Letters to the editor: Sept. 27, 2019

Going plant-based

As a bit of an animal lover, I have been scouring the Internet for some special occasion celebrating animals. I came across an international observance called a “day for animals,” but it wasn’t quite what I expected.

I was shocked to learn that nearly 99 percent of all domesticated animals are bred and raised for food. That unlike our cats and dogs, they get no compassion or respect from the meat and dairy industries.

That male chicks are suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground up alive because they lay no eggs. That groups of laying hens are packed into small wire cages that tear out their feathers.

That breeding sows spend their entire lives pregnant in metal cages. That dairy cows are artificially impregnated each year, and their babies are snatched from them at birth so people can drink their milk.

Like many others, I always thought of cows, pigs and chickens as simply “food on the hoof.” Now, I realize that each dollar I spend on meat and dairy products at the checkout counter subsidizes animal atrocities.

I will be replacing animal products in my diet with the new healthful, cruelty-free plant-based meat and dairy items offered by my supermarket.

Melvin Nysser




Put on the brakes

It was good to see the letter from Larry Treadwell, “Resist the growth imperative,” in the News-Register.

He challenges the concept that cities must grow or die. It’s good to see people realizing growth does not pay for itself, foster prosperity or assure a better quality of life.

If growth brought prosperity, then Portland would be in excellent financial shape. But are Portland’s property taxes going down?

The growth industry and its finance, insurance and real estate FIRE team have been advocating unrestricted or mandated growth for years. They induce the Legislature to pass pro-growth laws, then criticize those calling for common-sense planned growth.

With passage of SB 1527, the citizens’ right to have a meaningful say in the future of their towns has been removed. At city council meetings, citizens are restricted to narrowly commenting on the details of a proposed d3evelopment.

The urban growth boundary concept has been busted wide open. Developers can develop as fast as they want.

Operating from a “rip it up and build it out” mindset, they have no plan for the future of Oregon. One developer told me citizens can grow their food on their rooftops for all he cares.

It’s time for the Legislature to recognize the desires of Oregon citizens and quit succumbing to the golden voices and contributions of paid lobbyists.

Nice letter, Mr. Larry Treadwell. Keep it up.

John Englebrecht



Retain care home ordinance

I am writing to urge your steadfast support of Ordinance 5059, which establishes licensing requirements and non-emergency medical standards for care facilities located in the city of McMinnville.

Many of us have relatives who have paid substantial sums of money to care facilities so that if a non-emergency fall occurs or a prescription needs refilling, there will be someone on the care home staff available to help the resident. The city ambulance service will not have to be called out.

Almost all of the 13 care facilities in McMinnville are owned by out-of-state corporations operating on a for-profit basis. Through referendum 36-202, they are seeking to repeal the ordinance.

Out-of-state corporations are doing everything they can to avoid going to their own expense in assisting their residents, even though their licensing from both the state and the city require they provide such assistance on a 24/7 basis.

One operator stated in the News Register, “This cost will have to be passed on.” Actually, they want to pass this cost on to us, the taxpayers of McMinnville.

Instead of staffing care homes with well-trained employees to provide necessary services, the operators call the McMinnville Fire Department. In other words, the care home owners want local taxpayers in McMinnville to cover their operating costs.

I don’t think there are any other businesses in this city that ask taxpayers to cover their operating costs.

It comes to you as a voter on this amendment to just say no to these out-of-state corporations. They need to absorb their own costs in providing services they are already billing their residents for.

Keep the ordinance in place. It protects elderly care-home residents.

Cherry Haas



A Trump U. grad?

Our president continues to berate and attack Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve. I can only assume the president got his Ph.D. in economics from Trump University.

Lee Howard



Great time at Gallery

We would never pretend to be live theater critics. In fact, we really know very little about the theater.

But we do know what we like. And we really liked the Gallery Theater production of Walt Disney’s “Newsies,” a Broadway musical directed locally by McMinnville resident Adam Ewing.

The actors and actresses, many of them McMinnville students, played their parts superbly. The settings were simple but very functional.

“Newsies” is one of the best performances we have attended at Gallery. And, oh my! The singing and dancing were 5-star. The cast really poured its soul into the performance.

We took our grandchildren to “Newsies.” They are 8 and 10 years old.

We can assure you that they were well entertained. At least until the kissing scene, when we looked over to see they had their hands covering their eyes. Quite cute!

We would highly recommend “Newsies” for children and adults alike.

By the way, are you old enough to know what a “newsie” is?

John & Joan Schindelar



Nothing but the truth

Wouldn’t it be interesting if, after all this stuff is over, we find Donald Trump is and has been the most honest White House occupant we’ve had in many years?

Makes you want to say, “H-m-m-m.”

Bill Whiteman



No to air show

To be clear, I do not want the air show in McMinnville. Never again.

It scares the animals and me. Especially me.

Put that money toward something positive!

Jerry Carlton



Migrants targeted for death

Randy Johnson’s letter of Sept. 20 excuses our government’s current horrific policies and behavior toward migrants at the border. He terms it well-deserved because the migrants are trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

But individuals entering to seek asylum are certainly not doing so illegally. And in my view, all migrants should be treated humanely.

Since the year 2000, an estimated 7,000 migrants have died trying to cross our southern border, some 3,000 in Arizona alone. So for more than 15 years, volunteers have placed jugs of water, blankets and food in portions of the Arizona desert migrants are known to traverse.

The current administration has made these humanitarian activities federal misdemeanors. As a result, a number of volunteers with the group No More Deaths have been arrested.

At least eight volunteers have been prosecuted this year. The best known is Scott Warren, a geography teacher arrested in January 2018 after providing food, water and shelter to two men from Central America.

A mistrial was declared in Warren’s case in June 2019. However, the government has decided to retry him.

Border Patrol agents have been shown in well-distributed videos destroying the jugs of water. This is incomprehensible to me.

Without water, some migrants will die. It is difficult to deny that this amounts to the deliberate killing of migrants.

Certainly the policy of denying extended stays for immigrants receiving life-saving medical care, now apparently rescinded, would have led to the deliberate killing of many of these individuals as well.

As for Randy Johnson’s claim that religious leaders are preoccupied fighting abortion and the rise of infanticide — which doesn’t exist — I can only hope such fights will come to naught.

Current efforts to define fetal personhood and the beginning of life at fertilization have no scientific basis. They are actually theological or religious constructs, as the late Justice Stephens noted in 1989.

The Supreme Court should strike these down. They should surely not be allowed to become the basis of law.

Les Howsden



The real story

A recent letter criticized people who have made unflattering statements about the current president.

In that letter, it was stated that the Trail of Tears was the result of the Cherokee victims having lost a war with the U.S. Not true.

The Cherokees in the southeastern U.S. had made peace with America long before. They had adopted the customs and dress of the Americans. And they had been largely successful, building up large farms and plantations, complete with fine houses, just like their American counterparts.

The reason they ended up evicted from their land and sent on a death march was greed. Swindlers convinced Washington politicians, including then-President Andrew Jackson, to seize the lands and turn them over to whites. And not just any white, but specifically the swindlers themselves.

There’s a good book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, that tells the whole sad story in detail.

Fred Fawcett




The "Letters" feature is always the first part of the Friday news I read. I appreciate the opportunity to gain some insight into the thoughts and opinions of my Yamhill neighbors that I couldn't get any other way. Many thanks to our local news providers. You enrich the quality of life here in so many ways!


Mr. Howsden - It appears that you are trying to put your words in my mouth. Your opinion is that our government’s current policies and behaviors are horrific, and then you suggest that I endorse horrific policies and behaviors. Although the current policies could be improved via congressional action, I do not find them to be horrific. In fact, they are too lax and inviting, thereby contributing to the problem. The horrific outcomes are due to bad decisions by illegal immigrants to make the journey to the US alone or via human traffickers.

Contrary to your inference, most individuals are not seeking asylum for the reasons allowed by law, they are just seeking better jobs. In 2016, only 28% of immigrants were granted asylum. The percentage now is likely lower.

It is tragic that 7000 immigrants die every year trying to illegally enter the US. However, I am unaware of any immigrants dying while trying to become US citizens legally. Illegal immigrants choose to skip the queue of people following the legal process because most of them know that they are not legitimate asylum seekers.

Regarding your comments on abortion and infanticide, the number of immigrants that die is dwarfed by the 650,000 abortions that occur annually. You are right that infanticide does not exist yet, but in my letter I was implying that the support for it is on the rise. Merely look at the uproar over Gov. Northam of Virginia when he advocated a bill allowing termination of life immediately after birth (i.e., infanticide) in early 2019.


Correction to my comment - 7000 immigrants have died over a 20 year period, which is 350 per year. Still a tragic amount, but much smaller than 600,000 abortions per year.

Don Dix

Bill Whiteman -- just the simple suggestion has likely primed liberal panties for the short climb to an unflattering bunch.


Mr Whiteman. Very poetic use of the word 'honest'. I like it. Honest as showing who and what he is, in full candor, and with all faults clearly showing. I had an uncle like that. Glad my uncle isn't America's President.


Bill Whiteman

Are you serious?


Melvin Nysser I notice a lot of progressives have dogs and cats. Do you have think they should be feeding their pets a plant based diet?


No big surprise - the so called 'whistleblower' complaint, based on hearsay, was a group effort involving lawyers who worked in the past for Clinton & Schumer. No wonder the complaint looks like it was written by professional attorneys complete with attachments no less. I bet they didn't anticipate the release of the actual transcript by President Trump to clear his name and thought they could control the narrative. At least we now know why Adam Schiff was so stunning with his parody performance at the hearing; he'd months to practice. Emmy anyone?




RobsNewsRegister - Trump has admitted to breaking the law. If that wasn't enough he asks China to investigate his political opponent...out in the open and on television. Your conspiracy nonsense sounds just as crazy as Trump in his press briefing with the Finnish prime minister.

We are all on the Trump crazy train and hold on because it's about to come off the tracks. To use Trump's own words...he's a lowlife and a criminal. Can't wait to see him in his orange jumpsuit.


My mistake...I believe Sauli Niinistö is the president of Finland...not prime minister.


Per the constitution, the president is the chief law enforcement officer of our country. In the process of building a defense against the Mueller probe his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, uncovered potential evidence of corruption by a former American government official and his son (Joe and Hunter Biden) in Ukraine including financial records, court documents, and sworn/video taped testimony. You can see much of this online (search for John Solomon).

Note Giuliani has a wealth of experience in prosecuting corruption as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Furthermore, his evidence was gathered prior to Joe Biden officially declaring himself a candidate on April 25, 2019. Why exactly can’t the president ask for an investigation and how is this an impeachable offense? If there was potential evidence in Ukraine - there could be in China as well.


All that being said of course China shouldn't, and would never actually, be trusted with any kind of investigation. Trump's comment comes from the hip. He smells corruption and went to Washington DC to drain the swamp. You don't get much swampier than what the Bidens were doing.

At best the millions, or possibly be even billions (you need a forensic accountant to figure out the China hedge fund) of dollars that followed them out of Ukraine and China are some of the worst cases of nepotism of which I've heard.


The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer.


Constitution: "...from the president's perspective in his various roles as commander-in-chief, chief law enforcer..."

Fine - take out the word officer from my comment. If we're going to have an impeachment, then lets have formal hearings out in the open. The current sham process behind closed doors isn't an actual formal impeachment process. The minority isn't able to call witnesses, ask questions, or issue subpoenas. It's far more like a Marxist show trial. If we are going to do this, let's do it for real.


Correction. The earlier was an interpretation on Wikipedia.

I believe the actual text is "...he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,..."

http://constitutionus.com/#a2s2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_Two_of_the_United_States_Constitution#Clause_1:_Executive_Power


Of course he IS taking care that the Constitution be regularly defiled, and rubbing our noses in his power to do so. He might find the sacred document (that we can be CERTAIN he has never read) to be useful as something to hang up beside his golden toilet, but that’s about it.

“China, if you’re listening…………..” (And why the hell not - he got away with it before didn’t he?)


So if you can't investigate a Democrat after an election (Clinton), and you can't investigate a Democrat before an election or even the first primary (Biden), when exactly can you investigate a Democrat? Seems like Republicans are investigated anytime, anywhere, and even while they are in office with a Special Council.


Rob – it is concerning that you appear to be unaware that the Dems have been investigated often and thoroughly. If you want to use Clinton as an example, they turned her inside out with 10 – count ‘em 10 - Congressional investigations and then she was laid bare by the FBI. I guess you think it doesn’t count because they couldn’t find anything to prosecute her for? It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. And king Donald doesn’t want investigations, he wants to use his power – and our tax dollars withheld to give him leverage – to coerce others to make stuff up for his personal political gain and for NO OTHER REASON. (It can't have anything whatsoever to do with "corruption." He is totally enamored with every corrupt dictator on the planet.) Rudy’s diabolical conspiracy fantasies must be getting to you, and of course that is why he continues to puke up his toxic lies all over the world. Sometimes it works.


Treefarmer- if investigations happen all the time then why again are we trying to fake impeach the president? I use fake because they haven't yet launched formal proceedings.

There is PLENTY of evidence. I get a kick how they try to dismiss John Solomon, probably one of the best investigative reporters ever, but they never actually challenge his FACTS. He puts supporting evidence online (affidavits, videos, ect.) so you can see it for yourself. I do have to admit though, in the end, there may be no laws broken, after all, the swamp writes them.

Ukraine: https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/463307-solomon-these-once-secret-memos-cast-doubt-on-joe-bidens-ukraine-story

China: https://nypost.com/2018/03/15/inside-the-shady-private-equity-firm-run-by-kerry-and-bidens-kids/


RobsNewsRegister - Trump confessed to the crime which is an impeachable offense. No amount of spin or lies will change that.


Rob - John Solomon and Sara Carter have spent years producing evidence and the deniers keep denying because nobody else cares to report it. You are spot on.


Isn’t it interesting that of all the corruption in the world.....trump can only focus on one person....quite a coincidence that it’s a political adversary.....


tagup - "Isn’t it interesting that of all the corruption in the world.....trump can only focus on one person....quite a coincidence that it’s a political adversary....."

Why doesn't he investigate what his own kids are doing in their business dealings around the world?


INVESTIGATE HIS OWN CHILDREN? What a concept! We mustn't forget that rules and laws do not apply to the current ruler.


So potential corruption is OK but investigating potential corruption impeachable?


How does the type of swampy sleaze that happened with the Bidens in Ukraine and China not bother you? The swamp is pulling out all the stops to keep from being drained.



read the inside the shady private equity firm excerpt from the book in the NY Post. Interesting facts. And a good job of suggesting there is something criminal going on because of the timelines. There is no proof, just suggestion. There is no recording of anyone calling China and asking for a 'favor'. Specifically asking for a favor to investigate a political rival.


RobsNewsRegister - "How does the type of swampy sleaze that happened with the Bidens in Ukraine and China not bother you?"

Tell me how many people Trump has investigated that aren't his political rivals? You can't use extortion to gain an advantage politically and you sure as heck can't ask for foreign country for help. I know you don't want to hear this, but it's illegal and Trump admitted it. He admitted it on camera and in writing and then he doubled down and asked Ukraine again and China on national TV. That is a crime. Why are you so willing to allow foreign countries to influence the outcome of our election?


You've seen the transcript. He didn't extort anyone. Everything is out in the open. The bald-faced hypocrisy is stunning. No one cared about the 2016 Steele dossier (Russia), Ukrainian interference, UK agent and professor, Australian diplomate, Italian professor, and yet unknown nationality CIA asset (Azra Turk was her cover name) but now we go ballistic when we might get information from Ukrainian about Biden?


As always Rob, it is a matter of perspective. You perceive that the “swamp” is victimizing your honorable ethical leader. Some of us believe that the person - who CLAIMED draining it was his intention - has instead converted our government into a fetid sewer and has been populating it with slimy thugs who specialize in the total degradation of the Constitution, the rule of law, and the truth. There is no depth of corruption they will not plumb to serve and please the master…….all of it at our expense.

And re your last post, I respectfully suggest you take a closer look at the absurd accusations of Rudy the court jester. He is the slimiest thug in the sewer.


And one more thing Rob - if you have any energy left for outrage about alleged misconduct from the children of officials, here is a very interesting read for you:



Treefarmer. The nepotism narrative they are trying to spin in Rolling Stone doesn't hold water. The underlying fact is about how they LOST business in Scotland. The Trump family has lost an estimated billion dollars during a time of rising real estate prices due to his presidency (see wiki quote and link below). Once declaring himself as running in a party, he automatically ticked off half of the nation, thus losing business. The other Scotland narrative and hit on Pence are discredited as well(see WAPO story). The Air Force contract with Scotland was signed during the Obama administration.

"During the three years since Trump announced his presidential run in 2015, Forbes estimated his net worth declined 31% and his ranking fell 138 spots."



So Rob – I assume you believe that speculation about business losses is a result of a self-sacrificing dear leader and not because his brand has become so sullied folks don’t want to patronize or support him? (Except where they are trying to buy/curry favor, of course.) Many places have taken a crowbar to remove his name from their buildings, and I predict that when we are able to get him off the throne he and his princelings (and the princess too) will reap what they have sown. Nepotism and corruption do not always go unpunished.


>Many places have taken a crowbar to remove his name from their buildings

@Treefarmer - you just made my point for me. The instant he went into politics at the presidential level in this divided nation he ticked half the people and lost substantial business. Once you go down this political road, you will always be unpopular with one of the two major sets of partisans (Ds and Rs).

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