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Posted at 11:01 PM

The City Council has a major decision to make about the future of the City Hall building on the Plaza. Until the results of a study are in, it's impossible to say what that decision should be. But whatever the council decides, it will be expensive. It's not news that the Pacific Northwest is due for a massive earthquake, perhaps relatively soon. Many of Ashland's downtown buildings, including those on the Plaza, are likely to crumble in such an event, and City Hall is no...

Posted Feb 3, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The unfortunate plight of Caroline Shaffer's family, whose home was flooded with raw sewage when a city sewer line backed up, illustrates what can happen when insurance companies and lawyers get in the way of reasonable people doing what needs to...

Posted Feb 2, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The tight rental housing market has come down especially hard on Southern Oregon University students, who often encounter ads for rentals saying, "no students." While that's unreasonably restrictive, landlords didn't dream it up just to be mean...

Posted Feb 1, 2016 at 11:01 PM

It was only a matter of time before society's decreasing tolerance for cigarette smoking extended outdoors. The City Council tonight will take up a proposed ban on tobacco smoking anywhere downtown. Our immediate reaction is to applaud...

Posted Jan 28, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Southern Oregon University administrators and faculty are to be congratulated on reaching an amicable agreement on a new labor contract, avoiding mediation and allowing the campus to move forward with the next big challenge: finding a new...

Posted Jan 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The confidentiality terms of a settlement between Southern Oregon University and the state Bureau of Labor and Industries leave more questions than answers, but it's safe to say university officials should  learn a valuable lesson from the...

Posted Jan 26, 2016 at 11:01 PM

A San Francisco Bay Area program that confronts homelessness by recruiting the homeless themselves has the potential to make a real difference in Ashland. Big questions — mostly financial ones — remain to be answered, but the...

Posted Jan 25, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Mother Nature has been kind — albeit a bit blustery — to Southern Oregon this winter, piling the snow on high and for the most part sparing lower elevations from any dramatic runoff. But Ashland city crews are rightly making...

Posted Jan 22, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Those who run prisons, including prisons in Oregon, face the difficult task of balancing inmate and staff safety against the mental health of some inmates. The situation is about to improve a bit in Oregon. The Department of Corrections has...

Posted Jan 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The City Council is once again grappling with homelessness in Ashland, but those who insist the only issue is the broader one of accommodating people with no permanent shelter are ignoring the more pressing concern of public safety and...

Posted Jan 20, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The Ashland City Council followed through on adopting reasonable rules for recreational and medical marijuana growing in residential neighborhoods, passing its ordinance on second reading Tuesday. The result may not satisfy the most vocal...

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