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Posted Oct 3, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Horrible news from Roseburg: 10 dead and seven wounded at Umpqua Community College; rumors that professing Christians were singled out. My prayers and compassion are with the dead and their friends and families. It raises once more the specter of gun violence, this time very close to home. The Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said after the Clackamas Mall and Sandy Hook shootings, “Far too many lives have been cut short or maimed by … gun...

Posted Oct 3, 2015 at 11:01 PM

To say that we as Medford city councilors have a full plate right now is the definition of “understatement.” Perhaps the biggest decision that we have yet to make is quietly riding under the media’s attention right now; the...

Posted Sep 28, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports in its Sept. 25 “Moving Ahead” pamphlet that traffic fatalities in Oregon are up more than 30 percent from 2014. This follows a 13 percent increase in highway deaths in...

Posted Sep 22, 2015 at 11:01 PM

May of 1960 marked the official beginning of a very successful international partnership between Alba, Italy and Medford, Ore. It was on this day the sister city link was formed and the two cultures were molded into a “sisterhood”...

Posted Sep 21, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Editor's Note: Former Jackson County Commissioner Peter Sage is in New Hampshire through Sept. 30 observing presidential candidates on the stump. He offered the following insights from two very different events. Thursday, Sept.

Posted Sep 21, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The Mail Tribune article on “the haves and have-nots” Sept. 13 gives us an accurate description of increasing income inequality in Jackson County that reflects a trend in Oregon and the United States. What the article does not do is...

Posted Sep 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

As we near the reopening of newly reworked Hawthorne Park in downtown Medford and many people question whether the park will finally become a good place again, it’s important to remember that we are not bystanders, we’re active...

Posted Sep 18, 2015 at 11:01 PM

A few important points should be added to the Mail Tribune’s report last Sunday that “the divide between the haves and have-nots is growing wider, threatening the long-term economic vitality of Jackson County and Oregon as a...

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