Meddling too much is counter productive

We are living in a separate political universe here in Oregon. In many respects, that’s a positive thing. But not in all respects. Donald Trump Republicans don’t seem to want government to ...

Housing strategy must be grounded in reality

If public policy could be cobbled from Post-It notes, McMinnville’s housing strategy for the next 50 years could be summarized in three words: Build more houses. At an open house Tuesday, planners ...

Governor’s new fiscal madness

Has Gov. Kate Brown taken leave of her senses? It sure seemed so last Friday, when she proposed allowing families which include two public employees to resume double-dipping on their Cadillac insurance ...

Dwindling water requires concerted county action

Newly elected Commissioner Casey Kulla is taking the reins of the county’s Water Task Force, building on work begun by Commissioner Kathy George and continued by Commissioner Mary Starrett.Like George, ...

Pep talk precedes day for the homeless

Mayor Scott Hill summarized Tuesday’s State of the City address and volunteer appreciation banquet by saying: “Tonight is about fun, celebrating and taking the time to recognize the people ...

Owners of historic homes deserve proper notification

It’s fairly straightforward to find out if a building you own is on McMinnville’s Historic Resources Inventory. Just pore over the 558 addresses listed at mcminnvilleoregon.gov/planning/page/historic-preservation. Harold ...

PERS facing a new peril: negative cash flow crisis

Analysts have considered Oregon’s obscenely over-generous Public Employee Retirement System a train wreck for more than 20 years. But voters have never given Republicans the keys to the governor’s ...

Here’s hoping Demos learn value of restraint

As baseball legend Yogi Berra said in one of his frequent malapropic moments, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Our reference here is to Oregon’s 2019 legislative session, ...

State transparency initiative promises to pay off for public

In our experience, agencies at all levels tend to consider records as personal rather than public documents. They claim confidentiality at every turn, hoping to conceal even the most routine activities ...

Legislation needed to protect public from invited squatters

Appalled at the inability of public and private forces to rid a rural Carlton problem property of long-term squatters, County Commissioner Mary Starrett said she’d like to see state law amended “so ...

Despite reports, all is not peaceful on Dustin Court

All is peace and harmony among the people living along Dustin Court, suggests John Larsen, the interim director of Yamhill Community Action Partnership: A sprawling homeless camp right outside the agency’s ...

Plastic foam at forefront of recycling trends, bans

While some jurisdictions around the country implement bans on plastic foam (New York City’s ban went into effect Jan. 1). McMinnville started recycling it last week. It can be considered a second ...

Racist rant says something disturbing about all of us

She’s not racist at all. That’s what Amber Rocco, arrested Dec. 28 for hurling vicious racial slurs at an African-American couple on Christmas Eve, told McMinnville Police Officer Robert Harmon. Rocco’s ...

Here are the Top 10 stories of 2019 (maybe)

No, that headline is not a misprint. On Tuesday, the News-Register releases its Top 10 Stories of 2018. In the meantime, our editorial board thought we would take a crack at predicting the major stories ...

Traces of ostentation will not lead to ‘great neighborhoods’

If McMinnville residents truly want great neighborhoods citywide, they have to sacrifice some habits ... like snobbery. City planners offered a survey to local residents, asking them what makes a great ...

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