People think Oregon is a great place to live if you’re LGBTQ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Of course, these people are thinking about Portland, with one of the top LGBTQ populations ...

Editorials

Government of the people, by the people

Every March, organizations devoted to open government celebrate Sunshine Week, focusing on the efforts of news organizations and their allies in the neverending battle for transparency from our elected ...

Acts of caring, kindness mark local crisis response

When the going gets tough, some people are blinded by the opportunity to profit on the misery of others and sink into the slime pursuing it. Others, fortunately far more numerous, are blinded by the opportunity ...

Local news in jeopardy across U.S.

One of the many storylines emerging from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, will be a reduction in community journalism throughout the American landscape.  That’s not a new storyline. ...

Now's not the time to lose our resolve

We are currently locked in a battle for our physical, mental and fiscal health. Our way of life and form of government. Our  cultural, social and political norms. Yes, even our very lives. Now is ...

Leave with the one who brought you

It’s hard to imagine a virus migrating from bats to other animals to humans in Wuhan, China, managing to bring global commerce to a virtual halt in a matter of weeks. But that’s the reality ...

Helping the homeless helps everyone in crisis

Multnomah County authorities announced Tuesday they will open hundreds of new shelter beds in public buildings throughout Portland to help control the spread of the coronavirus among the homeless population. With ...

State, county slow to move on fast-spreading pandemic

The tide of mounting COVID-19 concern has finally swept into Oregon — and not a moment too soon, as the growing roster of new cases includes two at a Lebanon veterans home. Following the lead of ...

Carlton at crucial fork in the road

Carlton is facing one of the toughest decision a town has to make, and on a tight timeline. The Oregon Department of Transportation needs to know in the next few weeks whether the community wants Highway ...

Cool head best defense against all forms of fever

OK, first of all, calm down. Stop buying filter masks. Every competent medical authority says they do nothing to prevent you from contracting the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Masks should ...

Success on the side of the road

For a time, most of Yamhill County’s roadsides were barren wastelands, a linear battlesite where weeds grew, people sprayed, weeds regrew, people resprayed, and so on. Today, the county’s ...

Letters

Letters to the editor: April 3, 2020

Checks to charity With the arrival of assistance checks from the federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, comes an opportunity. Many people in our county will need to put this money to ...

Letters to the editor: March 26, 2020

All in this together As we navigate these difficult days, let’s give a word of thanks not only to the dedicated and stressed health care professionals, but also to others helping our community. Take ...

Letters to the editor: March 20, 2020

Enjoy great outdoors We are very fortunate to live in Oregon, and even more so now, in a time of quarantine. While so much of the rest of the country is cramming into enclosed spaces, we can quarantine ...

Letters to the editor: March 6, 2020

Our turn in November At a time when our state is more divided than ever, all Democratic lawmakers seem to care about is shoving through Gov. Kate Brown’s cap and trade during the short session. They ...

Letters to the editor: Feb. 28, 2020

Above the law? It appears President Trump is trying to subvert the country’s justice system for his own purposes. The president is trying to convince officials like the attorney general of the ...

Letters to the editor: Feb. 21, 2020

Opportunities for Oregon On Wednesday, the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony to the House Revenue Committee in opposition to HB 4010, which would disconnect Oregon from ...

Letters to the editor: Feb. 14, 2020

Clearing up misconceptions I was the person who contacted the News-Register about the listing for a property that had been used to produce child pornography. I read the article’s online comments ...

Letters to the editor: Feb. 7, 2020

Lacking legal precision I think there’s one thing that people can agree on about the recent House impeachment and Senate trial. The whole process seems to be vague and poorly defined. It lacks ...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 31, 2020

The logic of impeachment President Trump is standing trial on two articles of impeachment: 1) Abuse of power for using his power as president for solicitation of the interference of a foreign government, ...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 24, 2020

Cuffed without cause I have lived in McMinnville for more than 40 years, and am very concerned about the lack of local police transparency. I am speaking out of personal experience, after having two McMinnville ...

Commentary

 
Editorial Cartoons

Selected editorial cartoon from the News-Register Viewpoints section.

 
Dan Shaw: A mother for the ages

By DAN SHAW For the News-Register As I write this, it has been 11 days since my mother’s death in McMinnville, and I’m finally able to sit down and think about her with my fingers on a keyboard. It’s ...

Jeb Bladine: Oregon snapshot of COVID-19 virus

Beware of numbers … or at least, question them. Especially in stories about the COVID-19 virus. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his ...

 
Matthews: Rural LGBTQ youth hit hard by isolation

People think Oregon is a great place to live if you’re LGBTQ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Of course, these people are thinking about Portland, with one of the top LGBTQ populations ...

 
Miller: Breaching dams threatens basic necessity: electricity

So far, my family and I have been very blessed regarding the novel coronavirus. None of us has shown any symptoms. The same holds true for our friends.  Our greatest concern at this point is what ...

 
McMillen: It’s crucial we know when to head for ER

By DR. MARVIN A. McMILLEN For the News-Register How sick am I?  With the case of the coronavirus, that’s crucial to know. It’s the only way to keep our health care system from being ...

Jeb Bladine: All of your stories become ‘our story’

Late-night images of downtown McMinnville this week were spectacular and eerie. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column Third Street ...

Guest Commentary: If you want the real story, keep public records public

If our state and nation needed a reminder of the importance of accurate information, the outbreak of COVID-19 supplied it. The spread of the novel coronavirus spawned a parallel, equally contagious flare-up ...

Marsh: Remembering grandfather, victim of 1918 Spanish flu

By TIM MARSH My sister and I knew only one grandparent. Born in 1879, our paternal grandmother died in Newberg at the age of 94. Her death came in 1973, when I was 25 and my sister 28. Immigrants from ...

Jeb Bladine: Information flowing, but facts are hidden

One great dichotomy with COVID-19 crisis is information overload combined with lack of facts. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column We ...

 
Peralta: We must all pull together in trying times like these

It’s hard for the mind to grapple with how quickly and powerfully our lives have changed by the attack of the novel coronavirus; known cases have spread from Wuhan to the rest of the world in a matter ...

Letter to Readers: In search of kindness

In this weird, frightening, Twilight Zone time of closures, layoffs and “social distancing,” people continue to perform extraordinary acts of kindness. They offer to stand in mile-long grocery ...

 
Making life run smoother in Yamhill County farm country

When I ask people what they love most about Yamhill County, they almost invariably say, “I love the open spaces, the small-town feel, the abundant natural resources.” But many of us ...

Donaldson: The battle to break the voting barrier

By BOBBY DONALDSON Of the University of South Carolina A rusting chain-link fence represents a “color line” for the dead in Columbia, South Carolina. In Randolph Cemetery, separated by the ...

Jeb Bladine: Gov. Brown should hold up on 20-04

Gov. Kate Brown should set aside her executive order on greenhouse gas emissions, at least for now. Americans are hugely disrupted by the dire and immediate consequences of the global coronavirus pandemic. ...

 
Knapp: Visit McMinnville turns eye to quality of life, economy

I don’t have to tell you that McMinnville is a special place. If you are reading this, it’s likely you have already come to this conclusion. Perhaps you were the lucky person who stumbled ...

Jeb Bladine: Take panic level up, but only by a notch

John Oliver — comedian, writer and political commentator — delivered some succinct advice this week for coping with the coronavirus scare: “It depends what your regular level of panic ...

 
Jernstedt & Biddle: Weigh UGB option in spirit of Oregon land-use tradition

McMinnville is engaged in much-needed long-range planning, which will likely lead to an urban growth boundary expansion. We can expect that to spark debates over whether, how and where the city ...

Johnson: Trump’s budget would hurt rural communities

  Details on President Trump’s 2021 budget plan were released recently and, as it has in the past, this administration continues to put forth proposals that undercut rural communities. Among ...

Jeb Bladine: A busy week with too many major issues

This week has been enough to make a pundit’s head explode. The coronavirus scare wiped out two years of stock market gains, and threatens to inflict public health and economic devastation nationwide. ...

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