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What Do These Books Have in Common? The Bible, Harry Potter, To Kill Mockingbird, and 50 Shades of Grey.

Give up?

All have been banned!

To note “Banned Book Week” at the Medford Public Library (Sept. 22 – October 1), the Messenger is asking our readers: Do you have a story about a banned book? What would the world be without a specific book that has been banned? Check out the list of banned and challenged books at ALA.org, and write a short note, story or argument (250 words or less) about why one of your favorites reads should not be banned.

Selected letters will be published in our September 22 issue. The winning letter receives a $50 gift certificate to the Friends of the Medford Library Book Shop, plus a one-year Friends of the Medford Library membership; two noted letters each receive a one-year Friends of the Library membership and a free book from the Friends Book Shop.

Send entries to: Editorial@RogueValleyMessenger.com before 5 pm Friday, September 16. 

 

Re.: Women in Weed

I would love to extend my gratitude to all of you for showing the rolls that us women play in this amazing new industry. We are such a small percentage in a career field that is mostly dominated by men. I thoroughly appreciate you bring this to the public.

I also feel there is a woman who has been overlooked. She runs one of the most amazing clean green, 100% sungrown farms in southern Oregon. They have won the Cultivation Classic this year in Portland for the best THC Outdoor. Not once but also took home the 2nd n 5th place as well as 3rd n 4th for the 1:1 category. Not to brag but I really feel she should be honored for all her dedication and hard work. Check out Alter Farms.

– Vikki Lex
heymessenger1

Hey Messenger:
The “Hey Messenger” section of the RVM is pretty juvenile. I really don’t understand why a magazine like RVM would want to include questions about “taking a dump.” Are there just not enough questions coming in for Alex Owl to choose from? I think it might be better to leave out stupid questions all together (sic) than to answer something like that. I’m sure Alex is looking for the scary (sic) answer to things, much like the Willamette Week’s similar section, but snarky is just plain poor writing. “Hey Messenger” just seems out of line with the rest of Messenger until it can grow up a little. The Rogue Valley deserves more class.

-Chad D.

Hey Chad: When my editor sent me this, I was really excited to respond. Firstly, because it would give me a chance to tabulate every topic I have covered since February, which is when I started doing this. That sounded like fun! Secondly, because this provides a great opportunity to get more locals to write in, because you are sort of right, I do not get that many questions submitted yet. It is a new column and it underwent a possibly confusing makeover and name change in July (previously titled, “Return to Sender”). What you are probably wrong about however, is your general characterization of the column. I think this might be a bit harsh not only towards me, but towards your own community. I’m going to echo something everyone’s third grade teachers told us: “There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.” Even with most of the sillier questions, I managed to weave in an academic theory and/or citation.

It is understandable that it took one of the more ridiculous submissions for you to notice I’m here; after all, it was attention grabbing. However, does that say more about you, or the column?
Well, let’s take a look at the evidence. I am nothing, if not an evidenced-based, science loving nerd.

Here are all of the topics we’ve previously covered:

-Socially acceptable terms for private parts

-Breakups and Facebook friend requests

-Mental health crises

-A fiancé’s racist family

-Flat Earth and the possibility of NASA tricking us all

-A snoopy girlfriend

-Setting up the father-in-law with a coworker

-Telling a best friend something that is against their beliefs

-Restaurant recommendations

-“Free the Nipple” campaign

-The possibility of “missing out on life” when you marry very young

-Pansexuality

-Calling out a friend on social media when he says “stupid” things

-A tutor pondering the ethical dilemmas of teaching students how to code when they want to use the information to run online scams

-Orthorexia in the yoga community

-A woman wondering what to do about her guy commenting on other women in public

-Moving in for the first time with a girlfriend

-Feminism and Hillary Clinton

-The difference between “psychopath” and “sociopath”

-The difference between “value” and “price”

-Confessing feelings to another, only to be ignored the next day

-Is being content enough to stay in a relationship?

-What the heck is Pokémon Go?

-That meth head asking about confessing a secret and the kid who spit in his fries

-Why do they call it “taking a dump” and not “leaving a dump?”

You know this last one, but I think you seriously missed the point. Poop is just a placeholder. This question was entirely about grammar, and it was a damn fine one. One last thing: There is a piece I think you should read called “Toilet Psychology” (2012). It is published on the British Psychological Society’s website. Chair of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne Nick Haslam provides a rich background regarding the taboo of excretion and why it should be flushed. I suspect the article will also provide some insight into why the “taking a dump” question bothered you so much.

 

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