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RE: Response to Nazel Pickens letter (Antifa) In the last issue of the Messenger, Nazel Pickens wrote a letter regarding his interaction with folks at Johnny B’s about a band named The Mentors. Straying from the primary content of his letter I’d like to correct something he wrote. He wrote that Antifa is

The 2017 Third Oregon Climate Assessment Report concludes: “Oregon is warming and the consequences are, and will be, notable.” No shit.   This summer, nearly two dozen forest fires are still burning in Oregon, and some 400,000 acres in the state, from the Columbia Gorge to the California border, have

RE: Our Music Editor There is a LOT of music he isn’t fond of and likes to describe in rude comments, which is why I don’t bother to read his columns. Rather than “Music Editor” perhaps he should be retitled “Only Specific Kinds of Music Editor.” Maureen Soar   RE.:

Last week, Southern Oregon University announced that the new athletic pavilion will be named after the DeBoer family—as in, the family that founded and owns Lithia Motors. In 1946, in the years before car culture really expanded throughout the United States, Walt DeBoer founded the company. They only sold 14

For the past few years, the Holly Theater in Medford has been raising funds, with the looming promise to restore a grand theater back to glory—and then some. Early last week, that promise seemed to continue to inch towards reality, with a Walk of Fame style event recognizing their major

RE.: Weed Laws Vice laws are, in general, dumb, good for nobody, and strips liberty from people that are supposed to be “free.”.‬‬ Demetri Stewart   With Session as AG, I wish them the best of luck. He’s returning us to the 80s ‘Just Say No’ days. While it’s legal

Let’s start obvious. Tax money. Cannabis in Oregon is taxed on the absurdly heavy side (20 percent) and as other states legalize, it will be unsustainable. But hey, we’re trying to get our foot in the door and when we hear that 40 percent goes to the common school fund,

RE.: An Elegy: Felsen’s Beginnings Were Narrowly Avoided Tragedy Great band! Found Andrew and Felsen through a friend in the East Bay several years ago and really dig his music. I mentioned to him how they remind me of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker on certain songs, turns out he had

Horse Sense In the final race of the day on July 9 at Grants Pass Downs, the horse Storm on the River charged down the final stretch of the track and opened up several lengths of space for a come-from-behind win. It was an exciting race, but perhaps most curious,

RE: Climate Change About little are climate scientists more confident than that global warming is happening at an alarming rate and that human-induced emissions of climate pollution is responsible. This phenomenon poses an existential threat to humanity because climate projections suggest greenhouse gas emissions may dramatically compromise not only global natural