Bill’s Guests: Friday, December 5, 20196:35: Rick Manning, the President of Americans for Limited Government joins Bill for the Weekly Swamp Update from Washington D.C. Get more great content over at: DailyTorch.com 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you, the Friday Outdoor Report for the weekend. 8:10: Sally C. Pipes, President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute chats with Bill today. Today, we’ll be talking with Sally about the differences between our healthcare system in the U.S. and Canada. See more over at: PacificResearch.org 8:45: Katie Hutchinson and Julie Denney from Providence, join Bill in studio to chat about the Safeway Providence Festival of Trees 2019. Click the link here to find out more
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, December 4, 20196:35: Professor Damon Acemoglu, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) chats with Bill. So, what does the future look like as we move more toward automation, where robots and AI could be used for some tasks in the workforce, that used to be done by living, breathing hu-mans? What does this mean for societal cohesion? We’ll discuss it. READ: The Revolution Need Not Be Automated 7:10: Eric Peters, automotive journalist over at EPAutos.com chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Transportation News segment. Today, we discuss the latest in the push to force you out of your “so 1970’s” polluting, internal combustion engine vehicle and into a “woke,” sleek and clean-air, electric vehicle. READ: The Throughput – and Other – Problems Check out more great content, and read Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUV’s and bikes, all over at: EPAutos.com 8:10: State Senator Herman Baertschiger, calls in to bring you the latest on State politics and other goings-on. 8:10: The Men from Advanced Air join Bill in studio for today’s “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” segment. Advanced Air Address: 695 E Vilas Rd, Central Point, OR 97502 PHONE: (541) 772-6866 ONLINE: MyAdvancedAir.com
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, December 3, 20196:35: Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk, on KMED and KCMD from 11 to 2pm chats with Bill today. We’ll talk with Tom about his impressions of Monday’s Supreme Court, New York gun case oral arguements. See more great content: GunTalk.com/gun-talk-radio 7:10: Steve Sable, Information Coordinator for the City of Grants Pass chats with Bill this hour. We’ll be catching up with Steve on the latest from the City Council. 8:10: Alek Skarlatos, former U.S. Army National Guardsman and one of the three men who took down an armed to the teeth terrorist on a French train in 2015, talks with Bill. Alek is tossing his hat into the political ring and taking on current Democrat Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon’s 4th Congressional District on the Republican ticket. See more over at: AlekForOregon.com
Bill’s Guests: Monday, December 2, 20196:35: Grover Norquist with Americans for Tax Reform chats with Bill this hour. TV pundits have been asking whether former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a bigger threat to the political fortunes of President Trump or the other Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination. But if you take Bloomberg at his word, it appears the people most threatened by him are… The poor. According to Bloomberg, raising taxes on the poor is a “good thing,” because, in his own words, it’s a question of, “Taxes or life? Which do you want to do? Take your poison.” READ: Flashback: Bloomberg Says Raising Taxes on Poor People is a “Good Thing” Notice we haven’t seen this in the mainstream media either… 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report. 8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.” Check out more from Dr. Powers at his website: DennisPowersBooks.com.
Bill Thorndike: Community and Business Leader
By Dennis PowersBill Thorndike, Jr. graduated in 1972 from Medford High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1976 from Lewis and Clark College. After college, he started working full-time for the family business, Medford Fabrication, in White City. After five years at the White City operation, he moved to the Medford main headquarters. Prospering under the guidance of his father, Bill Thorndike, Sr., Medford Fabrication is a custom steel fabrication company operating for over 75 years and offering a diverse range of fabrication, assembly, installation, and finishing services. Serving multi-national companies, it is the world-wide source for Komatsu tractor guarding packages. Its proprietary products include the Medford Log Forks, manufactured for 70 years. Regionally, it supplied the structural steel for the new St. Mary’s High School projects and is supplying the structural steel for the emergency room expansion of the Asante Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass. Despite the time needs of running this business as its Chairman, Bill Thorndike has been extremely active in meeting community and regional needs. He currently serves on the boards of Southern Oregon University, Oregon Business Council, Crater Lake National Park Trust, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance, Philanthropy Northwest, and the Northwest Health Foundation. He has served on a number of other boards and commissions, including the Port of Portland, Oregon Community Foundation, Asante Health System, Northwest Area Foundation, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, and the Portland Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank (Director/Vice Chair). Plus, Bill is the local convener of the Governor’s Southern Regional Solutions Advisory Committee and has been involved from its founding. He is the co-convener of the Oregon Solution’s Butte Falls Community Forest Project: This aims to purchase from Weyerhaeuser and The Trust for Public Lands the forest land surrounding the town of Butte Falls, including Big Butte Creek falls, all for the town’s future. Thorndike has earned a variety of honors over the past decades, beginning with the Small Business Administration naming him Exporter of the Year in 1990. In 1996, he received the President’s Medal from SOU; then in 1997 by awards from the Northwest Business Committee for the Arts and the University of Oregon School of Education. He was named Person of the Decade in 2000 by the Jackson County Community Service Consortium. The Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs gave him the Rose Otte Award in 2005, then came the Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award from Willamette University. And others. A third-generation Rogue Valley resident, he served for three years as Chairman of SOU’s Board of Trustees from the board’s 2015 inception. Bill Thorndike stands out and is still making a difference. Sources: Greg Stiles, “Chamber honors Bill Thorndike Jr.,” Mail Tribune, September 14, 2007, at Background and Awards; Greg Stiles, “Medford Fabrication isn’t afraid to go big,” Mail Tribune, February 27, 2015, at Medford Fabrication; Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees (2019) at SOU; Email from Bill Thorndike, Jr., November 12, 2019; Medford Fabrication website at www.medfab.com.