America’s love affair with the single-family house is cooling, but it won’t be a quick breakup

For decades, land use regulation across the U.S. has emphasized single-family houses on large lots. This approach has priced many people out of the quintessential American dream: homeownership. ...

Jeb Bladine: Trust in people has turned to suspicion

I think about — and sometimes covet — the innate trust my parents’ generation had in people from all walks of life in America. It was borne of a society in which people were more personally ...

Jeb Bladine: N-R archives reveal good lives, well-lived

Most Decembers, I stop to remind myself of the many well-lived local lives that ended that year — an enlightening experience made possible by two sets of online News-Register archives. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Newspaper demise feeds partisanship

By JOSHUA DARR, JOHANNA DUNAWAY and MATTHEW HITT It seems impossible to ignore national politics today. The stream of stories about the president and Congress is endless. Whether online, in print or on ...

Jeb Bladine: New decade brings unfinished business

Let’s take a first look into 2020: Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column Christmas is in the past, New Years looms large, ...

No need to worry; it can't happen here

I thrill to the adventures of fictional journalists such as Lois Lane and Tintin. They comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable and generally speak truth to stupid. Guest Writer Tom ...

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Workers at the Habitat ReStore in McMinnville pose with a cutout of President Jimmy Carter.

Study up, then help build more stabilized housing

One of the many things I enjoy about working with our local Habitat for Humanity is how immediately recognizable it has become in the community. Guest Writer Steve Long has tried ...

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Traveling the world one conversation at a time

During my first December in McMinnville, in 1978, a Saturday stretched ahead of me. My Linfield College roommate was on the way to Portland, along with several other residents of Grover Hall, so ...

Jeb Bladine: Who’s ready to plan  for county facilities?

Setting aside comment about the long wait: Hooray for Yamhill County and its new $95,000 contract to assess the use, condition and future needs of county government facilities. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: Try to remember: ‘Presumed innocent’

Local financier J.W. Millegan will appear in U.S. District Court next week to answer federal charges that he systematically cheated investors and hid ill-gotten gains from the IRS. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

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Charter options limited only by our collective imagination

“Besides the sun, our creativity is the other essentially unlimited resource on the planet.” — contemporary American writer and ecologist Starhawk. Guest Writer Casey Kulla ...

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Community finds its fortune in shared web of connectivity

For 30 years, this space has featured variations of our long-running “Shop Local” crusade. We still have a passion for supporting local businesses, but this year our message is one even more ...

Jeb Bladine: Cell phone comment was ahead of its time

Many online forums are snake pits of rude and abusive commentary. In contrast, we’ve come to appreciate the reader comments on our newspaper website articles. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine ...

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Thankfully, Thanksgiving demands lots of time, toil

True confession time: I don’t like turkey. Guest Writer Eric Schuck knows his way around a poultry processing plant, which may help explain his holiday preference for ham He also holds ...

Jeb Bladine: Polarization thrives in American politics

Public impeachment hearings this week dominated national news, the Democratic presidential candidate debate and front pages of media outlets around the world. The drama appears headed toward U.S. House ...

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