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LETTERS: July 28th Issue

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Re.: The Day The Music Died (in Ashland)

A music scene is not defined by a single genre of music and calling it dead is a disservice to the musicians and the venues that work successfully at providing it. Venues come and go in this valley rest assured there will be something to replace the ones recently closed. But it takes and audience to make it work.

The music in Ashland and the Valley is far from dead. Get out and listen I think you will be pleasantly surprised


Re.: From Bad To Worse (Josephine’s fiscal year)

There is enough money from marijuana taxes if the town would allow dispensaries to take care of theses issues. Wake up town of Grants Pass!

– Clearysage Roe


What about the Tax assessors and permit code enforcement people they are hiring? They are taxing any improvement over $10,000 done on a property.

– Clera Marney


Re.: Cartoons

“Hi my name is Ruth, and I was able to get one of your magazines, I guess, to read through it. I actually usually don’t ever really read, you know, one of these magazines but I see that there was a cartoon that said “don’t let trump become President. I just wanna let you know I am a Trump supporter. I’m a Christian, and I’m also Latina, and I it’s very, you know, I’m all up for a good joke. You know, but if you’re gonna get political. I’d really recommend doing both sides and making them political and if you’re gonna be anti-one the one candidate, you gotta be anti-the other. It has to be fair. You know any everybody has a right to see what they say. But you are, like, the newspaper. You should be non-partisan. You should be extremely neutral and you should offer both sides, not just one side. I believe things like this create divisiveness. To be honest, I would have been all ha-ha-ha, if you had put something about the other candidate. My recommendation is, stay out of politics all together. If you’re going to put down one candidate, you have to put down the other. You are a newspaper; well, a form of a newspaper.”

(received by voicemail, from a 661 area code; Santa Barbara area, in case you’re wondering)




Hey Messenger: Can you explain the Pokémon thing and why people just stand around downtown Ashland playing it? I noticed there are tons of them in front of the Rotary Club. What are they doing? Kids these days waste so much time.

Dear Jim: What are they doing? They are playing the game, silly! I am sorry if people having fun upset you, but not everyone in this town can be into hacky sack and crystal cleansing in the park. I would remind you that this town does not have much to do for those under the age of 21. I would also remind you that it is wholesome fun, which is probably keeping many kids from drinking or doing drugs. Pokémon Go is getting people out of the house and moving, many of whom otherwise would not. The lazy people are getting a workout and the introverts are socializing more than ever! For now, it seems mostly positive.

As for the Rotary Club in downtown, it is my understanding that it is very close to both a PokéStop and a gym. A PokéStop is a place that players need to go to replenish their supplies, i.e., the items they need to play the game, such as the Pokéballs. You need these balls to catch the Pokémon. Some Pokémon are very common, such as Rattata and Pidgey. Rats and pigeons, makes sense, right? Other Pokémon are quite rare, some of which have yet to be seen or caught. A gym is where players go to train and do battle, both activities level the gym the same way a player levels. A new gym starts with just one Pokémon guarding it, and as it levels, the team holding it can place more and more Pokémon. I know the gym at the Breadboard currently has three, but bigger gyms can have ten. The winner of the battle “holds” the gym, until a more powerful trainer (player) comes along from another team and beats their Pokémon. It is the goal of each team to dominate as many gyms as possible. There are three teams, Valor (red), Mystic (blue), and Instinct (yellow). I do not know much about the south side of town, but on the north side where I live, it is mostly yellow and blue fighting over the gyms. A server at a local sushi joint is an avid player, and mentioned that in Ashland, the hippies are the blue team, the jocks are the red team, and the nerds are the yellow team. People who do not fit any of these categories tend to go with blue. This might explain red’s lack of presence in our town. Try as SOU might, this just really is not a town for sports. Alas, this is only a hypothesis. Further data collection is necessary.

It is worth noting that Mystic (blue) is the most popular team nation-wide. At presstime, reports put Mystic at 43 percent of all players, Valor with 32 percent, and Instinct with 25. Gender wise, it is 60 percent male and 40 female. The age demographic show that 54 percent of players are 13-25, with 25 being 25-35. Pokémon Go has also surpassed Candy Crush Saga as “biggest U.S. mobile game ever,” but barely. Now I am just wondering, why does no one complain about those 20 million people crushing up fake pieces of candy? Is it simply because Pokémon Go players are generally younger? Or is it because we can actually see them playing?


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