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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: Mack Theater buzz updates local story

The buzz crisscrossed McMinnville in minutes last week: J.W. Millegan and his two sons were buying the iconic Mack Theater building. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of ...

Population psychics mandate city plans

Population counts are in the news. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column When all the numbers are in, we’ll have ...

Jeb Bladine: Review every detail of county structure

There will be — and already is — vigorous public debate regarding a proposal for five Yamhill County commissioners instead of three. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and ...

Jeb Bladine: Perfect storm puts old buildings at risk

McMinnville may be headed toward a prolonged demolition derby. But instead of old cars crashing one another into oblivion, this event could feature the destruction of old buildings. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: More than numbers for former assessor

My old friend Linda Stephenson died on June 30 after a long, courageous and graceful confrontation with health and mortality. That date also was the last day for Oregon governmental bodies to certify their ...

Jeb Bladine: A clash of ideas on immunization

You can understand much about the current immunization debate from just two words on each side of the controversy: Proponents of change refer to “required immunizations”; opponents call it ...

Jeb Bladine: Who actually wins 'most sexist' title?

Biden, Basketball and Benevolent Sexism: I don’t know if I can cover all that in 400 words, but here it goes. Joe Biden drew heavy fire this week for his alleged past invasions of women’s ...

Jeb Bladine: Remembering two prominent politicians

Oregon, where statewide-elected Republicans are a rarity, lost two last week. They were leaders worth remembering. Ten days ago, sitting Secretary of State Dennis Richardson died after a public, courageous ...

Jeb Bladine: Lessons needed for SAT Generation

The “Covington Controversy” at last week’s March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. is a teachable moment if people can absorb the lesson. A much-viewed encounter involved members of ...

Jeb Bladine: A generation that transcends gender

Generations keep coming and going ... they evolve, get named and, ultimately, are judged by history. Youngest members of the G.I. Generation — dubbed “The Greatest Generation” by Tom ...

Jeb Bladine: Facts and fantasy of childhood games

For whatever reason, my mind recently turned to childhood days of neighborhood softball games. We had detailed rules for “work-up” baseball that treated everyone equally as they moved through ...

Jeb Bladine: Yet another idea about resolutions

It’s resolution time in America. Some people try to eliminate bad habits; others pledge to adopt positive practices. Resolutions such as “I’m going to lose weight” require both ...

Jeb Bladine: Local life stories fill a wide-reaching list

Our 2018 newspaper pages told life stories about hundreds of local people who died this year. They touched the lives of untold thousands, far and wide; as always, it was a memorable trip through the decades ...

Jeb Bladine: Threats lurking in digital convenience

Digital technology offers amazing speed and efficiency in personal, commercial and institutional pursuits. But it comes with risks. I spent 20 years writing news on typewriters in a world without computers, ...

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