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 ...

City needs to get serious about downtown parking

America’s long-standing love affair with the auto shows no signs of souring. Neither does McMinnville’s long-standing love affair with downtown tourism and commerce. That situation puts the ...

Let's take antibiotics out of livestock feed

Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming, toiling at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, discovered the infection-fighting properties of the penicillium mold in a hallelujah moment heralded on Sept. ...

Ongoing vaccination coverage proves need for more education

The debate over childhood vaccinations shows no sign of slowing. While a head-scratching majority and vocal minority continue the discourse, however, we’ll continue to support measures erring on ...

Affordable housing cries for multi-pronged effort

On every level — city, county, state and nation — we are facing an acute shortage of affordable housing. Several forces combined to create the problem, so several will have to be harnessed ...

It's time to revise kicker law to boost state rainy day fund

Everyone enjoys a little extra pocket change. So it’s likely welcome news for most that Oregon’s one-of-a-kind tax kicker has been triggered, promising families an average of about $300 back ...

Don't wait for emergencies to begin conserving water

Snowpack and water level statistics for Northwestern Oregon are alarming. But take a drive over the Cascade Range, and you’ll see an eye-opening picture of just how deep the state’s water problem ...

Police video secrecy an unwarranted step

Though hard counts aren’t available, most analysts agree that more than 1,000 Americans are felled by police gunfire annually. On the other side of the ledger, hard counts are available, and they ...

YCAP in safe hands as it ushers in new leader

There are two ways to view the looming shift in the Yamhill Community Action Partnership helm from Lee Means to Jeff Sargent. In one, the reins are being passed by a woman from a McKenzie River logging ...

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