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 ...

When we stand idly by we facilitate evil deeds

Modern American history is marked by a series of massacres perpetrated by angry, disturbed loners unable to form coherent thoughts or forge meaningful relationships. They typically turn out to be young, ...

The local opt-out on pot a workable compromise

The local control element inserted into House Bill 3400, as a compromise between primarily urban Democrats and largely rural Republicans, helped send a legalized marijuana implementation measure through ...

Starrett on right track with water task force

Last year, global water temperatures reached their highest level ever recorded, and land temperatures the fourth highest. The 21st century has already produced 13 of the world’s 15 hottest years. The ...

Party politics erased from editorial masthead

For nearly 90 years, the News-Register and its Telephone-Register predecessor declared themselves “An independent Republican newspaper” on their editorial page masthead. Effective today, for ...

Testing opt-out legislation little more than a cop-out

By the time you read this, the Oregon Senate may have sent HB 2655, a standardized testing opt-out enabler, to Gov. Kate Brown. And with an eye to a looming campaign dependent on Oregon Education Association ...

E-cigarette law leaves users out in the cold

Despite plenty of public outcry, there seems little hope for e-cigarette users to escape the web of regulations imposed on tobacco smokers. Most jurisdictions seem intent on applying the same restrictions ...

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