When most of us see an infant, we shamelessly slip into baby talk: Whooose a prettee baabee? Such a cuutiee. Our speech gets smoother, slower, higher pitched and sing-songy. Researchers call this ...

Editorials

Geary has earned election to a second term on city council

When Zack Geary succeeded Alan Ruden on the McMinnville City Council in 2019, he followed a path laid out by his predecessor, and in remarkably similar fashion. Ruden spent many years investing portions ...

No to healthcare entitlement, yes to other 3 state measures

Four state ballot measures have been submitted to voters for the Nov. 8 general election, two by legislative action and two by citizen petition. Measure 114, a citizen-initiated statutory amendment aimed ...

Call to curb free expression rings sour note at courthouse

Earlier this month, the Yamhill County commissioners finally addressed a crisis in behavioral health staffing that the Oregon Legislature addressed back on March 23 with an infusion of grant money. It’s ...

Scale of illegal local grows should put us all on notice

Late last month, a consortium of nearly a dozen agencies raided a pair of industrial-scale marijuana growing and processing operations on Yamhill County farmland just outside Dayton.  They destroyed ...

In local districts, vo-tech gets respect it deserves

A feature story Tuesday detailed a new heavy equipment certification class being offered — to current students and recent grads alike — by the McMinnville School District. The class features ...

County can't stand more delay in meeting mental health need

It only takes three simple facts to frame the latest disconnect in  beleaguered Yamhill County, which has become notorious for its often ideologically driven failures and lapses in recent years. No. ...

Alleged Sheridan prison abuses demand urgent, forceful response

The handbook at rural Yamhill County’s FCI Sheridan, a medium-security federal prison housing more than 1,500 inmates, opens its section on inmate rights and responsibilities this way: “You ...

OSU study lays out vision for 'rewilding' of American West

“Rewilding the American West,” a public lands management study led by faculty of Oregon State University’s Department of Forestry, is being widely heralded by environmental and conservation ...

Local efforts may not solve homelessness, but they help

The three candidates for Oregon governor last week kicked off the general election season with a debate hosted by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. On the issue of homelessness, they hit all ...

No cause to lock public out at behest of timber company

In August 2001, the county commissioners serving at the time authorized Willamette Industries to gate off a 6.7-mile section of High Heaven Road, a public road providing access to public and private timberland ...

Letters

News-Register Letters Policy

The News-Register welcomes written opinions about issues of public interest and about the content of this newspaper. Letters from non-local writers are accepted only if they focus on local issues. Letters ...

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 23, 2022

Not on my street I must register a resounding objection to proposed demolition of three historic buildings on Third Street for a big new hotel. As the owner of a downtown business lying less than a block ...

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 16, 2022

Whose safety? The public safety power shutoff should be called the investor safety power shutoff. After the horrific California fires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric’s failure to properly ...

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 9, 2022

Waste not, want not This summer, the news has been full of stories about raids on illegal,  large-scale marijuana-growing operations. The stories all end with the destruction of the seized marijuana. ...

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 2, 2022

Overpasses, please Back in The 1940s, McMinnville and Dayton petitioned the Oregon Department of Transportation for a bypass. They ended up getting Highway 18, which went on to become the busiest secondary ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 26, 2022

It’s only $20,000 Things that cost $20,000: - Repairing 100 potholes. - Sending 40 kids to a 4-H sleepover camp. - Contracting for nine months of work at minimum wage. - Doubling ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 19, 2022

No to strip mall Leave Three Mile Lane as is. Don’t try to fix what isn’t broken. Putting another strip mall in that area isn’t going to change the fact that it was tried before, two ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 12, 2022

Law has changed This letter is in response to Sandra Ponto’s letter about bicyclists not stopping at stop signs. There has been a change to the rules for bicyclists. Starting Jan 1, 2020, bicyclists ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 5, 2022

Officer goes missing For a couple of years, we have had a police officer with a radar gun patrolling our neighborhood. This was no ordinary officer, as he was made out of cardboard. He dutifully stood ...

Letters to the Editor: July 29, 2022

What’s the rush? If the Three Mile Lane Area Plan has taken years to create, and was just approved by the planning commission March 17, why, oh, why is public input being rushed so? The city has ...

Commentary

 
Editorial Cartoons

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Susan Brink: Baby talk spoken here — and everywhere

When most of us see an infant, we shamelessly slip into baby talk: Whooose a prettee baabee? Such a cuutiee. Our speech gets smoother, slower, higher pitched and sing-songy. Researchers call this ...

Jeb Bladine: Local debate drawn to downtown hotels

Full disclosure: The writer has a financial interest in this subject. Our family and newspaper company own two of three Third Street buildings that developers propose to buy, tear down, and replace with ...

A.R. Siders and Katherine Mach: As coastal flooding worsens, cities beating strategic retreat

By A.R. SIDERS Of the University of Delaware And KATHERINE MACH Of the University of Miami When the tide gets exceptionally high in Charleston, South Carolina, coastal streets start to run ...

Benjamin Jensen: Advance shows mastery of modern warfare essentials

By BENJAMIN JENSEN Professor of Strategic Studies, Marine Corps University Ukrainian forces, aided by Western firepower, have upset traditional military logic once again. Advancing deep into Ukrainian ...

 
Scott Gibson: Opening the black box of artificial intelligence

In March of 2016, a computer challenged the grandmaster of the game Go to a match. Go is an exceptionally difficult game, considered far more complex than chess. Artificially intelligent computers had ...

Kirsten Matoy: Tribal sovereignty set back 200 years in single ruling

By KIRSTEN MATOY Of Wayne State University Over the past 50 years, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have increasingly diverged in how they view laws relating to Indian tribes. Congress has passed ...

Leland Thoburn: The case against psilocybin therapy

By LELAND THOBURN A concerned McMinnville citizen About 30 years ago, American Heritage magazine ran a feature piece showing that nearly every recreational drug scouring our culture had been developed, ...

Jeb Bladine: Abortion rights rise in Oregon campaign

Quick: What group has the largest number of registered voters in Oregon? Hint: It’s a trick question. Remembering that the reference was “group,” not political party, you might name ...

 
Casey Kulla: Psilocybin therapy deserves a chance

Unanimous. That’s right, the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners is united in allowing therapeutic psychedelic mushrooms in unincorporated Yamhill County. What does that mean for you? It means ...

Jeb Bladine: Cybercrime finds victims worldwide

Cybercrime, ranging from minor irritations to financial devastation, is rampant worldwide. Cybercriminals don’t know you, and wouldn’t care if they did. They are faceless, nameless scourges ...

John Logan: Labor mobilization movement seems to be sweeping America

By JOHN LOGAN Of San Francisco State University Labor Day 2022 comes smack bang in the middle of what is increasingly looking like a pivotal year in the history of American labor. The summer has seen ...

Iain Boyd: Hypersonic missiles pose a big challenge to defend

By IAIN BOYD Of the University of Colorado Russia used a hypersonic missile against a Ukrainian arms depot in the western part of the country on March 18. The technology the Russians used is not particularly ...

 
Back, and Forth: Connectivity finds its most rustic roost

The last credits I earned for my Linfield degree in 1980 were from an internship at The Nation magazine in New York. It was a fine experience. I met amazing people and learned a great deal. Yet it was ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: The McLoughlin House’s unlikely journey to local historical treasure

To the average Oregon City resident, there wasn’t much to celebrate in the vacant, dilapidated old house by the foot of Willamette Falls. The house had, until a few years before, been known as the ...

 
Randy Stapilus: With the Blue Dog out, what's next for the 5th?

For years, the Blue Dog Democrats in Congress have attached themselves to a piece of hard political logic: If you run toward the center, instead of toward the left, you’ll pick up more votes in ...

Jeb Bladine: Important year at Linfield University

September begins an important school year for Linfield University, and in many ways for rekindling long-time ties between Linfield and the McMinnville community. We are reminded from Linfield’s website: “Linfield ...

Arie Kruglanski: A quest for significance gone horribly wrong

By ARIE KRUGLANSKI Of the University of Maryland Agonizing questions are being raised by the recent tragic mass shootings, such as those at a school in Texas and a supermarket in upstate New York. As ...

Johnathan Hladik: Sourcing meat locally promises many benefits

By JOHNATHAN HLADIK Of the Center for Rural Affairs If you recently bought meat from a local farmer, you are not alone. Over the past 22 months, millions of Americans quit overpaying at the grocery ...

 
Back, and Forth: Some things stay the same, some are just 'meant to be'

Connecting flights were all part of the fun in the trip Lorre and I took to Wisconsin and Michigan last week, by way of a visit to relatives in Chicago. It was a long-awaited journey that imbued the adage ...

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