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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Once again we will be treated to a rehash of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D. C. , on Au...

Who killed Cock Robin?

Ashland has a new T-shirt on the Railroad Park fence. Down by the tracks, 200 yards of T-shirts and signs memorialize African Americans lost in senseless killin...

Nip Bentz's Trump virus in the bud

Normally, we would give a grace period to a freshly sworn-in politician. But the actions and words of Rep. Cliff Bentz warrant not patience but condemnation. Ea...

Beware the Angels of Death on Biden's team

Joe Biden has nominated Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence and retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense - the first woman and African-Am...

Congratulations to election winners

As we wait for the results of the national election, one that shows a country very divided and struggling to find answers to deep challenges, I wanted to send a...

Vote no on Measure 109: psilocybin therapy

A few months ago, when a young woman with a clipboard asked me to sign a petition to put a measure on the November ballot legalizing the use of psilocybin, I fl...

Fire resiliency and streamside restoration

The recent Almeda fire was a destructive, wind-driven fire event that devastated the Bear Creek corridor from Ashland to South Medford. As a 20-year resident of...

Council should delay weighty decisions

Last year, I feared we were losing local representative government. But then citizens got a breath of hope: The canal project was rejected; voters said no by a ...