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Posted Jul 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The Ashland Springs Hotel celebrated its 90th birthday on Wednesday, but the venerable downtown landmark nearly succumbed to mismanagement and neglect when it was 73, surviving that long only through a succession of miracles and near-death experiences.Opened to great fanfare in 1925 as the Lithia Springs Hotel, the nine-story structure was renamed the Mark Antony in 1960 to capitalize on the success of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It was supposed to offer travelers an elegant...

Posted Jul 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

As far back as 1895, one of the most famous authors and playwrights in world history described his feelings for Lord Alfred Douglas as "the love that dare not speak its name." Shortly thereafter, Oscar Wilde was summarily labeled a "sodomite" and...

Posted Jul 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

When people begin their responses with, “Of course I feel sorry for those people, but ...” I know they don’t feel sorry for “those people” (itself a tell-tale phrase) They’re not feeling at all. Instead,...

Posted Jul 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

With record-setting temperatures, continuing drought conditions and no relief in sight, the city’s 2010 decision to ban the use of fireworks is more relevant and appropriate than ever.The fireworks ban along with seasonal fire...

Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court was extremely busy this term, or so it seemed.  The court made big news with decisions upholding Obamacare and same-sex marriage.However, this past month the court also unleashed a flurry of less high-profile...

Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Dave Granlund cartoon on the Fourth.

Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 9:56 AM

“Unacceptable,” is how President François Hollande of France describes current revelations regarding extensive spying by the United States government. Wikileaks files regarding France published in June reveal the U.S.

Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Don Landgren cartoon about Puerto Rican debt.

Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 7:58 AM

Last week was filled with overwhelming displays of faith. My housing agency hosted a group of approximately 375 youths and 75 adult missionaries who completed a repair week for 58 homes in Davidson County, North Carolina, but I...

Posted Jul 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Throw out  your cellphones.That's our message to the latest group of not-in-my-backyard cell tower opponents. This time, it's not radiation harm for which there is no evidence, or the distraction of a blinking light to warn aircraft...

Posted Jul 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Why haven’t I ever seen a cannabis op-ed from NORML or Paul Armentano, the deputy director, in your paper?Believe it or not, there are thousands of studies conducted over 50-plus years disproving everything the prohibitioists...

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