Jeb Bladine: Minimum wage? How about reducing COL?

Liberal politicians, union interests and many well-intended citizens want Oregon’s minimum wage raised by 50-60 percent. Like so much political noise, however, it’s a proposal made behind blinders ...

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Seamus McCarthy: Transformative wellbeing

“Pain is different for each person.” Sadly, Chris Trunde knows the subject well, from personal experience. From a childhood automobile accident, from arthritis and from his 48 years of living, ...

Jeb Bladine: Palin re-emerges as a newsmaker

Regrettably, Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump was big news this week. New York Times reporters Alan Rappeport and Maggie Haberman, dripping with etiquette, portrayed Palin as a political ...

Tom Hastings: Cruzing for love

“We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out!” — Ted “Aspirational War Criminal” Cruz OK, carpet ...

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Michael Crabtree: A healthier Miller Woods

The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (district) completed a much needed thinning project at our Miller Woods property last summer. Managing a forest for the overall health of the trees, understory ...

Jeb Bladine: Attention spans continue to shrink

If one thing is clear — and I’m not sure anything truly is clear these days — it’s that our attention spans have grown dangerously short. Some blame 24/7 news programming, while ...

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Kathy Beckwith - Breaking the habit of war

Have people given up on “Peace on Earth?” When January rolls around, do we pack the words away with the decorations for another year, and assume it’s a nice, but unlikely, concept? Perhaps ...

Jeb Bladine: By all means, don't tamper with the 2nd

Although I prefer congressional legislation to unilateral executive decree, I understand President Obama’s frustration. Despite the ongoing slaughter, Congress refuses any common sense action seeking ...

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Ellie Gunn: Building community one block at a time

Last summer I was alone most of the time as my husband was on a long distance hike on the Pacific Northwest Trail. My neighbors helped me with various garden chores, and I only had to text someone if I ...

Jeb Bladine: Smallest stories can be the biggest

It’s time again to look back on the year’s news and remember some high profile stories. Sometimes, however, the biggest stories are the smallest. It’s hard to argue with various selections ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

[Much of the holiday season traditions are repeated each year, from watching favorite movies to singing timeless carols. In the newspaper industry, there is no tradition that can hold a candle to that ...

Jeb Bladine: Growing MacHub, one donor at a time

The MacHub project has been growing, one donor at a time, since Dec. 1. You can join that donor list the hard way: Go through the hundreds of items accumulated on your shelves and tabletops, in cabinets ...

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Steve Macy: Say yes for our kids

In May of 2016, the McMinnville School District Board of Directors will ask voters to support the passage of a facilities bond measure. This measure was recommended by the Long Range Facilities Task Force, ...

Jeb Bladine: Marijuana 'horse' may be out the door

The state of Oregon is going to operate separate, complex regulatory systems for medical and recreational marijuana. There are justifications for a dual system, but pitfalls if it reduces safety for recreational ...

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Cami Nyquist: 21st century fundraising

As we are in this wonderful season of giving, wouldn’t it be miracle if we could all pause, even for a moment, in our busy, cluttered lives to ask what can I do or what do I have to give? Where is ...