Monthly Archives: March 2004

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I was thinking of the differences between Liberals and Conservatives and realized that it was easier (and accurate) to compare Baseball and Golf.

Baseball is America’s game. Baseball players are frequently minorities and represent the working class. From little league to the World Series, baseball appeals to every American.

Golf is a game of the rich and elite. Participation based more on status and position. Minorities are rarely represented. The poor is out of sight.

Baseball is played for the benefit of communities and appeals to group participation and a democratic spirit. It promotes society working together. Fans gather and identify as a group. Profits remain in the community.

Golf is played on a private courses that exclude most outsiders. Players can opt out of society to stroll an artificial environment designed to appear natural. Spectators are invited and crowds are small as the mass audience can only watch on tv.

Baseball has coaches, Golf has caddies.

Bball players rely on affordable tools and community resources when playing. Bball can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter their status. Golfers rely on private resources, hi-tech and expensive gear. Only status, connections or payoffs will allow access to the coveted courses.

Baseball is played as a team sport requiring strategy and cooperation among diverse groups. Golf is a individual sport, dependent on ones ability, resources and luck.

In baseball you wear a cup, understanding how important it is to protect the family (jewels), in golf you wear a silly hat, real personal risk is to be avoided. (thats what the caddies are for)

Bball has umpires who mediate by rule and active media coverage to ensure an accurate game. Golf offers mulligans and a passive press that dare not speak above a whisper.

Golf is played by Republicans. It is considered a genleman’s game. You report your own score and take your own penalties.

Baseball teams are owned by Republicans who provide jobs for many. Good paying jobs in fact.

Finally,

Baseball has beer, Golf has beer…

Well, finally something we can agree on.

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We are looking for eclectic, unique and dedicated activists to join a Progressive Softball Team for summer league play. We are looking for Players, Sponsors and Team Volunteers.

This team is open to the poor, homeless and marginalized citizens, as well as community activists. Low or no income wont keep you off this team. We want to make this group as cohesive and empowered as we can. The goal of is to then challenge the city leaders to meet us on the field of honor.

This league will provide an opportunity to network with activists and address the issues facing Ashland’s community. Spend some afternoons in the park and help your favorite causes at the same time.

The game schedule will primarily depend on the number of players and which league we play. We will organize practices and skills sharing workshops as well as community meals and events.

Mens League – League play begins towards the end of May and runs through the middle of August. Games are played on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the Southern Oregon University softball fields. Scorekeepers and umpires are provided for all divisions of play and team standings will be kept.

Co-Ed League – League play begins in early June and runs through late August. Games are played on Sunday afternoons and evenings. This league is designed for fun and exercise with no paid umpires or scorekeepers. Games will be played at either the Hunter Park fields or North Mountain Park fields.

Time is short so if anyone is interested please let us know ASAP. If it looks like enough people are interested we will begin a fundraiser and recruitment drive April 1st.

Send an email with your contact info to: lowdown@roguecity.com
Or call 482-4631 and leave a message on how we can contact you.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Jason

“when you wake up in the morning you have to be proud,
you know I mean, you have to be a sufferer saying himself ‘feeling all right’…”
~ Bob Marley 1976

108019296064417941

We are looking for eclectic, unique and dedicated activists to join a Progressive Softball Team for summer league play. We are looking for Players, Sponsors and Team Volunteers.

This team is open to the poor, homeless and marginalized citizens, as well as community activists. Low or no income wont keep you off this team. We want to make this group as cohesive and empowered as we can. The goal of is to then challenge the city leaders to meet us on the field of honor.

This league will provide an opportunity to network with activists and address the issues facing Ashland’s community. Spend some afternoons in the park and help your favorite causes at the same time.

The game schedule will primarily depend on the number of players and which league we play. We will organize practices and skills sharing workshops as well as community meals and events.

Mens League – League play begins towards the end of May and runs through the middle of August. Games are played on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the Southern Oregon University softball fields. Scorekeepers and umpires are provided for all divisions of play and team standings will be kept.

Co-Ed League – League play begins in early June and runs through late August. Games are played on Sunday afternoons and evenings. This league is designed for fun and exercise with no paid umpires or scorekeepers. Games will be played at either the Hunter Park fields or North Mountain Park fields.

Time is short so if anyone is interested please let us know ASAP. If it looks like enough people are interested we will begin a fundraiser and recruitment drive April 1st.

Send an email with your contact info to: lowdown@roguecity.com
Or call 482-4631 and leave a message on how we can contact you.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Jason

“when you wake up in the morning you have to be proud,
you know I mean, you have to be a sufferer saying himself ‘feeling all right’…”
~ Bob Marley 1976

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Recreation as Empowerment for Homeless People Living in Shelters

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Recreation as Empowerment for Homeless People Living in Shelters

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Chopping away at poverty

Powered by donations, good will and sweat, the Jackson County Fuel Committee is making use of the recent mild weather to get a jump on wood cutting for next winter.

108017370728079710

Chopping away at poverty

Powered by donations, good will and sweat, the Jackson County Fuel Committee is making use of the recent mild weather to get a jump on wood cutting for next winter.