McCracken: America facing a hate problem

By LISA McCRACKEN Concerned McMinnville resident  On the heels of yet another mass shooting targeting the African American community, this time in Buffalo, New York, it’s clear we have a hate ...

A guide for avoiding party entanglements

By LELAND THOBURN Independent-minded McMinnville resident “Leland, are you a lifelong Democrat?” was the header for an e-mail I received recently. “Are you abandoning Trump?” ...

Placing a few local calls from a virtual front porch

In case no one else noticed, here is a modest collection of springtime sights and sounds found about town. Call them virtual front-porch glimpses or local notes on matters small and large: n A car featuring ...

Marvin Henberg: Small private schools face major challenges

Our natural environment is filled with thousands of byproducts of our industrial age, some with deleterious health effects. One result is that among us are a few friends and loved ones who will ...

Jeb Bladine: Questions extending the TML Plan debate

One lesson from the debate about Three Mile Lane developments: Generational-impact initiatives needing multi-focused community input should not be formulated during a pandemic. A stimulating public hearing ...

Tom Henderson: Opinion pages designed to promote civil community discussion

By TOM HENDERSON Veteran Northwest Journalist Content management specialists — we called them “editors” in the previous century — just completed extensive market analysis at the ...

Cassie Sollars: The echo of footsteps in a children's library

North Dakota pioneer Alfred M. Dickey, and his son Alfred E. Dickey, gave me a gift long ago that enriched my life immeasurably. They built a public library. Naturally, it wasn’t just for me. And ...

Back and Forth: A road paved with the best of intentions

This is an unplanned follow-up to my April 29 column, in which I wrote of the dynamics of a “Call to Action” on the city’s Three Mile Lane plan. The call was issued by  Friends ...

Jeb Bladine: Striving for balance in economic strategy

Financial stresses take many shapes for people, businesses and institutions: Hangovers from the pandemic; inflationary prices; gridlocked supply chains; limited spending choices among many needs for food, ...

Climate-smart agriculture promising big dividends

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Center for Rural Affairs applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its dedication to climate-smart agriculture, demonstrated by its commitment to invest $38 million in ...

Abortion legalization and regulation left to states in leaked draft opinion

By MORGAN MARIETTA Of the University of Massachusetts Draft opinions circulated among Supreme Court justices are meant to allow for deliberation and editing before a final version is released. They are ...

Stapilus: DATA MINERS STILL RUNNING AMOK

Thousands of companies you have hardly ever heard of — and, in fact, do no business with — possess astonishing amounts of information about you, your residence, your family, your work, ...

Back and Forth: Engaging, getting it right not always the same thing

Communication is a challenge, especially when multiple oars are propelling the boat, which is the reality of our age. “We’re struggling at the city to figure out the best communication that ...

Experiences in Iran can inform drought relief in the Southwest

By MOJTABA SADEGH,ALI MIRCHI, AMIR AGHAKOUCHAK & KAVEH MADANI Lead researchers on the project Stats show the 2021 water year, which ended Sept. 30, was once again unseasonably hot and dry in ...

Jeb Bladine: Make sure that the bypass is a bypass

Long ago, McMinnville leaders established Three Mile Lane access and zoning restrictions to prevent development similar to our North Highway 99W. Today, that protection may be threatened by plans to allow ...