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Posted Aug 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Aug. 25 marks the centennial of the National Park Service. National Parks, including nearby Crater Lake, has held celebration events this summer to commemorate President Woodrow Wilson signing the congressional law known as the Organic Act on Aug. 25, 1916. That law created the NPS and its mission to "conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and ... leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” I have worked as a...

Posted Aug 22, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Mine is an Ashland love story. I grew up visiting my grandparents here after trips down the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. In September 2002 I arrived at SOU a college freshman. Within days, I met the woman who is now my wife, Jill. We courted and...

Posted Aug 14, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Some thoughts about how to decide who to vote for: Some voters say, "I just don't trust Hillary." When asked why, specifics are hard to come by, but names like Whitewater, Benghazi and, most recently, the several email debacles come up. A...

Posted Aug 12, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Ashlanders have a reputation for thinking of themselves as open-minded, tolerant individuals who want Ashland to be a liberal community where discussion can flourish and nobody gets their feelings hurt. That sounds idyllic, but it is...

Posted Aug 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I feel confused by the objections and actions taken by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to boycott the downtown Ashland Shakespeare bookstore because of its provocative window display of some banned books. The undisputed "offensive" content...

Posted Aug 7, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Jews and Catholics share a reputation as being masters of guilt-induction. Daniel Murphy and I chuckled at this when we saw the heading of the latest chapter — “Guilt” — in "On Heaven and Earth," the excellent book of...

Posted Aug 3, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Editor's note: This was written in response to the letter to the Ashland community from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  I was struck by this paragraph in your recent open letter to our community: "You may have heard by...

Posted Aug 2, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Ten years ago, 38 members of our Rogue Valley Peace Choir sang at sunset on Aug. 6 by a river in Hiroshima. Organized by a local survivor of that history-changing bomb, our peace journey prodded us to think deeply about nuclear weapons, a horrid...

Posted Jul 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM

"[I am] a fool who believes that death is waste and love is sweet and that the earth turns and men change every day and that rivers run and that people wanna be better than they are and that flowers smell good and that I hurt terribly today,...

Posted Jul 26, 2016 at 11:01 PM

There have been various attempts to explain Donald Trump's appeal. Any adequate explanation needs to recognize how he summons within us a set of instincts which, if we are not careful, can override our more advanced processes of thinking and...

Posted Jul 20, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Jeffrey Gillespie writes a consistently stimulating column — one of his best was the recent "Failure to launch." Let me add my own postscript to what Jeffrey had to say about HRC and the millenials: The Dems have about a week to...

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