Sorry outcome to cap series of bad choices

Yamhill County is prone to controversy under its current crop of commissioners, which makes for riveting political theater. The city of McMinnville shows occasional flashes of puzzling behavior itself. ...

Takes spark imagination, carry on spirit for future generations

It’s natural to fear treasured traditions may be lost on future generations. With Millennials growing up in tech-dominated times, classics, antiques and oral histories face uncertain fates. But ...

Independent Party needs infusion of citizen support

There is nothing more toxic to the political process than partisanship, and Oregon is rife with it. The Republican Party’s nationwide rush to the right — it has shifted 22 points toward the ...

Ordinance won't move needle, will draw ire

Last week, the McMinnville City Council passed an ordinance placing as much restriction on carrying guns in public as Oregon law allows. We’re sure councilors had their hearts in the right place, ...

Alpine 'festival street' can bolster development

From more wheelchair accessible sidewalk corners to landscape-changing capital projects, work tied into McMinnville’s transportation bond will have a lasting effect on the city.  But one project ...

For old-fashioned family fun, it's hard to beat county fair

Outside Native American culture, which dates back thousands of years, the American West lacks institutions and traditions with real age to them. After all, the huge waves of settlement by emigrants from ...

Emotionally wounded souls need treatment

In a matter of 10 months, a community that has gone many years without a fatal officer-involved shooting has experienced two. While the earlier incident fostered more questions than answers, the more recent ...

City moved too fast in inking video promotion

When you get an offer that sounds too good to be true, think twice. It probably is. Unfortunately, that advice comes too late for the city’s acceptance of four “free” 60-second marketing ...

Turkey Rama another hit from many perspectives

From all accounts we have received, McMinnville’s 55th Annual Turkey Rama celebration was a hit. It’s important for the larger community to recognize all the hard work that goes into making ...

Rape victims deserve better than stockpiling of DNA kits

On March 3, 1989, Virginia resident Debbie Smith was dragged into the woods and raped repeatedly by an armed stranger wearing a ski mask. Intent on helping authorities identify the perpetrator, she willingly ...

Wood guided museum through ups and downs

Larry Wood would likely be the first to say he never set out to be the director of a nationally-recognized museum. Then again, he also has never been one to back down from a challenge. Wood’s five-year ...

Toxics bill another example of legislative over-reach

The 2015 Oregon Legislature seemed to lurch from lowlight to lowlight this session before finally saying sine die Monday. So it comes as no great surprise to discover it managed one more on its way out ...

Not up to commissioners to establish state policy

Our three ideologically driven county commissioners seem more disposed to adopting resolutions than addressing pressing local issues. Could the fault lie in the lack of such issues? If so, perhaps we should ...

No shortage of 'Chicken Soup' to leaven flow of tragic news

The news can be depressing. In times when several stories of tragedy and controversy stack on top of one another, as they have this week, it’s healthy to take a moment to reflect on some “Chicken ...

Senate leader's legacy faces critical crossroads in Salem

An open letter to Oregon state Sen. Peter Courtney: Sen. Courtney, your long and venerated political legacy is at a crossroads. After decades of service in the Oregon Legislature, now in your fifth term ...

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