Habitat's remarkable impact stands tribute to our humanity

News-Register reporter Starla Pointer recently told the story of McMinnville Habitat for Humanity’s first 30 years through the eyes of Becka Morgan. And her words painted a powerful picture. To ...

Berschauer continues flouting norms of reasonable conduct

There she goes again. We refer, of course, to embattled County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer, who can’t seem to resist pursuing her own personal and political agendas at the expense of any and ...

Downtown showstoppers not a matter of mere coincidence

The hits just seem to keep on coming for McMinnville’s locally cherished and nationally heralded downtown. The latest is the announcement last week that a group of deeply rooted locals have banded ...

Delivering on decriminalization requires a complete turnaround

Editor's Note: Several numbers were substantially off in this editorial due to a faulty interpretation applied to the initial set. Fortunately, those numbers, corrected here, did not affect the underlying ...

Democrats’ redistricting plan embraces insidious status quo

Thousands of barrels of ink have been spilled by American newspapers decrying the partisan gerrymandering of legislative and congressional districts every 10 years, based on new census figures. And in ...

Native Americans worthier than wayward 15th century mariner

Christopher Columbus, anglicized version of the Latin Christophorus Columbus and Italian Cristoforo Colombo, never set foot in North America. He landed on Caribbean islands on all four of his voyages of ...

Editorial warnings of the past come true in three local cases

The juxtaposition of National Newspaper Week and a trio of news stories breaking on the local front prompts us to take readers on a tour of editorial memory lane. Admittedly, there’s a thread of ...

Blackface incident leaves yet another ugly blemish

Here we go again. Republicans from Oregon’s far right fringe have begun wading into non-partisan local elections of late, and the infusion of money, manpower and ideological fervor is increasingly ...

Keeping our children safe should be a priority for all

More than 50 million children from 14,000 districts have headed back to school for face-to-face instruction — or soon will — for the first time since March 2020. But the timing is fraught with ...

With COVID raging at FCI, conditions deserve a look

The federal prison system is a growth industry with few peers in either the public or private sectors. When Sheridan began trying to sell itself as a future federal prison site in 1981, the system housed ...

Let’s cut the political theater; careers and lives are at stake

Dr. Rudolf Virchow, a German physician, anthropologist, pathologist, biologist, writer, editor and politician, coined the term “Kulturkampf” in the 1870s in reference to a campaign by Chancellor ...

Pandemic ushers in demand for broader electronic access

In deference to the demands of the pandemic, the Oregon Legislature was forced to close the Capitol to the public early last year, shutting off direct dialogue between the Oregon citizenry and its representatives ...

New climate report bleak, but still offers some hope

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just begun releasing its sixth assessment of the potential apocalypse looming before our beleaguered planet, and it doesn’t by any stretch merit ...

Root parties and partisans out of local decisionmaking

On April 14, the Linn County Republican Party e-mailed supporters to say, “Local elections are coming up soon and we need your help! We are in position to seat solid Republicans on our school boards, ...

Mask resumption unwelcome, but numbers make the case

It’s been tempting for observers of every stripe — political leaders, newspaper editors and health officials included — to declare victory over the insidious COVID-19 virus and endorse ...