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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

Who’s To Blame? In last issue’s Publisher Note, we wrote about the recent con by which Southern Oregon University was scammed of $1.9 million when someone or persons apparently requested funds wired to a bank account as partial payment for construction of the school’s new gym. In the column, we

RE.: Peter Courtney Is Peter Courtney, Senate President of the Oregon legislature, paying attention? Does he realize he represents all Oregonians in his leadership position? There is a subject about which I would like him to stop dilly-dallying around and assume leadership. We are aware that Oregon is lagging in

Re.: No Love For Trump Editor: Remember the Bush-Cheney Golden Oldies: “Mission Accomplished;” an attack coming in ‘the form of a mushroom cloud;’ ‘your problem is living in a reality based universe – we create our own reality.’  Their lies and pro-business anti-environmental and anti-human health policies cost money and lives

It is difficult to pinpoint the number of visitors to the “great outdoors” each year in America. The National Parks report some 300 million each year, which include people heading out to some 400 parks, the likes of Yosemite and Glacier. But National Parks are different from National Forests, which

Re.: Our Beer Reviewers’ Pontification for Marco-Beers Charles is entirely correct! Craft brewers have wandered away from beer fundamentals and exploded their brand ranges. Even vaunted pioneers like Sierra Nevada yielded to this siren song and locals such as Caldera illustrate a special brand of madness in their 40+ named

Re.: GMOs Dear Rogue Valley Messenger, One wonders what provoked Issac Baranoff to say we are conspiracy theorists? Organic consumers like me don’t buy things like that. Mr. Baranoff’s opinion is an absurd notion, and it is scientifically incorrect. Listen to me. When the going got tough for our local