Local police shouldn’t try to operate in silence

McMinnville police are joining the ranks of law enforcement agencies throughout the country who use encrypted radio signals to keep their communications quiet from the public. MPD presented arguments ...

Group fights the stream of waste, not neighbors

Zero Waste McMinnville could choose to be a group of contentious environmentalists, content with railing about the ravages of climate change and thus ultimately making as many enemies as allies, if not ...

Four local issues made headlines all decade long

On Tuesday, the News-Register will publish its Top 10 Stories of 2019. Each year, the news staff decides the list by gauging reader interest, number of stories, largest impact and other factors. With ...

Library’s not safe; but then, what is?

A young man was stabbed at the McMinnville Public Library last week, so clearly it’s not safe to visit the library anymore. Don’t take any risks. Keep you and your children safe. Only go ...

Humanity is our business as we spend our resource

Remember what Marley’s ghost said when his former partner Ebenezer Scrooge told him he was a good man of business. “Business!” he cried. “Mankind was my business! The common welfare ...

Now not the time for new fines, fees

Thanks to voters, the city charter now prohibits taking local care centers for an ambulance fine and fee ride. No problem. Fire officials can get around that by taking the entire user population for a ...

City making right move in revising lodging tax terms

The McMinnville City Council took a step we’ve long advocated Tuesday, when it decided to renegotiate allocation of the ever-growing stream of local lodging tax dollars. The result could and should ...

Legal ‘victory’ not a success for everyone

Lawsuits are like genies: Be cautious with your wishes, as they’re rife with unanticipated consequences. That could be the moral of the story behind the $1 billion a jury in Eugene awarded last ...

Time to move wayfinding from back burner to front

Three years ago, coordinated through the Visit McMinnville tourism organization, McMinnville launched a wayfinding signage project. Within a matter of months, the citizen group had awarded a design contract ...

‘Lock ‘em up’ just fills pen on our dime

Prison reform advocate Jodi Hansen of Newberg says asking repeat offenders to play by the rules is like handing them a violin and expecting them to perform a concerto. If any career criminals out there ...

Bypass Phase II, the sequel, seems off to promising start

The Newberg-Dundee Bypass is continuing to motor on around the back side of Newberg. The movement is evolving in fits and starts, but that’s probably as good as it gets for a high-cost road construction ...

ICE ruling rooted in practicality

Immigration is an emotional issue, but Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters did not make her decision based on emotion Nov. 14, when she curtailed federal immigration agents’ ability ...

Homeless safety net needs a constructive examination

The commitment shown by Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission leaders to the local homeless community is beyond question. Executive Director Kaye Sawyer and Board Chair Dave Haugeberg have invested heart ...

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 ...

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