Fire service consolidation being driven by necessity

Fred Hertel, joint chief of the Sheridan and West Valley fire districts, recently authored a guest opinion headlined, “Not your father’s fire service.” And that, in a nutshell, explains ...

Air show could propel airport to new heights

Not to get ahead of ourselves, but ... Wheee! We’re going to have an air show! OK, Settle down. It’s not a done deal, yet. Organizers of the Oregon International Air Show are conferring with ...

Dog control a vital function in society

Where is it etched in stone that the county’s dog control function has to be self-supporting, but its myriad other functions do not? This seems akin to the city’s baseless mantra that the airport ...

Homelessness demands immediate city action

Some 200 people packed McMinnville City Council chambers Tuesday, and 12 stepped to the microphone. Those representing the homeless community spoke about needing receptacles for both solid and human waste, ...

Housing crisis is not going to solve itself

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered the 1932 commencement address at Oglethorpe University in Georgia, thousands of Americans were living in “Hoovervilles” — makeshift tent cities ...

Narrowing death penalty basis a cause whose time has come

Uncompromising advocates complain by redefining aggravated murder to exclude all but acts of terrorism, Senate Bill 1013 would effectively eliminate future executions in Oregon. Wrong. Shifting public ...

Dump ideological posturing; get down to local business

Here we go again. Last week, advocates for unrestricted gun rights urged commissioners to declare Yamhill County a Second Amendment sanctuary, free from enforcement of all local, state and federal firearms’ ...

Buildings need bracing before coming quake

McMinnville finds itself caught between a rock and a hard place — and it might require a mere seismic shrug to inflict a crushing impact. Local firefighters moved into a new downtown station in ...

While tourism is important, so is having place to live

Jonathan Rouse appeared genuinely sympathetic last month when he was confronted by some of the low-income neighbors he will displace by building a 16-unit apartment complex on Northeast First Street. He ...

A look at growth from all angles

Today and next Tuesday, the News-Register is publishing a series that examines development near the intersection of Hill and Baker Creek roads. Fair warning: As enterprise reporting goes, this isn’t ...

Don't let fringe elements derail local trail project

Here we go again. During six hours of testimony last week, one local farmer provided thoughtful support for Yamhill County’s Yamhelas Westsider Trail rails-to-trail project. Several others added ...

Suppression is toxic for free society

Republicans and Democrats may act increasingly tribalistic, fleeing to the fringes of their parties. But they always seem to find common ground in one respect: They hate bad news. If they can’t ...

Vaccination exemptions pose threat to our most vulnerable

Vaccination against potentially deadly but preventable diseases is not just the right thing to do. It is a moral imperative. The rallying cry of the anti-vaccination movement is freedom of choice. The ...

Landfill’s time has come and gone

Waste Management has lost on virtually all fronts in its bid to expand Yamhill County’s Riverbend Landfill for extended life. It has lost in the offices of government, the halls of justice and, ...

Time finally may be right for pharmaceutical reform

In response to rising public ire over soaring prescription drug prices, an avalanche of pricing-transparency and cost-containment bills have cascaded into the congressional hopper in the last few years. ...

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