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 ...

Republicans stop worrying and learn to love deficits

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once called the national debt “the nation’s biggest problem.” And he blamed it on President Barack Obama. Of course, that was in 2012, when members ...

Manufacturing growth depends as much on the arts as sciences

There are those who see little practical value in art. It is a luxury, they believe, like dessert for a society that still needs to eat its healthy food. Reading, writing and arithmetic should receive ...

New construction likely the future for recreational center

Local residents surveyed by the McMinnville Parks & Recreation department were split on whether to renovate the aquatic and community centers or to build new structures.  If respondents had seen ...

Mac’s Turkey Rama festival a tradition worth supporting

This weekend marks the 59th edition of Turkey Rama, McMinnville’s annual community festival. Let’s be honest: It’s a mere shell of its former self.  Major features like the World’s ...

Brown should resist urge to act unilaterally

On April 22, 1793, George Washington signed the nation’s first executive order, authorizing prosecution of citizens caught defying American neutrality by interfering in a war pitting England against ...

Developing on floating zone likely a tough sell

Are any private developers eager to build transitional, temporary housing in McMinnville’s industrial zone? We have our doubts. Unless city planners know something we don’t, it’s hard ...

Marginalizing the opposition also marginalizes Democracy

It was the best of sessions; it was the worst of sessions. It was the best in the view of Democratic Party partisans and the public employee unions that bankrolled them to 60 percent supermajorities in ...

Personal fireworks aren’t worth the trauma inflicted

Americans annually celebrate their freedom by setting off explosions that traumatize many of the veterans who fought for that freedom. Does that make any sense? Celebrating America is a pretense many ...

Salem caught in grip of rampant hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is never in short supply in seats of government, including the Oregon State Capitol. However, it seems to have attained new heights here on the wings of the recent walkout by Senate Republicans, ...

We owe seniors the care we’d expect in their shoes

Our June 12 edition documented a lengthy history of local, state and national failures in the senior care industry. Unfortunately, as so often proves the case with public policy challenges, it’s ...

Councilors should grant opponents new hearing

McMinnville city councilors on Tuesday will be presented a staff report on the Oak Ridge Meadows Land-Use Applications, which would combine two previously approved, but still unbuilt planned developments ...

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 ...

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