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Don’t Shoot the Messenger

A lot of media attention in the national presidential race has been paid to the petty insults and personal jabs. The rancor has been most pronounced in Republican debates, which have atrophied into shouting matches, with candidates insulting hand sizes and manhood—and, ultimately, violating the first rule of debating, which

Reading over the results for the second annual Readers’ Choice Best of Rogue Valley survey was insightful about residents’ likes and loyalties. By and large, there were very few runaway winners in most categories; instead, we found that our readers spread their votes over dozens of personal choices and favorites.

Tourism can be an ugly word. During the most recent Super Bowl, hosted at Levi Stadium south of San Francisco, the city once known for art, love and tolerance took a decidedly different tact and reportedly pushed out homeless men and women to “clean up” the city for tourists visiting

The name of the study is foreboding: “Sentenced to Debt: The Hidden Costs of Unaffordable Education.” But, released earlier this month, the report perhaps doesn’t bang the alarm bells loudly enough. Compiled by Oregon Action and Alliance for a Just Society of Southern Oregon and Rogue Community College, the report

Ever since a motley crew of anti-federal government militia settled into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, there has been a certain amount of chiding about the so-called Oath Keepers, most cleverly done (in our opinion) by Portland-based Colin Meloy, the lead singer for the Decembrists, who posted six hours of

A year ago, Caitlin Jenner was still Bruce, and Donald Trump was a reality TV show shtick, not a possible reality for America—and both of those individual changes mark significant changes over the past year. Gender politics have evolved quickly over the past two years with same-sex marriage receiving its

I attended college in a small town in Vermont. It was a tight enough knit community that the cashier at my bank also moonlighted as a waitress, and knew me—and my account—well enough that she once advised me to order a less expensive dinner because she knew I should budget

My great-great-great uncle was Thorstein Veblen, a name that comes and goes as a vogue economist. In 1899, he wrote Theory of the Leisure Class, a book that effectively predicted the rise of American yuppie a century in advance—and expressed a grave concern that Americans were being increasingly driven by

Throughout the autumn, a small organization with a big idea, Hatch Oregon, has been making stops around Oregon, with early November appearances in Grants Pass, Medford and Ashland at Swing Tree Brewing. At each stop, they highlighted what they call a “rockstar entrepreneur,” in particular, a company that is taking

A month ago, three artists presented their ideas for art pieces to stand sentry at the south end of Ashland. It has been a long path to reach this point—nearly a decade in the planning and process. Shortly after those public presentations, a panel of local artists and art critics