Back and Forth: Graduation a learning time, and not just for the grads

Here are a few unreliable words about graduating from high school from a guy who skipped his own graduation ceremony. Over the weekend, I attended two local commencement ceremonies where the past was ...

Chambers: Supreme Court allows states to use gerrymandered maps

In the upcoming midterm elections, states may use maps that a federal court has found unlawful.

 

Back, and forth: Relishing a well-worn pattern of crossing paths

In April, I rambled on about what I call “crossing paths.” I was referring to surprise or chance encounters, faces from the past, or kindred associates unexpectedly passing into, through or ...

Knapp: Mac's tourism potential soaring to new heights

McMinnville is gearing up for a busy and enjoyable summer. This full-to-the-brim season marks a positive point of success in McMinnville’s decades-long efforts to preserve economic vitality and ...

Bladine: County wants new gun laws ignored

A majority of Americans want new gun laws in response to our continuing national epidemic of mass shoots. Congress is being pressured, but laws already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives are expected ...

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Meador: No child should die by gunshot; no one should be OK with that

This innocuous photograph could tell any of a thousand stories. A young woman seems to be alive with joy, moving to the beat of silent music emanating from the stage to which her upraised left hand gestures. ...

Siegel: The role gunmakers play in America's gun culture

Americans have blamed many culprits, from mental illness to inadequate security, for the tragic mass shootings that are occurring with increasing frequency in schools, offices, stores and theaters across the U.S.

 

Bladine: Local budget talks ignored PERS cost

It’s budget approval time for local governments, as numbers for 2022-23 have been crunched and published as legal notices for all (who care) to see. It was a rocky road for the city of McMinnville, ...

Primary sets stage for fireworks in fall

The primary election has come and gone. It delivered big news for progressives with their candidate’s seizure of the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. It delivered interesting news for Republicans, ...

Jeb Bladine: The poison politics of mass shootings

Mass shootings produce passionate responses as people cope with deep grief and ponder how such events can be ended, or at least reduced. One such mixture came from President Joe Biden. A different approach ...

Thinning can help offset cost of managing mature forests

By STEVE LUNDBERG Of OSU News and Research Research by Oregon State University’s College of Forestry suggests a way for forest managers to reduce costs associated with managing older Douglas ...

Not even Elon Musk can bestow pure free speech

By ERIC HEINZE Of Queen Mary University, London Elon Musk is the planet’s number one billionaire. So if anyone can turn cyberspace into a heaven or hell of free speech “absolutism,” ...

Moore: Primary sets stage for fireworks in fall

Guest writer Jim Moore serves as professor of political science at Pacific University and director of political outreach at its Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement. He holds a B.A. from Stanford ...

Wittner: Perils of imperial nostalgia afflict powers around globe

By LAWRENCE WITTNER Of the State University of New York Although great empires rank among the most powerful engines of world history, they are also among the most dangerous, especially as they brood ...

Jeb Bladine: Beginning journey to ‘digital balance’

People with poor eating habits might read the same books, try the same diets and talk with others about their quests for more energy and better health. Support group dynamics are all-important in AA programs ...