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Posted Jan 25, 2015 at 11:01 PM

In an essay in the New York Times Magazine, Steve Almond wrote what has proven to be a prescient and insightful piece, titled, “Once Upon a Time, There Was a Person Who Said, ‘Once Upon a Time.’ ”Almond writes, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was uttered by a storyteller. His myths and histories offered a unified version of our origins, the codes by which we should live and our mortal fate. Eventually these stories were preserved,...

Posted Jan 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Politicians rarely use the words “capitalism,” or “republic,” rather obscurely touting the virtues of “free markets,” and “democracy.” Our politics maintains an economy that indiscriminately...

Posted Jan 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and of the enactment of Medicare. Not long ago, a U.S. Supreme Court dominated by Republican appointees gutted the Voting Rights Act, and a Democratic president who never could...

Posted Jan 22, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The comedic genius Louis C.K. talks about it in his act, and when I was a city slicker, I felt exactly the same way. Deer were magical. I was one of those guys who would pull the car off the road and whip out my phone whenever one would reveal...

Updated Jan 22, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Dear Canadian carbon moguls,We understand that you want to cut a 95-foot swath across southwestern Oregon and bury a pipeline so you can sell fracked natural gas to China. Now just hold on for a second. We have opinions about...

Posted Jan 21, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I wasn’t sure what to expect at the Historic Ashland Armory on Monday, except to not find parking nearby. I’d been warned.It was my first time at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Ashland — or...

Updated Jan 21, 2015 at 6:33 AM

The pomp. The pageantry. The politics. The promises. The participants.From the sergeant at arms who proclaims the appearance of the president to the people positioned as props, the State of the Union offers a lot of sizzle...

Posted Jan 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

As another week passes without snowfall and the Mt. Ashland Ski Area remains closed, the Mt. Ashland Association’s financial situation becomes more and more critical. The federal government has already shelled out $750,000 of taxpayer...

Posted Jan 18, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest mountain in all of Africa. It’s a craggy, imposing spire that reaches some 17,000 feet skyward, its summit stone and ice. There are 11 glaciers that encircle the mountain...

Posted Jan 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The South in which I grew up prided itself on its courtesy. The “Howdy” and “Y’all come back and see us” did make daily interactions more gentle than, say, in New Jersey. But our good manners were a patina, one...

Posted Jan 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

We were wrong. Let’s just get that out of the way.The Tidings quoted, accurately (Jan. 6, A3) former Ashland City Councilor Eric Navickas alleging that the “entire (city of Ashland) managerial staff, every single one of them,...

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