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Posted Jan 29, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The big story this week relates to the plutocratic machinations of everybody's favorite libertarian mega-billionaires, Charles and David Koch.At a recent gathering of top-dollar conservative activists in Palm Springs, Calif., spearheaded by the Kochs, led to an announcement of an anticipated $889 million war chest for the 2016 presidential race.To give you some idea of what this amount represents, the Republican and Democratic national committees in the 2012 presidential...

Posted Jan 27, 2015 at 11:01 PM

A close friend, Emily, called last week deeply worried following a holiday visit to her parents. The “amazing” 75-year olds from her last visit had begun to show frailty.It was little things that unnerved her. She had...

Posted Jan 25, 2015 at 11:01 PM

In an essay in the New York Times Magazine, Steve Almond wrote what has proven to be a prescient and insightful piece, titled, “Once Upon a Time, There Was a Person Who Said, ‘Once Upon a Time.’ ”Almond writes,...

Posted Jan 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Politicians rarely use the words “capitalism,” or “republic,” rather obscurely touting the virtues of “free markets,” and “democracy.” Our politics maintains an economy that indiscriminately...

Posted Jan 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and of the enactment of Medicare. Not long ago, a U.S. Supreme Court dominated by Republican appointees gutted the Voting Rights Act, and a Democratic president who never could...

Updated Jan 22, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Dear Canadian carbon moguls,We understand that you want to cut a 95-foot swath across southwestern Oregon and bury a pipeline so you can sell fracked natural gas to China. Now just hold on for a second. We have opinions about...

Posted Jan 18, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest mountain in all of Africa. It’s a craggy, imposing spire that reaches some 17,000 feet skyward, its summit stone and ice. There are 11 glaciers that encircle the mountain...

Posted Jan 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The South in which I grew up prided itself on its courtesy. The “Howdy” and “Y’all come back and see us” did make daily interactions more gentle than, say, in New Jersey. But our good manners were a patina, one...

Posted Jan 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

On Jan. 28, the public comment period for the Forest Service Environmental Assessment on the Ashland Trails project closes. This article will explain why all users of the Ashland Watershed should send in their comments before it’s too...

Posted Jan 13, 2015 at 11:01 PM

We are shocked that Southern Oregon University is proposing to replace its natural gas boilers with a highly polluting biomass cogeneration operation.Decades of effort by industrial sources and individuals has reduced the use of wood for...

Posted Jan 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

For the past several months I have been mentally composing a letter to the editor of this newspaper, complimenting you on the remarkable job you have done bringing the Tidings back to life as a readable and relevant community newspaper. I've been...

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