Editorial Cartoons

Selected editorial cartoon from the News-Register Viewpoints section.

Bladine: ‘Right stuff’ needed for downtown work

It was heartening this week to see the level of civic engagement and commitment to the next great phase of McMinnville downtown development. The Third Street Improvement Project has been launched with ...

Stapilus: Oregon helped pioneer the recall

The months-long campaign to recall Yamhill County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer, accompanied by a pair of school board recall efforts in Newberg, may suggest to some residents of our county that recalls are a commonplace part of the political scenery.


Hughes: Democracy erodes in a thousand unseen ways

Now that a full year has passed since the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, the 2020 election and the republic, it’s evident that the attack never really ended. Instead, it spread out to other, less visible, more vulnerable targets.


Back, and forth: Thankful for testing opportunity even with hours of web-free wait

The last time I spent that much time behind the wheel, car inching forward a few feet at a time, was getting out of a Van Morrison concert in George, Wash. Great concert, but Van’s become a bit of ...

Roberts: How the U.S. Census came to drive computer development

The U.S. Constitution requires that a population count be conducted at the beginning of every decade.

This census has always been charged with political significance, and continues to be. That’s clear from the controversies in the run-up to the 2020 census.

Sun: Seasonal insomniacs in a time of climate chaos

It finally snowed. We’d been waiting for months, restless and agitated.


Rusty Rae/News-Register##Tierney Ferguson is second in command at the Soup Kitchen at St. Barnabas, a popular mealsite ministry in McMinnville.

Meador: No life is ever beyond redemption, recovery

She’s clear-eyed and focused. She’s confident she knows what she’s doing and where she’s going. I suspect this quality characterizes most aspects of her life, from her long-term personal goals to her daily work ethic.


Bladine: Newspaper views areas of change

Change is in the air — in here, out there, everywhere. We know the famous line, “The only constant in life is change.” That idea traces back to Heraclitus, a pre-Socratic philosopher ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##The Malone Cemetery, a tiny McMinnville plot that dates from the mid-19th century.

Pointer: Cemetery restoration project a show of respect


That’s what volunteers worked this year to give the Malone Cemetery, a tiny plot in McMinnville that dates from the 1850s. And they did, clearing away storm damage, removing old boards and debris, replacing the gate, restoring grave markers and adding roses and other plants.

Bladine: Another year of looking away

Well, this has been some year. A year of upheaval in every sense of the word – disturbance, commotion, disorder, confusion, turmoil, mayhem, bedlam, pandemonium, havoc and even anarchy. It was ...

Apel: Desmond Tutu - The rainbow man

Nowhere are rainbows more beautiful than in sub-Saharan Africa. At Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, I have stood in silence and amazement before the roaring mist and multiple rainbows produced by the cascading Zambezi River.


Blumsack: Long power outages aren’t inevitable after a disaster

A busy 2021 Atlantic hurricane season was still in full swing as some residents in the parts of Louisiana hit hardest by Hurricane Ida back in late August were still waiting for their power to be restored. And thousands of Texas residents endured multi-day outages after Hurricane Nicholas struck in mid-September.


Pointer: Traveling the world through others

We arrived in Oxford, England, on the evening of Jan. 2, 1982, having flown out of Seattle at midnight on New Year’s Day. We had jumped ahead in time somewhere over Greenland and gone through customs at Heathrow Airport in a daze before boarding a bus.


Back, and forth: A stranger invited to dinner on Christmas in Bethlehem

I first visited Israel 43 years ago, at the age of 20. I don’t think then that I gave much thought to the fact a severe war — one threatening the nation’s very existence had occurred ...