City tramples valid concerns in adoption of fee increases

Few good decisions are made in a hurry, so it came as little surprise when the McMinnville City Council trampled several valid concerns Tuesday in its haste to hike building and planning fees. The fees ...

We must be content with justice delayed

On moral grounds, Jennifer Weathers, allegedly driving drunk when daughter Meighan Cordie either jumped or fell to her death from the back seat of the speeding car, deserves a much stiffer penalty than ...

County space needs demand serious look

Sometimes today’s great idea morphs into tomorrow’s bad plan. Sometimes too much of a good thing eventually becomes bad. So it is, we fear, with Yamhill County’s inexorable sprawl through ...

Polystyrene recycling program presents a unique opportunity

Most Americans are blockheads when it comes to recycling. Some don’t recycle whatsoever. Others pitch trash items into the same bin. Both actions cause a wide range of problems and expenses, and ...

Airport never seems to catch any attention

“The city’s most unheralded asset.” “A crucial need for a tourist-oriented economy.” “(It’s) poised to take off. ... It’s time to start those engines.” “The ...

There’s no tax too large, no tax too petty for Gov. Brown

Gov. Kate Brown ran a re-election campaign virtually free from any policy or program agenda. She settled for praising her past accomplishments of dubious authenticity, promising to protect abortion rights ...

Holiday spirit soured over parade miscue

One of the many signs the holiday season is approaching is the cultural and historical debate over who truly rules the season, Jesus Christ or Santa Claus. Another sign in McMinnville, actually the “official ...

State cleans up one backlog and generates a new one

In 2015, the state crime lab acknowledged a backlog of 5,600 untested rape kits. That admission barely hinted at the towering magnitude of the actual problem.Because it was typically taking five years ...

Climate change creating chaos by land and sea

In America’s West, the lands are ablaze and the seas are suffocating. In Oregon, 99 percent of the territory is mired in drought.  We wish we were being hyperbolic, but those are just the facts. ...

Linfield’s bold move to buy campus promises big payoff

Linfield College has been striving for years to augment an endowment dwarfed by those of private liberal arts peer institutions. So, what moved it to part with $14.5 million of its approximately $114 million ...

Election brings out the best and worst

An event featuring as many moving parts as a local, state and national election is bound to produce elements of the good, bad and ugly. First, the good: 1) The election of Casey Kulla as county commissioner, ...

Hail to the roundabout, an old idea new to Mac

Does the prospect of navigating one of McMinnville’s new Hill Road roundabouts fill you with dread? Then you’d be best-advised to avoid one of Oregon’s top tourist destinations. The ...

Brown’s record belies claims of transparency

Gov. Kate Brown talks a good talk when it comes to transparency and accountability in government. But she doesn’t walk a very convincing walk. Brown has repeatedly stumbled when it comes to making ...

Political interest blurs the normal local lines

Quick. Whose local campaign contribution and expenditure report lists donations from Kroger, Anheuser-Busch, Union Pacific and Koch Industries? If you grabbed the low-hanging fruit, you cited Ron Noble ...

It’s time for change at the county helm

We had a surprisingly easy time deciding on Grand Island farmer Casey Kulla for the county commission seat currently held by longtime insurance agent and investment adviser Stan Primozich. Primozich has ...

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