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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: Beginning journey to ‘digital balance’

People with poor eating habits might read the same books, try the same diets and talk with others about their quests for more energy and better health. Support group dynamics are all-important in AA programs ...

Jeb Bladine: Striving for balance in economic strategy

Financial stresses take many shapes for people, businesses and institutions: Hangovers from the pandemic; inflationary prices; gridlocked supply chains; limited spending choices among many needs for food, ...

Jeb Bladine: Make sure that the bypass is a bypass

Long ago, McMinnville leaders established Three Mile Lane access and zoning restrictions to prevent development similar to our North Highway 99W. Today, that protection may be threatened by plans to allow ...

Jeb Bladine: We have our own little ‘Wonderland’

Some great quotes come from “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. “Be what you would seem to be,” said the Duchess, who then put it “more simply”: Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: Need a lead for city budget story

Thought-provoking news and commentary articles often begin with a lead paragraph giving readers a succinct summary of the most important facts. Good luck with ideas to capsulize Tuesday night’s ...

Jeb Bladine: Word of caution on consignment sales

Salem attorney Young Walgenkim is an expert on fraudulent vehicle sales; his firm of Hanson & Walgenkim actually has a company companion website with the address, “isuecardealers.com.” Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: Profiles emerge in election results

“This election,” we wrote three weeks ago, “will tell Yamhill County much about who we are.” Truer words could hardly have been written. Politically, based on votes for and against ...

Jeb Bladine: Threat of warfare lies in cyberspace

Computer vulnerabilities may be the Achilles heel of an unprepared America. As Russian forces continue to decimate Ukraine, and world tensions rise, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is pondering the possibility ...

Bladine: Leader recoils from the darkness within

This week’s column goes to Dallas Heard, Oregon state senator from Roseburg who just finished one year as Oregon Republican Party chairman. His good-bye letter was a disturbing commentary on Oregon ...

Bladine: Time for the county to show who we are

We owe a debt of gratitude to those who produced an opportunity to vote for the recall of current Yamhill County governance. Yes, your mail-in ballot says this vote is for or against the recall of Yamhill ...

Bladine: Invasion of Ukraine sparks old memory 

Thoughts of writing about the Yamhill County recall campaign disappeared when I considered the scope of commentary already scheduled for today: commentary from the recall petitioner and the commissioner ...

Bladine: City should resist utility surcharges

Surcharging McMinnville water bills to finance general government services is a topic featuring many numbers requiring complex calculations. One simplification would be to declare it a bad idea and move ...

Bladine: How will COVID change the world?

We see the physical manifestations of a two-year pandemic: masks, quarantines, social and civic separation, empty offices, canceled events, to name a few. What remains to be learned is how our shared exposure ...

Bladine: Patriotism doesn’t thrive in secrecy

There’s big political news afoot, but I was sworn to secrecy this week by Donald Trump Jr.’s email: “This confidential invitation is meant only for you — do not share it with anyone. ...