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Posted Feb 24, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Mayor John Stromberg's Council Corner column and his earlier, Jan. 27, State of the City speech present a very positive message, but I would offer some cautionary notes.City documents and those published elsewhere are clear — Ashland’s growth rate has been and is projected at only 0.75 percent annually. The 20-year population increase would be about 15 percent — 3,150 souls — based on the current population of 21,000. There are allusions...

Posted Feb 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

For decades, we’ve feared potential terrorist contamination of our water supplies. But spraying poisons on our roads, farms and forests for mere weed control? — Legal, throughout the state.The following example is but a...

Posted Feb 8, 2015 at 11:01 PM

 Part TwoOur public schools are potentially the most potent and constructive platform available for impacting the lives of our children.Schools are where the vast majority of our children go each day and...

Posted Feb 6, 2015 at 11:01 PM

What is up with the Jackson County Board of Commissioners' failure to understand the clearly written law that states “no county or city of this state shall impose any fee or tax … in connection with the purchase, sale, production,...

Posted Feb 6, 2015 at 11:01 PM

If you cherish peace, Jan. 27 was a good day. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., announced that he would stop pressing for new economic sanctions on Iran. Since removal of existing sanctions is the Western powers’ carrot in the negotiations over...

Posted Feb 3, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The intent of this message is to remind my health care colleagues how crucial it is for us to value constructive feedback and conduct periodic self-assessments of our own practice. I also wish to let patients and families know more about what...

Posted Feb 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I, too, attended the public meeting in Medford on Jan. 22 organized by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, which included a representative of the Army Corps of Engineers on the panel of officials.What was encouraging about this...

Updated Feb 6, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Part OneIn a recent interview on CBS, conducted just after President Obama’s State of the Union address, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the leaders of the Republican majority...

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...

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,...

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