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LETTERS: August 11th Issue

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Editor’s note and correction: Well, what did you expect? We were out drinking when we wrote our cocktail guide for last issue. Field work! But we do we do truly regret the mix-up on mixed drinks. The Play It, Sam and William S. Burroughs are signature cocktails from Jen Akin at Alchemy Restaurant. We regret not giving credit where due. (Although both drinks are not currently available, for a summer Manhattan variation, Akins recommends the Elemakule and the Sea: Rittenhouse 100 proof Rye Whiskey, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Averna, Ginger Liqueur, and Elemakule Tiki Bitters. For a tequila cocktail, she points to the Charley Bates, a riff on a traditional mule with tequila, mezcal, Benedictine, lemon, cardamom bitters and ginger beer.)


Re.: Drinking Through the Decades

To the editor and fans of cocktails everywhere: First of all, we in the Southern Oregon US Bartender’s Guild (USBG) are very pleased to see cocktail culture receive some attention. We are passionate about what we do and remain dedicated to ensuring that people who love good drinks never have to settle for the likes of a poorly made cocktail. We are especially pleased that so many local establishments were given credit for continuing the storied tradition of cocktailing.

However, we were disappointed by a lack of information and, in some areas, misrepresentation about the cocktails that were shown and named. Pictures were misattributed (the Negroni and Manhattan pictures were switched), local drinks were misattributed (drinks from one bar were attributed to another bar’s menu), and the histories of many classics were either vague or downright incorrect.

Our intention here isn’t to nitpick, but rather to inform. There are many resources for cocktail aficionados, home bartenders, and otherwise interested parties. We recommend starting with the book “Imbibe!” by David Wondrich or checking out the International Bartender’s Association at www.iba-world.com. Both dive into the rich history of spirits and the things people do with them.

Part of living well is eating well and drinking well. A solid understanding of and appreciation for the classics, as well as for the culture and the profession, is the entryway into one of the most rewarding and delicious aspects of a good life. We cordially invite you to enjoy life with us.

Sincerely, The USBG of Southern Oregon


Re.: Personal Ads

I wish there was a section for Personal Ads. There is so much space used for other self-care. Food, alcohol, cannabis. What about old fashion companion search?

– Michelle Hall


Re.: Real Life > Pokemon

Kudos on the last issue, Macivor’s piece on local youth giving voice to climate justice was much appreciated. Its heartening to see a diverse group of young activists, especially those from the Klamath River native communitites, standing up for clean water, healthy salmon runs and sustainable communities. Hooray for conscious kids!

Also couldn’t help but notice the “Advice From the Rogue Valley Messenger” in which Alex Owl makes the case for immersion in the virtual world of Pokemon Go as an antidote to youth drinking, drug use and lack of exercise. 

I’m guessing that the young heroes highlighted in your climate justice piece, who are fighting for their futures and their communities, don’t need to stare at a cell phone all day chasing virtual Pokeballs in order to avoid a life of drugs and sloth. 

– George Sexton




Hey Messenger: Last week the fam bam tried to pin a meth deal on my buddy. He’s my fam too, so I was upset. He doesn’t know I agreed to the plan, though. Should I ever tell him?

Dear S.M.: Tried? I am assuming that means you all failed, and he is now walking around a free man and probably pretty pissed off. I know honesty is the best policy usually, but I would leave this alone. Maybe you should just learn from your mistakes and not pin drug deals on people. What the hell is that, anyway?


Hey Messenger: Ok wait, so I got this other question. My lady has a kid and the kid doesn’t like me. One time he spit on my fries. I’m not kidding. I think he is a brat but he’s not my kid so I can’t slap him or nothing. Advice?


Dear S.M: DO NOT SLAP THE CHILD. I REPEAT, DO NOT SLAP THE CHILD. If he spits in your food again, tell him that this is not acceptable behavior and you will tell his mother. But please, never hit a child, even if it is yours. All recent research points to physical punishment as ineffective and even harmful later in life. Is his mother slapping him? Is that is why you think this is a normal response? If so, this could be at least part of the reason he is acting out.

Maybe instead of being angry you can have empathy for him.


Hey Messenger: Why do they call it taking a dump and not leaving a dump? After all, you’re not really taking it anywhere.

-Nick K.

Dear Nick: There are many instances of this in our language. For example, we “take a vacation” and we “take a break.” This is an acceptable usage because “to take” also means,to undertake.” “Taking” in this sense refers to taking time to do something, whether it is pooping or something else. In any case, time is a crucial element. The “dumping” refers to the action you are taking time to complete, not the physical dump itself. I hope this clears up the confusion, if this confusion is in fact sincere. (I am thinking it is not!)

At the same time, you are right in a certain sense to point to this phrase as unique. I am sitting here trying to think of examples where “take” involves leaving something behind, such as a poop, but I can’t. While “taking out the trash” does involve leaving something behind, it would not count because it is referring to the other definition of to take, in which you are physically removing something.


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