##Hoops Tour, week one, at Thompson Park in southeast McMinnville.

Back, and forth: Courting a new place via mostly-solo ‘Hoops Tour’

Gritty or ground-up asphalt courts, loose rims and bedraggled nets, tree branches as shot-blockers and some cosmic bounce-backs only begin to describe my six-month Yamhill County Hoops Tour. I started ...

French: A whiff of civil war in the air

Last month, the University of Virginia released polling results that should shock exactly no one who closely follows American politics and culture. A majority of Trump voters (52 percent) and a strong minority of Biden voters (41 percent) strongly or somewhat agree that it’s “time to split the country.”

 

Bladine: Waves of stories crashing together

Scientists and news media called it a “bomb cyclone” this week when a nor’easter on steroids shut down power to more than 600,000 New England homes and businesses. That attention-grabbing ...

Matthews: LGBTQ kids desperate for affirmation

Guest writer Paige Matthews is a queer Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Holder of a master’s in counseling from Oregon State University, with a concentration ...

Lowery: Seccession 2.0 idea is a non-starter

By RICH LOWERYEditor, The National Review A cadre of apocalyptic writers on the right, believing the country too far gone to save, has become obsessed with a Secession 2.0 designed to cleave red America ...

Peralta: Redistricting rewards partisans on both sides

Guest writer Sal Peralta harbors an enduring interest in public policy, reflected in a long record of public involvement. He helped found the Independent Party of Oregon and has long served as party secretary. ...

Hughes: Bouncing back from a nasty bout with the coronavirus

Dick Hughes, retired editorial page editor of the Salem Statesman Journal, is a Linfield alum who got his start at the McMinnville News-Register. His Capital Chatter column appears on the Oregon Capital ...

Bladine: Reminded of more poisonous politics

A national outpouring of praise and memories this week extolled the extraordinary life of Colin Powell: professional soldier; chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; national security adviser; secretary ...

Back, and Forth: Signs offer glimpses into past

Profiled by reporter Starla Pointer this week is a local bank’s new sign that kind of works history in reverse. Add it to the gallery of community signs and plaques that are either decades old or ...

Meador: Changing the face of policing

Guest writer Matthew Meador, a former News-Register employee making his home in McMinnville, landed his first writing gig as a columnist at a weekly newspaper in 1984. He’s been at it ever since ...

Back, and forth: Memories of homecomings past connect with new experiences

Blending the expected with the unexpected is kind of the point of homecoming or reunion events. I fully expected to see the Linfield Wildcat football team roll over whoever it played in this year’s ...

Schoenberg: Rural communities strong when residents step up

By ERIN SCHOENBERGOf the Center for Rural Affairs The true spirit of hard work and helping others is demonstrated on a daily basis in rural communities. However, those attributes weren’t developed ...

King: We are all the products of the choices we have made

Before retiring, Guest Writer Darrell King spent more than 30 years working as a teacher and counselor, the last 12 as a guidance counselor with the Willamette Education Service District in McMinnville. ...

Bladine: A modest plan for consequences

Why? Too often these days, “Why?” is just a rhetorical question with no expectation of a reasonable answer or achievable solution. Why has America allowed its infrastructure to deteriorate ...

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Conkling: Reading, living and breathing our history

The recent deaths of two renowned historians prompt a reflection on history, including the 9/11 attacks in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville that shook the nation and provoked an expensive, inconclusive 20-year war.