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‘Choices’ are limited; get the vaccine

Recently, we have seen significant blowback from our governor’s mandated vaccination for health care workers and teachers. The mantra of most is “loss of person...

The words of Galileo echo in 2021

There has always been a small minority of Americans whose political and health opinions were tinged with xenophobia, that were also strongly anti-science and an...

Drug treatment courts are an important tool

Adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system are more likely to have substance use problems than youths in the general population, according to a new Law...

mRNA vaccine was decades in the making

The tragedy of the infected, unimmunized population in Jackson County is overwhelming. Much has been written about the misinformation epidemic but nothing in my...

Keeping an eye on the coming war with China

Recent events in the Rogue Valley, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Almeda Fire, inequality, poverty, homelessness, climate change and our historic heat wave, mak...

OSF delivers the ‘unkindest cut of all’

Thirteen years after Angus Bowmer began the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, his wife Gertrude and a few of her friends organized a group to support the fledgling ...

Keep democracy in our town

Democracy has certain elements that must be in place in order to rightly function. A free society governed by its people is a social contract; for it to work, t...

Help wanted in Ashland City Hall

And then there were three. First City Attorney Dave Lohman retired. Then City Manager Pro Tem Adam Hanks resigned. And now Finance Director Melanie Purcell has ...