Renovation of high school the most plausible solution

Much has gone into planning for a McMinnville schools bond headed to the ballot next spring. McMinnville School District recently announced its proposed plan, which at this juncture seems the most reasonable ...

Shelter deserves nod to expand operations

Anytime an application is made for a new subdivision or apartment complex, neighborhood opposition, often vehement and vocal, has become the norm. Such opposition enjoys an open invitation, bordering on ...

Oregon bridges soon to become a major problem

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s recent Bridge Condition Report noted a couple of positives. But overall, it painted a very gloomy picture of the state’s bridge infrastructure. The ...

Students off to strong start with expanded Kindergarten

The tide inexorably carrying the nation toward full-day kindergarten, up from half-time, has finally washed across the West Coast. And to that we say, better late than never. We would much rather invest ...

State of the City address lacking vision for future

In his State of the City address last week, delivered at a McMinnville City Club luncheon, Mayor Rick Olson presented more rosemary-flavored trimmings and less main course meat than we might have hoped. Of ...

High times for pro pot agenda

Pro-marijuana forces have been saying for decades that it’s not a matter of “if” the psychoactive drug will be legalized, but rather “when” and “how.” That thought ...

Careful reflection leads Wyden to back arms treaty with Iran

After initially voting no, Oregon’s senior U.S. senator, Ron Wyden, switched sides to help President Obama collect the 60 votes needed to enact a sweeping new trade pact earlier this year. So it ...

Diversified farming the eldest of region's epicurean trifec

The roots of Yamhill County’s epicurean culture, planted long ago, continue to blossom. These days, the fruits of that sowing are being measured not just in tourism dollars, but also in celebrations ...

Imposing moral values on others is neither Christian nor Am

While a culture wars case was making national and even international headlines this week in Kentucky, a case raising similar issues was making a less ostentatious but equally riveting stir in Oregon. The ...

Pot not the only drug deserving a spotlight

The state of Oregon — and much of the nation, for that matter — has been wrapped up in discussion of pot. Unfortunately, that’s diverted talk from the drugs that actually continue to ...

Causes of conflagration clear, but solutions won't come eas

One of the worst wildfire seasons in history has struck Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the continental U.S. The heat of August seemed to herald the eruption of a wall of fire along their westerly reaches this ...

Thinking bigger about our water conservation

With water resources drying up all along the West Coast, it’s time to become proactive instead of just reactive in our everyday efforts to conserve water. One successful method, water harvesting, ...

Many signs that the public is tired of partisanship politic

It’s a definite sign of national frustration when Donald Trump, ooozing with bombast and arrogance, takes a double-digit lead in Republican polls. On a lesser scale, we see that identical frustration ...

Sorry outcome to cap series of bad choices

Yamhill County is prone to controversy under its current crop of commissioners, which makes for riveting political theater. The city of McMinnville shows occasional flashes of puzzling behavior itself. ...

Takes spark imagination, carry on spirit for future generations

It’s natural to fear treasured traditions may be lost on future generations. With Millennials growing up in tech-dominated times, classics, antiques and oral histories face uncertain fates. But ...

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