Have the public unions got a tax bill for you

By ALLEN ALLEY For the Oregon Transformation Project It’s tax season. With that in mind, I wanted to alert you to a tax you likely don’t realize exists — a tax you are certainly on ...

Jeb Bladine: Remembering two prominent politicians

Oregon, where statewide-elected Republicans are a rarity, lost two last week. They were leaders worth remembering. Ten days ago, sitting Secretary of State Dennis Richardson died after a public, courageous ...

Scott Gibson: Oregon duty-bound to tighten vaccination law

In recent weeks, the Pacific Northwest has confirmed some 70 cases of measles, a disease declared eliminated from circulation in the United States in 2000. For this dangerous outbreak, we can thank ...

Jeb Bladine: Students handcuffed by predatory loans

McMinnville acupuncturist Lisa Pool, for a time, was silently ashamed for not fully understanding the pitfalls of student loans that financed her medical degree. But her voice returned when she learned ...

Submitted illustration ## Illustration depicting what an excursion on the Yamhill River may have looked like back when giant sloths and mastodons roamed the area. Imagine drifting up on one of these giant beasts!

Mike Full: Through the mists of time

Almost anyone who knows me will tell you my viewpoints can be a bit eccentric. Looking out across the Yamhill River Valley, most folks see combines harvesting wheat and hear harvesters moving ...

Jeb Bladine: Socialism will be 2020's red herring

Lines are being drawn early for the 2020 presidential campaign. Americans respond to absolutes, and Donald Trump is an artist with lines in the sand. Democrats are socialists. Socialism destroys personal ...

Rich Leipfert: Costs swelling, dollars shrinking at Mac Fire

In the McMinnville Fire Department service, Before Self is our motto. We are continually striving to improve the service we provide to our citizens is the goal. These driving forces have molded the fire ...

Jeb Bladine: Legislature showing 'tyranny of majority'

Oregon Democrats hold 18 seats in the Senate and 38 in the House; thus the supermajorities needed to raise taxes on their own. But that’s just the beginning. At least with taxes, uncertainties cross ...

Garrett Meigs photo ## Fire burned in this stand during the B&B Complex Fire in 2003 near Canyon Creek in the Central Oregon Cascade Range, killing about half the overstory trees, but allowing a high level of tree survival and rapid recovery of vegetation, captured in this image from 2007. This is typical of Pacific Northwest forest fires.

Mark Floyd: Warming taking a toll on Oregon

  The changing climate is having a significant impact on Oregon, a new report concludes, with the state growing progressively warmer, experiencing more severe wildfires and undergoing a shift ...

Justus Armstrong: Expanded rail service not cost effective

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently published its Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Oregon Passenger Rail Project, which plans to expand and improve passenger rail service ...

Jeb Bladine: A 400-word corner of ‘new’ Viewpoints

“Change,” wrote Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “is the only constant.” Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli added, “Change is inevitable.” Today, proving ...

Submitted photo ## Debris scattered throughout a house under construction near Grandhaven Elementary School in McMinnville.

Corena Killian: A new era for waste starts in our schools

Every day, I walk my daughter to school. Every day, we pass a residential construction site where litter is rampant. Food and beverage waste is dumped on the ground. Small plastic scraps of packaging ...

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Tom Henderson: Politicians hate to see their own reflections

Poor U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She has developed a severe case of eisoptrophobia. It was only a matter of time, I suppose. And yet she seemed so young and confident. So, you know, together.I ...

Jeb Bladine: Lessons needed for SAT Generation

The “Covington Controversy” at last week’s March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. is a teachable moment if people can absorb the lesson. A much-viewed encounter involved members of ...

Jeb Bladine: A generation that transcends gender

Generations keep coming and going ... they evolve, get named and, ultimately, are judged by history. Youngest members of the G.I. Generation — dubbed “The Greatest Generation” by Tom ...

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