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McMillen: It’s crucial we know when to head for ER

By DR. MARVIN A. McMILLEN For the News-Register How sick am I?  With the case of the coronavirus, that’s crucial to know. It’s the only way to keep our health care system from being ...

Jeb Bladine: All of your stories become ‘our story’

Late-night images of downtown McMinnville this week were spectacular and eerie. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column Third Street ...

Guest Commentary: If you want the real story, keep public records public

If our state and nation needed a reminder of the importance of accurate information, the outbreak of COVID-19 supplied it. The spread of the novel coronavirus spawned a parallel, equally contagious flare-up ...

Marsh: Remembering grandfather, victim of 1918 Spanish flu

By TIM MARSH My sister and I knew only one grandparent. Born in 1879, our paternal grandmother died in Newberg at the age of 94. Her death came in 1973, when I was 25 and my sister 28. Immigrants from ...

Jeb Bladine: Information flowing, but facts are hidden

One great dichotomy with COVID-19 crisis is information overload combined with lack of facts. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column We ...

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Peralta: We must all pull together in trying times like these

It’s hard for the mind to grapple with how quickly and powerfully our lives have changed by the attack of the novel coronavirus; known cases have spread from Wuhan to the rest of the world in a matter ...

Letter to Readers: In search of kindness

In this weird, frightening, Twilight Zone time of closures, layoffs and “social distancing,” people continue to perform extraordinary acts of kindness. They offer to stand in mile-long grocery ...

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Making life run smoother in Yamhill County farm country

When I ask people what they love most about Yamhill County, they almost invariably say, “I love the open spaces, the small-town feel, the abundant natural resources.” But many of us ...

Donaldson: The battle to break the voting barrier

By BOBBY DONALDSON Of the University of South Carolina A rusting chain-link fence represents a “color line” for the dead in Columbia, South Carolina. In Randolph Cemetery, separated by the ...

Jeb Bladine: Gov. Brown should hold up on 20-04

Gov. Kate Brown should set aside her executive order on greenhouse gas emissions, at least for now. Americans are hugely disrupted by the dire and immediate consequences of the global coronavirus pandemic. ...

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Knapp: Visit McMinnville turns eye to quality of life, economy

I don’t have to tell you that McMinnville is a special place. If you are reading this, it’s likely you have already come to this conclusion. Perhaps you were the lucky person who stumbled ...

Jeb Bladine: Take panic level up, but only by a notch

John Oliver — comedian, writer and political commentator — delivered some succinct advice this week for coping with the coronavirus scare: “It depends what your regular level of panic ...

Jernstedt & Biddle: Weigh UGB option in spirit of Oregon land-use tradition

McMinnville is engaged in much-needed long-range planning, which will likely lead to an urban growth boundary expansion. We can expect that to spark debates over whether, how and where the city ...

Johnson: Trump’s budget would hurt rural communities

  Details on President Trump’s 2021 budget plan were released recently and, as it has in the past, this administration continues to put forth proposals that undercut rural communities. Among ...

Jeb Bladine: A busy week with too many major issues

This week has been enough to make a pundit’s head explode. The coronavirus scare wiped out two years of stock market gains, and threatens to inflict public health and economic devastation nationwide. ...

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