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Posted Jun 26, 2016 at 11:01 PM

In reference to letter by Michael Niemann, "On the role of art": He writes, "One of art's crucial functions is to disrupt the way things are, to make us look again in disbelief, to open vistas we hadn’t known were there." Is he referring here to personal art — art designed by the artist to reflect his or her own personal vision and preferences? Or to public art? Traditionally, personal art, per se, has been regarded as an entirely separate animal, has been defined...

Posted Jun 24, 2016 at 11:01 PM

In response to the recent kerfuffle over the proposed Gateway Island art installation, and more broadly in response to criticism of the City Council's handling of other widely discussed matters such as the remodel of the Plaza and the Normal...

Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 11:41 AM

I recently read a candidate survey on important issues facing our local communities and found it so useful that I thought I should respond to Alan DeBoer’s guest...

Posted Jun 22, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Are there or should there be limits to acts that groups organized as religions can incite or direct individuals to do? Should there be any limits on what qualifies as a religion for...

Posted Jun 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Here in Southern Oregon, we live in a hot spot of evergreen tree diversity. Our forests are arguably the most diverse evergreen forests in the world, comprising 35 species of conifers alone. These forests are resilient in the face of natural...

Posted Jun 20, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Most of us happily grant our elected officials, city staff and volunteers appointed to numerous city commissions the responsibility for studying myriad issues, collecting public input, preparing reports and acting as advisers to our City...

Posted Jun 20, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Opinions are like bellybuttons: everybody has one. But when people begin to present their opinions as gospel, claim to own the truth, and make assertions that they speak for the “vast majority” of Ashlanders, they cross a...

Posted Jun 17, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it goes Everybody knows — Leonard Cohen, “Everybody...

Posted Jun 15, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Do you feel that our political system is broken? Have you ever wondered what the “system” is all about when a person runs for a political office? Well I am Alan DeBoer, running to represent you in Salem as the representative from...

Posted Jun 7, 2016 at 11:01 PM

My study (chavruta) partner, Daniel Murphy, and I continue to move through Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) and Rabbi Abraham Skorka’s excellent book on interfaith dialogue, "On Heaven and Earth." The current focus of our...

Posted May 31, 2016 at 11:01 PM

What would it take for Ashland to rank among the top five bike-friendly small towns: Davis, Calif., Boulder, Colo., Corvallis, Ore., Bellingham, Wash. and Missoula, Mont.? First: To connect the existing bike lane entering from North Main...

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