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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: Frogs caught in the boiling water

This week, I’m at a loss for words: It’s too late for regrets, too early for inspiration. From our small corner, we can only hope for attenuation of the contempt and hatred that have poisoned ...

Worthy alternative to Christmas cards

It seems silly to say, but Christmas always arrives at a good time of year. The great Christian holiday falls four days after the winter solstice, an ancient pagan holiday that generated many of today’s ...

Jeb Bladine: Communities created one piece at a time

A healthy, vibrant future depends on building strong partnershipsamong individuals, businesses, institutions, organizations It seems so long ago that I wrote these words for the Friday Viewpoints ...

Jeb Bladine: Election, pandemic still have to play out

Politics and COVID-19 remain prominent in our Readers Forum. This week there are a few signs of a return to diversity, but first a still-volatile election and a truly terrible pandemic have to play out. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: It’s November, and COVID still is news

Famously, in October, President Donald Trump delighted political rally crowds by rejecting legitimacy and dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. “They prolonged the pandemic,” he said. “That’s ...

Jeb Bladine: Worst week for Thursday column

It’s the worst week ever to write a political column on Thursday morning! Between this writing and your reading, there probably was a huge national exhale/gasp when updated vote counts named the ...

Jeb Bladine: Whatever the vote, it's in a democracy

It’s Friday … the last TGIF before polls close in about 100 hours. That’s 6,000 minutes; 360,000 seconds, and I’m counting them down: thousand 1, thousand 2, thousand 3, thousand ...

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 ...

Jeb 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 ...

Jeb 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 ...

Jeb 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, ...

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