Let’s Re-Elect Mayor Becker! – by Whitman Parker

My View – October 2016

For reasons outlined here, I wholeheartedly endorse Mayor Becker and ask that you join me in re-electing him. In this election cycle, the mayor’s seat and three council seats are open. […]

Vote YES to Prohibit Pot Shops – by Whitman Parker

My View – September 2016

This month, let me get right to the point—please join me in voting YES on two ballot measures to ban marijuana shops in the city limits. On page 18, you’ll find […]

Politics… at a Very Local Level – by Whitman Parker

My View – August 2016

Unless you’re living under a rock, you can’t help but notice this is “political” season in America! In the coming weeks, the mass media barrage will be in full-force as candidates […]

Summer in the City…Small Town – by Whitman Parker

My View – July 2016

Welcome to summer in the city…make that summer in the small town! Now that the Britt concert season is in full-swing and town is hopping with locals and visitors out and […]

Living the Dream – by Whitman Parker

My View – June 2016

When I was a young boy growing up in Wyckoff, New Jersey, we were a one-car family. Several times a week, I loved tagging along as my mother shuttled my father […]

The Pot Farm Next Door – How it Happened Here – by Whitman Parker

My View – May 2016

The city’s delay to expand its Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) has resulted in an unintended consequence with a marijuana farm being established just east of the city limits. This photo, taken […]

Take a Hike… – by Whitman Parker

My View – April 2016

This month, our pages are overflowing with “what-to-do” hiking articles that will guide you to the best trail systems in Southern Oregon. Located in our own backyard and within minutes of […]

Sounding the Alarm – Town Hall Scheduled – by Whitman Parker

My View – March 2016

At its first meeting this year, the Jacksonville Budget Committee sounded the alarm about financial stress our public safety program faces in future budget years. For now, town finances are fine, […]

Jacksonville Going to Pot… I Hope Not! – by Whitman Parker

My View – February 2016

When expressing My View, it’s always penned with a deliberate “end in-mind,” intent that what’s expressed will make a difference and possibly shape public policy. On that note, I’d like to […]

What a Year! – by Whitman Parker

My View – December 2015/January 2016

As the year comes to a close, I’d like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. Looking back on 2015, I must admit it’s been a very […]