Between the Lines: New Beginnings
Jun20

Between the Lines: New Beginnings

When we set out to reinvigorate the Valley Advocate a little more than a year ago, we had some goals in mind. We wanted to bring our venerable newspaper back to its roots: alternative stories, for alternative people — and some mainstream folks who are still cool. We decided that we should strive to give voice to the voiceless and tackle topics other news agencies have missed. But we also wanted to remain strong allies of the local...

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Back Talk: ‘As a firearm-owning gay man, I thank you!’
Jun20

Back Talk: ‘As a firearm-owning gay man, I thank you!’

Guns ‘N’ Education “The Kirk Whatley Challenge: Before you write guns off, shoot one — safely” (June 16-22, 2016) by Hunter Styles attracted a lot of attention online. We posted the article to Facebook along with the question: Can you truly be anti-gun without first firing one? Is that fair? Here’s what people had to say: Corinne Shaw: Can you be straight without trying out a homosexual experience? Josh Pelland: Before firing one take...

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Back Talk: What Killed the Monkey; Pride Month Massacre
Jun14

Back Talk: What Killed the Monkey; Pride Month Massacre

What Killed the Monkey Facebook reactions to “Gross Negligence Alleged in Death of UMass Lab Monkey” William Robinson: Sounds like the incident didn’t have much to do with the nature of the research itself, but a veterinary mishap resulting from pure accident — not neglect or malice. Consider how frequently standard surgeries on humans have complications. I’d be curious to hear more about the specifics of the studies...

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Between the Lines: Nothing to See Here? Pharmaceutical prices skyrocket
Jun14

Between the Lines: Nothing to See Here? Pharmaceutical prices skyrocket

Usually, when you buy something, you know the price before you step up to the register. Most of us have a pretty good bead on how much a gallon of milk is and who has the best prices on gas, but when it comes to pharmaceutical drugs, everyone’s standing before the register hoping there’s enough coin in their pockets to buy the necessary life-sustaining medicine. Unlike most developed nations around the world, the United States does...

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15 Group Band Photo Cliches and What They Really Mean
Jun06

15 Group Band Photo Cliches and What They Really Mean

There’s only so many ways to take a group photo of a bunch of musicians — we know this because we see a lot of repetition in band publicity photos. How is it that creative and talented musicians across the planet keep coming up with the same band photo over and over again? Is looking off-camera while your photo is taken somewhere in a musician’s DNA? Or is the publicity pic just the last thing on a long list of taxing promotional...

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