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Pot is legal! Hooray! Now get back to work. Oh, sorry. You thought this fight was over? Not by a long shot. Let’s start with the obvious: it’s still illegal federally. So long as that’s the case, then state legalization is at risk. Not to mention all the other issues

I’ve never gotten over the feeling of March 3, 2004. I was walking through downtown Portland, enjoying a beautiful—for Portland—spring day. And while the sun was sort of shining and birds were chirping, there was something else: an electricity to the air. Everywhere there were people running and smiling, positively

ARIES (March 21-April 19): How can you fulfill your potential as an Aries? What strategies will help you become the best Aries you can possibly be? Now is an excellent time to meditate on these riddles. One of my Aries readers, Mickki Langston, has some stellar tips to inspire you:

Re: Your response to “Sterling,” who responded to “Bugsy” In your response to “Sterling,” who wrote to you re: Harvest According to “Bugsy,” you wrote this: “We welcome all letters, no matter how venomless or foundationless.” (And now, a side-thought: did you really mean “venomless” or did you mean “venomous”?

Because of the old gal’s 239th birthday on July 4, The Messenger decided to dedicate this issue to America, loading it up with DIY parade float ideas and apple pie, even if only because America could use a bit of encouragement to get through what has been, let’s say, a challenging

Are you ready everyone? Can you hear “A Whole New World,” running on repeat in your head? Because the NASA blastoff countdown has begun. This will be the last appearance of Don’t Smoke the Messenger published while pot is still illegal. As of July 1, growing, possession and consumption will

Re: Local Little League Still Striving for Gender Equity Equality is not an issue with boys and girls youth baseball/softball programs. It’s the lack of population and the interest in our local baseball/softball programs. More boys play baseball than girls. The girls Little League Softball program does have a season

I really wanted to use this week’s column to write about beer, about how it’s the fastest growing industry in the valley and how cool it is that punk rock home-chemistry experiments have turned something that tasted like Budweiser to something that tastes like magic. But instead I have to

A friend of mine works as a forester. He was recently on the job near Cave Junction when a man come out of the woods and demanded the crew vamoose or he’d get his gun. They didn’t leave and he made good on his threat, chasing the foresters off with

Re: Junk Science The last issue of The Rogue Valley Messenger contained an article by a quack calling himself a “naturopathic physician,” who absurdly advocates “[deciding] on two vegetables to consume—of two different colors“—what? WHY? This makes no logical sense. The quack continues to advocate “two handfuls of raw nuts”—wouldn’t