North Dakota pioneer Alfred M. Dickey, and his son Alfred E. Dickey, gave me a gift long ago that enriched my life immeasurably. They built a public library. Naturally, it wasn’t just for me. And ...

Editorials

Tuesday’s balloting offers a measure of reassurance

For Americans who stand for moderation in public and private behavior, emphasis on everyday demands over empty ideology, authentic candidates running on realistic platforms, and campaigns not dependent ...

Roe reversal can only be undone at ballot box

A pending U.S. Supreme Court opinion promises to do much, much more than simply overturn the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey right-to-abortion decisions, monumental ...

Democracy in action doesn’t always make for pretty sight

After almost three months of fits and starts, steps and missteps — and almost six hours of contentious debate the night of the showdown — the McMinnville City Council agreed last week to adopt ...

Wytoski, Towery stand out in county commission field

When Lindsay Berschauer joined Mary Starrett on the county board of commissioners in 2020, the focus seemed to turn from tackling issues affecting the lives and livelihoods of local constituents to tilting ...

Salinas/Noble matchup would best serve 6th District voters

We find the race to fill Oregon’s new 6th Congressional District one of the easier to call on both sides of the political divide. In the nine-member Democratic field, state Rep. Andrea Salinas easily ...

Dems would do best with Read in fall gubernatorial showdown

The Oregon governor’s race is wide open this year — perhaps as wide open as ever in the state’s 163-year history. For the first time in two decades, there is no incumbent casting a long ...

Stephenson, Kulla and Ortega get nods in nonpartisan races

The top of the ticket for the first of a planned series of April endorsement editorials consists of the seven-way race for labor commissioner and two-way race for Position 3 on the Oregon Court of Appeals. Yes, ...

Showering of April endorsements marks flowering of May elections

It’s that time of year again for the News-Register Editorial Board — or rather, that time of every even-numbered year, as we can generally count on getting odd-numbered years off. Yes, ...

Russian invasion of Ukraine holds implications for us all

Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe by land area, after Russia, and seventh largest by population, after Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. It covers 233,000 square ...

 
Put the focus on local issues as campaigns get underway

Yamhill County came into being on July 5, 1843, more than 15 years before Oregon achieved statehood. But the county could notch a new first in its 179-year history this coming January. It could swear ...

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: May 20, 2022

What science? Planning Director Heather Richards said, “There is fear of congestion on Highway 18, which, quite frankly, the science just doesn’t support.” I — and likely many ...

Letters to the editor: May 13, 2022

Passion for service Fellow Yamhill County residents, I urge you to join me in voting for Dayton Mayor Beth Wytoski for Yamhill County commissioner. She is the best choice to represent us in Position 1. I ...

Letters to the editor: May 6, 2022

Losing our rights I moved to McMinnville in October 2014 from Philadelphia, where I volunteered as a patient escort at a reproductive health clinic for 18 years, showing up every Saturday morning at 6 ...

Letters to the editor: April 29, 2022

Stable and effective Please join me in voting for Doris Towery for county commissioner Position 3. I’ve had the opportunity to talk with Doris and found her to be a straight shooter who understands ...

Letters to the editor: April 22, 2022

Commissioner conundrum The county commissioners’ move to change established criteria for American Rescue Plan Act funds, after applications have already been submitted and screened, is irresponsible. Both ...

Letters to the editor: April 15, 2022

Placing blame As always, Steve Rutledge’s account of the causes of the Ukraine invasion was well-written and well-documented. My view, however, is that he has avoided the common-sense explanation ...

Letters to the editor: April 1, 2022

Headed for extinction I hold no degrees in traffic engineering, but I do hold a brain capable of common sense. Thus, I must respectfully disagree with Mark Davis regarding his analysis of a McMinnville ...

Letters to the editor: March 25, 2022

Apathy reigns Recall elections in Oregon are a rarity, yet Yamhill County has had two separate recall elections only months apart. Each election resulted from successful petition drives. The school board ...

 
Letters to the Editor: March 18, 2022

Deserve better I represent the Rural Engagement Project, a non-partisan voter education organization dedicated to increasing quality of life in rural Oregon and holding public servants accountable. We’ve ...

Commentary

 
Editorial Cartoons

Selected editorial cartoon from the News-Register Viewpoints section.

Wittner: Perils of imperial nostalgia afflict powers around globe

By LAWRENCE WITTNER Of the State University of New York Although great empires rank among the most powerful engines of world history, they are also among the most dangerous, especially as they brood ...

Jeb Bladine: Beginning journey to ‘digital balance’

People with poor eating habits might read the same books, try the same diets and talk with others about their quests for more energy and better health. Support group dynamics are all-important in AA programs ...

McCracken: America facing a hate problem

By LISA McCRACKEN Concerned McMinnville resident  On the heels of yet another mass shooting targeting the African American community, this time in Buffalo, New York, it’s clear we have a hate ...

A guide for avoiding party entanglements

By LELAND THOBURN Independent-minded McMinnville resident “Leland, are you a lifelong Democrat?” was the header for an e-mail I received recently. “Are you abandoning Trump?” ...

Placing a few local calls from a virtual front porch

In case no one else noticed, here is a modest collection of springtime sights and sounds found about town. Call them virtual front-porch glimpses or local notes on matters small and large: n A car featuring ...

 
Marvin Henberg: Small private schools face major challenges

Our natural environment is filled with thousands of byproducts of our industrial age, some with deleterious health effects. One result is that among us are a few friends and loved ones who will ...

Jeb Bladine: Questions extending the TML Plan debate

One lesson from the debate about Three Mile Lane developments: Generational-impact initiatives needing multi-focused community input should not be formulated during a pandemic. A stimulating public hearing ...

Tom Henderson: Opinion pages designed to promote civil community discussion

By TOM HENDERSON Veteran Northwest Journalist Content management specialists — we called them “editors” in the previous century — just completed extensive market analysis at the ...

 
Cassie Sollars: The echo of footsteps in a children's library

North Dakota pioneer Alfred M. Dickey, and his son Alfred E. Dickey, gave me a gift long ago that enriched my life immeasurably. They built a public library. Naturally, it wasn’t just for me. And ...

Back and Forth: A road paved with the best of intentions

This is an unplanned follow-up to my April 29 column, in which I wrote of the dynamics of a “Call to Action” on the city’s Three Mile Lane plan. The call was issued by  Friends ...

Jeb Bladine: Striving for balance in economic strategy

Financial stresses take many shapes for people, businesses and institutions: Hangovers from the pandemic; inflationary prices; gridlocked supply chains; limited spending choices among many needs for food, ...

Climate-smart agriculture promising big dividends

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Center for Rural Affairs applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its dedication to climate-smart agriculture, demonstrated by its commitment to invest $38 million in ...

Abortion legalization and regulation left to states in leaked draft opinion

By MORGAN MARIETTA Of the University of Massachusetts Draft opinions circulated among Supreme Court justices are meant to allow for deliberation and editing before a final version is released. They are ...

 
Stapilus: DATA MINERS STILL RUNNING AMOK

Thousands of companies you have hardly ever heard of — and, in fact, do no business with — possess astonishing amounts of information about you, your residence, your family, your work, ...

Back and Forth: Engaging, getting it right not always the same thing

Communication is a challenge, especially when multiple oars are propelling the boat, which is the reality of our age. “We’re struggling at the city to figure out the best communication that ...

Experiences in Iran can inform drought relief in the Southwest

By MOJTABA SADEGH,ALI MIRCHI, AMIR AGHAKOUCHAK & KAVEH MADANI Lead researchers on the project Stats show the 2021 water year, which ended Sept. 30, was once again unseasonably hot and dry in ...

Jeb Bladine: Make sure that the bypass is a bypass

Long ago, McMinnville leaders established Three Mile Lane access and zoning restrictions to prevent development similar to our North Highway 99W. Today, that protection may be threatened by plans to allow ...

 
Looking back, moving forward on rec facilities

On Jan. 22, some 19 members of the community, meeting as the McMinnville Programming Advisory Committee or MacPAC, delivered a vision for the future of library and indoor recreation facilities in McMinnville ...

OSU to lead project on carbon dioxide capture

By STEVE LUNDEBERG Of OSU News and Research CORVALLIS — Oregon State University chemistry professor May Nyman has been selected as one of the leaders of a $24 million federal effort to develop ...

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