“Besides the sun, our creativity is the other essentially unlimited resource on the planet.” — contemporary American writer and ecologist Starhawk. Guest Writer Casey Kulla ...

Editorials

Legal ‘victory’ not a success for everyone

Lawsuits are like genies: Be cautious with your wishes, as they’re rife with unanticipated consequences. That could be the moral of the story behind the $1 billion a jury in Eugene awarded last ...

Time to move wayfinding from back burner to front

Three years ago, coordinated through the Visit McMinnville tourism organization, McMinnville launched a wayfinding signage project. Within a matter of months, the citizen group had awarded a design contract ...

‘Lock ‘em up’ just fills pen on our dime

Prison reform advocate Jodi Hansen of Newberg says asking repeat offenders to play by the rules is like handing them a violin and expecting them to perform a concerto. If any career criminals out there ...

Bypass Phase II, the sequel, seems off to promising start

The Newberg-Dundee Bypass is continuing to motor on around the back side of Newberg. The movement is evolving in fits and starts, but that’s probably as good as it gets for a high-cost road construction ...

ICE ruling rooted in practicality

Immigration is an emotional issue, but Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters did not make her decision based on emotion Nov. 14, when she curtailed federal immigration agents’ ability ...

Homeless safety net needs a constructive examination

The commitment shown by Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission leaders to the local homeless community is beyond question. Executive Director Kaye Sawyer and Board Chair Dave Haugeberg have invested heart ...

Public servants not paid for private drama

Separate soap operas at Newberg City Hall and the Yamhill County Housing Authority have one element in common. Both are so difficult to follow, and feature so many aggravated characters, that most viewers ...

Women on the move in state and local farming

Agriculture is big business in Oregon. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, updating the 2012 census, the state boasts about 37,000 farms cultivating 225 different crops on 16 million acres. In ...

Legal service discrepancies demand probe

Something seems badly amiss with the financial and administrative workings of the Yamhill County Justice Alliance Center, which provides legal representation to indigent youth and adult defendants in Yamhill ...

Voters reject one approach; next step is trying another

As folksinging poet Bob Dylan famously lamented back in the tumultuous 1960s, “Money doesn’t talk, it swears.” On Tuesday night in McMinnville, we got that drummed into our ears. Money ...

Letters

Letters to the editor: Dec. 6, 2019

Not the least Christ-like I was dismayed last week to read in The Atlantic that some leading evangelicals and religious leaders believe this nation’s sitting president is a product of divine providence ...

Letters to the editor: Nov. 29, 2019

Where’s the compassion? In response to the criticism directed at the homeless shelter: I agree there is a problem. Last winter, I reached out to a homeless woman with mental health issues. She ...

Letters to the editor: Nov. 21, 2019

Different standards of justice A recent news story about the conviction of Donald Trump crony Roger Stone speculated about what his sentence might be. The article said it would probably be short, possibly ...

Letters to the editor: Nov. 14, 2019

Our troubled planet There were two significant developments on the climate change front last week. On Nov. 4, President Trump, who has called global warming “a total and very expensive hoax,” ...

Letters to the editor: Nov. 8, 2019

Fueling a climate catastrophe I hope Mr. Sommerfeld is carefully preserving his letters alleging climate change hysteria. The day will come, within the next couple of decades, when even he will begin ...

Letters to the editor: Nov 1, 2019

Language makes a difference Scott Gibson’s Viewpoints column of Oct. 18 describes very important changes needed in treating people with serious mental illness. Scott points out that prisons and ...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 25, 2019

A better way At 400,000, the latest guestimates of the opioid overdose death toll exceeds that of military casualties in all our previous wars except the Civil War. But there are demonstrated ways of ...

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 ...

Commentary

 
Editorial Cartoons

Selected editorial cartoon from the News-Register Viewpoints section.

Jeb Bladine: Try to remember: ‘Presumed innocent’

Local financier J.W. Millegan will appear in U.S. District Court next week to answer federal charges that he systematically cheated investors and hid ill-gotten gains from the IRS. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

 
Charter options limited only by our collective imagination

“Besides the sun, our creativity is the other essentially unlimited resource on the planet.” — contemporary American writer and ecologist Starhawk. Guest Writer Casey Kulla ...

 
Community finds its fortune in shared web of connectivity

For 30 years, this space has featured variations of our long-running “Shop Local” crusade. We still have a passion for supporting local businesses, but this year our message is one even more ...

Jeb Bladine: Cell phone comment was ahead of its time

Many online forums are snake pits of rude and abusive commentary. In contrast, we’ve come to appreciate the reader comments on our newspaper website articles. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine ...

 
Thankfully, Thanksgiving demands lots of time, toil

True confession time: I don’t like turkey. Guest Writer Eric Schuck knows his way around a poultry processing plant, which may help explain his holiday preference for ham He also holds ...

Jeb Bladine: Polarization thrives in American politics

Public impeachment hearings this week dominated national news, the Democratic presidential candidate debate and front pages of media outlets around the world. The drama appears headed toward U.S. House ...

Is it too late to save the Everglades?

By WILLIAM NUTTER Of the University of Maryland The Everglades encompasses a vast network of subtropical freshwater wetland and estuarine ecosystem that once spanned the length and breadth of southern ...

Jeb Bladine: Football still popular as player-count falls

It’s mid-Fall, and football teams at every level are trying to stretch out their seasons. But as the New York Times reported this week, player counts are steadily dwindling in what still is America’s ...

Nixon first to court foreign interference

By KEN HUGHES Of the University of Virginia Whatever Donald Trump does, Richard Nixon usually did it first and better. Nixon got a foreign government’s help to win a presidential election more ...

 
Coordinated health care serves entire community

The most valuable, lasting change for communities often comes from the thoughts and dreams of local people who are invested and inspired. And such is the case with the community-rooted health care model ...

 
Historic hardwood re-emerging in local market

Oregon’s Willamette Valley was once carpeted with towering oak trees. But there was virtually no market for hardwood logs. Guest Writer Guest writer Ben Deumling launched the Zena Forest ...

Memorial still missing 405 photos

By Brian Allfrey Of the Utah Press Association As we approach Veteran’s Day, I would like to share two very important numbers — 58,276 and 405. As of Memorial Day, 2019, there are ...

Looking back at Veterans Day 1969

By STEVE BATES Of the Vietnam War Memorial Fund On Nov. 11, 1969, Operation Fulton Square in the Quang Tri Province was in full force, with the assistance of the 1st Marine Division, 101st Airborne Division ...

Transparency wins the day in Newberg

Kudos to Newberg City Council for striking a mighty blow on behalf of government transparency. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column This ...

Fee Stubblefield: Repeal measure is about our community’s values

McMinnville voters are being asked to vote on Measure 36-202, which would prohibit the city from targeting senior care facilities with the taxes, fees and fines. In the process, it would repeal the fees and fines imposed through Ordinance 5059, passed last October.

 

Jeb Bladine: Officials line up for public impeachment

It appears certain that President Donald Trump will be impeached. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column Thursday, as the U.S. ...

Julie Parrish: Put the clamps to care center profiteering

It’s a rare occasion when I find myself urging voters to side with government in supporting a new tax, but in the case of Ballot Measure 36-202, designed to repeal such a tax, residents of McMinnville should vote NO. They should push back against special interests who are grossly profiteering from our healthcare system.

 

 
Archive opens window to our community past

For generations, local newspapers have documented people, places and events through photography. Michael Hafner is a third-generation resident of McMinnville. He is, in fact, a member ...

Jeb Bladine: Looking forward to the power of qubits

One task in my first office job was longhand addition of numbers in lengthy columns on a legal pad, as we didn’t have digital calculators, much less computers. For more complex calculations, I used ...

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