Progress still hampered by battles on the fringes

Wednesday night, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, also the city’s police commissioner, was simultaneously being gassed by federal agents and berated by protesters cursing his name, labeling his appearance ...

Facebook groups could use more productive dialogue

Now in the latter half of its teenage years, social media behemoth Facebook has progressed quickly to keep its users engaged. Its current focus is to be a community builder, but, as many recognize, it ...

Federal dictates on education imperil tailored virus response

One of the thorniest problems posed by the pandemic is when and how to reopen educational institutions on both the K-12 and college levels. Wednesday, President Donald Trump raised the temperature by saying ...

Make America great again; embrace shared sacrifice

Make no mistake about it, we are at war. And we are not only losing, but losing badly. The foe is COVID-19, an insidious and highly infectious virus that’s been having a belated field day with its ...

Partisanship has no place in city and county politics

Tom Bunn’s Republican leanings ran deep. Like brothers Jim and Stan, he served his party in the Oregon Legislature before opting for other pursuits. While they went on to win higher elective office, ...

Recession creates opportunity to promote start-ups

The May employment report for Yamhill County released this week shows relatively no change from April, with more than 7,000 people seeking work. That’s not surprising, given the ongoing turmoil caused ...

Celebrating summer on hold for now

It’s the time of year the News-Register Editorial Board likes to promote the importance of our summer community festivals. To quote from a few past editorials: “Creating a crescendo of community ...

Separate summer sessions best way to address woes

The Oregon Legislature, which has held 39 special sessions since first convening in 1860, is preparing to hold two more. The first, thought to be imminent, is to focus on police accountability and the ...

Relegate partisans to sideline

The U.S. Constitution went into effect in 1788 with ratification by the ninth of the 13 original colonies — New Hampshire. By 1812, someone had already found a way to game the system -- Gov. Elbridge ...

Buy-in critical to successful recovery efforts downtown

The announced closure of JC Penney in McMinnville led to a wave of nostalgia. And not just for the local Penney’s operation itself — which spent 75 years of its 100-year run downtown — ...

Horror voiced by agencies is heartening

Sadly, America has a long history of shootings and beatings inflicted on people of color under the cover of law. Black males are many times more likely to suffer serious harm at police hands than white ...

Virus, protest mishandling just latest of Trump failings

No American institutions are as widely respected than the U.S. Armed Forces. So when one of its revered leaders — one with 50 years of service under his belt — speaks out, we would hope all ...

Time will tell if Linfield is on right path

David Jubb, former member of the Linfield College Board of Trustees, stands accused of groping female students on multiple occasions, first in 2017 and then again last year. The fact he was allowed to ...

Ignore wrong-ballot noise; it’s mostly national politics

This is a tale of two times, then and now. In 1860, the newly formed Republican Party was riding high with the election of former Whig Abraham Lincoln as its first president. But four years later, ...

Patience required for the path ahead

The reopening of businesses in Yamhill County, according to the state’s Phase 1 guidelines, has so far gone according to plan. Let’s hope it stays that way.  For personal service businesses ...

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