Tuesday’s balloting offers a measure of reassurance

For Americans who stand for moderation in public and private behavior, emphasis on everyday demands over empty ideology, authentic candidates running on realistic platforms, and campaigns not dependent ...

Roe reversal can only be undone at ballot box

A pending U.S. Supreme Court opinion promises to do much, much more than simply overturn the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey right-to-abortion decisions, monumental ...

Democracy in action doesn’t always make for pretty sight

After almost three months of fits and starts, steps and missteps — and almost six hours of contentious debate the night of the showdown — the McMinnville City Council agreed last week to adopt ...

Wytoski, Towery stand out in county commission field

When Lindsay Berschauer joined Mary Starrett on the county board of commissioners in 2020, the focus seemed to turn from tackling issues affecting the lives and livelihoods of local constituents to tilting ...

Salinas/Noble matchup would best serve 6th District voters

We find the race to fill Oregon’s new 6th Congressional District one of the easier to call on both sides of the political divide. In the nine-member Democratic field, state Rep. Andrea Salinas easily ...

Dems would do best with Read in fall gubernatorial showdown

The Oregon governor’s race is wide open this year — perhaps as wide open as ever in the state’s 163-year history. For the first time in two decades, there is no incumbent casting a long ...

Stephenson, Kulla and Ortega get nods in nonpartisan races

The top of the ticket for the first of a planned series of April endorsement editorials consists of the seven-way race for labor commissioner and two-way race for Position 3 on the Oregon Court of Appeals. Yes, ...

Showering of April endorsements marks flowering of May elections

It’s that time of year again for the News-Register Editorial Board — or rather, that time of every even-numbered year, as we can generally count on getting odd-numbered years off. Yes, ...

Russian invasion of Ukraine holds implications for us all

Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe by land area, after Russia, and seventh largest by population, after Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. It covers 233,000 square ...

Put the focus on local issues as campaigns get underway

Yamhill County came into being on July 5, 1843, more than 15 years before Oregon achieved statehood. But the county could notch a new first in its 179-year history this coming January. It could swear ...

Stats support easing mandates, but only with requisite caution  

On Jan. 18 of 2020, a resident of neighboring Washington, just back from a business trip to Wuhan, China, fell ill. Two days later, he became the first American to test positive for the COVID-19 virus ...

Case can be made for recall, but voters hold sway in end

Ballots are going out in Yamhill County this weekend for something that has historically been very rare — a recall election. It will decide if County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer is removed from ...

Anything’s possible when public, private join forces

A package of Tuesday stories on ambitious pump park plans in Willamina and McMinnville feature two facets of a healthy community coming together, one a driver on the demand side, the other on the supply ...

County space-needs study big step in right direction

Back on March 2, 2002, almost exactly 19 years ago to the day, we lamented, “The county, too, feels a space squeeze. The courts need more room, and health and human resources programs are scattered.” We ...

Governor’s clemency crusade violates all sense of decency

Early on, we became deeply disappointed in Kate Brown's stewardship of the governor's office she inherited from John Kitzhaber in 2015. We found her secretive, autocratic, partisan and uncommunicative. ...

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