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Posted Aug 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The Medford City Council has, at long last, chosen a city manager. That's good news because the selection process is finally over. But councilors should not expect praise for a job that is more accurately described as finally done, rather than well done. There's unquestionably risk involved in the council's selection of Medford Parks Director Brian Sjothun, who has never held a city manager's job. He deserves the benefit of the doubt for the time being, with the hope that his...

Posted Aug 26, 2016 at 11:01 PM

A great deal has been said about the need for rigorous, independent research on gun violence. Tragically, little has been done about it. Congress' chokehold on funding such research is shameful. The idea behind gun violence research is...

Posted Aug 25, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Cheers — to the hundreds of firefighters working hard day and night to battle the wildfires now igniting around the region. We've been fortunate so far this summer to have avoided the huge conflagrations of the past couple of seasons, but,...

Posted Aug 24, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Alan DeBoer has his work cut out for him in his bid to succeed the late state Sen. Alan Bates. The numbers in Senate District 3 favor the Democratic nominee, Medford attorney and Talent resident Tonia Moro, although if any candidate has a shot at...

Posted Aug 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The addition of behavioral health specialists to local doctor's offices is part of a national trend. It's also part of the legacy of Sen. Alan Bates, who championed the concept of treating the whole patient. A story in Tuesday's Mail...

Posted Aug 20, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Sometimes it takes a new generation to expose the complacency of their elders. A couple of University of Oregon School of Journalism students did that very well when they set out to test the state's public records law in a very creative...

Posted Aug 19, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Not everybody wants a Walmart in Warrenton or any other regional city. It's a divisive issue and one some Warrenton residents share with people in other communities across the country who oppose the big-box behemoth for a variety of...

Posted Aug 18, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Jackson County Sheriff Corey Falls is eyeing some changes he can make to his department now, with existing resources, while he waits for the next funding cycle. That's a smart approach that should help him make the case for additional support...

Posted Aug 17, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The Medford School District continues to grapple with the reality of growing enrollment, and Superintendent Brian Shumate is recommending shifting sixth-graders into middle schools. That's a move that has been in the works since last year, when a...

Posted Aug 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Residents of local manufactured home parks owned by an out-of-state company are finding out the hard way that their parks are not the secure, long-term housing option they once were. Space rents are increasing, and some tenants fear being forced...

Posted Aug 15, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Jackson County Democrats have their work cut out for them in filling the vacancy left by the sudden death of Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford. The Jackson County commissioners have a simpler task, if they fulfill it in the spirit of serving the best...

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