Contention, angst fester as old ways merge with new

McMinnville city government is at risk of an increasing disconnection from key elements of its constituency. The recent dustup over the downtown Economic Improvement District was short-lived and ended ...

Arguments based more on fear than facts

New parents — especially those caught off guard by the experience — have countless questions. There should be a program where they can invite nurses to drop by during the first two or three ...

Care centers shouldn’t be scare centers

Understandably, McMinnville care centers oppose reimbursing the city for the cost of business licensing overhead and ambulance responses for unjustified 911 calls. But they should stop scaring voters — ...

Innocence something to be cherished, not scorned

Our May 31 front page was about as grim as it gets. If we’re ever forced to display stories more stomach-turning that the trio detailing criminal allegations pending against Jermaine Streeter, Michael ...

Politics eclipse reason in county’s coalition rejection

Forging alliances with neighboring counties of similar needs, views and politics is one of the most common — and natural — elements of governmental organization. Oregon groupings that follow ...

Sewer surcharge a stinky surprise for Mac residents

The city of McMinnville pulled the budgeting equivalent Tuesday of shoot first, aim later.  In the process, it established a new franchise fee for residents that will add more money, not into the ...

Tourism tax could be doing more for Mac

Given the dramatic increase in transient lodging tax funds being collected in McMinnville, it’s time the city reevaluated the almost $1.3 million being split between tourism promotion and the city’s ...

Less than meets the eye in massive K-12 package

In almost apocalyptic terms, Democrats are applauding a measure infusing another $2 billion a biennium into Oregon’s public school system. They term it a milestone, a landmark, a watershed, a development ...

Lack of long-range planning continues to plague county

Seventeen years ago, we urged the city and county to engage in a round of serious long-range facility planning, designed to ensure they were positioned to anticipates foreseeable needs over the first quarter ...

People in glass houses should learn cooperation

A decade ago, Yamhill County launched a 10-year plan to end homelessness. Homelessness has since multiplied — especially around county government headquarters — to the point where irate citizens ...

Ken Austin leaves a long legacy of achieving, giving

The world can never have enough community-building giants like Ken Austin, a heralded inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist lost to us last week at the age of 87. An only child, Austin was born in ...

Fire threat demands community vigilance

It’s turned relentlessly hot and dry in Oregon, and we all know what that means. Wildfire season is upon us. Archaeological records show wildfire has helped shape our planet, for better and worse, ...

How can we return to an age of compromise?

“Come now, and let us reason together.” — Isaiah 1:18 Reasoning together sounds like a positive idea. Or we could just retreat to the furthest ends of any given issue and lob rhetorical ...

Hooting and hollering don't solve anything

The last two McMinnville City Council meetings have turned into something like “The Jerry Springer Show,” because some people believe being upset excuses them from basic manners. Anger over ...

Needle-exchange offers more up side than down

County Health & Human Services Director Silas Halloran-Steiner is defying public opinion in urging creation of a local needle-exchange serving IV drug users. Needle-exchange programs debuted in Amsterdam ...

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