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Posted Oct 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

At my suggestion and using my draft as its starting point, two years ago South Mountain Friends Meeting (Quakers) in Ashland adopted a set of principles it regarded as useful for understanding the right relationship of religion to politics. It differs markedly from widespread practice. I share it (with slight abbreviation) in this election year.We affirm that it is appropriate for religious people to bring their...

Posted Oct 9, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Editor’s note: A version of the following was read at the Ashland City Council meeting Tuesday.The Book Exchange is 43 years old. My wife and I purchased it in May...

Posted Oct 7, 2014 at 11:01 PM

In 1998, Modern Library ranked Joseph Conrad’s novella “Heart of Darkness” as one of the top 100 best works of fiction in the 20th century.The title has become embedded in our...

Posted Oct 3, 2014 at 11:01 PM

The first TV cooking show I can remember featured Lena Richards, an African American woman who owned Lena Richard’s Gumbo Shop in New Orleans. The show seemed completely removed from the pervasive racism of...

Posted Oct 2, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Many good suggestions for improving the redesigned Plaza have been made by hundreds of residents in Ashland, yet the council majority’s spokespersons’ recent comments make it clear the city is intent on ignoring...

Posted Sep 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

At the University of Houston there was a not-very-thoughtful student who spoke a lot in an Honors College seminar I taught. The recent break-up of the USSR came up during discussion one day. I asked whether we would have condemned then-President...

Posted Sep 23, 2014 at 11:01 PM

A very prominent Ashland lady died a quiet death recently and few will know about it because there will be no obituary or funeral or even a news article. And she was young, just over 50.You may even have seen her at the Ashland...

Posted Sep 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Television Here! shared top of the page billing with Kefauver May Visit, Ike Forces Organize, and the opening of the Vining Repertory’s Spring season with Arsenic and Old Lace at the Lithia Theatre. (Chase Bank sadly sits on...

Posted Sep 19, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Unless you’ve lived here a long time, you may not know that Ashland is a Nuclear Free Zone. Although a relative newcomer (2009), I know it because Peace House, to which I devote much attention, was founded...

Posted Sep 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Author Evangeline Wilkes once wrote: “On the sands of hesitation lay the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to wait, and waiting — died.”There is...

Posted Sep 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I have been active in the Rogue Valley on numerous social justice issues for decades, always with a focus on making our community a better place for working people and our political system a bit more open for...

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