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Posted Oct 4, 2015 at 11:01 PM

President Obama spoke some of the most important words of his tenure last week in response to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. "This is something we should politicize," the president said. "It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic." This is something we should politicize. His statement was remarkable for violating the etiquette as to what a leader should say after another slaughter by a deranged gunman and the...

Posted Oct 4, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Chris Honoré

Posted Oct 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

What Pope Francis’s visit brought to my mind was that something extraordinary happened in South America when we weren’t paying attention. In one nation after another, military regimes have been replaced by elected governments, and...

Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 7:48 AM

Republican leaders were in disarray Wednesday after Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and presidential candidate, showed up at the Senate carrying a Sky Rangers Park Flyer Radio Control Airplane, a product that had not been seen in the...

Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 6:34 AM

A man opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday. News reports said that nine people were killed and another nine were injured in the shooting. Whether it’s a public school, college or university, leaders in...

Posted Oct 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The surprise resignation of John Boehner as speaker of the House this week supposedly came as a shock to many. This does credit to his political savvy — it shows that Boehner has the capacity to keep the wildly divided aspirations of his...

Posted Sep 30, 2015 at 11:01 PM

So now we know: One of the principal reasons Republicans spent so much public money investigating the tragic Benghazi episode was to bring down Hillary Clinton's poll numbers. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the likely successor to House Speaker John...

Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 9:23 AM

John Boehner (R-Ohio) appears to have stunned everyone, including friends and allies, with his announcement on Sept. 25 that he is leaving the post of speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives – and also retiring from Congress.

Posted Sep 29, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The woods above Ashland were to my childhood friends and I, as the Mississippi was to Huck and Tom, a place of endless exploration. At 69, I am blessed my body still allows frequent runs, though much slower, on the trails in our watershed that...

Posted Sep 29, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Having missed last Wednesday’s Ashland “Deer Summit,” I interrupted my neighbor Joe Buck yesterday on his morning run past my house. I figured if anyone would know anything, it would be Joe who, despite his namesake, has a...

Posted Sep 28, 2015 at 11:01 PM

After three long years of study and 50 public meetings, the Normal Neighborhood Plan is finally in front of the Ashland City Council. If approved in October, the plan will guide the form and location of development in the 94-acre area —...

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