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Do we deserve the president we get? And, as Alexis de Tocqueville once quipped, do we resemble our leaders? A troubling thought considering that Donald Trump has the temperament and syntax of a second-grade bully. Or, will opposition and adversity hone and clarify what is important and worthwhile in our

  For the cannabis industry in Oregon, 2016 started as a year of promise. Instead, it was year of roller coaster rides, and for some, dashed hopes and dreams. Medical growers and providers in Jackson County, one of the state’s largest producing counties, find themselves fighting the County for their right

RE: RE: Sarcastic Weed Dear Daniel MacSweeny: My name is Michael Johnson. I’m a cannabis grower in Southern Oregon, and I felt compelled to respond to your letter (December 15). It’s full of so many inaccuracies and biases, I felt it necessary to correct the record, and respond to your questions as

Before holiday break, a student at Ashland High School posted a message on Facebook that she had been sexually assaulted, and alleged that there were other “multiple” cases and a “rape culture” at the high school. The message set off a tense debate about the extent of sexual assault within

The standard joke about poor employment opportunities is that a person will end up as a fry cook at a fast food joint. Bizarrely, with the acumen of a “Saturday Night Live” skit, that joke became a potential national paradigm as president-elect Donald Trump selected Andy Pudzer as his potential

Re.: Giving Tuesday Wow! We just cannot thank you enough for hosting the Taste and Give event on Giving Tuesday. That brainchild was just another wonderful way that RVM touches the southern Oregon community. Since it was a new event we had no idea what to expect but RVM did

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to gift my mom, who was visiting from out of state, a specific CBD edible product. The calming caramel from Epic Edibles seemed like the perfect match as an alternative to the anti-anxiety pharmaceutical that she had been prescribed, but I couldn’t find them

The Messenger was pleased to host its inaugural Giving Tuesday event on November 29 at the Holly Theatre. We had a packed house and hosted 12 wonderful organizations from the region: RCC Foundation Collaborative Theatre Project Holly Theatre Rogue Farm Corps Maslow Music Matrix Grants Pass Pregnancy Care Center Hearts with

Editorial Note: I feel as if the basic rule of life is: Don’t be a jerk. It is a guiding principal. But for the past several months, someone or people have been jerking around our distribution boxes. Please stop. Or, do us a favor: If you see our boxes messed

Hope, to borrow a word from a previous election, has not been in grand supply after this recent election. Yes, at the presidential level, but also at the regional level in southern Oregon. Perhaps foremost the most discouraging and daunting results were the solid thumping taken by a proposed property