Epicureans have their excesses, but efforts to avoid pain and suffering have led to great advances

 

Editorials

 
Leave medical choices to us, without political interference

In democratic republics like ours, we rely on a broad array of guardrails, be they legislative, judicial, constitutional, moral, ethical or social in nature, to prevent political demagogues from seizing ...

 
Timing ups the ante for diversity and equity push

The city of McMinnville is riding a powerful state and regional tailwind, but bucking a powerful national headwind, in moving toward adoption of a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion program ...

 
Legislature feeling heat over homelessness and addiction

The Oregon Legislature embarked Monday on its most ambitious 35-day even-year short session ever. Housing, homelessness and addiction figure to dominate the agenda, but thorny budget issues, including ...

 
Keeping public in the dark eternally inviting for some

Here we go again. It seems government never learns. We refer to two hot new public records cases boiling up in Oregon.Typically, such cases involve a news outlet taking action in pursuit of a record the ...

 
Small step for Water & Light a big step for our community

The McMinnville Water & Light Commission unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding last week on the sale of a 27-acre Marsh Lane site to the city for a new recreation center — an edifice ...

News-Register file photo##McMenamins Hotel Oregon has been a symbol of downtown revitalization efforts that span many decades. Those efforts continue today.

 
Reflecting on downtown successes as Hotel Oregon celebrates anniversary

McMenamins has become an iconic corporation in the Northwest with its unique decor, abundance of entertainment options and penchant for giving new life to historic, abandoned buildings. Restoration and ...

News-Register file photo##The former Ultimate RB site, on Alpine Avenue between Northeast Eighth Street and Northeast 10th Avenue, now belongs to the city of McMinnville, which will be seeking development proposals for the property later this year.

 
City moving with purpose on Alpine redevelopment

When the late Ron Bogh bought John Klaus’ one-man tire recycling operation in 1985 — and it began operating under his initials, first as RB Rubber and later as Ultimate RB — he ...

 
Forum for competing ideas essential to our democracy

Editorials, letters, columns, cartoons, endorsements and other forms of commentary are increasingly disappearing from America’s community newspapers. In fact, entire opinion sections are disappearing ...

Year was wild and wacky, but who'd expect any less?

The News-Register staff has been busy this week with an annual rite of passage in newspapers everywhere — taking a look back at the outgoing year to chronicle its highlights and lowlights in words ...

Many ways, reasons to give before year’s end

The merriment of the Christmas holiday weekend will be followed by resolutions and reflections as we head toward the New Year. It’s traditionally also the time to get in last minute tax-deductible ...

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: February 23, 2024

Don’t be so sure Everyone knows? This statement, from last week’s “Pure hypocrisy” letter, misleads, divides and keeps us from civilly discussing important issues. I belong to ...

 
Letters to the Editor: February 16, 2024

20-minute neighborhoods I was excited to read in the Jan. 22 News-Register that the McMinnville Planning Commission included the concept of 20-minute neighborhoods in its priority projects for the next ...

 
Letters to the Editor: February 9, 2024

Working together As a long-time resident of Newberg, I’m supportive of the various public and private ways we in Yamhill county can come together to support fellow residents in times of need. In ...

 
Letter to the Editor: February 2, 2024

Make it affordable In last week’s Whatchamacolumn, lamenting the unsettling decline of letters to the editor, Jeb Bladine suggested various local issues deserving of comment. They included “McMinnville ...

 
Letters to the Editor: January 19, 2024

No one wants to work I don’t want to get into a debate on who is best for the position of the U.S. presidency with the clearly Democratic Biden writer Phil Forve (a characterization Forve emphatically ...

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 12, 2024

Shorted on sports Sports coverage was missing from the first paperless issue of the News-Register on Wednesday, Jan. 3. And I was disappointed to learn this was by choice, not chance. Having sports coverage ...

 
Letters to the Editor: January 5, 2024

Enriching citizenry The Viewpoints piece on freedom of religion, by Leland Thoburn, was a great example of how your paper enriches our citizenry. It was a very informative reflection on the origins and ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 22, 2023

Setting things straight Thanks to Jeb Bladine of the News-Register for the accurate recounting of the city of McMinnville’s transparent communications regarding the consolidation of McMinnville’s ...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 15, 2023

Enough with the taxes Instead of increasing the taxes we pay to the city 42.6% next year, our city councilors are planning on only increasing them 14.2% each year for the next three years. How considerate ...

Commentary

 
Editorial Cartoons

Selected editorial cartoon from the News-Register Viewpoints section.

 
Offbeat Oregon: Oregon’s real-life Indiana Jones

In the summer of 1981 a little action-adventure movie titled Raiders of the Lost Ark came out, and fans have been speculating ever since on who the character of Indiana Jones might be based on. The most ...

 
Gibson: Maybe we should learn to appreciate hedonism

Epicureans have their excesses, but efforts to avoid pain and suffering have led to great advances

 

Bladine: No harm from a little bit of public scrutiny

Private agencies, even if spending millions of public dollars, can fly under the radar with closed meetings and private records. Sometimes, lacking experience being fully in the public eye, they can respond ...

Investigating The Bible: Following the child’s example

Jesus gave an urgent message involving children, which is recorded in three of the gospels. “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:17, New International Version; used throughout). What did Jesus mean when he said children must be role models for anyone who would enter the kingdom of God? The answer may surprise us.

 

 
Calendar of Quirk: You never Sauvignon such sights as this week’s set of oddities

Calendar of Quirk moves between backroom black-light and a prominent tribute to Wine Country you might never have seen, though it stands two stories tall next to a highway. Feb. 19 Sand and gravel silos ...

 
Vasquez: Restoring our faith in the American dream

In recent years, I have become increasingly confused about what it means to be an American.

As a child, the sight of our flag and sound of our anthem evoked the comforting assurance of shared devotion to our beautiful nation. That continued up until recent times, but no longer.

Bladine: Warning issued about consequences of PERS bill

Rick Metsger of PAC/WEST Lobby Group blew the whistle in his recent commentary about a potential PERS boondoggle in the making. But in the rush of a short legislative session, few are paying attention ...

 
Terry: State suffering tidal wave of drug overdose deaths

About the writer: Lynne Terry serves as editor-in-chief of the Oregon Capital Chronicle, a nonprofit news outlet based in Salem and found online at oregoncapitalchronicle.com. She has also served as editor ...

Bladine: Increased office vacancies create furniture challenge

Truckloads of used office furniture leaving our former downtown newspaper building are a microcosm of financial disturbances in the world of commercial offices. “America’s offices,” ...

Guest commentary needed for section

In addition to letters to the editor, limited to 300 words, we are on the lookout for guest commentary submissions of 500 to 750 words. Those allow the writer to take a broader view and cover more points. We ...

Investigating The Bible: ‘You shall not wrong him’: the subject of slavery

Feb. 12 is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. In 1843, after Lincoln lost his bid to be in Congress a second term, he might have remained a successful country lawyer if Stephen Douglas, a Senator in 1850, had not proposed and passed a bill which allowed slavery in the new states of Nebraska and Kansas

 
Offbeat Oregon: Why legendary lawman Virgil Earp is buried in a S.W. Portland cemetery

Portland’s River View Cemetery is the state’s oldest nonprofit cemetery, founded in 1882 by three of Portland’s most prominent citizens: Henry Corbett, Henry Failing, and William S. Ladd.

All three of them are buried there — Ladd’s grave in particular was the target of a bizarre raid by a gang of grave robbers 15 years later, but that’s a story for another time.

 
Calendar of Quirk: Potcake and a potpourri of offbeat messaging, mobile as well as stationary

Mention was made two weeks ago of rock cairns on Amity Road; the reader who tipped me to them said only a few survived the snow and subsequent plowing. I did not spot them on a recent reconnoiter near ...

Bladine: You take your chances when applying political labels

Political labels are overused, misunderstood and often the bane of productive political debate. Related conversations quickly get complicated.BYU-Idaho Professor Hyrum Lewis wrote in 2022: “Our society ...

 
Calendar of Quirk: ‘Anno Lucis’ and other unusual sightings both heavy and light-hearted

Quirk ideas and other responses such as indicated in our first entry of this Calendar of Quirk are a big part of CQ; below is week four of our ongoing celebration of oddities around us. Before we get ...

Bladine: An unsettling decline in letters to the editor

January produced an abundance of comments from newspaper readers to us — no surprise given the change in newspaper size, delivery schedule and methods of publication. In that same month, however, ...

 
Rainey: Frankly, my dears, it seems we don’t give a gol durn anymore

About the writer: Barrett Rainey is an Air Force veteran, longtime pilot and former reporter for radio and TV stations from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Washington, D.C. Now living in McMinnville, he writes regularly ...

 
Togneren: Intellectual humility is an asset, not a weakness

Mark Twain apocryphally said, “I’m in favor of progress; it’s change I don’t like.”

This quote pithily underscores the human tendency to desire growth while also harboring strong resistance to the hard work that comes with it. And I can certainly resonate with this sentiment.

Investigating the Bible: What is the one sin that’s unforgivable?

A Sunday school teacher asked his class of 6-year-old boys if any of them knew the difference between a mistake and a sin. One his students volunteered this: “I think if I hit my sister, it’s a mistake. But if I kick the dog, it’s a sin.”