMinnville. A first thought is that accessibility to important areas of the core city ...

Jeb Bladine: Regulatory costs strangle economy

Tunnel-vision regulations enacted by Congress and state legislatures are strangling our economy. Too many lawmakers either don’t understand or simply choose to ignore the extreme costs of their complex ...

Kevin Martinez: Dead ringers for real guns

Most of us grew up playing with toy guns as youngsters and, years later, our children and grandchildren continue to play with them. In today’s society, where toy guns are more realistic than ever, ...

Bill Miller: Thinking of inking

Summertime conjures up images of hot days, watermelon, swimming and, of course, tattoos. Tattoos? Well, maybe not tattoos; but it is a time when people wear a little less and you might see more ink than ...

'Disconnected' week puts focus on soccer

Women’s soccer was spotlighted this month with an exciting World Cup championship won by the United States, and there was much amazement at the disparity of payout for women versus men in that sport. ...

Others Say: July 10, 2015

Oregon students surprise Saxton with higher test scores Rob Saxton, who stepped down last week as Oregon’s deputy superintendent of public instruction, inadvertently fueled the rebellion against ...

Jeb Bladine: July 4 tradition renewed

Kudos to Evergreen Museum and the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce for stepping into the void to produce a community celebration of the Fourth of July. If all goes well and organizers realize ...

Others Say: Overprotection of forest lands actually leads to habitat loss

Overprotection of forest lands actually leads to habitat loss For decades, timber harvests on public forest land in western Oregon have been curtailed in the interest of protecting the environment from ...

Richard McJunkin: Memories of Fourths past

Vietnam War veteran shares seven decades of perspective on our country’s celebration of independence

Others Say: Let's repair fire spending spiral

Congress could repair fire spending spiral The cost of fighting megafires in Oregon and other western states has skyrocketed in recent years, devouring funds that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of ...

Haight/Morrow: Try your hand at filmmaking

Would-be movie directors enter short film festivals for honest feedback and a chance for recognition

Legalized pot has many rules, risks

We knew nothing about marijuana 50 years ago at high school graduation time. We never watched the 1936 propaganda movie, “Reefer Madness,” and we didn't know the federal Marijuana Tax Act of ...

Jeffrey Lopez: Becoming a better father

Too many dads ignore their feelings and consequently alienate their children Father’s Day turned 100 years old in 2010. What a wonderful time to honor our dads! A Spokane, Washington, woman is ...

Jeb Bladine: Salem rule-makers march in lockstep

There are 53 Democrats in the Oregon Legislature: 35 in the House and 18 in the Senate. This year, they have ruled the state from political and social perspectives more one-sided than I can remember in ...

Scott Phoenix: Retiring teacher reflects on praiseworthy place of learning

By Scott Phoenix I want to thank the communities of McMinnville and Lafayette for the opportunity to teach their children over the course of 37 years at Patton Middle School, formerly known as McMinnville ...

Don Iler: Old things, old photos

Hanging on to reminders helps preserve memories of loved ones as well as commonplace and extraordinary experiences

Jeb Bladine: Fireworks memories include great one-liner

A new era for Fourth of July fireworks in McMinnville will burst across the skies above Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum at an event cosponsored by Evergreen and the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce. ...

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