Truly putting people first would be welcome change

A time-worn saying has it, “No good deed goes unpunished.” And it was once again proven true over the Christmas holiday, this time by US Bank. Here’s the backstory, which should deliver ...

Bitter harvest threatens wine industry

If politics were wine, this would be a strange year for Republicans, producing a vintage that leaves an unsettling aftertaste. But Oregon’s wine industry may find it more than unsettling. It could ...

Patronizing local vendors only way to deter chains

No one seems to want a Dollar General next door, down the street or on the main drag. Everyone, or almost everyone, seems to want one within easy driving distance, though. The chain’s no-frills, ...

Homeless help group dies of disinterest

How much do McMinnville citizens care about people spending cold winter nights shivering under tarps and blankets without the basic necessity of shelter? Perhaps one indication is that the city’s ...

Is there a doctor in the house?

An institution as large and important as a hospital will always be the target of stories circulating about unsatisfied customers. But there seems to be an increase in discontent recently when it comes ...

Mac’s on right track on campaign finance front

Setting public policy through free, fair and open elections is the cornerstone of democracy. The intent is to allow the public to choose its own representatives, shape the policies they pursue and recall ...

Praise for comments fills space with plans

Year-end holiday periods are a challenge to newspapers when abbreviated weeks, staff vacations and a shortage of news cause a scramble to “fill the space.” Sometimes — as with this commentary ...

Local police shouldn’t try to operate in silence

McMinnville police are joining the ranks of law enforcement agencies throughout the country who use encrypted radio signals to keep their communications quiet from the public. MPD presented arguments ...

Group fights the stream of waste, not neighbors

Zero Waste McMinnville could choose to be a group of contentious environmentalists, content with railing about the ravages of climate change and thus ultimately making as many enemies as allies, if not ...

Four local issues made headlines all decade long

On Tuesday, the News-Register will publish its Top 10 Stories of 2019. Each year, the news staff decides the list by gauging reader interest, number of stories, largest impact and other factors. With ...

Library’s not safe; but then, what is?

A young man was stabbed at the McMinnville Public Library last week, so clearly it’s not safe to visit the library anymore. Don’t take any risks. Keep you and your children safe. Only go ...

Humanity is our business as we spend our resource

Remember what Marley’s ghost said when his former partner Ebenezer Scrooge told him he was a good man of business. “Business!” he cried. “Mankind was my business! The common welfare ...

Now not the time for new fines, fees

Thanks to voters, the city charter now prohibits taking local care centers for an ambulance fine and fee ride. No problem. Fire officials can get around that by taking the entire user population for a ...

City making right move in revising lodging tax terms

The McMinnville City Council took a step we’ve long advocated Tuesday, when it decided to renegotiate allocation of the ever-growing stream of local lodging tax dollars. The result could and should ...

Legal ‘victory’ not a success for everyone

Lawsuits are like genies: Be cautious with your wishes, as they’re rife with unanticipated consequences. That could be the moral of the story behind the $1 billion a jury in Eugene awarded last ...

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