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Editor’s note: In his Council Corner column on Jan. 5, Ashland Mayor John Stromberg invited readers to submit essays giving “A concrete example of how I can make the world better in 2016” and offered as a prize a meal with the mayor at his favorite restaurant. The mayor reports he received 9 “thoughtful, articulate, meaningful and on-point entries. What a town this is!” The winning essay by Vanessa Houk appeared Tuesday. The remainder will appear in...

Posted Feb 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Dear Mayor Stromberg: I am rising to the task of writing an essay on the topic: "A Concrete Example of How I Can Make the World Better in 2016." Given that written communication still remains powerful in this age, I believe that...

Posted Feb 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Editor’s note: In his Council Corner column on Jan. 5, Ashland Mayor John Stromberg invited readers to submit essays giving “A concrete example of how I can make the world better in 2016” and offered as a prize a meal with...

Posted Feb 8, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Editor’s note: In his Council Corner column on Jan. 5, Ashland Mayor John Stromberg invited readers to submit essays giving “A concrete example of how I can make the world better in 2016” and offered as a prize a meal...

Posted Feb 3, 2016 at 11:01 PM

While driving down Granite one recent evening I hit a doe — squarely and without doubt — like hitting a living bag of wet cement. The doe, as is so often the case, had bolted suddenly from between cars to escape the rutting...

Posted Feb 2, 2016 at 11:01 PM

My friend and now three-year dialogue partner, Rabbi Joshua Boettiger of Temple Emek Shalom, recently shared rich reflections on religious leadership (Jan. 9). Among other thoughts and insights, Rabbi Joshua identified humility, a healthy...

Posted Jan 31, 2016 at 11:01 PM

It was a great day. The sun shown brightly, even on the proposed Bear Creek bridge. Finally it's being discussed openly. On Wednesday  we heard from a proponent of the bridge who asks, "Will a Nevada Street bridge result in a new —...

Posted Jan 28, 2016 at 11:01 PM

On the evening of Friday, Nov. 13, terrorists with links to the so-called Islamic State in Syria (let’s use the name they hate: Daesh) murdered 130 people and wounded 368 more in Paris. Most of the victims had been enjoying an evening of...

Posted Jan 26, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I’ve lived in Ashland for 27 years now, a town that takes pride in the public forest behind us that provides clean water and some great recreational opportunities. The forest behind Ashland is special. Part of it was proclaimed the...

Posted Jan 24, 2016 at 11:01 PM

1. Be aware. Every single person has a cave, or a veil of ignorance. Some have unveiled an honest perspective, revealing the fundamental, whereas some choose to remain ignorant. It is crucial to remember that he who is apathetic...

Posted Jan 8, 2016 at 11:01 PM

It might sound funny coming from a rabbi, but I tend to be slightly wary toward folks who choose to be religious leaders. It’s not that I don’t love fellow clergy members and feel they are brothers and sisters in arms (which I do).

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