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 ...

Miller over Chapman in circuit court runoff

This year’s Circuit Court race reflects a 2000 race won by Ronald Stone, whose retirement 18 years later triggered the current opening. But there are important differences as well. And for us, they ...

Care centers should shoulder cost of unnecessary 911 calls

Money can speak louder than words. Administrators of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, for a variety of reasons, are prone to calling paramedics every time a resident rolls out of bed the ...

Gubernatorial hopefuls uniformly fail to inspire

In our endorsement editorials, our four-member editorial board tries to analyze races, assess candidates and build a reasoned case for the candidate found to possess the most merit. Readers, of course, ...

Jaffer and Noble deserve the local legislative nods

There are multiple reasons to vote against incumbent Republican Mike Nearman in House District 23, which includes McMinnville’s southern edge. An obstructionist, he shows no interest in helping ...

Measure 105 demands rejection at the polls

In 1987, the Oregon House voted 54-3 and the Oregon Senate 58-1 to prohibit local authorities from assisting in the enforcement of federal immigration law. And the House concurred with the final version, ...

Only one measure deserves voter approval this election

If you decide to just vote no on all five measures appearing on your November ballot, we wouldn’t blame you. You can’t go very far wrong opposing what primarily amounts to a collection of clever ...

Homeless problem won’t be solved by hyperbole

Chris Chenoweth’s campaign for the McMinnville City Council features a flier claiming a rise in crime is tied to a similar increase in vagrancy, because of a “laissez-faire” approach ...

Bonamici an easy choice in 1st Congressional District

When Suzanne Bonamici first ran for Congress, she faced formidable challenges in the November 2011 primary from Brad Witt and Brad Avakian and the January 2012 special election from Rob Cornilles. But ...

Incumbents’ edge not always well-deserved

All incumbents in the five contested legislative districts which overlap parts of Yamhill County — House 10, 23, 24 and 25, and Senate 13 — are heavily favored. But only three earn endorsement ...

Linfield College moves into upper wine education echelon

Linfield College took another major stride this week toward becoming a player of national and even international note in wine studies. This time it came through an announcement of a new program aimed ...

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