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"Whatchamacolumn" by Jeb Bladine

The News-Register publisher writes about the community; people; local, state and national affairs; and sometimes whimsey.

Jeb Bladine: The right mayor at the right time

This is not the first time competing political interests have sought control of McMinnville City Council. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See ...

Jeb Bladine: PPP loans may be a bait-and-switch

Millions of businesses across America are beginning to recognize what may be the largest financial bait-and-switch scheme in history. You know it as PPP — the “Paycheck Protection Program,” ...

Jeb Bladine: Rumbling trucks and council campaigns

Newspapers consistently provide invitations to learn about and become involved in public affairs. This week, two of those invitations deserve extra attention. One involves regulatory overreach in the ...

Bladine: Campaigns citing political ideologies

Street signs are going up; candidate forums are underway; and voters are beginning to recognize that their 2020 city and county elections are different from any in memory. Consider this salvo posted online ...

Bladine: A different year for honors and awards

People love awards. We like to give them, receive them, read and talk about them. We memorialize them in photos, videos, scrapbooks and wall plaques. In fact, for all the comment we receive about coverage ...

Bladine: It shouldn't matter who's the president

Taking a four-week hiatus from this column — my first in 46 years — was easier than anticipated. After initial withdrawal symptoms, I learned life will be just fine when time comes to break ...

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Sollars: Tune out the noise and just breathe

Editor’s note: N-R Publisher Jeb Bladine’s weekly column will return to this space on Sept. 4. His thanks go to Cassie Sollars for filling in this week. In this era of political division, ...

Jeb Bladine: First, ‘loose ends,’ then August hiatus

Nothing really special today — just a few “loose ends.” That seems appropriate, this being a last column before my first-ever hiatus from this space. More on that below ... meanwhile: A ...

Bladine: Feds on brink of stimulus decisions

Congress dawdled as this week’s expiration of federal unemployment benefits loomed. Closed-door deliberations brought them to the brink of that July 25 deadline, and at press time major proposals ...

Jeb Bladine: Journey from the wrong side of history

Editor’s Note: This article is a compilation of three Whatchamacolumns that were published on July 3, 10 and 27, 2020, with limited editing for transition and content. By Jeb BladineNews-Register I ...

Jeb Bladine: Race series ends with introspection

Part III of a Series: “I don’t think I’m a racist.” As you can see, two chapters in, I’ve moved from “I am not” to “I don’t think I am.” We’ve ...

Jeb Bladine: Searching the past for roots of racism

Part II of a Series: “I am not a racist.” Last week’s column considered whether its self-proclaimed “nonracist” writer has the self-awareness needed to be “antiracist.” ...

Jeb Bladine: ‘Nonracism’ begins a series of columns

Part I of a Series: “I am not a racist.” That thought was self-soothing after the eight-minute suffocation of George Floyd; it deflected feelings of personal guilt during demonstrations against ...

Jeb Bladine: A rollercoaster of COVID-19 numbers

Oregon has relatively small numbers of COVID-19 virus cases and deaths, but enough to create financial devastation for many citizens, private businesses, nonprofit organizations and public bodies. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

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