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 ...

City off to a sound start on corridor planning project

Over the years, city planners have collaborated with state and local agencies, affected interest groups, the business community and the community at large on a variety of projects. Makeover targets have ...

Just say no to reliving past glories

Last week’s Viewpoints cover piece was headlined, “Can our political leaders shake the Curse of Apollo?” In other words, can they forsake the hollow lure of manned flight bragging rights ...

Terms like ‘white privilege’ trigger oversensitive officials

Many people have a hard time understanding the concept of white privilege — often because they are privileged whites who in fact have a hard time understanding any experience other than their own. Exhibit ...

No room at the inn for low income

As Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote almost 250 years ago, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” And so it seems with well-meaning city and county plans to foster new housing ...

It’s about a sick society as much as sick people

A 1993 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded a handgun in the home triples the chances someone will be shot and killed there. Horrified, Congress took immediate action. It cut ...

Attend a concert and save a park

One highlight of summer in Yamhill County is always the mid-week concert series hosted by local non-profits and agencies. This year, the McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating its ...

Editorial: Monitoring government a noble cause to pursue

The American Civil Liberties Union has begun training local volunteers to monitor federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity at the Yamhill County Courthouse. As a result, some members of our ...

Local discretion snuffed out in land use realm

City councilors passed ordinances Tuesday that clear the way for the controversial Oak Ridge Meadows subdivision near Baker Creek. The city’s planning staff had been claiming for months that they ...

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