Turkey Rama needs new life, but scrapping the event as we’ve known it is not the answer

Editorials

Victims enduring rape exams deserve swift, certain testing

Last December, Juliette Simmons filed a report with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office alleging she had been drugged and raped by an acquaintance in during a Mount Hood ski trip. She said she ...

Immigration agents muzzle critics in the ‘land of the free’

When an undocumented immigrant named Yesenia shared her story with the News-Register in February, she feared a simple unpaid parking ticket might expose her to immigration agents and thus separate her ...

City could use substance in its eco-friendly moves

The McMinnville City Council’s Tuesday night decision to divert municipal waste to an out-of-state landfill arrived with a hefty dose of self-congratulation all around. But the city needs to embrace ...

There’s no real reform in any of the tax plans now in play

After nearly a year-long litany of dashed dreams, the Trump administration appears desperate for a legislative victory it can savor on Fox and Twitter. And cutting taxes has long been considered a virtually ...

Citizens should be free from offensive litter

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We get that. But when one man’s treasure begins to accumulate in unsightly heaps, creep into road right of way, encroach on neighboring property, ...

Runaway campaign spending helps fuel alarming government spending

The state Legislature’s Committee Days event, staged last week, produced plenty of hot topics. At the top of that list is a January special election measure to determine whether we fully implement ...

Citizens should be free from offensive litter

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We get that.But when one man’s treasure begins to accumulate in unsightly heaps, creep into road right of way, encroach on neighboring property, ...

Runaway campaign spending helps fuel alarming government spending

The state Legislature’s Committee Days event, staged last week, produced plenty of hot topics. At the top of that list is a January special election measure to determine whether we fully implement ...

Union of new and old fueling wine industry

Oregon Wine Country can share a couple sentiments with Jackson Family Wines this holiday season.  First, likely with a glass of wine hoisted high, cheers to the company’s new office complex ...

Dog slaying the price we pay for putting so much on police

About 18 months ago, we carried a quote in this space from a Texas police chief. In a moment of frustration, he complained, “Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: December 8, 2017

Council shows wisdom The McMinnville City Council voted unanimously last week to stop sending our garbage to Riverbend Landfill. Councilor after councilor cited ending the hypocrisy of the city outwardly ...

Letters to the Editor: December 1, 2017

Letters from John Linder, Chris Pagella and Elizabeth Van Staaveren

Letters to the Editor: November 24, 2017

It only helps the rich As if the Republican tax giveaway to all things rich and corporate weren’t enough, they are now conniving to sneak in a repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate. Republicans ...

Letters to the Editor: November 17, 2017

Cartoon misses point Comics like the Einstein one you displayed in last week’s Viewpoints show the typical kind of ignorance of many people, including your newspaper for running it. The comic implies ...

Letters to the Editor: November 3, 2017

Vote yes for public safety Citizens of Lafayette, In 10 years of involvement in Lafayette city government, I have never been more committed to a project as I am with the passage of Ballot Measure 36-189, ...

Letters to the Editor: October 27, 2017

Issue misunderstood The News-Register printed a story and editorial about me and my wife’s request to the city to vacate the right-of-way claim for part of Edmunston Street and the adjacent land. ...

Letters to the Editor: October 20, 2017

You go, girls Last week, the Boy Scouts of America announced that starting next year they will allow girls to join and be able to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. The motivation for the change came from ...

Letters to the Editor: October 13, 2017

Ban airliners, too I couldn’t agree with you more about your call for more gun control laws following the recent tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. As a matter of fact, I’ll go even further ...

Letters to the Editor: October 6, 2017

Bard position To quote Shakespeare regarding the county administrator salary and the study for workers, the lady doth protest too much. A.M. Fernandez-Madrid Carlton   Landfill poses danger OPB ...

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 29, 2017

Parking not good Dear Owen Ronchelli, A parking problem is a good thing? So take away all the parking spots, and it will be even better! Duh! The new “motel” took almost 35 parking spots ...

Commentary

 
Illustrated Editorials

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Gabi Esparza: Coho salmon in the Yamhill Watershed

Salmon are an iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest. Strong and beautiful creatures, they provide a number of services to our ecosystems, economies and communities. They offer sustenance for not only ...

Jeb Bladine: Anti-media solution: Lynch journalists

Philippe Reines recently wrote: “The havoc Donald Trump’s presidency has wreaked will take years to fully understand, let alone recover from. High on the list of things to undo will be the ...

 
Chelsey Nichol: A festival worth saving

Turkey Rama needs new life, but scrapping the event as we’ve known it is not the answer

Jeb Bladine: Reader nudges N-R for shooting update

Monday, reacting to a Saturday shooting in McMinnville, a frustrated reader nudged us with this website post: “How about an update, News-Register.” Tuesday the reader added, “I don’t ...

Jeb Bladine: Give the council a landfill of testimony

It’s great how one of McMinnville’s most diligent city councilors still has confidence in quality public input on important government issues. Let’s hope that’s not just a bunch ...

 
Matthew Klingle: The gray between black and green

While shoppers scramble for Black Friday bargains this year, outdoor retailer REI is closing its 154 U.S. stores. This is the third consecutive year the Seattle-based company will ignore the frenzy that ...

Jeb Bladine: Give the council a landfill of testimony

It’s great how one of McMinnville’s most diligent city councilors still has confidence in quality public input on important government issues. Let’s hope that’s not just a bunch ...

 
John A. Charles: Tolling people on to Portland’s highways

Earlier this year the state legislature passed a bill requiring the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) to apply for federal authorization to implement “value pricing” on two regional highways: ...

Jeb Bladine: Obsession blurs lines of propriety

Obsession is a dangerous trait. Just ask J.W. Millegan of McMinnville. We don’t know exactly why a swarm of FBI agents stormed Millegan’s downtown McMinnville home Wednesday morning, except ...

 
Daniel Wojcik and Robert Dobler: Mourning and celebration

What ancient cultures teach us about grief, mourning and continuity of life

Jeb Bladine: Online map shows Mac crime reports

McMinnville is experiencing a spike in thefts, burglaries and property crimes, providing yet another reminder for residents to lock their cars, deadbolt their homes and stay alert. The most prominent ...

 
Luke Westphal: Care for Cozine Creek

Upcoming restoration projects continue McMinnville stream’s storied history

Jeb Bladine: Complex laws set deadly force rules

The shooting of a home intruder this week sparked debates about rights of self-defense. As Capt. Rhonda Sandoval points out in today’s news story, Oregon laws on the use of deadly force are complicated. First ...

 
Camilla Sumner: Gap year reflections

It’s been almost three months since I returned home from Cambodia, and it was the best year of my life. After I graduated from high school in June 2016, I didn’t feel like college was the right ...

Jeb Bladine: Good time to revisit the First Amendment

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1791, underpins America’s most important individual freedoms. Every so often, it’s pertinent to remember that one simple, but very complicated, ...

 
Elliot Berkman: Healthy choices are neither good nor bad; only thinking makes them so

Doing healthy things can feel like a battle between the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. The devil impels me to order the bacon burger for lunch, but the angel nudges my hand toward the ...

Jeb Bladine: ‘This isn’t the time to talk gun control’

A demented mass murderer killed at least 58 people Sunday night in Las Vegas during 10 minutes of near-automatic gunfire from high above an outdoor concert venue. We still don’t know exactly how ...

 
Christopher Hendon: The science of good java

Brewing a great cup of coffee depends on chemistry and physics

Jeb Bladine: What an interesting cast of characters!

I can imagine your eyes rolling as the Evergreen saga produces another high stakes legal drama. This time, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a much-interested bystander. The Falls Event Center ...

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