Home rule best route for county

In Oregon, voters in general law counties such as Yamhill are allowed to alter “number or mode of selection of elective county officials.” Unfortunately, no one is sure what “mode of ...

Governor’s reign marked by hypocrisy, not transparency

Upon her inauguration in 2015, Gov. Kate Brown told Oregonians: “Throughout my 24 years in public service, I have also sought to promote transparency and trust in government ... That will not change ...

We need to get foster agencies on same page

The definition of labyrinth — a complicated and irregular network of passages where it is difficult if not impossible to find one’s way — could easily be applied to the maze of agencies ...

All politics aside, Trump deserves impeachment

President Donald Trump should be impeached, paving the way for a trial by the U.S. Senate. He asked Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July to investigate political rival Joe Biden in exchange for ...

Air show was worth all the compromises

One of the charms of McMinnville is its 56-mile distance from Portland International Airport — 2.8 minutes as the F-35 flies. Under ordinary circumstances, this serves to significantly reduce the ...

Disbanding YCINT tolerable, surrendering to dealers not

The head of the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team, Sheriff Tim Svnson, announced this week the drug team was — at least temporarily — ceasing operations. Insiders predicted YCINT’s ...

Both sides should get a say before staff weighs in

The problem with lengthy land-use hearings isn’t that they take many hours most would rather spend at home with family. It’s that citizens feel the decisions have already been made before they ...

Editorial: Dear garbage goliath: Please give us a break

CEO James C. Fish Jr. Waste Management Inc. First City Tower, Houston   Dear Mr. Fish: Your company has come a long way since Dutch immigrant Harm Huizenga began hauling garbage in Chicago in ...

Records czar finds Oregon is no Eden

If your mother says she loves you, ask for a second opinion. That venerable bit of journalistic wisdom is venerated for a reason. Everyone, not just journalists, should view the world with a gimlet eye. OK, ...

Rift stirs nostalgia for return of shared respect

The popularity of the Dragging the Gut Festival, recently reborn as Cruise McMinnville, illustrates the enduring pull of memories forged during a childhood long gone. Dragging the gut. Dropping by the ...

Restoring locks could unlock new potential

Multnomah Falls, which carries Multnomah Creek over a 620-foot drop about 30 miles east of Portland, draws more than 2 million visitors a year. Willamette Falls, which channels the mighty Willamette River ...

Election security deserves a unified vote of confidence

Election security should never be taken for granted. It’s one of the key tools to a strong democracy. But fearmongering about unfounded voter fraud can be equally, if not more, damaging. State and ...

We’re all newcomers in the end

Who are all of these newcomers streaming into our area? Many of them are poor and uneducated. They seem to lack the means to take care of themselves. Unless we do something to stem this influx, they ...

Botched death penalty bill demands legislative action

There are lots of reasons to oppose the death penalty. Among them: It disproportionately targets African Americans, who account for 42 percent of the death row population, but only 12 percent of the overall ...

Enrollment rise offers hope in jittery times

Linfield College will welcome 532 new students this fall, marking its largest enrollment increase in years. That increase represents tremendously good news for a small liberal arts college typically hosting ...

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