FTC legal challenge complicates merger of Kroger and Albertsons

Editorials

 
Woes befalling Newberg should sound alarms here

Any time political and ideological purity become the coin of the realm in local school and city affairs, making qualifications, competence, character, experience and integrity all but irrelevant, disaster ...

Telephone-Register file photo##A view of Third Street from Baker Street looking east in the summer of 1960, long before trees were planted downtown.

 
The skies aren't falling but the trees sure are

We love our downtown trees. That is, we do as long as they don’t grow too tall, shed too many leaves, create too much mess, clog too many gutters, bust up too many sidewalks or threaten too many ...

News-Register file photo##Members of Boy Scout Troop 260 repainted the white lettering at the McMinnville Municipal Airport in 2015.

 
No asset in the area offers more potential than airport

McMinnville Municipal Airport is nearing the mid-point of a two-year process designed to produce a new 20-year master plan to guide its future development. And as at least 20-year advocates of greater ...

 
Sober-minded moderation prevails at polls this time

There was a time when candidates like David “Bubba” King, flirting with an outright win in Tuesday’s three-way Yamhill County commission primary, fit the Republican Party mold like a ...

 
We don't see urgency in new stormwater program

City officials were met with “anger, interruptions and walkouts,” our story recounted, when they set out last week to engage the public on the proposed three-year phase-in of a new stormwater ...

 
No reason the county can't look long-term

Last week, the Yamhill County Budget Committee slashed $615,000 from the allocation for Health & Human Services Director Lindsey Manfrin, with whom two commissioners have clashed frequently. It refused ...

 
Time is right to reconsider a county lodging tax

Yamhill County Commissioner candidate Bubba King has revived discussions about a countywide Transient Lodging Tax (TLT) by making it a key issue of his current campaign. Incumbent Commissioner Lindsay ...

 
Bubba King clear choice for county commissioner

David “Bubba” King, challenging incumbent Lindsay Berschauer for a seat on the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners in Oregon’s May 21 primary, is an engaging candidate. On the work ...

 
Gudman best qualified in state treasurer race

In an ideal world, politics would permeate the governor’s office, but the offices of attorney general, secretary of state, labor commissioner and state treasurer would be as non-partisan as we could ...

 
Read stands out among secretary of state hopefuls

Over the course of the 1990s and early 2000s, Phil Keisling, Bill Bradbury and Kate Brown combined to head the Secretary of State’s office for a quarter of a century. But since Brown ascended to ...

Letters

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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: June 14, 2024

Long live the trees I enjoyed the recent editorial titled, “The skies aren’t falling, but the trees sure are.” The editorial was informative and well-written.I’d like to add one ...

 
Letters To The Editor: June 7, 2024

A clear winner There was one clear winner in Yamhill County’s recent election: apathy. In a state where it could not be easier to vote, a turnout percentage in the 30s, as of June 1, is pathetically ...

 
Letters to the Editor: May 31, 2024

Safe and secure For the past 16 years, through five presidential elections now, I have served the office of the Yamhill County clerk in every position in the processing of ballots.Currently I am part ...

 
Letters to the Editor: May 24, 2024

Fix the streets I read the recent editorial regarding the stormwater funding proposals and found it very informative. I did not realize that action by the state of Oregon could be further in the future ...

 
Letters to the Editor: May 17, 2024

Nothing accomplished Almost two years ago, County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer survived her recall election by approximately 1,600 votes. The people who voted for Lindsay should ask themselves what ...

 
Letters to the Editor: May 10, 2024

Much at stake The May election is coming up. Ballots have been mailed and candidates are clamoring for your vote. But will you vote? Why vote in May? The big election is in November, right? Wrong! It’s ...

 
Letters to the Editor: May 3, 2024

The healthy choice I am writing as a concerned member of Yamhill County as well as a retired RN with more than 25 years of experience in a community hospital. I have been a resident of Yamhill County ...

 
Letters to the Editor: April 26, 2024

Right the wrong Our Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is a community health care organization in Yamhill County, composed of doctors, dentists, nurses, behavioral health providers and others. We ...

 
Letters to the Editor: April 19, 2024

Sadly fault-finding I recently read some of the letters to the editor about our elected county commissioner, Lindsay Berschauer. I would like to relate an experience I had with Ms. Berschauer just a few ...

Commentary

 
Christine Bartholomew: Too many groceries in one basket?

FTC legal challenge complicates merger of Kroger and Albertsons

Whatchamacolumn: At every level, regulatory overreach strangles America

Pure and simple: Government rules, laws, mandates and regulatory overreach have strangled America. Not “are strangling,” as has been lamented nonstop for decades, but “have strangled.” Consider ...

 
Calendar of Quirk: Presenting a collection we call the ‘Baker Street Irregulars’

Winding our way down Baker Street this week (thank you, Gerry Rafferty), we remember that fellow Scotsman Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday was May 22, 1859, so in honor of the author of the Sherlock ...

 
Letter to Readers: Veteran N-R reporter bids farewell, starts new chapter

Dear readers, For the last 30 years, it has been my privilege to write for you as a reporter for the News-Register. We’ve talked about county politics, land use and county government for the last ...

Whatchamacolumn: Brief user manual for readers of hazelnut story

Oregon’s second largest hazelnut processor called it quits this week — see today’s news — further muddling an already complicated story involving Oregon agriculture and local politics. ...

 
Randy Stapilus: Insiders reaped the rewards in this year's May primary

After all the primary campaign season drama this year, most of the Oregon results tended toward the familiar in both parties. And most races weren’t even close.

Investigating the Bible: What about weapons and waging war?

Oct. 7 last year, Hamas launched a deadly assault on Israel from Gaza, firing thousands of rockets and sending a thousand terrorists across the border by air, pickup trucks, and motorcycles. With machine guns, they went door-to-door to Israeli homes, murdering entire families, including the elderly, children, babies and taking hostages. At an outdoor concert, they killed 260 youth. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, “We are at war.”

 

 
Calendar of Quirk: Drop a coaster under this serving of fermented local Quirk

The local beer culture deserves a special Quirk brew. June 3 Corner chalkboard at Grain Station Brew Works (to the right of the bar) was created eight years ago, filled (mostly) and changed (occasionally), ...

Whatchamacolumn: First and last encounter with a sports legend

We landed in San Diego on Feb. 11, stopped at the gate, and only then saw the hulking figure of a man who sat just behind us the entire flight. I was momentarily speechless, but Michelle quickly blurted ...

 
Bridging political chasm on the ground in Oregon

Several Oregon chapters of Braver Angels, a national citizens’ movement working to unify a divided nation in the face of sharp ideological and affective disagreements, are collaborating on an effort to bridge Oregon’s gaping urban-rural divide.

Jamie & Tami Rowen: Louisiana reclassification restricts abortion pill access

The Louisiana Legislature approved a bill May 23 reclassifying the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol as “controlled, dangerous substances.”

 

Whatchamacolumn: Mostly boring primary election has a local spark of life

Although most federal and statewide races were contested in this week’s Oregon Primary Election, serving in the Oregon justice system or state Legislature appears to have lost its appeal to political ...

 
Barrett Rainey: A question for our times: We can, but should we?

While experts join us in fretting over the computerized exposure of hundreds of millions of our personal files — on Facebook and elsewhere — I have more fearful questions.

Investigating the Bible: ‘The good shepherd’: the Scriptures on sacrifice

May 27, 2024 is Memorial Day, honoring those American soldiers who sacrificed their lives in battle. Today remembers a few of those heroes whose stories are in Adam Makos’ books “A Higher Call” and “Devotion.”

 
Calendar of Quirk: Alpine Avenue: A mixed-use neighborhood with plenty of Quirk in common

The Quirk tour now wends down Alpine Avenue, that mélange of industrial and chic with iron-work “ALPINE” signs and girder-like structures, picnic tables, planters, public art, a large ...

Investigating the Bible: Scriptures dictate no mandatory retirement age

Red Skelton, a successful comedian in radio, film, and the early days of television, was the master of many humorous fictional characters and pantomime. In 1994, at 80 years old, he explained, “People always tell me, ‘You look good.’ There are three stages of life,” he said. “Youth, middle age, and ‘you look good’.” Someone quipped that old age is the metallic age: Silver in the hair, titanium in the knees, and lead in the pants.

 

 
Clare Pastore: Court weighs legality of banning public camping

About the writer: Clare Pastore, longtime professor at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, earned her bachelor’s degree at Colgate and law degree at Yale. A former ...

 
Winslow Myers: More light, less heat needed on our campuses

Civil disobedience, the willingness to break a law and endure the consequences for the sake of a greater moral good, enjoys a pedigree extending back through King’s civil rights movement, Gandhi’s passive resistance to India’s British colonizers, and even back to Thoreau, who went to jail for a night rather than pay a tax being used to fund the Mexican war of 1846-48.

 

Whatchamacolumn: Blanchet Farm treating alcohol disease

There is social response to realities described in a 2023 report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), headlined: “Risky Alcohol Use: An Epidemic Inside the COVID-19 Pandemic.” One sign ...

 
Double the majors, double the value?

In 2022, just under 16,000 students earned bachelor’s degrees from Ivy League schools. And while they’re all great schools with amazing resources, keeping them in perspective matters: They aren’t that big.