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Editorial note: We didn’t ask for poetry. But poetry is what we got. Re.: Unsolicited poetry SMOKE                                                                                         The curtain of smoke parted / for a short while, this morning, bringing relief / from burning eyes– not to be confused with / relief from burning fires. Suffering immeasurable, devastation

When the OLCC come to Southern Oregon University for its listening session, one of the final speakers to address the panel looked positively terrified as he approached the mic. “I’m concerned about whether criminal records will make it harder or make it so people can’t pass through the licensing,” he

Often when locals and outsiders alike consider southern Oregon, they start the conversation talking about the Ashland Shakespeare Festival and perhaps mentioning the Britt Fest. Maybe they even mention the burgeoning wine industry. All which are wonderful attributes and attractions for the region, and there are multiplier effects to the

In the words of Joan Rivers: “can we talk?” Though the fight for restorative justice in the wake of the drug war isn’t done—especially in Eastern Oregon—the writing’s on the wall for marijuana prohibition. Measure 91 is rolling along, other states are following suit, and dispensaries will soon be able

Somewhat quietly, and with little public attention, the newly enacted Board of Trustees for Southern Oregon University unanimously voted to extend the contract for interim President Roy Saigo beyond its expiration date of next June. Saigo has served as president for one complete academic year, and entere his second full

Re: Duck Disgrace Thank you for bringing attention to the deeply troubling University of Oregon rape case. Kudos to the two counseling center employees who blew the whistle on what ended up being a privacy law loophole that allowed the school’s lawyers to access the victim’s records, and to Wyden

With school returning, it is often a time for renewed school pride. But over the past 18 months, a story has been unfolding at the University of Oregon that casts a dark shadow over the state’s largest school—and, more directly, questions the importance placed on sports that has overwhelmed decency and morality. A year and half ago, a female student

  A central claim by cities around Oregon looking to rush backwards on marijuana, including Medford and Grants Pass, is that regulation—even banning—was required to regulate the offensive odor of marijuana. The absurdity of the claim was lampooned in May by Peter Walters of Pendleton, who wrote a letter to

Re: Constitutionality of Camping Bans In our last issue, The Messenger reported on a statement from the Department of Justice regarding a lawsuit against camping bans in Boise, Idaho, a statement which said they were a violation of the 8th Amendment to the U.S. constitution. We reached out to Medford

Re: The Bear Creek Greenway Sounds like the path is all but worthless to commuters. -Will Shapiro   Re: Six Bike Laws Drivers Need to Know I will follow the traffic laws concerning bikers, when bikers follow the traffic laws for being on the street. -Nikkoli David   If they