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Going Rogue Southern Oregon’s cast of Fourth of July parades are organized by local chambers of commerce. To participate, you fill out some forms and pay some fees. But this is the land of the free, and if you want to qualify as one of the brave, then toss bureaucracy

Baked America In Europe they use the metric system, but here in ‘Merrica, the primary unit of measurements are mom and apple pie. And since it would be weird to write about the five best moms available at local restaurants this Fourth of July, we’re going to focus on that lovely

All the Fourth Fit to Print There are some holidays that are ginned up by greeting card companies. Other you could easily sleep through without missing much. Between every high school student in the county marching down the street blowing a trombone, the copious wearing of red and white pinstriped

We do our best to be informative here at The Messenger, to offer our readers the inside civic and cultural info they need to be super-citizens of the Rogue Valley, things like how upcoming elections will affect you and what upcoming live music you don’t want to miss. But it’s

Shelter by Robert Winters The other Robots shunned Seemore. They considered it a snob, an oddball, and possibly deranged. And they loathed it in some inexplicable fashion because it refused to choose a gender. “That’s so anthro,” Seemore said, “I don’t reproduce, so…?” Its human owner had set it free

Walkabout by Vanessa Newman “It’s all about perspective,” said Dr. Reed to the well-groomed woman sitting poised in front of him. “That is your best medical opinion?” she responded without the emotion this statement deserved. “Last week mother bought sandals and insisted that she was traipsing around Greece. She would

Robots, Man. Robots by Erik Blanchard   The Japanese were the first to go. After all, they invented the iSlut. They were at ground zero. That island nation devolved from technical giant to masturbatory bliss terrifyingly fast. China was next. The rest of us bought them as soon as we