One of the more popular summer activities in our area is camping. We live in the middle of one of the most beautiful outdoor recreation areas in the world. No matter where you live in Oregon, you are only ...

Editorials

Steel sent hurtling down the highway never something to be

Drugs, alcohol, guns and fast cars seem to hold a sinister fascination for American youth. And that goes double or triple for the male component. Tuesday’s edition brought the fast car element home ...

Per-mile tax the future, not necessarily the now

Drivers should probably get used to the idea of a per-mile tax to one day replace the gas tax. But there’s much to debate regarding the effectiveness of such a plan in the short term. Often a pioneer ...

Landlords' urgency puts tenants in difficult spots

In early May, residents of McMinnville’s Mulkey RV Park, including low-income seniors stranded in units not suitable for relocation, were served with an eviction notice giving them until July 15 ...

Modern housing investments can pay long-term dividends

Steps to enhance energy efficiency typically require some initial costs in return for a more substantial long-term payoff. In the housing market, eco-friendly practices continue to win ever greater acceptance, ...

Dayton emerges as first 10-gig city on West Coast

Last month, Dayton celebrated something remarkable enough for the rest of the nation to take notice. The home of the Old Timers Festival is now the first city on the American West Coast to enjoy 10 gigabyte ...

The only objectionable glare here is the glare of groundless opposition

During a 1980 election-eve debate between presidential rivals Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, Reagan famously quipped, “There you go again,” in response to criticism he found especially specious. Despite ...

Third-party Johnson/Weld ticket worth look

The Libertarian Party nominated its presidential ticket over Memorial Day weekend. If you’re feeling disenfranchised by the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, you might consider voting ...

Deterring the chronic drunk driver close to impossible

McMinnville resident John Charles Mickler gives new meaning to the term “incorrigible.” Obviously a habitual drunk, he recently earned his 10th conviction for driving under the influence of ...

Don't let the glare of bad news blind us to all that goes right

It can take a strong stomach to digest a day’s worth of what passes for news in the cesspool of social media. And many days, one fares only marginally better with the outpourings of media outlets ...

Report: Proposed corporate sales tax would act largely as consumption tax

An analysis released this week confirms what many Oregonians have suspected from the outset: Initiative Petition 28 is bad for our state and bad for our pocketbooks. It has little if any upside. Just making ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: June 17, 2016

Requiem for an RV park The Mulkey RV Park sign on Highway 18 has been removed, so I guess the park is a thing of the past. I know nothing about the history of the park, except that some have lived there ...

Letters to the Editor: June 10, 2016

Road is a hazard I’m a resident near the intersection of Seventh Street and Duniway Road, and city officials have never posted a speed limit sign to replace the 25 mph sign removed during road widening. On ...

Letters to the Editor: June 3, 2016

‘Dumped’ headline fits I saw in the News-Register that a few people did not like the words used pertaining to County Commissioner Allen Springer being “dumped.” Frankly, the headline ...

Letters to the Editor: May 27, 2016

My fair share I served the federal government for 15 years as a U.S. Marine and then 21 years more as an air traffic controller. Social Security was withheld during most of my time as a Marine. As an ...

Letters to the Editor: May 20, 2016

Pray in private I’ve read a number of times about people being unhappy with the public prayer before the county commissioner meetings — particularly with Allen Springer’s participation. If ...

Letters to the Editor: May 13, 2016

He paved the roads I want to compliment County Commissioner Allen Springer. When he was liaison to public works (with staff members John Phelan Roy Panchow), many rural roads were paved.These roads were ...

Letters to the Editor: May 6, 2016

Bond needed In choosing to send a bond to the people of McMinnville, the district’s long-range planning committee and the school board kept fiscal responsibility front and center in the process. ...

Letters to the Editor: April 29, 2016

The price is right I support the upcoming school bond proposal because it’s the right proposal at the right time. Like many McMinnville residents, I felt conflicted about whether improving existing ...

Letters to the Editor: April 22, 2016

Fight drugs creatively Readers of the News-Register might be familiar with the section showing local arrests. If you pay the least bit of attention to these, you see that a staggering percent of people ...

Letters to the Editor: April 15, 2016

He does what he says As a former Yamhill County commissioner, I follow what is going on at the county. Commissioner Allen Springer is running for his second term, and I plan to vote for him. Three things ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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

Jeb Bladine: Silent moments; back to business

Please join me in a moment of silence for 189 mass-shooting victims — killed and wounded — from incidents since June 2015 in Charleston, Chattanooga, Roseburg, Colorado Springs, San Bernadino ...

 
Dave Robinson: Wilderness preparation

One of the more popular summer activities in our area is camping. We live in the middle of one of the most beautiful outdoor recreation areas in the world. No matter where you live in Oregon, you are only ...

 
Ossie Bladine: Enjoying the summertime tunes

Ah, summer. The days when I celebrated the end of my school year are long gone (although I get to help my wife, a teacher, celebrate) and summer weather seems to be sporadic throughout the year these days. ...

Sen. Doug Whitsett: Putting an end to fake emergencies

The ability of American citizens to petition their government to redress grievances is enshrined in our nation’s founding documents. The right to refer measures passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly ...

Free summer meals offered to youths

Yamhill County school districts will be offering free federally subsidized meals to youths 18 and under again this summer. Meals will be offered on a drop-in basis, with no registration requirement. ...

 
Carolyn Smithrud: Staying safe while you sip

The attention on our area as the heart of Oregon wine country continues to grow, and with it an increase in traffic in our cities and on country roads. All should do their part to ensure the roads remain ...

Jeb Bladine: Debate continues on rural pot shops

It’s rebuttal time on the idea of populating Yamhill County with marijuana shops along rural highways. Although the deadline is past for submitting written testimony to the county planning commission, ...

 
Don Iler That's it for this journalist

I’ve had two of the three worst jobs in America.  According to a recent list from www.careercast.com, as a newspaper reporter, I’ve worked the worst job in America for the past three ...

MacHub nonprofit still alive, helping

Time for an update on MacHub, a unique local project creating new funding streams for nonprofit agencies through a professional online sales operation of donated items. We’ve been unabashedly supportive ...

 
Starla Pointer: Commencement etiquette

Graduation should be a happy occasion during which students are honored and their years of achievement celebrated. It’s a formal event. It should be treated that way — for the benefit of all ...

Jeb Bladine: Be sure about plan for transfer station

Riverbend Landfill has generated so much angst and protest over so many years it’s surprising to see almost no public interest generated by plans for a new solid waste facility in McMinnville. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

 
Traveling with benevolence

My wife, Caye, and I like to travel, mainly to less developed countries where we encounter memorable situations: * We saw a Maasai herdsman with his cattle on grassland in Tanzania “Ah! Timeless ...

Jeb Bladine: Maslow would like Precinct 18 voters

McMinnville voters must be feeling pretty good about their lives — that was especially true this week in McMinnville’s Precinct 18 on the northwest side of town. I’m reminded of the ...

 
David Bates: Other manifestations

The 17th Annual UFO Festival is upon us, which for UFO enthusiasts means alien costumes, games, lectures, films and live music.  It seems an ideal occasion to place the topic of UFOs in the context ...

Jeb Bladine: A great time to find 1,284 more planets

The timing couldn’t be more appropriate for this week’s announcement that the Kepler telescope mission has discovered 1,284 more exoplanets. As that news was sinking in, McMinnville was gearing ...

 
No complications living with NF

My name is Barry Lilly. I have lived in McMinnville since 1973. I taught school in Dayton and McMinnville for a total of 35 years. And, I have neurofibromatosis. Don’t worry about remembering the ...

Jeb Bladine: Hobson's choice for presidential voters

Barring a come-from-behind victory by Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will win their party nominations, and one will become the next president of the United States. Americans soon will ...

Jeb Bladine: Where was outcry against BOLI rules?

Why didn’t the Oregon business community show up this week to oppose one of the most ludicrous regulatory suggestions in memory? Does their balance mean people simply accept the nonsense proposed ...

 
Paige Benner: The rise of slacktivism

If only a “like” on Facebook triggered a gallon of clean drinking water to be delivered to an impoverished community; a retweet meant a safe home for a starving dog; or, a comment on Instagram ...

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