Public servants not paid for private drama

Separate soap operas at Newberg City Hall and the Yamhill County Housing Authority have one element in common. Both are so difficult to follow, and feature so many aggravated characters, that most viewers ...

Women on the move in state and local farming

Agriculture is big business in Oregon. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, updating the 2012 census, the state boasts about 37,000 farms cultivating 225 different crops on 16 million acres. In ...

Legal service discrepancies demand probe

Something seems badly amiss with the financial and administrative workings of the Yamhill County Justice Alliance Center, which provides legal representation to indigent youth and adult defendants in Yamhill ...

Voters reject one approach; next step is trying another

As folksinging poet Bob Dylan famously lamented back in the tumultuous 1960s, “Money doesn’t talk, it swears.” On Tuesday night in McMinnville, we got that drummed into our ears. Money ...

Consolidated fire operation demands look

Tigard-based Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is Oregon’s second-largest emergency services outfit, ranking only behind Portland Fire & Rescue. It protects 11 cities in four counties, deploys ...

Local students deserve praise for their courage

OK, let’s set the debate over global warming aside for a moment. Let’s say 99.9% of the world’s scientific community is wrong. Global warming is a hoax. It’s a vast conspiracy ...

Museum's had enough Down; deserves future with more up

We used to think nothing could rival Del Smith’s homegrown aviation empire for being secretive and mysterious, volatile and litigious, tangled and troubled. Founded by a flambyouant entreprenuer ...

Creation of Chamber PAC would ease angst

The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce’s increased enthusiasm for politics puts the city’s involvement as a dues paying member with the chamber in a legally questionable position. Or not. Local ...

Don’t fall for industry con; reject charter amendment

Care center conglomerates are employing a barrage of scare tactics and a blizzard of disinformation to hoodwink you into supporting a city ordinance repeal measure on your Nov. 5 ballot. Don’t let ...

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 ...

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