Jeb Bladine: Mixed implications of downtown parking

There is a mixed bag of implications from the creation of 26 new on-street handicapped parking spaces in downtown McMinnville. A first thought is that accessibility to important areas of the core city ...

Jeb Bladine: Regulatory costs strangle economy

Tunnel-vision regulations enacted by Congress and state legislatures are strangling our economy. Too many lawmakers either don’t understand or simply choose to ignore the extreme costs of their complex ...

Submitted photo##A photo of an airsoft rifles taken by the Carlton Police Department. If the orange tips are removed, they appear very real. Some criminals will paint orange tips on real guns to make them resemble toys.

Kevin Martinez: Dead ringers for real guns

Most of us grew up playing with toy guns as youngsters and, years later, our children and grandchildren continue to play with them. In today’s society, where toy guns are more realistic than ever, ...

Submitted photo by Bill Miller##These finger tattoos were inked in recognition of all the people who helped Josh Hibdon become what he is today, a self-made man. The skull image reminds him to be thankful for his life after a near-death experience. Often, tattoos symbolize serious thoughts not readily apparent.

Bill Miller: Thinking of inking

Summertime conjures up images of hot days, watermelon, swimming and, of course, tattoos. Tattoos? Well, maybe not tattoos; but it is a time when people wear a little less and you might see more ink than ...

'Disconnected' week puts focus on soccer

Women’s soccer was spotlighted this month with an exciting World Cup championship won by the United States, and there was much amazement at the disparity of payout for women versus men in that sport. ...

Others Say: July 10, 2015

Oregon students surprise Saxton with higher test scores Rob Saxton, who stepped down last week as Oregon’s deputy superintendent of public instruction, inadvertently fueled the rebellion against ...

News-Register file photo##On July 4, 1976, Mac’s pep band plays in the parade.

Jeb Bladine: July 4 tradition renewed

Kudos to Evergreen Museum and the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce for stepping into the void to produce a community celebration of the Fourth of July. If all goes well and organizers realize ...

Others Say: Overprotection of forest lands actually leads to habitat loss

Overprotection of forest lands actually leads to habitat loss For decades, timber harvests on public forest land in western Oregon have been curtailed in the interest of protecting the environment from ...

Submitted photo##On July 4, 1970, McJunkin was stationed at the Muscara Compound, which served as headquarters of the U.S. Army 1st Military Intelligence Battalion, III Corps., in South Vietnam. It was the worst Fourth of July of his life.

Richard McJunkin: Memories of Fourths past

Vietnam War veteran shares seven decades of perspective on our country’s celebration of independence

Others Say: Let's repair fire spending spiral

Congress could repair fire spending spiral The cost of fighting megafires in Oregon and other western states has skyrocketed in recent years, devouring funds that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of ...

Haight/Morrow: Try your hand at filmmaking

Would-be movie directors enter short film festivals for honest feedback and a chance for recognition

Legalized pot has many rules, risks

We knew nothing about marijuana 50 years ago at high school graduation time. We never watched the 1936 propaganda movie, “Reefer Madness,” and we didn't know the federal Marijuana Tax Act of ...

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Jeffrey Lopez: Becoming a better father

Too many dads ignore their feelings and consequently alienate their children Father’s Day turned 100 years old in 2010. What a wonderful time to honor our dads! A Spokane, Washington, woman is ...

Jeb Bladine: Salem rule-makers march in lockstep

There are 53 Democrats in the Oregon Legislature: 35 in the House and 18 in the Senate. This year, they have ruled the state from political and social perspectives more one-sided than I can remember in ...

Scott Phoenix: Retiring teacher reflects on praiseworthy place of learning

By Scott Phoenix I want to thank the communities of McMinnville and Lafayette for the opportunity to teach their children over the course of 37 years at Patton Middle School, formerly known as McMinnville ...

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