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Gene Policinski: What is 'free speech’ on the web?

Digital etiquette and the first amendment — in theory and in practice — in social media

Jeb Bladine: Law enforcement via 'civil exclusion'

Civil exclusion laws have a dark history in Oregon, where “white utopia” policies once banned all black people from entering the state. Today, though still controversial, civil exclusion laws ...

Chip Hutcheson: We count on the mail

I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?) Guest Writer Chip Hutcheson is president ...

Submitted photo##Former Chamber president Nathan Knottingham was known to stop for a selfie during events, like this moment captured with two young businessmen, Luke Welliver, left, and Zack Geary, right, during the 2016 Lemonade Day.

Nathan Knottingham: A fond farewell

First, a heartfelt thank you. Thank you to so many who were open to accepting a new member to the community, who allowed me to earn your trust, and lead your Chamber of Commerce for the past three years. ...

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Pat Swanick: Pool a community success story

For the past eighteen months, I’ve been deeply involved in an exciting project to preserve and enhance Carlton’s Community Pool Complex. Carlton’s pool has a long and proud history, and ...

Jeb Bladine: Revisiting choice to avoid tweeting

Communication technology passed me by as I avoided joining Twitter — a choice I reconsidered while watching the 2016 presidential campaigns. (Point of reference: That opening paragraph is exactly ...

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Tom Henderson: A star is born (just don't blink)

I now only work as a journalist between acting projects. My first gig was in “Othello” at South Salem High School in 1980. Most recently, I appeared in last year’s motion picture “10 ...

Jeb Bladine: Pokemon game has political connections

It seemed necessary this week to read up on “Pokémon Go,” the game that suddenly exploded into international prominence. Locally, some urged businesses to use Pokémon to lure ...

A quest to improve public records laws

Legal issues involving access to Oregon public records are complex, often contentious and sometimes subject to costly appeals and litigation. Last year, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum formed the ...

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Amy Halloran-Steiner: Practicing mindfulness

Stop right there and pay attention — not to the thoughts you might be having, but to the feel of this newspaper between your fingers just now. See the contrasted black and white of the typed ...

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Ron Wyden: A fighting chance against fire

By SEN. RON WYDEN In the past, warm spring weather touched off the start of the worst wildfires. Now, unfortunately, one fire season essentially runs into the next. In early summer, states were ...

Jeb Bladine: An ironic local twist to Ron Stover story

Picking up, as promised, from last week: Former McMinnville wheeler-dealer Ron Stover faces federal indictments alleging wire and bankruptcy fraud, with pending charges of theft, racketeering and securities ...

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Mel Gurtov: The extent of Brexit fallout

To judge from a New York Times front-page article that appeared two days after the British vote to withdraw from the EU, the entire post-World War II global financial and political structure that the United ...

Jeb Bladine: Stover case brings a rush of memories

Once, long ago, I secured a loan with a phone call followed by a quick bank visit to sign a few sheets of paper. Today, the same process can take weeks, if not months, with more stringent requirements ...

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Dave Robinson: Wilderness preparation

One of the more popular summer activities in our area is camping. We live in the middle of one of the most beautiful outdoor recreation areas in the world. No matter where you live in Oregon, you are only ...