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LETTERS: March 17th Issue

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Re: Rogue Sound

The Legendary Goodtimes are a great band I thoroughly enjoy recording! Buy this CD album, you will love it. Just one correction, the band recorded their two albums with Mark Thomas Johnson at Bluejay Productions in Jacksonville, Oregon.

 

Re: Dining Guide

Just like to submit a correction/complaint. In your latest restaurant guide you seemingly exhaustively list all the “restaurants” around, from decidedly good (Smithfields, Sammich) to decidedly not (Oberon’s, Rocky Tonk). Do you guys publish letters to the editor or ever think about polling locals online? You guys left out some of the quintessential Ashland eateries (Beasy, Happy Bowl) as well as the most popular and local-loving places in town (La Tap, Martolli’s—for Gods sake!). Ashland doesn’t have much going for it but it does take pride in its food; it’d be cool to see you guys brag a little more objectively about the best places rather than a little bit about a bunch of mediocre ones (Rocky Tonk?? Really??). Just an idea, from on (sic) journalist and southern Oregonian to another. Otherwise love your guys’ publication. Cheers!

JD Anderson

 

Re: Water Quality

The huge methane leak in Porter Ranch California and toxic water in Flint, Michigan are two faces of one problem. Thoughtless actions of malfeasance by both industry and government, fueled by profit motive with little sense of consequence have led us to an untenable future.

The naysayers have finally lost ground publicly as more and more proof of climate change comes to the forefront. Even today the oil and gas industry, and political cronies alike misinform the public, attack climate activists, and control large swaths of government.

Corporate and government negligence with aging Infrastructure put us all at risk. There are many thousand active and ‘sealed’ oil and natural gas wells destined to fail in the U.S. alone! Global water reserves will be affected without drastic action. This is not an exaggeration. All wells are destined to fail eventually according to oil industry scientists.

If we do not greatly reduce greenhouse gases soon, and act to protect the environment, Mankind itself may well perish.

Let us not have man’s epitaph be that “Hubris and Greed Sealed their Fate.”

Please support Healthy Climate legislation and education in Oregon and worldwide.

– Douglas Peterson

 

RETURN2SENDER

 Hey Messenger: I just had a question after I have been doing some small kine research…

Do you think with all the science we are provided by NASA that the Earth can and is scientifically a round sphere spinning 1000 mph? Why or why not? 

Aloha!

– Jerry Burger 

Hello Mr. Burger: “Small kine” research, huh? Proves you aren’t just saying “aloha” to be cute. I didn’t know we had any Hawaiians reading the Messenger. Anyway, evidence from NASA is not even necessary to show us the Earth is in fact a globe. People were able to figure this out more than 2,000 years ago using some pretty damn basic geometry and even more basic visual observations. Believing the world is anything BUT a globe takes some serious mental gymnastics.

Occam’s razor is a problem-solving principle and tool gifted to us in the 13th century by a logic-loving friar. It basically states that the simplest answer is typically the best. Let me clarify. In situations involving scientific inquiry, “simple” means involving a minimal amount of steps, premises, assumptions, or demonstrations. To bring this back to the question, Flat Earthers have to rely on a bunch of ad hoc explanations and assumptions to make anything they say make sense, colloquially known as mental gymnastics. Other than being a key feature of every conspiracy theory ever, this is also a sure sign of someone bullshitting you, in ALL contexts.
Apply Occam’s razor to your life, today!


Hey Messenger: So my girlfriend of three years doesn’t trust me. She checks my phone and reads my texts. I’m also pretty sure she reads my Facebook, but there is nothing there to read. At least nothing incriminating. Does this mean she doesn’t really care about me, love me, etc? I have checked her phone like once, only to see what the appeal is. I just don’t get it.

Hello Sir or Madam: This has nothing to do with love. The things you described are common behaviors of people who score highly in the trait of Neuroticism. Neuroticism is characterized by depressiveness, anxiety, fear, worry, and general emotional instability. Stress is often not handled well by the neurotic individual. There is even evidence of a physiological response difference to stress (compared to those who score low on it), such as elevated heart rates, perspiration, and faster breathing. This is simply a personality trait; it is not inherently pathological. Research also indicates it can be a risk factor for mood or anxiety disorders.

If you want to make the situation better, you can give her more reasons to feel safe. You are not, of course, obligated to do so, but if you love her, you might want to try. Being an open book is your best bet when it comes to loving a neurotic partner. If you’ve already been doing this, then you may want to have a face-to-face discussion, preferably with a mediator/counselor present. There may be a concrete reason for the snoopy behavior that you are not aware of. Alternatively, she may actually have a problem and need medication or therapy. Either way, you should get an expert involved who will be able to suss out which it is.

So to sum up, she 1) is simply neurotic, 2) has a reason you don’t know about or aren’t admitting, or 3) has a mood disorder.

 

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    Holly Christiansen
    March 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    Great article on the state of Bear Creek. Unfortunately, as a cover story, it’s impact and seriousness might have been lost when paired with that issue’s cover photo, which left me confused and full of questions. Is she the spokesperson for Bear Creek? If the creek’s so polluted, why would anyone fish in it, in their underwear? Or are you trying to imply that women in lingerie and waders are somehow responsible for Bear Creek’s problems? Are there really no compelling photos of women in their work clothes, doing scientific field work along a stream or taking water samples from a creek, and can you imagine the difference in curiosity and conversation that could have made for children seeing that cover instead?

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    Mary Boucher
    March 21, 2016 at 8:55 am — Reply

    Messenger,

    Did you know it is ILLEGAL TO FISH IN THE BEAR CREEK? One would think that somewhere in all your extensive research you would have come across that fact. If that compelling cover photo is your daughter or girlfriend, please inform her and her buddies.

    For the sake of your advertisers and readers, take your publication seriously, sticking to the relevant issues and leave your neandrathal pinup girls at home in your man-cave.

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    Alex
    March 24, 2016 at 7:30 am — Reply

    I loved the cover. It was hilarious and an obvious metaphor. I understood it completely, but I also suspected it would be criticized in the ways stated in the other comments.
    Neanderthals* are important contributors to Homo Sapien DNA. We all have Neanderthal genes in our genetics, especially white Europeans. It is important to not promote stereotypes which paint Neanderthals as “less than” or “inferior.” They had art, funeral rites, and societal organization,
    Thank you, Mary.

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