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Posted Feb 25, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Higher education has long been the part of Oregon's public education system that gets plenty of lip service but little love in the form of state financial support. If Oregon ever hopes to realize its lofty goal of "40-40-20," it had better put its money where its mouth is.The numerical reference is to the officially adopted policy of seeing to it that 40 percent of Oregon adults will hold a four-year college degree, 40 percent will have a two-year associate degree or professional...

Posted Feb 24, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Owners of second-hand stores were caught by surprise by a new city ordinance requiring them to photograph everything they buy and submit it to police to help catch thieves and burglars trying to profit from their crimes. It was an unintended...

Posted Feb 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The Medford City Council made the right call last week when councilors agreed to pursue a plan to feed the homeless next to the Salvation Army thrift store on North Central Avenue. With sufficient conditions to address neighbors' concerns, the...

Posted Feb 21, 2015 at 11:01 PM

An old saying goes something like, "The right to swing your fist ends at my nose." For would-be marijuana growers, perhaps the saying should be, "The right to grow your pot wherever you want ends at my nose."That's essentially what Ashland...

Posted Feb 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Eugene Register-GuardAn automatic voter-registration proposal pending in the Oregon Legislature that would add roughly 300,000 voters to the rolls next year appears to be on the fast track to passage.Under the bill...

Posted Feb 18, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Kate Brown comes to the Oregon governor's office promising she'll work to restore the people's faith in government. We hope she recognizes that, as shocking as John Kitzhaber's fall from grace was, rural Oregonians had lost much of their faith in...

Posted Feb 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The Medford School District is on a mission to improve graduation rates. A good place to start would be to stop kicking so many kids out of school.As a story in Sunday's Mail Tribune detailed, the number of students who are suspended or...

Posted Feb 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

In another first for Oregon, the state has become the only one in the nation with three major political parties — just barely. And therein lies the initial challenge facing the Independent Party of Oregon: not only to retain major party...

Posted Feb 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

In the end, it was almost a relief.Gov. John Kitzhaber, bowing to what had become a relentless barrage of pressure from even his closest allies, resigned the office he has held longer than any other Oregon chief executive. He was defiant...

Posted Feb 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Oregon in general and Southern Oregon in particular lead the nation in the percentage of school-age children who haven't been vaccinated for serious, life-threatening diseases. Lenient state laws like Oregon's, that allow parents to refuse to...

Posted Feb 11, 2015 at 11:01 PM

If it was good enough for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, it ought to be good enough for Oregon farmers.We're talking about hemp, an ancient fiber crop used for everything from clothing to auto parts to food. Washington and...

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