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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.

Bladine: Story resurfaces with a vengeance

Linfield Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner wanted another bite of the apple in his campaign to discredit Linfield University President Miles Davis. He didn’t get just one, but a whole bushelful. Our ...

Jeb Bladine: The race is on in ‘Vaccine Games’

In 10 days, all Oregonians age 16 and over will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. The race to herd immunity is on. Frustrations will soar without promised increases in vaccine allocations, but those ...

Jeb Bladine: Three reminders of local good works

Sometimes we take people for granted – like they will be around, doing good things, forever. We do that despite daily reminders it just isn’t true. Too often, those reminders result from an ...

Jeb Bladine: Build local bench for Forrest Gump

We may gain control of COVID-19, but we still must confront STUPID-21. For those paying attention, our news pages are rife with reports of the symptoms. Here are three examples. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: A great story that most of us missed

Movies are a real source of life metaphors, as occasionally mentioned here. But never in the guise of a review or recommendation – I leave that to the experts. So, as evidence of a broader interest, ...

Jeb Bladine: Good government is open government

Next week is “Sunshine Week,” with media nationwide delivering the same message: “Open government is good government.” Think about why that catchy phrase needs a corollary: “Good ...

Jeb Bladine: Autocracy known as a foe to democracy

It wasn’t a great recipe for America: We brought a pot of toxic politics to boil, seasoned it with economic and racial inequalities, stirred in one viral pandemic, added a dash of paranoia, and ...

Jeb Bladine: A scavenger hunt for vaccine access

The law of supply and demand describes an economic interplay of price and production. With COVID-19 vaccines, however, limited supply plus boundless demand created an understandable scavenger hunt for ...

Bladine: Even so, Noah still built the Ark

We’ve all heard dire predictions of a massive Cascadia subduction zone earthquake in our lifetime. Those blue Tsunami Evacuation Route signs are reminders, but aren’t ready for the devastating ...

Bladine: Thought-provoking letter from 'Friend'

Dear “Friend”: Your long letter to me this week was a mixture of personal antipathy toward liberal politics and concerns that I’ve been scarred by unreasonable hatred of Donald Trump. ...

Jeb Bladine: Politics run hot with Westsider Trail talks

Long-time backers of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail are heartened by recent outpourings of public support for development of the 17-mile recreational trail between (just northeast of) McMinnville and Gaston. That ...

Jeb Bladine: Simple questions; complex answers

Simple questions; complex answers It’s no surprise that amidst a still-raging pandemic surrounded by still-poison politics, questions are easy to spot, but answers are complex and elusive. Oregonians ...

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 ...

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