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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

It sucks to beg. But the Messenger needs your support. Will write record reviews for change? Spare a $5-a-month membership for news coverage? Why lie? We want your money so we can write beer reviews! For the past few issues, the Messenger has been promoting its membership program. Just like

Publisher’s Note: From time to time, we simply are tired of our own voice and open this page to a dutiful reader. In the spirit of democracy, this is a op-ed submitted about Measure 17.81 by Chris Hall. In the upcoming Josephine County Special Election, Measure 17.81 asks voters about

CORRECTION: In the profile of Ted Helard in our last issue, we incorrectly identified Ted’s wife. Her name is Heather.   Re.: GMOs Everyone in Southern Oregon is appalled and disgusted by the Williams anti-science festival The Beet Goes On, who seeks a “GMO-Free Oregon,” to forcibly stop farmers from

Earlier this month, the esteemed Pulitzer Prizes were handed out for excellence in journalism. Mixed in with the big dogs and usual suspects is a small newspaper, The Storm Lake Times, a twice-weekly newspaper in Iowa. The circulation for the newspaper is smaller than the Messenger. The editor won the