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A far cry from ‘summer school’

We can all remember the sense of freedom at the end of the school year, when the summer stretched ahead, promising sun-splashed days of leisure, family trips, s...

Vaccine hold doesn’t mean don’t get one

The Oregon Health Authority has followed the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and announced a temporary hold on administering the sing...

State should help with rebuilding fees

Legislative leaders recently asked lawmakers for suggestions on how to spend Oregon’s share of the American Rescue Plan, which is swelling state coffers by $2.6...

Entertainment venues deserve some clarity

Gov. Kate Brown and state health officials have generally done a good job so far of responding to changing COVID-19 case numbers, adjusting policies and restric...

Let schools skip testing this year

Oregon schools are just getting back to in-person instruction for those students who want it, with most local districts aiming to offer full-time school for all...

Fight undercurrent of bigotry and hatred

The hatefulness and plundering that accompanied the internment of Japanese Americans 80 years ago is our region’s most notorious racist episode in recent times,...

Drought is serious and getting worse

If you have visited Emigrant, Howard Prairie or Hyatt lakes lately, you know the water levels are dangerously low. That means farms, ranches and vineyards that ...

Housing will boost downtown revitalization

At long last, the missing piece of the puzzle that is downtown revitalization — residential housing — is coming to Medford. A planned 60-unit apartment complex ...

Simpson gains consensus on dam removal plan

In crafting his plan for the removal of the dams on the Lower Snake River, Rep. Mike Simpson has managed to forge consensus between farm, shipping and environme...

Voters will have final say on GOP walkouts

Democrats are understandably frustrated with minority Republicans for walking out of the Legislature to deny the quorum required to conduct business. Republican...

The end is in sight. Hold on a while longer

The sun is shining, trees are blooming and COVID-19 cases are dropping. It would be tempting to say the pandemic is over, toss out our face masks and gather wit...

Tax bill a false start to a legitimate goal

At the heart of House Bill 3296 is a legitimate question deserving legislative attention: As alcohol addiction exacts an increasing toll on Oregon's communities...

Tsunami of 2011 delivered essential lessons

March 11 marked the 10th anniversary of the historic Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which are still sending ripples across the Pacific in the form of heighten...

Cabaret mask rule is prudent, effective

To mask or not to mask? That is not a question at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The popular venue is presenting the musical "The Spitfire Grill" through April 18 ...

Taxes shouldn't go up from stimulus

Oregon taxpayers may be in for a surprise when they file their income tax returns this year: The federal stimulus payments they received as part of COVID-19 rel...

Changes afoot for the newspaper

Over the past four years this organization has changed from the legacy newspaper Rosebud purchased in 2017 in many different ways. As it relates to our reportin...