Government of the people, by the people

Every March, organizations devoted to open government celebrate Sunshine Week, focusing on the efforts of news organizations and their allies in the neverending battle for transparency from our elected ...

Acts of caring, kindness mark local crisis response

When the going gets tough, some people are blinded by the opportunity to profit on the misery of others and sink into the slime pursuing it. Others, fortunately far more numerous, are blinded by the opportunity ...

Local news in jeopardy across U.S.

One of the many storylines emerging from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, will be a reduction in community journalism throughout the American landscape.  That’s not a new storyline. ...

Now's not the time to lose our resolve

We are currently locked in a battle for our physical, mental and fiscal health. Our way of life and form of government. Our  cultural, social and political norms. Yes, even our very lives. Now is ...

Leave with the one who brought you

It’s hard to imagine a virus migrating from bats to other animals to humans in Wuhan, China, managing to bring global commerce to a virtual halt in a matter of weeks. But that’s the reality ...

Helping the homeless helps everyone in crisis

Multnomah County authorities announced Tuesday they will open hundreds of new shelter beds in public buildings throughout Portland to help control the spread of the coronavirus among the homeless population. With ...

State, county slow to move on fast-spreading pandemic

The tide of mounting COVID-19 concern has finally swept into Oregon — and not a moment too soon, as the growing roster of new cases includes two at a Lebanon veterans home. Following the lead of ...

Carlton at crucial fork in the road

Carlton is facing one of the toughest decision a town has to make, and on a tight timeline. The Oregon Department of Transportation needs to know in the next few weeks whether the community wants Highway ...

Cool head best defense against all forms of fever

OK, first of all, calm down. Stop buying filter masks. Every competent medical authority says they do nothing to prevent you from contracting the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Masks should ...

Success on the side of the road

For a time, most of Yamhill County’s roadsides were barren wastelands, a linear battlesite where weeds grew, people sprayed, weeds regrew, people resprayed, and so on. Today, the county’s ...

Cap and trade can wait for convening of 2021 session

When House Democrats staged a walkout in 1971, they were acting on solemn principle. When Senate Democrats walked out in 1971 and 1995, more solemn principle. And when House Democrats stole away in 2001, ...

We can’t let crime pay for perpetrators

Property rights are among the most cherished of all rights in America, and several constitutional provisions serve to protect them. Foremost among the safeguards is the Fifth Amendment, which forbids depriving ...

Homeless can be helped, but only if they’re visible

McMinnville officials might allow owners of industrial land the opportunity to volunteer his or her property for short-term transitional housing for homeless people. That means dealing with a problematic ...

Don’t settle for filling seat in May

Yamhill County voters approved seismic shifts in the way county board of commissioner seats are filled, first in 1996, when they opted to limit holders to three four-year terms, and then in 2000, when ...

Now is not the time for another gun bill

Anyone who thinks Oregon is a blue state should scan the outrage expressed over a timid gun law proposal introduced as House Bill 4005. The testimony served as a reminder that Oregon is a liberal state ...

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