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 ...

Whatchamacolumn: America must stop trilateral drug trade

Americans were shocked last week when a 1-year-old child died from exposure to fentanyl kept under a nap mat at a New York City nursery. Investigators found a kilo (2.2 pounds) of fentanyl, enough to produce ...

Whatchamacolumn: Speculators miffed by Fox stock losses

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this week’s lawsuit against Fox Corporation by New York and Oregon pension funds. New York Times and Associated Press reports provided the framework ...

Whatchamacolumn: West Coast losing athletic traditions

The 2023 word for college athletics is realignment. Let’s start with some history of the Pac-12 Conference, now in final disintegration stages of a cultural embarrassment. West Coast college athletics ...

Whatchamacolumn: Time to advise city on taxes, services

August is history; school has started; Labor Day weekend will soon be gone. There is, however, one great season-ending activity available — the ninth annual Walnut City Music Festival, live this ...

Whatchamacolumn: Political courage to fight polarization

It seems that partisan politics will dominate national public discourse for the foreseeable future. As evidenced this week, eight Republican presidential candidates were asked if they would support Donald ...

Whatchamacolumn: It's time to chop downtown trees

Part 2 of a recent column about McMinnville trees begins with a provokement: It’s time to start aggressively removing trees in downtown McMinnville. Astonishing? Outrageous? If so, you haven’t ...

Today's sad stories produce memories

Sometimes, sad stories will spark good memories. Many people have great memories of Tim Roberts, who settled in McMinnville to raise an extended family, provide quality dentistry and serve his adopted ...

Whatchamacolumn: Don't forget to pull that gas nozzle out

Today, some Oregon drivers will forget to re-attach gas tank caps before leaving their first in-state experience with self-service gasoline. I just hope they all remember to pull out the nozzle before ...

Whatchamacolumn: Lots to know about McMinnville's trees

Our July 18 news story about responsibility for “street trees” included a candidate for understatement of the year by describing concerns that “there’s a disconnect between city ...

Whatchamacolumn: Salem overreaches with new payroll tax

In classic government overreach style, Salem City Council last week approved a payroll tax of 0.814 percent on the earnings of people doing work inside the Salem City limits, regardless of their residency ...

Whatchamacolumn: Name changes that recalibrate history

Columbus Day remains a federal holiday (second Monday in October), but Columbus School is ending its 131-year life in McMinnville. We’ve joined communities nationwide that have eliminated “Columbus” ...

Whatchamacolumn: Dosages and costs for pain medications

Life’s aches and pains may come from injuries or just normal wear and tear, and Americans continue to lead the world in use of prescribed and over-the-counter pain medications. It can be a good ...

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