Jeb Bladine: Still one sure way to cut health costs

How are we doing on health care costs? We can count some of the evidence, but good luck finding clarity amid the morass of health insurance and health care costs. Look at premium costs rising by double-digit ...

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Janet Iversen - Establishing a path to trust

People often visualize interpersonal trust as a Waterford vase free with each new relationship. If things go well, they believe this stunning crystal trust will remain whole and pure and true. If something ...

Jeb Bladine: We're surrounded by Nigerian princes

There it was, in my email queue – my ticket out of life’s ongoing financial challenges: “Your assistance is requested as a non-Nigerian citizen to assist the Nigerian National Petroleum ...

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Don Iler: Hip enough for me

Our kitchen is overflowing with tomatoes. I can’t think of anything else to do with them. Tomato sauce, fried green tomatoes, tomato salad, tomato sandwiches. I’ve eaten them all several times ...

Jeb Bladine: Some people don't need to bear arms

In today’s state of polarized politics, it seems almost pointless to write about the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, as we begin to leave behind our active grieving for murder ...

Gene Policinski - Power of the press: Reporting the news consumers need

The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary ...

Jeb Bladine: Meth continues as a destroyer of lives

Local justice and social welfare systems will spend months sorting through the fallout from this week’s drug bust in McMinnville. Four people arrested in the raid will continue many years sorting ...

Newspapers impact communities of all sizes across the United States

Guest writer Steve Ranson is president of the board of directors of the Nevada Press Association, a member of the board of directors of the International Society ...

Ossie Bladine: Digging through the archive

I have always been intrigued by the voluminous archive of old newspapers and photographs in the back of the News-Register building. Over the years, I would take a few minutes to grab a book of papers ...

Jeb Bladine: Pot stores open: walk, don't drive

Oregonians and visitors hit the streets Thursday to begin visiting medical marijuana dispensaries now selling pot to the general public. The Oregonian even published a convenient map listing 109 locations ...

Jeb Bladine: Old memories of playing with Yogi

Yogi Berra died this week, and a generation of Baby Boomer sports fans paused to remember their childhoods. The occasion transported me back to 1960-61, taking my best batting stance in the corner of ...

Holly Nelson: Fulfilling the Oregon promise

With the word spreading that the Oregon State Legislature approved free tuition at Oregon community colleges, Chemeketa has been receiving calls from prospective students. The enthusiastic caller usually ...

Jeb Bladine: If you don't support Trump, you're fired!

When there’s an elephant in the room, it’s surprising when no one seems to notice. But that’s my take on this week’s second debate among Republican candidates for president. Donald ...

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Albrecht Seer: The Refugee Crisis

There’s quite an issue at the moment in Salzburg since Germany suddenly closed down all train connections from Salzburg across the border to Munich. The first day, more than 1,000 people were stranded ...

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Ken Moore: The heart of the matter

When asked how she was doing, country music star June Carter Cash often replied, “I’m just trying to matter.” Starting as host of the local TV interview show “Local Matters,” ...

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