For Asians in America, the threat — and the fear — is real On the outside, I presented myself like I would any other day for work. I socially distanced. I made small talk about ...

Editorials

Honor the Constitution by exercising your right to vote

Since pioneering vote-by-mail in the late 1990s, Oregon has developed an election system so free, fair and inclusive it has become the global gold standard. Voter registration has been automated and integrated ...

Vera, Warmbier best combo for local school board seats

Five candidates are vying for a pair of seats on the McMinnville School Board in Oregon’s May 18 special district election. That’s good news, as board seats have been contested only twice ...

Time running short to calm the roiling waters at Linfield

It’s not the fault of Linfield’s leadership that rising costs, declining enrollment, decreasing appeal abroad, inadequate endowment, a raging pandemic and burgeoning competition have jeopardized ...

New challenges hamper campaign against COVID

COVID-19 is a fearsome menace to our way of life, and has lingered far, far longer than any of us might have imagined when it began early last year. Along the way, it has killed more than half a million ...

With local effort, state resolve, homelessness not intractable

Houston, we have a problem. We have more people than we can manage to reliably feed and house, and the ones falling out the bottom are spilling into the streets because they have nowhere else to go. These ...

Board’s school chief choice sounds welcome ring to us

When Maryalice Russell was named superintendent of schools here in 2002, she was chosen over co-finalists Kris Olsen, Karen Richey and Dan Rodriguez, in addition to co-semifinalists Wayne Kostur, Gary ...

Proclamations have their place, but direct action speaks louder

At its March 16 meeting, the McMinnville City Council approved payment of $325,000, through its insurance carrier, to help settle a lawsuit alleging failure by state officials and local police to protect ...

Sunshine best disinfectant for insidious government secrecy

When the McMinnville School District refuses to join virtually all other American cities and school districts in disclosing chief executive finalists, how do you have any way to judge the choice its board ...

Big plans need time to gel; Priority is correct, not quick

Nothing lasts forever. That’s why McMinnville is looking to replace a public library dating back to 1912 (renovated and extended in 1982), a armory turned community center dating back to 1924 and ...

Second Amendment Sanctuary dangerous, divisive and foolish

Spurred by the recent seating of Lindsay Berschauer, commissioners have been in a rush to declare Yamhill County a Second Amendment Sanctuary, free from the enforcement of “all local, state and federal ...

Letters

Letters to the editor: May 7, 2021

Risky business The incident in the Albertsons parking lot where some idiot fired a gun into the air should not be casually dismissed. A bullet from a typical handgun fired into the air will return to ...

 
Letters to the editor: April 30, 2021

Support the nurses Have you ever been in the hospital? How about your child, parent or grandparent? Nurses are the ones who give them the medications they need, monitor them for changes that need intervention, ...

Letters to the editor: April 23, 2021

Balance and truth I am constantly embarrassed at the editorial pages of my local newspaper. The editors’ distinct bias against and barely hidden hatred of more than half of Yamhill County’s ...

Letters to the editor: April 16, 2021

Threat to democracy I was happy to hear that Major League Baseball is pulling its All-Star Game out of Georgia in retaliation for that state’s new and very restrictive voting law. When laws like ...

Letters to the editor: April 2, 2021

County comes through I have been very critical of the COVID vaccine rollout in Yamhill County, but now I want to retract. While I think the county got off to a slow start, it has caught up. The difference ...

Letters to the editor: March 26, 2021

Other perspectives After reading the many Viewpoints submissions concerning the future of our country, I wanted to praise those who spoke about kindness, gifts of spring, support for our Constitution ...

Letters to the editor: March 19, 2021

Surge in misuse There have been several letters written about county commissioners and gun control. I thought I would find what’s up these days. I did a quick investigation and found the following: At ...

Letters to the editor: March 12, 2021

No to fanaticism Reading all the letters for and against the declaration of Yamhill County as a gun sanctuary, I found one aspect of the issue wasn’t being discussed — the liability the county ...

Letters to the editor: March 5, 2021

Noise deafening I was saddened to read the major difficulties the restaurants are dealing with. But let me tell you about a lunch we had outside on Third Street yesterday with family members from Portland ...

Letters to the editor: Feb. 26, 2021

Arming up not answer The push to create a gun sanctuary in Yamhill County isn’t as much about the Second Amendment as it is about the arming of America. Our country is awash in guns. We are not ...

Commentary

 
Editorial Cartoons

Selected editorial cartoon from the News-Register Viewpoints section.

Jeb Bladine: Recognizing the potential for Hatfields and McCoys

Here’s a good rule: Anyone who recognizes potential for conflict to escalate into a scorched-earth war should try to help douse that fire. Too often, we don’t see it coming, or we wait too ...

Take me out to the ball game

By Kirby Neumann- Rea Of the News-Register   Exploring is half the fun. The other half is finding other things to explore. As a Linfield grad, frequent Mac visitor and now resident, ...

Rankin: A prescription for what’s ailing Linfield

By J. GRAHAM RANKIN Veteran Chemistry Professor I have taught college for nearly 30 years at five different universities, none of which is Linfield. Currently, I am serving as an adjunct professor in ...

 
Gibson: Immunotherapy: Helping the body to heal itself

In 1890, a young woman died of a rapidly progressive form of bone cancer, in spite of an amputation performed by her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William Coley. Her death deeply affected Coley, who began a ...

Jeb Bladine: Solving the mystery of the missing letters

My love/hate relationship with computers plunged into the dark side this month after one of them hid most of our letters to the editor (LTE). Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher ...

Kirby Neumann- Rea: In Mac neighborhood, toy trucks a roadside attraction

I thought of this G.K. Chesterton quote at the sight of a front yard near West Second Street and Elmwood Drive: “Happy is the man who still loves something of the nursery; he has not been broken ...

 
Meador: The irony in a gesture

The first time I saw it, I did a double-take. Honestly, there was no doubt in my mind what I saw was a gesture of respect. After all, Tim Tebow had been kneeling just a few years before, and many people ...

DePew: Narrative distracts from focus on improving lives

By BRIAN DePEW Of the Center for Rural Affairs Each of the past several elections has thrust rural people into the media spotlight. Rural and urban people are divided, the pundits tell us. Neither understands ...

Bladine: Too much news for just one topic

So many stories; so little space. Said his name: Twelve Minneapolis jurors — seven women and five men; six white and six Black or multiracial — this week sparked widespread street celebrations ...

Back, and Forth: A circuit through a place both new and familiar

Exploring is half the fun. The other half is finding other things to explore. I’m new to Yamhill County, enjoying discoveries in the same place I attended college and have sampled many times over ...

Lowery: The trillion dollar man

By RICH LOWERY Editor of the National Review So far, the defining word of the Biden era is “trillion.” The Joe Biden who portrayed himself as a moderate, old school, bipartisan dealmaker ...

Ruiz: Why should we have to pay for transparency?

By BRITTANY RUIZ Management Consultant In a recent op-ed, Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla advocated overhauling our land use laws and increasing transparency in government agencies. I wanted ...

Yin: Hiring locally pays huge dividends

When I read in the news not too long ago that Oregon had lost more than 25,000 jobs in one month, my heart hurt for our state — the place I’ve called home for 24 years. This is where I grew ...

Prevalence of stereotypes makes Asian women especially vulnerable

By KAREN LEONG and KAREN KUO Arizona State University Asian American women understand that the alleged murderer of eight people in Atlanta was acting in keeping with a culture filled with racialized ...

Bladine: Story resurfaces with a vengeance

Linfield Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner wanted another bite of the apple in his campaign to discredit Linfield University President Miles Davis. He didn’t get just one, but a whole bushelful. Our ...

Gibson: Risks from coronavirus far greater than any danger from vaccination

By DR. SCOTT GIBSON Earlier this week, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised local and state governments to put administration of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on hold ...

Means: Baseball’s decision to drop Atlanta shows potential of corporate action

By BENJAMIN MEANS University of South Carolina Major League Baseball knows how to exert leverage over local lawmakers. More than 100 companies, including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, ...

Hall: Liberals overreacting to Georgia election reform

By BILL HALL McMinnville As I received my edition of the April 9 News-Register, I was totally blindsided — although, truth to tell, not entirely surprised —  by the reprinting of the ...

 
Peter Chee: Behind the mask

For Asians in America, the threat — and the fear — is real On the outside, I presented myself like I would any other day for work. I socially distanced. I made small talk about ...

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