Our public health and business recovery responses to the novel coronavirus, at both the county and state levels, will shape the future of rural Oregon. Guest Writer In addition to chairing ...

Editorials

Time will tell if Linfield is on right path

David Jubb, former member of the Linfield College Board of Trustees, stands accused of groping female students on multiple occasions, first in 2017 and then again last year. The fact he was allowed to ...

Ignore wrong-ballot noise; it’s mostly national politics

This is a tale of two times, then and now. In 1860, the newly formed Republican Party was riding high with the election of former Whig Abraham Lincoln as its first president. But four years later, ...

Patience required for the path ahead

The reopening of businesses in Yamhill County, according to the state’s Phase 1 guidelines, has so far gone according to plan. Let’s hope it stays that way.  For personal service businesses ...

Voters turn out in force to deliver mixed message

Tuesday’s balloting produced a bountiful harvest of winners and losers. Many outcomes were highly predictable or readily explainable, but others ran against the grain of conventional thinking. Highlights ...

Attack ads here tend to backfire

Political attacks often work. Otherwise, campaigns wouldn’t launch them. But Yamhill County has a record of rejecting such smears. Today, we have another case study.  A few weeks ago, a website ...

Vineyard sentencing laxity does public a disservice

Few jurists boast the distinction and standing to challenge one of Judge John Collins’ ably argued legal opinions. As it happens, none of them sits on the News-Register Editorial Board. But we are ...

Barbara Boyer best suited for county commission seat

It’s time for us to offer an endorsement in this year’s Yamhill County commissioner race. But first, a few preliminaries: 1) There are only two viable candidates. Retiree David Wall lacks ...

We endorse as service to our readers

By the time the Laffeyette Courier (a predecessor to the News-Register) was founded in 1866, American newspapers had already established a tradition of endorsing candidates for elective office. In the ...

Our nod goes to Alexandria in county treasurer's race

Sometimes, it’s easy to assess a field of political hopefuls. Perhaps one candidate casts a longwe shadow over the rest, making it a clear call. Or perhaps none seems palatable, giving you the urge ...

Economic reboot figures to be gradual, uneven and nuanced

Much was made about the president’s claim of total authority over lifting COVID-19 restrictions and resuming business as usual. His assertion of absolute power over American economic activity was ...

Letters

Letters to the editor: May 29, 2020

Not a political statement Not all people are far right or left politically. Most of us are in the middle. To some, wearing a mask is a political statement. To me, it’s just loving my neighbor. Michael ...

Letters to the editor: 052220

What about judicial races? Few citizens of Yamhill County appreciate what a rare privilege Judge Jennifer Chapman and her opponent Lisle Miller gave them last election. These two talented, eminently qualified ...

Letters to the editor: May 15, 2020

Help ones most in need The coronavirus is a good teacher about the excesses of our American society. Many of us seem to ignore or take for granted advantages that most people living in the world will ...

Letters to the editor: May 8, 2020

Fighting in SalemMy family, being African American, is considered the biggest minority in our county. We account for a super small percentage of the population. Within the past several years, our ...

Letters to the editor: May 1, 2020

Farm roots and values I have had the privilege of knowing Barbara Boyer since my husband and I relocated to Yamhill County about 14 years ago. Barbara has deep roots to the land she has farmed with her ...

Letters to the editor: April 24, 2020

Unsung heroesMany members of our community have written to thank all the people who are helping to keep us healthy.I would like to add one more group — the people who work to keep our water clean ...

Letters to the editor: April 17, 2020

Use for cars, not bikes If the lame duck commissioner was as interested in the rights of the people of Yamhill County as he seems to be for the welfare of Ken Wright, this whole rail-to-trail meeting ...

Letters to the editor: April 10, 2020

Rerouting makes sense My mother remembered when Highway 47, built in the late 1920s, divided the family’s now Century Farm into two sections. It was, of course, not the most efficient from a farming ...

Letters to the editor: April 3, 2020

Checks to charity With the arrival of assistance checks from the federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, comes an opportunity. Many people in our county will need to put this money to ...

Letters to the editor: March 26, 2020

All in this together As we navigate these difficult days, let’s give a word of thanks not only to the dedicated and stressed health care professionals, but also to others helping our community. Take ...

Commentary

 
Editorial Cartoons

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Kulla: Restoring community health takes teamwork

Our public health and business recovery responses to the novel coronavirus, at both the county and state levels, will shape the future of rural Oregon. Guest Writer In addition to chairing ...

Jeb Bladine: Social media threat has extended reach

With apologies to Twitter enthusiasts out there, I don’t quite get it. It’s all I can handle to navigate the internet, email and in-office messaging systems. I lack time to track people’s ...

Never let facts stand in way of wild conspiracy

By JOHN COOK, SANDER VAN DER LINDEN, STEPHAN LEWADOWSKY, ULRICH ECKER The conspiracy theory video “Plandemic” recently went viral. Despite being taken down by YouTube and Facebook, it continues ...

 
Kertis: Let's not lose sight of rising addiction recovery demands

Gov. Kate Brown Brown announced last week that the majority of Oregon would be taking a major step in the COVID-19 pandemic by starting the long process of reopening for business. Joseph ...

Anti-vaxxers aiming to take chances with virus

By KRISTIN TRUJILLO Of the University of Minnesota and MATT MOTTA Of Oklahoma State University The availability of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus will likely play a key role in determining when ...

Jeb Bladine: Fewer candidates on Oregon ballots

Locally, the 2020 primary election featured high drama; statewide, it was ho-hum. To some extent, the Yamhill County theatrics help explain the statewide political boredom. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

 
Local economy is resilient; it will surge back to health

At the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership, our mission is advancing strategies responsive to the needs of McMinnville’s traded-sector businesses. After 20 years of economic ...

Jeb Bladine: Leaders silenced by a political pandemic

People should be fuming over the pandemic in Salem. A mysterious political virus has silenced the voices of state leaders, and for unknown reasons, Oregonians have been sheep-like in response. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Our nod goes to Alexandria in county treasurer's race

Sometimes, it’s easy to assess a field of political hopefuls. Perhaps one candidate casts a longwe shadow over the rest, making it a clear call. Or perhaps none seems palatable, giving you the urge ...

Barbara Boyer best suited for county commission seat

It’s time for us to offer an endorsement in this year’s Yamhill County commissioner race. But first, a few preliminaries: 1) There are only two viable candidates. Retiree David Wall lacks ...

Vote-by-mail naysayers are lying to you

By U.S. SEN. RON WYDEN For NBC News My state has proven that voting by mail is secure and helps more people exercise their rights. Expanding it to more states this year could help save lives. Last week, ...

 
McPhillips: Virus sends a message: Learn to get by with less

April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Strangely, the guest of honor at this auspicious occasion is a deadly virus. Is the COVID-19 a message for Mother Earth, a fluke, a brutal corrective ...

Jeb Bladine: Future may depend on May-June events

Imagine staring at your smoldering house while firefighters pack up their equipment and prepare to leave. You feel grateful for their quick response that saved much of the structure. But then the chief ...

 
Appreciate your local paper (and other final thoughts)

I no longer work for the News-Register. Along with a legion of other journalists, my job ended with the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing body blow to the economy globally and locally. Guest Writer Tom ...

Jeb Bladine: One certainty is, things will change

Things will change. Thinkers of all political persuasions agree, and so do we. Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > See his column Marcelo ...

Kulla: My perspective on the Commission's letter encouraging governor to reopen the economy

By CASEY KULLA Yamhill County Commissioner   On Thursday, I joined my colleagues in approving a letter asking the Governor to move quickly in reopening the state's economy and public life, and ...

Jeb Bladine: Word for this week seems to be 'money'

The word for this week has to be “money,” and the federal $2.2 trillion “economic rescue package” clearly was just a first branch on the fast-growing money tree. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Speaking power to truth

By LEE McINTYRE Of Boston University   Most politicians lie. Or do they? Even if we could find some isolated example of a politician who was scrupulously honest — former President Jimmy ...

 
Gibson: Riding the COVID-19 wave

I am a surgical critical care physician currently working in the surgical intensive care unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. This means I have been and still ...

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