New challenges hamper campaign against COVID

COVID-19 is a fearsome menace to our way of life, and has lingered far, far longer than any of us might have imagined when it began early last year. Along the way, it has killed more than half a million ...

With local effort, state resolve, homelessness not intractable

Houston, we have a problem. We have more people than we can manage to reliably feed and house, and the ones falling out the bottom are spilling into the streets because they have nowhere else to go. These ...

Board’s school chief choice sounds welcome ring to us

When Maryalice Russell was named superintendent of schools here in 2002, she was chosen over co-finalists Kris Olsen, Karen Richey and Dan Rodriguez, in addition to co-semifinalists Wayne Kostur, Gary ...

Proclamations have their place, but direct action speaks louder

At its March 16 meeting, the McMinnville City Council approved payment of $325,000, through its insurance carrier, to help settle a lawsuit alleging failure by state officials and local police to protect ...

Sunshine best disinfectant for insidious government secrecy

When the McMinnville School District refuses to join virtually all other American cities and school districts in disclosing chief executive finalists, how do you have any way to judge the choice its board ...

Big plans need time to gel; Priority is correct, not quick

Nothing lasts forever. That’s why McMinnville is looking to replace a public library dating back to 1912 (renovated and extended in 1982), a armory turned community center dating back to 1924 and ...

Second Amendment Sanctuary dangerous, divisive and foolish

Spurred by the recent seating of Lindsay Berschauer, commissioners have been in a rush to declare Yamhill County a Second Amendment Sanctuary, free from the enforcement of “all local, state and federal ...

Time to look on bright side: We're beating back this virus

It’s been almost a year since we last ran a positive headline on the COVID-19 crisis. And it was, “County: We’re ready for spread of virus” — a March 6, 2020, assessment that ...

It warms the heart to see how community responds to a crisis

It sometimes appears the digital communication channels wrought by today’s technology have become little more than cesspools of violence, racism and hate. Breeding grounds for bizarre conspiracies, ...

Berschauer conduct is indefensible

We were not surprised to see the Yamhelas Westsider Trail rejected on a 2-1 vote by the county commissioners Thursday. After all, Mary Starrett and Lindsay Berschauer both ran campaigns pledging uncompromising ...

Trail decision a detriment to parks system needing vision

Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla captured our reaction to the fierce, expensive and ultimately successful Yamhelas Westsider Trail opposition almost perfectly in a post-decision post. “It ...

Resolutions and proclamations seldom worth the investment

It seems the season for local resolutions, declarations and proclamations, the vast majority having not even tenuous relevance to the adopting body’s authorized function. In response, we’d ...

Transit service is a lifeline we must all work to preserve

When it comes to the Yamhill County Transit Area, which operates an inter-city bus system serving the county at large and municipal bus systems serving McMinnville and Newberg, officials face an ...

Session lacks a set agenda, and that's mostly a good thing

Psst. Pass it along. The 81st regular session of the Oregon Legislature opened Tuesday. A session may not have commenced with less fanfare since 1848, when Oregon Country’s provisional, pre-statehood ...

Reject false prophets and the deceptions they peddle

Indulge us for a moment while we imagine a terrifying takeover of the U.S. government without thought of political philosophy. Visualize a political firebrand from the far right or the leftist fringe, ...

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