Broader civic involvement should be a universal goal

In a front page story in today’s edition, reporter Dora Totoian asks: How well do city managers, councils and mayors in Yamhill County reflect the ethnic and demographic makeup of the communities ...

Menke, Garvin, Chenoweth our choices for city council

For at least the last quarter century, McMinnville’s mayor and council candidates have generally faced little if any serious opposition. That began to change two years ago with the hard-fought, high-dollar ...

Treasurer pick goes to Bledsoe

American actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein once said, “Just because you thought something yesterday doesn’t mean you have to think it today. Don’t ever become a prisoner of your own ...

Hill the best option for Mac during critical time

Scott Hill has amassed a rich résumé of public service in McMinnville. During a 37-year career as a KeyBank executive, he found time to serve 20 years on the city budget committee, 12 years ...

Public not ready to lift penalty for possession of narcotics

Thanks to William Simon U’Ren, dubbed “Referendum U’Ren” for his devotion to the cause, Oregon pioneered the initiative and referendum process nationally in 1902. The vehicle was ...

Hansen and Noble earn the local legislative nods

The most successful Oregon political leaders of the late 20th and early 21st century have often been marked by a streak of stubborn independence, a vein of occasionally contrarian views, or personal traits ...

Vote Biden, Merkley, Bonamici

Let’s get something straight at the outset. Our endorsement for president of the United States goes to Joe Biden of Delaware, who has prepared himself for the highest office in the land with 36 years ...

Thatcher, Rosenblum, Read get the nod for state offices

A political race with the most on the line this year in Oregon doesn’t feature Joe Biden, Jeff Merkley or Suzanne Bonamici. It is between Kim Thatcher and Shemia Fagan, who are vying to replace the ...

Yes, we feel your pain; but it was preordained

Who says history doesn’t repeat itself? On March 10, the McMinnville City Council approved the 280-unit Baker Creek North subdivision despite plenty of opposition. As the second phase in a large ...

Employee concerns deserve a full and fair consideration

The COVID-19 pandemic has crushed major sectors of the economy around the globe. The impact has proven particularly devastating in the U.S., as we have appeared unable, among the entire community of nations, ...

Public being denied justice in local sexual harassment case

The well-established legal dictum, “Justice delayed is justice denied,” dates back to the Magna Carta. The foundational document for both English and American jurisprudence, it was ratified ...

There’s no excuse for attack targeting the Postal Service

My. How far we have fallen. Our nation’s first postmaster general was founding father Benjamin Franklin, a scientist, inventor, statesman, writer and philosopher of global renown. Our latest is ...

City election to feature more than usual intrigue

More candidates for McMinnville mayor and council posts may emerge in the 10 days remaining before the filing deadline, but this year’s election is already shaping up as one of the most intriguing ...

Holding down home prices demands concerted action

In Oregon, urban growth boundaries are supposed to be updated on a regular basis in order to accommodate growth projected over the following 20 years. But McMinnville’s current urban growth boundary ...

No easy answer in sight on return to school classrooms

We prefer to set our editorial sights on issues in which we hold a clear and compelling view, so we can offer a sharply tailored perspective or prescription. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with ...

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