Jeb Bladine: Two ‘train wrecks’ play on global stage

One “train wreck” event is one too many. But two of them currently compete for our attention: the death toll of the 2020 global pandemic, and the death throes of a disturbing presidential ...

Iler: A story of doughnuts and TriMet’s Line 12

Editor’s note: The following is a selection of a longer piece posted at donciler.medium.com.    By DON ILER It has been a rough year in most of the world, but I think Portland leveled ...

Berschauer: Helping working families should be our top priority

The results of the 2020 elections are a fascinating reflection of the priorities of most Americans, and specifically Oregonians. In Oregon, concerns about job security, COVID-19 response and economic ...

Bladine: Lots of time to meet community's needs

It was no surprise that annual promotions for post-Thanksgiving spending were magnified by COVID-2020, with so many financially challenged businesses and organizations competing for support from so many ...

Anderson: Isolation, inactivity pose particular risk to seniors

In September, I visited a client in her home — an 86-year-old woman I will call Jessie, living outside of McMinnville. I had visited her many times before. But this time, I waited longer than usual ...

Jeb Bladine: Communities created one piece at a time

A healthy, vibrant future depends on building strong partnershipsamong individuals, businesses, institutions, organizations It seems so long ago that I wrote these words for the Friday Viewpoints ...

Jeb Bladine: Election, pandemic still have to play out

Politics and COVID-19 remain prominent in our Readers Forum. This week there are a few signs of a return to diversity, but first a still-volatile election and a truly terrible pandemic have to play out. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

All eyes on Georgia

By JAN NIJMAN Georgia State University As runoffs loom, control of the Senate hangs in the balanceOver the past 36 years, Georgia had voted for Republican presidential candidates in every cycle ...

With change at helm, virus hope on horizon

By CATHERINE LYNNE TROISI University of Texas Health Science Center President-elect Biden’s new COVID-19 task force gives nation fresh chance to turn around public health disaster. A change in ...

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Moss: ’Tis the season for celebrating the bounty of Oregon’s farms

Thanksgiving is all about making time to reflect on the many things in life for which we are grateful. On that gratitude list, and in conversations around the dinner table, the Oregon Farm Bureau urges ...

Meador: A colossal job lies ahead in wake of this election

Although Democrats and other anti-Trumpers could be forgiven a moment of jubilation, both should, in fact, be urgently focused elsewhere. Today’s ebullience should be tempered by the gaping chasm ...

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Watkins: Hwy 47: A regional issue demanding a regional solution

On Sept. 29, the Oregon Department of Transportation held a meeting to discuss the feasibility of converting Westside Road into an alternate Highway 47 route for heavy trucks traveling between McMinnville ...

Jeb Bladine: It’s November, and COVID still is news

Famously, in October, President Donald Trump delighted political rally crowds by rejecting legitimacy and dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. “They prolonged the pandemic,” he said. “That’s ...

Hillestad: Democracy rests on telling bad information from good

We just went through a really rough election. The amount of misleading, incorrect and outright false information sent your way reached what must be considered flood stage. It’s bad enough that your ...

Jeb Bladine: Worst week for Thursday column

It’s the worst week ever to write a political column on Thursday morning! Between this writing and your reading, there probably was a huge national exhale/gasp when updated vote counts named the ...

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