The son of a friend of mine, I’ll call him Kevin, is schizophrenic. He graduated from Mac High drug-free and mentally healthy, but later succumbed to a family history of mental illness. Guest ...

Editorials

Creation of Chamber PAC would ease angst

The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce’s increased enthusiasm for politics puts the city’s involvement as a dues paying member with the chamber in a legally questionable position. Or not. Local ...

Don’t fall for industry con; reject charter amendment

Care center conglomerates are employing a barrage of scare tactics and a blizzard of disinformation to hoodwink you into supporting a city ordinance repeal measure on your Nov. 5 ballot. Don’t let ...

Home rule best route for county

In Oregon, voters in general law counties such as Yamhill are allowed to alter “number or mode of selection of elective county officials.” Unfortunately, no one is sure what “mode of ...

Governor’s reign marked by hypocrisy, not transparency

Upon her inauguration in 2015, Gov. Kate Brown told Oregonians: “Throughout my 24 years in public service, I have also sought to promote transparency and trust in government ... That will not change ...

We need to get foster agencies on same page

The definition of labyrinth — a complicated and irregular network of passages where it is difficult if not impossible to find one’s way — could easily be applied to the maze of agencies ...

All politics aside, Trump deserves impeachment

President Donald Trump should be impeached, paving the way for a trial by the U.S. Senate. He asked Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July to investigate political rival Joe Biden in exchange for ...

Air show was worth all the compromises

One of the charms of McMinnville is its 56-mile distance from Portland International Airport — 2.8 minutes as the F-35 flies. Under ordinary circumstances, this serves to significantly reduce the ...

Disbanding YCINT tolerable, surrendering to dealers not

The head of the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team, Sheriff Tim Svnson, announced this week the drug team was — at least temporarily — ceasing operations. Insiders predicted YCINT’s ...

Both sides should get a say before staff weighs in

The problem with lengthy land-use hearings isn’t that they take many hours most would rather spend at home with family. It’s that citizens feel the decisions have already been made before they ...

Editorial: Dear garbage goliath: Please give us a break

CEO James C. Fish Jr. Waste Management Inc. First City Tower, Houston   Dear Mr. Fish: Your company has come a long way since Dutch immigrant Harm Huizenga began hauling garbage in Chicago in ...

Letters

Letters to the editor: Oct. 18, 2019

Foreign invaders Jonathan Booth is correct if he is speaking in the past tense. We were a nation of immigrants for many years. Three of my grandparents came in as immigrants — in the legal fashion, ...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 11, 2019

Keep measure in place Earlier this year, I was approached downtown to sign the Oregon Health Care Association petition. It is aimed at repealing the city ordinance that protects nursing home residents ...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 4, 2019

Care center fees working I was appointed to McMinnville’s city budget committee a number of years ago, and enjoyed serving. Each spring, we would receive a budget document of several hundred pages ...

Letters to the editor: Sept. 27, 2019

Going plant-based As a bit of an animal lover, I have been scouring the Internet for some special occasion celebrating animals. I came across an international observance called a “day for animals,” ...

Letters to the editor: Sept 20, 2019

Time for action on guns I appreciated Scott Schieber taking the time from his practice and his new life in New Zealand to compose a guest editorial about gun violence in America. It was one of the best ...

Letters to the editor: Sept. 13, 2019

Resist the growth imperative The News-Register has carried several recent stories on future economic development. One cites a study calling for more big box stores and restaurants. Another quotes officials ...

Letters to the editor: Sept. 6, 2019

Trump ravages EPA On March 3, 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump expressed his wish to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency. Since winning the election, he has tried to undermine it in every ...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 30, 2019

Awash in red ink Fiscal responsibility is a standard Republican talking point. Unfortunately, it is only that — a talking point. Every Republican president in the last half-century has operated ...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 23, 2019

Not my leader Agents of ICE are completely out of control. They question people without demonstrating probable cause, producing a warrant or even identifying themselves as agents of the federal government. ...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 16, 2019

A new low Gun violence seems to have brought our nation to a new low. Other countries are now issuing warnings about the dangers of traveling to the U.S.   We should be ashamed that this is happening ...

Commentary

 
Editorial Cartoons

Selected editorial cartoon from the News-Register Viewpoints section.

 
We need to move mentally ill out of prisons, into hospitals

The son of a friend of mine, I’ll call him Kevin, is schizophrenic. He graduated from Mac High drug-free and mentally healthy, but later succumbed to a family history of mental illness. Guest ...

Jeb Bladine: Yes, the Evergreen sale is complicated

Michael F. Thomson – U.S. Chapter 11 Trustee for The Falls Event Center bankruptcies — was a master of understatement in his motion to sell Evergreen Museum campus properties: Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

 
OSU team fishing for next generation of antibioltics

One day in the future, you may take a pill to treat an illness and owe your recovery to tiny microbes flourishing in the slippery layer of mucus that coats fish. After earning a Ph.D. ...

Jeb Bladine: Care center vote a political train wreck

The countdown is underway for a Nov. 5 special election to repeal McMinnville’s 2018 law regulating and licensing care centers. It was a political train wreck from the beginning. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

 
Service remains fulfilling despite the frustrations

The first issue I want to make very clear is this: I love serving on the Carlton City Council. Guest Writer Guest writer Linda Watkins grew up in a civil service family in Northern California. ...

Jeb Bladine: National Greek play needs walk-on roles

Thursday’s New York Times story by Kate Taylor reports on judicial sentencing in the nationwide college admissions fraud case. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of ...

 
Trade is conducted by people, not by nations

A few weeks back, my wife and I were in Astoria when we stumbled across a shop selling salty licorice. Guest Writer Eric Schuck serves as a professor of economics at Linfield College. ...

Jeb Bladine: Time to saddle up on Urban Renewal

Access to funds for McMinnville’s 2013 Urban Renewal Plan is exceeding the most optimistic expectations. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > ...

Jeb Bladine: We're just too busy to focus on climate

People seem to be busier than ever. And all those activities — personal, family, social, business, entertainment, civic, political and more — make it almost impossible for people to focus on ...

Governor undermines her own transparency

By DANIEL BEVARLY National Freedom of Information Coalition Open, accessible and accountable government with freedom to public information without interference from governing bodies — or elected ...

 
New immigration rules stir fear and confusion

Over the past two weeks, the Immigration Counseling Program at Lutheran Community Services NW has been flooded with calls from the local immigrant community. Guest Writer Jordan Robinson has ...

 
Melissa Gates: Crash shattered lives in mere split second

Most people know our story. What I want people to know is how it changed our lives. Guest Writer Melissa Gates grew up in Amity. She began working in the Yamhill County District Attorney’s ...

Jeb Bladine: Mack Theater buzz updates local story

The buzz crisscrossed McMinnville in minutes last week: J.W. Millegan and his two sons were buying the iconic Mack Theater building. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of ...

Jeb Bladine: Alabama drawn into eye on the hurricane

President Donald Trump outdid even himself this week as a hurricane-force windbag. Somehow, despite his many assaults on truth and morals, his performance on Hurricane Dorian seemed almost worse — ...

 
New Zealand free of fear induced by gun culture

In June 2018, my family left McMinnville for New Zealand. Scott Schieber is a former 20-year resident of McMinnville, where he worked as a family physician and served on the school board. He ...

Letter to readers: How I survived all hell breaking loose

I spend most of my Saturday afternoons in downtown Portland, usually just a few blocks from the extremists who regularly turn politics into a contact sport. Despairing of the state of the world, ...

Population psychics mandate city plans

Population counts are in the news. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column When all the numbers are in, we’ll have ...

 
No plausible rationale for reducing food assistance

“What’s for dinner?” should be a low-drama question, especially in the United States. Unfortunately, due to recent changes in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food assistance ...

 
Let's all plan together for McMinnville's future

Growth. It’s complex.  It’s emotional.  It’s personal.  It means so many different things to so many different people. Guest Writer Heather Richards ...

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