Now not the time for new fines, fees

Thanks to voters, the city charter now prohibits taking local care centers for an ambulance fine and fee ride. No problem. Fire officials can get around that by taking the entire user population for a ...

City making right move in revising lodging tax terms

The McMinnville City Council took a step we’ve long advocated Tuesday, when it decided to renegotiate allocation of the ever-growing stream of local lodging tax dollars. The result could and should ...

Legal ‘victory’ not a success for everyone

Lawsuits are like genies: Be cautious with your wishes, as they’re rife with unanticipated consequences. That could be the moral of the story behind the $1 billion a jury in Eugene awarded last ...

Time to move wayfinding from back burner to front

Three years ago, coordinated through the Visit McMinnville tourism organization, McMinnville launched a wayfinding signage project. Within a matter of months, the citizen group had awarded a design contract ...

‘Lock ‘em up’ just fills pen on our dime

Prison reform advocate Jodi Hansen of Newberg says asking repeat offenders to play by the rules is like handing them a violin and expecting them to perform a concerto. If any career criminals out there ...

Bypass Phase II, the sequel, seems off to promising start

The Newberg-Dundee Bypass is continuing to motor on around the back side of Newberg. The movement is evolving in fits and starts, but that’s probably as good as it gets for a high-cost road construction ...

ICE ruling rooted in practicality

Immigration is an emotional issue, but Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters did not make her decision based on emotion Nov. 14, when she curtailed federal immigration agents’ ability ...

Homeless safety net needs a constructive examination

The commitment shown by Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission leaders to the local homeless community is beyond question. Executive Director Kaye Sawyer and Board Chair Dave Haugeberg have invested heart ...

Public servants not paid for private drama

Separate soap operas at Newberg City Hall and the Yamhill County Housing Authority have one element in common. Both are so difficult to follow, and feature so many aggravated characters, that most viewers ...

Women on the move in state and local farming

Agriculture is big business in Oregon. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, updating the 2012 census, the state boasts about 37,000 farms cultivating 225 different crops on 16 million acres. In ...

Legal service discrepancies demand probe

Something seems badly amiss with the financial and administrative workings of the Yamhill County Justice Alliance Center, which provides legal representation to indigent youth and adult defendants in Yamhill ...

Voters reject one approach; next step is trying another

As folksinging poet Bob Dylan famously lamented back in the tumultuous 1960s, “Money doesn’t talk, it swears.” On Tuesday night in McMinnville, we got that drummed into our ears. Money ...

Consolidated fire operation demands look

Tigard-based Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is Oregon’s second-largest emergency services outfit, ranking only behind Portland Fire & Rescue. It protects 11 cities in four counties, deploys ...

Local students deserve praise for their courage

OK, let’s set the debate over global warming aside for a moment. Let’s say 99.9% of the world’s scientific community is wrong. Global warming is a hoax. It’s a vast conspiracy ...

Museum's had enough Down; deserves future with more up

We used to think nothing could rival Del Smith’s homegrown aviation empire for being secretive and mysterious, volatile and litigious, tangled and troubled. Founded by a flambyouant entreprenuer ...

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