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Editorials

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 ...

Records law pushes right way but not very far or very fast

There are two facts crucial to understanding the tension surrounding public records issues in Oregon. First, the state and local agencies that create, maintain and often attempt to hide public records ...

Presidential election mayhem fuels urge to focus on local ballot items

The U.S. presidential race has provided daily reminders through the summer months of the pending November election. It’s been a nonstop political circus of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with ...

Doors open in face of adversity, neighbors recognize opportunity

“Do you know your neighbor?” Well, maybe you should. Emergency preparedness advocates will tell you that your neighbors are your first line of defense in a natural catastrophe, so it’s ...

Soft hearts alone won’t solve homeless issues

The Portland Traction Company carried passengers and freight to and from Portland on 21 miles of Springwater Corridor trackage from 1903 to 1958, and continued to carry freight until 1989. Sensing a priceless ...

Clarification to parking regulation should be starting point

It’s welcome news that the McMinnville City Council will be discussing downtown parking at its Tuesday meeting. It’s an issue that has garnered much interest as traffic and tourism grow around ...

Shoveling money in won't close PERS gap

Another budgetary storm is brewing in Oregon’s public pension system, according to figures shared last week with the pension system’s board and the five-member citizens’ panel that oversees ...

Pot operations test limits of regulatory

Marijuana used to be a banned psychoactive drug primarily associated with teens and hippies. Today, nearly two years after Oregonians voted to legalize its recreational as well as medicinal use, the drug ...

County public works spat much ado about very little

By his own admission, Public Works Director John Phelan made a mistake last summer when he had a pair of county shop employees stick around after hours to fix the air conditioning system on his truck. But ...

Letters

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 ...

Letters to the Editor: July 15, 2016

City needs new rec center I’m writing to express my support of a new parks and recreation bond. I was pleased to see the July 5 front page article in the News-Register dreaming of this same thing. ...

Letters to the Editor: July 8, 2016

Abortion not murder Susan Paz’s letter equating abortion with murder deserves a response. Her position presupposes a determination of the controversy over when human life begins. The physiology ...

Letters to the Editor: July 1, 2016

Abortion is murder The right to one’s own life takes precedence over all lesser rights, such as another’s privacy, choice or convenience. Government-sanctioned murder is immoral, and the ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

 
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 ...

Jeb Bladine: Revisiting choice to avoid tweeting

Communication technology passed me by as I avoided joining Twitter — a choice I reconsidered while watching the 2016 presidential campaigns. (Point of reference: That opening paragraph is exactly ...

 
Tom Henderson: A star is born (just don't blink)

I now only work as a journalist between acting projects. My first gig was in “Othello” at South Salem High School in 1980. Most recently, I appeared in last year’s motion picture “10 ...

Jeb Bladine: Pokemon game has political connections

It seemed necessary this week to read up on “Pokémon Go,” the game that suddenly exploded into international prominence. Locally, some urged businesses to use Pokémon to lure ...

A quest to improve public records laws

Legal issues involving access to Oregon public records are complex, often contentious and sometimes subject to costly appeals and litigation. Last year, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum formed the ...

 
Amy Halloran-Steiner: Practicing mindfulness

Stop right there and pay attention — not to the thoughts you might be having, but to the feel of this newspaper between your fingers just now. See the contrasted black and white of the typed ...

 
Ron Wyden: A fighting chance against fire

By SEN. RON WYDEN In the past, warm spring weather touched off the start of the worst wildfires. Now, unfortunately, one fire season essentially runs into the next. In early summer, states were ...

Jeb Bladine: An ironic local twist to Ron Stover story

Picking up, as promised, from last week: Former McMinnville wheeler-dealer Ron Stover faces federal indictments alleging wire and bankruptcy fraud, with pending charges of theft, racketeering and securities ...

 
Mel Gurtov: The extent of Brexit fallout

To judge from a New York Times front-page article that appeared two days after the British vote to withdraw from the EU, the entire post-World War II global financial and political structure that the United ...

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