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Thumbs up to council, down to columnists

Cheers — to the Medford City Council's decision to proceed with a pilot project of tiny houses for the homeless on a city-owned lot at Third and Front streets north of downtown. Rogue Retreat, a local nonprofit organization working to alleviate homelessness, plans to place 12 to 14 8- by 10-foot houses on the property, creating Hope Village. If the project is a success, it could be expanded at another location. We predict neighboring businesses that have objected to the project will find it is an improvement over the status quo.

Jeers — to the nation's political columnists, several of whom are carried on this page, for their seeming inability to write about much of anything besides Donald Trump. This goes for liberals, conservatives and moderates alike. We're no great fans of the billionaire developer, but honestly, rehashing his well-known pronouncements again and again serves little purpose beyond filling space and satisfying those columnists' contracts with their syndicates.

Cheers — to World Changers, a national service organization that mobilizes volunteers to do clean-up and repair work for low-income people. The group is in Rogue River and Grants Pass this week, doing landscaping, painting and general cleanup for community members in need. Members of local churches are providing volunteers.

Cheers — to a $150,000 grant from the William and Florence Schneider Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation toward the restoration of Camp Low Echo at Lake of the Woods. The 60-year-old Girl Scout camp was sold to the Sid and Karen DeBoer Foundation. The DeBoers then donated it to the Ashland YMCA, which is undertaking the renovation to create a youth camp and community retreat, preserving the historic use of the property, owned and leased to the operators by the U.S. Forest Service.

Cheers — to Eagle Point rancher Robert Borba, who became an international celebrity of sorts after he lassoed a suspected bicycle thief from the back of his horse in the Eagle Point Walmart parking lot. Borba had stopped for supplies on the way to a ranching job in California when the theft occurred, and he unloaded his horse from its trailer and galloped off in pursuit. A tip of the Stetson to Borba, who made quite a splash just months after moving to the area.