Bladine: Gentle waves of technology can turn into tsunami

American households with television sets: From 9 percent in 1950 to 86 percent in 1959 (Britannica.com). Number of fax machines: From 25,000 to 250,000 in the 1970s, with 500,000 installed in 1985 and ...

Whatchamacolumn: Nostalgia can generate restorative power

Merriam-Webster defines “nostalgia” as “a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition.” One thesaurus compares ...

Bladine: A tale of two readers and new N-R e-editions

Some will embrace our “big change”; others will cancel their subscriptions. Some will accept one weekly printed issue and shun e-editions; others will begrudgingly join the world of digital ...

Whatchamacolumn: For Linfield, a time of transformation

It’s transformation time at Linfield University, where prolonged years of turmoil are evolving into a series of institutional and operational changes. But turbulence continues to bubble beneath the ...

Whatchamacolumn: It does, after all, take a community

Some have urged us to keep reminding readers about changes shaping up for the News-Register — they include variations in space, time, frequency, dimension and, arguably, “state of matter.” Beginning ...

Whatchamacolumn: County carpetbags into Mac tax politics

Yamhill County commissioners have formally accused McMinnville of “bait-and-switch” taxation tactics related to formation of the new McMinnville First District. Individually, commission Chair ...

Bladine: Medicare redux: with clarifications

Here’s a correction paragraph originally planned for display elsewhere on today’s page:  “Correction: The deadline to change Medicare Advantage plan coverages, discussed in ...

Whatchamacolumn: Head-scratching Medicare choices

**Editor’s Note: Dec. 15 is an application deadline to enroll for new Medicare services under the Affordable Care Act. However, the deadline to change below-described plans for MedAdvantage coverage ...

Whatchamacolumn: Car crash boosts development plans

Belated thanks to the 80-year-old driver who, in June, accidentally slammed through a back wall of the county Planning Department building at Fourth and Ford streets. You were unidentified in the news, ...

Whatchamacolumn: Understanding the taxation 'black box'

Break out the checkbooks, it’s property tax time! The basics: Taxes are limited to $5 per $1,000 valuation for education, $10 per $1,000 for general government, plus added levies for voter-approved ...

Whatchamacolumn: Homeless camps back in the news

It’s clear, as reporter Scott Unger continues News-Register coverage of homelessness in McMinnville, that the laws of physics have analogies in human behavior: When you squeeze one part of a balloon, ...

Whatchamacolumn: IRS auditors track ineligible tax claims

Many employers, perhaps unsuspectingly, are walking through financial minefields of their own making. Nationwide, 3.6 million businesses and organizations have filed claims for IRS “Employee Retention ...

Whatchamacolumn: Uncertain outcome for 'war of survival'

It’s impossible to overstate the horror felt toward this week’s slaughter of Israeli citizens by Hamas forces from Gaza. It’s almost equally sad to contemplate the impending deaths of ...

Whatchamacolumn: Another chapter in Cashman shootout

We weren’t surprised that Dillan and Sarah Cashman filed a tort claim notice to protect their rights to sue McMinnville Police Department and Yamhill County over the July 2022 exchange of gunfire ...

Whatchamacolumn: Enforce speeding, plus intersections

Local residents wasted no time this month advising McMinnville Police Department about where to focus new speed enforcement efforts. State grants are helping MPD finance enhanced enforcement of laws related ...

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