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Editorials

Miller over Chapman in circuit court runoff

This year’s Circuit Court race reflects a 2000 race won by Ronald Stone, whose retirement 18 years later triggered the current opening. But there are important differences as well. And for us, they ...

Care centers should shoulder cost of unnecessary 911 calls

Money can speak louder than words. Administrators of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, for a variety of reasons, are prone to calling paramedics every time a resident rolls out of bed the ...

Gubernatorial hopefuls uniformly fail to inspire

In our endorsement editorials, our four-member editorial board tries to analyze races, assess candidates and build a reasoned case for the candidate found to possess the most merit. Readers, of course, ...

Jaffer and Noble deserve the local legislative nods

There are multiple reasons to vote against incumbent Republican Mike Nearman in House District 23, which includes McMinnville’s southern edge. An obstructionist, he shows no interest in helping ...

Measure 105 demands rejection at the polls

In 1987, the Oregon House voted 54-3 and the Oregon Senate 58-1 to prohibit local authorities from assisting in the enforcement of federal immigration law. And the House concurred with the final version, ...

Only one measure deserves voter approval this election

If you decide to just vote no on all five measures appearing on your November ballot, we wouldn’t blame you. You can’t go very far wrong opposing what primarily amounts to a collection of clever ...

Homeless problem won’t be solved by hyperbole

Chris Chenoweth’s campaign for the McMinnville City Council features a flier claiming a rise in crime is tied to a similar increase in vagrancy, because of a “laissez-faire” approach ...

Bonamici an easy choice in 1st Congressional District

When Suzanne Bonamici first ran for Congress, she faced formidable challenges in the November 2011 primary from Brad Witt and Brad Avakian and the January 2012 special election from Rob Cornilles. But ...

Incumbents’ edge not always well-deserved

All incumbents in the five contested legislative districts which overlap parts of Yamhill County — House 10, 23, 24 and 25, and Senate 13 — are heavily favored. But only three earn endorsement ...

Linfield College moves into upper wine education echelon

Linfield College took another major stride this week toward becoming a player of national and even international note in wine studies. This time it came through an announcement of a new program aimed ...

Letters

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 12, 2018

The facts on gluten If you’re gluten-intolerant, please don’t panic. The Oct. 9 article, “Study: One-third of ‘gluten-free’ restaurants in the U.S. are not,” ...

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 5, 2018

Letters from Gary Langenwalter, John Englebrecht, Roy Webster, Mark Davis, Martha O'Donnell, E.J. Farrar, Roy Simmons, Elizabeth Van Staaveren, Richard Rouse, Kathy Beckwith, Tanya Bishop, Pat Cole, David Sumner, and Jim LeTourneux

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 28, 2018

Letters by Troy Spurlock, Glenna Green, Alisa Owen, Liz Marlia-Stein, Tim Marsh, Kathy Ginther, Kris Bledsoe, Larry Treadwell and Janet Landenwalter

Letters to the Editor: September 21, 2018

Equal rights, not special rights I’m urging you to vote no on Measure 105. Here’s why: Oregon Revised Statute 181a.820 has been nicknamed Oregon’s “Sanctuary Law,” but that’s ...

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 14, 2018

Epic memories from the pool Great article on the history of McMinnville aquatic facilities. I have a fuzzy recollection of the pre-1956 pool in the park. Memories of adventures at the two post-1956 pools ...

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 7, 2018

Celebrating car culture Why is it that some people find car shows inappropriate in downtown McMinnville and undeserving of community support? Car culture thrives in Yamhill County, as it does throughout ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 31, 2018

Pleased to serve On Saturday, July 28, more than 220 people participated in the Nazarene Church on the Hill’s annual Serve Mac day. In addition to 180 folks from the church, there were 40 to 50 ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 24, 2018

Hoping to save the trees We all know that change in our lives must be embraced, especially when change is happening in the name of progress and will benefit many people. I have to remind myself of this ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 17, 2018

Letters from Ramsey McPhillips, Robert Griffin, Paul McAfee, Mandy Gawf and Melvin Nysser

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 10, 2018

Letters from Lynn Crowell, Brittany Ruiz, Naomie Klinger, Rachael Estrada, Liz Marlia-Stein, Margaret Cross and Fred Brown.

Commentary

 
Les Zaitz: Working past tribalism of the biased information age

Editor's note: The Les Zaitz cover piece was inadvertently cut short in the printed version of the Oct. 12 Viewpoints section. The complete version appears below, in its original form. The News-Register ...

Jeb Bladine: It all adds up to a perfect weekend

It’s going to be a glorious fall weekend, with no shortage of ways to enjoy it. Weather reports confidently predict mid-40s mornings opening into sunshine in the low-to-mid 70s. Some may mistakenly ...

Jeb Bladine: Roles available as human backdrops

Two weeks into autumn, the days are becoming shorter and the mornings more brisk. Holidays approach, but first we have to conclude our biennial political version of “The Hunger Games.” This ...

 
Cassie Sollars: Celebrating community through the generations

I keep a sepia-toned picture of my Grandmother Boyd on my bedside table. It is a small, delicately framed photo, but her intelligent eyes and gentle, understated smile warm my soul each night as I crawl ...

Jeb Bladine: A ‘Supreme’ test of ends and means

Dramatic Thursday testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee occurred too late for this column’s mid-morning deadline. But not too late to consider the unfortunate reality that for too ...

 
Christensen and Richards: Five Years Later - Poised for greatness or opportunity wasted?

Past and present, as analyzed by Jody Christensen: On Dec. 31, 2013, Evergreen International Aviation and several of its subsidiaries filed for dissolution under Chapter 7. Within a few short weeks, ...

Jeb Bladine: State hides behind attorney-client wall

Oregonians are not entitled to know which new laws are being proposed by state agencies — not until hand-picked insiders set the legislative agenda; not until attorneys draft the language to enact ...

 
Jennifer Moore & Michael Socolow: Violence against media echoes earlier times

[Jennifer Moore, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, has published numerous scholarly articles on media history and contributed chapters to a number of collections ...

Jeb Bladine: A local case for the Ghostbusters

If there ever is a Ghostbusters IV movie, perhaps producers could commandeer the Evergreen Museum campus and cast out any remaining spirits of mischief. For five years, the words “Evergreen” ...

Jeb Bladine: Thrift shops seeing surge of donations

MacHub is back in McMinnville, and the timing seems appropriate, based on a quick look at American culture and population characteristics. The nonprofit online thrift shop, located behind Staples, is ...

 
Susanne Sayles: Trip opens eyes to life’s simple truths

In the fall of 2016, I was offered the opportunity to take a group of high school leaders to the Dominican Republic as a representative of the Oregon Association of Student Councils. After a year and ...

Jeb Bladine: McCain peels back some Trump Teflon

The media often disdained Ronald Reagan as the “Teflon President,” citing bad decisions and poor government performance that didn’t conform to his popular public persona. Similarly, President ...

 
Dr. Elliot Lasson: Summer job becoming relic of past

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Jeb Bladine: Ghost of the ‘Gut’ lures us downtown

The ghost of the Dragging the Gut Festival must have wandered onto Highway 18 Tuesday morning as some kind of eerie apparition, luring that hapless semi-tractor convoy off its route and into downtown McMinnville. Reportedly ...

 
Scott Gibson: Unfood - The American quest for nutrition by pills

Americans have become enamored with nutrition by pill, as have many residents of other industrialized nations. Fish oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, riboflavin, chromium, selenium and almost any ...

Jeb Bladine: A growing threat to our democracy

Hundreds of American newspapers, including the News-Register, have joined The Boston Globe this week in a national rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s continuous attack on the American media. Here’s ...

Jeb Bladine: Nutritious walnuts go best with music

Combining music with walnuts? I suppose it makes sense, but only in McMinnville. Five years ago today, a small crowd attended the inaugural Walnut City Music Festival. Few of those people will forget ...

 
Starla Pointer: Reunion opens window on the soul

I have attended more high school reunions than almost anyone — a few of my own, but mostly reunions from other schools and previous eras. I’ve covered 25- and 30-year gatherings, along with ...

Elizabeth DeVisser: Celebrating dictators a slippery slope

“Pinochet Did Nothing Wrong.” A Patriot Prayer member displayed this slogan last Saturday, when the group, supported by white supremacists, held a rally in Portland. This person’s ideals ...

Jeb Bladine: Frustrating search for available house

A local family with five kids is trying anxiously to find housing. Members have a month to avoid becoming unwilling campers at a relative’s home. The parents still have faith something will surface, ...

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