Jeb Bladine: Saving history for another generation

The powerful allure of history plays an important role in our present, and our future. But handled poorly, history can become, well, just old, so it’s great to see some of McMinnville’s history ...

Jeb Bladine: Still one sure way to cut health costs

How are we doing on health care costs? We can count some of the evidence, but good luck finding clarity amid the morass of health insurance and health care costs. Look at premium costs rising by double-digit ...

Jeb Bladine: We're surrounded by Nigerian princes

There it was, in my email queue – my ticket out of life’s ongoing financial challenges: “Your assistance is requested as a non-Nigerian citizen to assist the Nigerian National Petroleum ...

Jeb Bladine: Some people don't need to bear arms

In today’s state of polarized politics, it seems almost pointless to write about the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, as we begin to leave behind our active grieving for murder ...

Jeb Bladine: Meth continues as a destroyer of lives

Local justice and social welfare systems will spend months sorting through the fallout from this week’s drug bust in McMinnville. Four people arrested in the raid will continue many years sorting ...

Jeb Bladine: Pot stores open: walk, don't drive

Oregonians and visitors hit the streets Thursday to begin visiting medical marijuana dispensaries now selling pot to the general public. The Oregonian even published a convenient map listing 109 locations ...

Jeb Bladine: Old memories of playing with Yogi

Yogi Berra died this week, and a generation of Baby Boomer sports fans paused to remember their childhoods. The occasion transported me back to 1960-61, taking my best batting stance in the corner of ...

Jeb Bladine: If you don't support Trump, you're fired!

When there’s an elephant in the room, it’s surprising when no one seems to notice. But that’s my take on this week’s second debate among Republican candidates for president. Donald ...

Jeb Bladine: Story pace leaves no time for outrage

There is so much deplorable news these days we scarcely have time for outrage about one shocking story before another takes its place. Maybe that’s why so many just ignore it all; maybe that’s ...

Jeb Bladine: Nation's unsettling teacher shortage

Our nationwide shortage of teachers — a trend mirrored in Oregon — is unsettling as America’s children return for another school year. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president ...

Jeb Bladine: Reunions a fresh look at who we are

It’s high school reunion time — in McMinnville, throughout Yamhill County, all across America. Our newspaper reunion calendar reports that two weeks hence, there will be reunions of the Yamhill-Carlton ...

Jeb Bladine: Fire safety requires public responsibility

“Your help,” implored Oregon State Forester Doug Decker on Wednesday, “is critical in preventing the next wildfire.” The words scarcely had left his computer when yet another wildfire ...

Jeb Bladine: Stories stay alive in lawsuit after lawsuit

Sad stories don’t just go away; to the dismay of many, they play out again and again in the courts. That observation received several exclamation marks this week, ensuring that some of the most ...

Jeb Bladine: A sorry tale of the lost state tax credit

Oregon Legislature Democrats were so desperate to raise taxes this year that their end-of-session ploy was too toxic even for some of their political brethren. Still, they managed to sneak through one ...

Important to admit if 'unsure of obligations'

Misinterpreting Oregon’s public records/meetings law — as in a letter from county Commissioner Mary Starrett — can be a mild offense given the complexities of that law. However, we’ve ...

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