Failing foster system forgets abused youth

Imagine trying to navigate a world of giants. You’re a kid, no older than 6. You’ve watched your parents walk out your front door and not return for weeks at a time. Occasionally someone...

Oregon should limit contributions

We live in a country where we have the right to select our leaders via election, be it federal, state or local leadership. Here in the Willamette Valley, we know our interests will be...

Prioritize mental health for yourself, loved ones

According to a 2012 report released by the Oregon Health Authority, the most recent available, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Oregonians ages 15 to 34. The health authority also reported that...

Editorial Cartoon

Democracy Inaction!

The federal government has shut down, taking away services many citizens, including Lane students, rely upon for their basic needs. Lane students may not currently see an impact, but if Congress continues to be...

Cookie catastrophe leaves scouts in the dust

It’s no secret that the Girl Scout cookie industry is massive. 194 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies were sold in 2015, according to a Fortune article. That equals out to about $776 million...

What’s in a name?

Diana Baker / The Torch To many, Lane County is known for inclusiveness, acceptance and progressiveness. I would tend to agree. A lot has changed in Lane County since its founding in 1851, however there’s...

Who cares about the homeless?

In my brief time as a member of The Torch, I’ve had the privilege of covering the rapid upswell of political involvement in and around Eugene. One of my first assignments as...

On border walls, shutdowns and mental health

Originally, this editorial was supposed to be about Donald Trump and the ongoing battle over the government shutdown and his long-promised border wall. After Trump’s nationally-televised address from the Oval Office on...