Further coordination can improve already robust service community

For several years, a group of volunteers associated with McMinnville churches worked together to provide shelter during times of extreme cold. Known as C-WISH, the effort was discontinued this year after ...

Rave economic reviews don’t extend past PDX

State and federal stats paint a glowing picture of Oregon’s economy. In colorful prose, accompanied by flashy maps and graphics, analysts tell us it’s red hot and rolling. But the Oregon story ...

Let’s hope records bill moves us closer to culture of transparency

When a public records denial is challenged in Yamhill County, it falls to District Attorney Brad Berry to issue a ruling. Berry considers each challenge thoughtfully, professionally, expeditiously, but ...

McMinnville malls a vital facet of local commerce

The commercial areas stretching along Highway 99W in McMinnville won’t win any national awards or earn any feature write-ups in travel magazines, as the city’s downtown “living room” ...

Clear end-point finally emerges in protracted Riverbend saga

Riverbend Landfill’s nearly decade-long expansion campaign is rapidly approaching the make or break point. That message was driven home with unmistakable clarity earlier this week, when parent Waste ...

County's acceptance of responsibility promising sign in jail suicide

When a mistake is made in newspapering, a published correction typically suffices. When an error is made in law enforcement, it could cost someone their life. And in small, cold recompense, it could cost ...

Trail warrants shot to succeed, but farm concerns need vetting

Despite expressions of concern from area farmers, some legitimate and some over-animated, we continue supporting creation of the Yamheles Westsider Trail and urge all parties to collaborate on outstanding ...

Always new ways to give during the holiday season

Much of our holiday season routine is repeated year after year. We indulge in the same or similar foods, traditions, parties, movies and so on. But within those constraints, opportunities inevitably arise ...

Ensuring safety of students should top schools’ priorities

Two years ago, Ohio 13-year-old middle-schooler Emilie Olsen died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was a straight-A student with a perfect attendance record, standout athletic skills, a love for ...

Thank faith community for all its assistance

McMinnville lies just 35 miles south of the city with the lowest church affiliation among U.S. metros, easily out-distancing Seattle and San Francisco for that distinction. And it lies in the heart of ...

Legislature must pick up the pieces of Measure 97’s failure

Oregon voters sent a message when they kicked Measure 97 to the curb: You can and must do better by us. The Legislature’s Democratic leadership was yearning for a voter bailout. Instead, it now ...

Voters tell establishment politics to take a hike

On Tuesday, America threw a desperation Hail Mary when it elected Donald Trump 45th president of the United States. He will be the first who never held a government job or served in the military ...

State funding serves best when nurturing home-grown innovation

Tuesday’s ballot included three state measures targeting feel-good causes — veterans services (96), career ed (98) and outdoor ed (99). Odds seemed good of all three finding favor with voters, ...

Learn and move on from ghastly standoff verdicts

Late last year, an armed anti-government militia began gathering in Burns to protest sanctions against ranchers been treating federal grazing land as their own. On Jan. 2, militants seized Malheur National ...

If cover-up and lies aren’t enough, what’s it take to fire an officer?

The arbitration ruling awarding sheriff’s deputy Marc Brodeur his job back, despite having engaged in a coverup and then lied about it,  is less concerning than those handed down in cases involving ...

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