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Central mission is helping homeless help themselves

There has been a great deal of discussion about homelessness in McMinnville arising at city council meetings and spreading into the pages of this publication. But little has been said about my ...

Jeb Bladine: And life goes on, for those still living

The New York Post, though often criticized for conservative bias, covered half its Monday front page with four giant words: “BAN WEAPONS OF WAR”. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is ...

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Can our political leaders shake Curse of Apollo?

At 7:56 p.m. on July 20, 1969,  I was watching television. Guest Writer Guest writer Scott Gibson M.D. has been practicing medicine in his hometown of McMinnville for 30 years. ...

Jeb Bladine: Consider all costs of U.S. health care

All those Democratic Party presidential candidates are exhausting us with health care promises and warnings: “My plan does this” … “Your plan does that” … “Medicare ...

Jeb Bladine: Perfect storm puts old buildings at risk

McMinnville may be headed toward a prolonged demolition derby. But instead of old cars crashing one another into oblivion, this event could feature the destruction of old buildings. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

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Why Oregon farmers and ranchers opposed cap and trade bill

By Partnership for Oregon Communities [Editor’s Note: The following originated from public testimony made during the last state Legislative session by a coalition of statewide agriculture organizations ...

All must act to mitigate climate crisis

Like many, I was deeply disappointed by failure of the Clean Energy Jobs bill to become law this year. Guest Writer Guest writer Rick Hammond, a graduate of McMinnville High School and the ...

Jeb Bladine: Moon walk added to memory banks

Fifty years ago, after Neil Armstrong took “One small step,” he and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. More than a half-billion people watched televised reports, and those still alive today are ...

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Despite bounty of drama, session proved productive

The 2019 Oregon Legislative Assembly accomplished something few if any of its predecessors did: It became famous for not meeting. That’s too bad, because in some ways, this year’s session ...

Mark Davis: Local rate-setting process off limits to the public

In early 2017, Recology Western Oregon’s monthly rate for a typical weekly household garbage pickup in McMinnville ran $35.45. With city council approval last month of yet another hike, the rate ...

Jeb Bladine: More than numbers for former assessor

My old friend Linda Stephenson died on June 30 after a long, courageous and graceful confrontation with health and mortality. That date also was the last day for Oregon governmental bodies to certify their ...

Jeb Bladine: 2019: That was the year that is!

Highlights of 2019 will become their own Year in Review, merge into stories about the end of a decade, and slowly fade into extended histories of a generation and more. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

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Author shares glimpse into life on the street

Jason Peterson, 32, was shot and killed Feb. 20, 2017, outside the Golden Key Insurance Agency office in Portland. He left some belongings in front of the business just as the owner decided that ...

Jeb Bladine: Mixed stories relay care center issues

Long-term care centers are in the news, but we should resist over-mingling the stories. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column One ...

Jeb Bladine: McKay Road deaths require speed limits

Decades ago, McMinnville citizens demanded action after 10 deaths in 10 years on the Three Mile Lane Bypass. Who will match that level of outrage after 12 deaths in 12 months on McKay Road? Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

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