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Posted Feb 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The results of a state assessment of children entering kindergarten have been released, and it's no surprise that the 187 Ashland students tested exceeded state averages for early math and literacy skills. But unlike the statewide assessments administered to older children, this one is not a reflection of school quality or teacher competence; more than anything, it measures parental involvement. Again, it's to be expected that many Ashland children entering kindergarten arrive knowing...

Posted Feb 10, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The decision by the social media giant Facebook to cancel the pages of an Ashland marijuana dispensary is a reminder about what Facebook is — and what it is not. Although it may seem like it's been around forever, Facebook turned 12...

Posted Feb 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

It will come as no surprise to Ashlanders or anyone else who has tasted Lithia water that the stuff is loaded with minerals. What did surprise Ashland officials last month was that the city's every-six-months sampling of the tourist-tempting...

Posted Feb 8, 2016 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...

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...

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