Council on right track in suspending tax authority

The city of McMinnville and McMinnville Rural Fire Protection District now have all the wheels in motion for a May 16 merger election. It would create a new McMinnville Fire District with its own taxing ...

Support your local newspaper; our democracy depends on it

Jackson County’s Medford Mail Tribune ended more than a century’s reign as one of Oregon’s biggest and best daily newspapers last fall when it announced it was ceasing print publication. Earlier ...

Rich stew of local cultures worth accepting, embracing

Yamhill County’s almost 110,000 residents will get a chance to help their Asian-heritage neighbors celebrate the Lunar New Year Saturday at the Mac Market, cornerstone gathering place in McMinnville’s ...

Let's make this the dawn of a new political day here

The Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes, written in Hebrew some 180 to 450 years before Christ, or more than 20 centuries ago, asserts there is nothing new under the sun. That certainly rings true for ...

Editorial: Oregon's public defense system need a top-to-bottom overhaul

Oregon has been caught in the ever-tightening grip of a public defender crisis for decades, but has failed to address the issue in any meaningful way. Now, thanks in large measure to the havoc wrought ...

It's good to see new leaders embrace spirit of collaboration

It seems we often find more to lament than laud each week as we survey the political landscape in our nation, state, county and community. But the political powers that be sometimes surprise us by reaching ...

Vacation rentals a good thing if concentration kept in check

“Too much of a good thing, if it’s not regulated, is going to be a problem,” former city librarian Jill Poyer said at a planning commission meeting five years ago. She was referring ...

Stars aligning for airport; it’s time to seize the moment

We’ve been writing editorials for years urging McMinnville and its aviation community to do more to capitalize on one of the city’s most underutilized assets — its 650-acre, dual-runway ...

What happened to concern over the heavy hand of government?

Less than a month after her November 2020 election to a term on the county board of commissioners, Lindsay Berschauer promised to make “helping working families” and “protecting working-class ...

Renewed prevention steps in order as RSV patients fill beds

For the first time in months, a “masks required” proviso accompanied an event announcement. Call it hasty or overly-cautious, or call it a sign of the times. It’s different, of course, ...

The many avenues for giving at this time of year to those in need

This time of year, giving comes naturally. Most of us know of and support causes that are important, either seasonally or year-round. Numerous local groups are in need of help at any time, but the call ...

To succeed, Kotek must avoid the pitfalls of her predecessor

The decision of Democratic stalwart Betsy Johnson to become an unaffiliated intervener in this year’s Oregon gubernatorial campaign gave Republicans their best shot since Vic Atiyeh rode to re-election ...

Election 2022: Muddle result made more so by a slow count

It didn’t take long Tuesday night to see the red tide many partisans and pundits had been predicting wasn’t on its way to sweeping the nation — or Oregon, for that matter. Democrats ...

Commissioners can't seem to see the forest for the trees

Here we go again. Just a couple of weeks ago, the two county commissioners who think they know more about everything than everyone else were ignoring the thoughtful, impartial advice of medical and public ...

Entertaining second thoughts on opening floodgates for psilocybin

When we endorsed legalization of psilocybin therapy via 2020’s Measure 109, it was on the basis that micro-doses of the hallucinogenic drug would be administered “by mental health professionals ...