Blackface incident leaves yet another ugly blemish

Here we go again. Republicans from Oregon’s far right fringe have begun wading into non-partisan local elections of late, and the infusion of money, manpower and ideological fervor is increasingly ...

Keeping our children safe should be a priority for all

More than 50 million children from 14,000 districts have headed back to school for face-to-face instruction — or soon will — for the first time since March 2020. But the timing is fraught with ...

With COVID raging at FCI, conditions deserve a look

The federal prison system is a growth industry with few peers in either the public or private sectors. When Sheridan began trying to sell itself as a future federal prison site in 1981, the system housed ...

Let’s cut the political theater; careers and lives are at stake

Dr. Rudolf Virchow, a German physician, anthropologist, pathologist, biologist, writer, editor and politician, coined the term “Kulturkampf” in the 1870s in reference to a campaign by Chancellor ...

Pandemic ushers in demand for broader electronic access

In deference to the demands of the pandemic, the Oregon Legislature was forced to close the Capitol to the public early last year, shutting off direct dialogue between the Oregon citizenry and its representatives ...

New climate report bleak, but still offers some hope

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just begun releasing its sixth assessment of the potential apocalypse looming before our beleaguered planet, and it doesn’t by any stretch merit ...

Root parties and partisans out of local decisionmaking

On April 14, the Linn County Republican Party e-mailed supporters to say, “Local elections are coming up soon and we need your help! We are in position to seat solid Republicans on our school boards, ...

Mask resumption unwelcome, but numbers make the case

It’s been tempting for observers of every stripe — political leaders, newspaper editors and health officials included — to declare victory over the insidious COVID-19 virus and endorse ...

Celebrate Bottle Bill; renew commitment to recycling

As Oregonians celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Bottle Bill, we can look upon it as one of the two shiniest gems in the Oregon public policy crown. The other is the 1967 Oregon Beach Law, ensuring ...

Turkey Rama deserves another chance to recapture lost magic

“Let’s be honest,” we conceded in this space two years ago, following the McMinnville Turkey Rama festival’s tepid 2019 run. “It’s a mere shell of its former self.” If ...

Residents report fears of Evans Street ‘dragstrip’

Mac police, public works pledge steps to address the problem   Northeast Evans Street crosswalks aren’t always safe zones and people drive far too fast, City Council heard from local residents ...

Commissioners do right thing in dumping Nearman for Scharf

It’s a rare day when we find ourself in agreement with Yamhill County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer, as she tends to be woefully long on ideology and short on pragmatism. So count this as a rare ...

Pride support dominates here, but still has its ugly dissenters

How many of us learned of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 in a K-12 history class? How about the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which erupted in New York’s Greenwich Village? Both of these violent eruptions ...

Mandates have saved the day, but time has come to lift them

Few have been more staunchly supportive of masking, distancing, disinfecting and vaccinating than we have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. From the outset, we have cast our lot with Anthony Fauci, Kate ...

Seniors need to be wary of con artists’ schemes

Earlier this month, the News-Register published a gripping account of a former lawyer, since disbarred, being belatedly held criminally accountable for stealing thousands in trust funds from an elderly ...