The many avenues for giving at this time of year to those in need

This time of year, giving comes naturally. Most of us know of and support causes that are important, either seasonally or year-round. Numerous local groups are in need of help at any time, but the call ...

To succeed, Kotek must avoid the pitfalls of her predecessor

The decision of Democratic stalwart Betsy Johnson to become an unaffiliated intervener in this year’s Oregon gubernatorial campaign gave Republicans their best shot since Vic Atiyeh rode to re-election ...

Election 2022: Muddle result made more so by a slow count

It didn’t take long Tuesday night to see the red tide many partisans and pundits had been predicting wasn’t on its way to sweeping the nation — or Oregon, for that matter. Democrats ...

Commissioners can't seem to see the forest for the trees

Here we go again. Just a couple of weeks ago, the two county commissioners who think they know more about everything than everyone else were ignoring the thoughtful, impartial advice of medical and public ...

Entertaining second thoughts on opening floodgates for psilocybin

When we endorsed legalization of psilocybin therapy via 2020’s Measure 109, it was on the basis that micro-doses of the hallucinogenic drug would be administered “by mental health professionals ...

Wytoski clear, compelling choice for commissioner

Dayton mayor and educator Beth Wytoski is far and away better qualified than her opponent, marijuana and nursery stock grower Kit Johnston, to join the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners. Wytoski boasts ...

Hinton gets the nod for county clerk

On paper, the Yamhill County clerk’s race looks to be a one-sided affair. Before being named acting county clerk earlier this year, Keri Hinton served as information systems supervisor for Recology, ...

Return Wyden for another term

Oregon’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Ron Wyden, began his political career by upsetting veteran Bob Duncan in Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District in 1980. He was just 31 at the time. He ...

Salinas better prepared in the new 6th District

State Rep. Andrea Salinas has a long list of legislative, congressional and private sector experience in public policy and public service, making her exceptionally well qualified to represent Oregon’s ...

Anna Scharf in House 23, Victoria Ernst in House 24

For the first time in recent memory, both rural House districts shared by Polk and Yamhill counties have drawn highly capable and qualified candidates. July 2021 appointee Anna Scharf represents a massive ...

Passing reins to Betsy Johnson best bet for meaningful change

We’ve made no secret of our disenchantment with Kate Brown’s reign in the governor’s office. We’ve found her secretive, partisan, remote and autocratic. The way we see it, House ...

Stephenson over Helt for labor commissioner

We find the non-partisan race for state labor commissioner an easy call. Christina Stephenson led the field by such a wide margin in the primary she nearly won the post outright. She collected just under ...

Geary has earned election to a second term on city council

When Zack Geary succeeded Alan Ruden on the McMinnville City Council in 2019, he followed a path laid out by his predecessor, and in remarkably similar fashion. Ruden spent many years investing portions ...

No to healthcare entitlement, yes to other 3 state measures

Four state ballot measures have been submitted to voters for the Nov. 8 general election, two by legislative action and two by citizen petition. Measure 114, a citizen-initiated statutory amendment aimed ...

Call to curb free expression rings sour note at courthouse

Earlier this month, the Yamhill County commissioners finally addressed a crisis in behavioral health staffing that the Oregon Legislature addressed back on March 23 with an infusion of grant money. It’s ...

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