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"Whatchamacolumn" by Jeb Bladine

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Bladine: Don't just shop local; think, act and be local

Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — long has been the day our annual “Shop Local” promotion leads off the Viewpoints section. In this 32nd year of that campaign, we want to start with the epilogue of our 2020 installment:

 

Bladine: Winding road to Bayou renovation

In a strange way, the late Del Smith had a hand in current plans to refurbish Bayou Golf Course and remodel the stately Colonial-style mansion. After all, Smith’s creation of the Evergreen Museum ...

Bladine: Breakthrough stats defy easy analysis

It was clear from the beginning – about 6 months ago – that any investigation of COVID-19 “breakthrough” cases would not only be a moving target, but soon would become a statistical ...

Bladine: Note to self, staff: triple-check names

Every year — without any kudos received, or deserved — we publish thousands of correctly spelled names in the newspaper. But if your name gets misspelled, you likely consider us careless verging ...

Bladine: Waves of stories crashing together

Scientists and news media called it a “bomb cyclone” this week when a nor’easter on steroids shut down power to more than 600,000 New England homes and businesses. That attention-grabbing ...

Bladine: Reminded of more poisonous politics

A national outpouring of praise and memories this week extolled the extraordinary life of Colin Powell: professional soldier; chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; national security adviser; secretary ...

Bladine: A modest plan for consequences

Why? Too often these days, “Why?” is just a rhetorical question with no expectation of a reasonable answer or achievable solution. Why has America allowed its infrastructure to deteriorate ...

Bladine: Financial sausage in federal politics

The numbers are mind-boggling. A U.S. Senate vote approved $1 trillion for infrastructure spending, but Democrats seek $3.5 trillion while some negotiators suggest a $2 trillion compromise. Swirling around ...

Jeb Bladine: Protecting access to government

There’s an obvious six-letter reason we call them “public officials”: Their decisions and actions in governance of citizens’ affairs, along with all related documents, are P-U-B-L-I-C. For ...

Bladine: Tell people it's time for vaccine

The rant below has a target audience, but all readers should feel free to eavesdrop on preliminary observations about current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, McMinnville expected to see ...

Jeb Bladine: Breakthrough cases add confusion

Easily, the most confusing COVID-19 stories lately are reports on “breakthrough infections” contracted by fully vaccinated people. Breakthrough statistics have been inconsistent and suspect ...

Bladine: Mixing wars with humanitarian aid

Leaders of USAID don’t know what to say about Afghanistan. The agency’s last statement was a June 4 announcement of another $266 million in humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan: “This ...

Jeb Bladine: A continuing ride on COVID coaster

It seems unlikely that approaching autumn will soothe our summer of madness. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column   That ...

Jeb Bladine: Loss of patience for COVID patients

Many Americans, particularly those living in areas hardest hit by the historic spike of COVID-19 cases, are moving dangerously close to the bounds of their humanity toward unvaccinated victims. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...