3-4 to 3-8-2019


THERE IS STILL TIME TO COMMENT AGAINST THE CARBON CAP AND TRADE BILL. COMMENTS TAKEN UNTIL 3/8 – INFO HERE: CapAndTradePoints  Here’s a list of people in the legislature that you can email. Thanks to listener Francine from Talent.

Video of the Saturday hearing in Medford: My testimony is about an hour in.



And THIS is why we fight:

Thanks to Kevin G. for recording Thursday’s prep and strategy meeting:

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Bill’s Guests: Friday, March 8, 2019

6:35: Rick Manning, the President of Americans for Limited Government joins Bill today for the Weekly Swamp Update.

Find out more over at: DailyTorch.com.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in today, to bring to you the Friday, Outdoor Report.

Today, we’ll also be talking with Greg, about the latest wolf news, and the predation and delisting issues.

7:35: Randall Barrett from NoSmartMeter.org joins Bill, live in studio, who wants to talk about marches, taking place today and tomorrow, outside of Pacific Power’s Medford office. You can find all the information at: NoSmartMeter.org.

8:10: Juan Carlos-Ordonez, Communications Director for the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with Bill today.

A new study from the Oregon Center for Public Policy says that the richest Oregonians are getting richer, compared to the regular Oregonians.

Oregon’s ultra-rich — the highest-earning one out of every 1,000 Oregonians — have never been so rich compared to the rest of Oregonians, according to new analysis by the Oregon Center for Public Policy.

“Such extreme income inequality undermines the well-being and opportunities of most Oregonians, while weakening the economy,” said OCPP policy analyst Daniel Hauser. “Oregon lawmakers should be doing everything in their power to push back against growing inequality.”

Bill’s Guests: Thursday, March 7, 2019

6:35: Dr. Jane Orient M.D., Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons talks with Bill today.

Today we’re talking vaccines with Dr. Orient, and an article she wrote over at, The Times Examiner:

“Sacrificing Freedom to Vaccination”

In the article:

“According to the Oath of Hippocrates, physicians have the duty to advise their patients according to the best of their ability and judgment. In In most cases, most physicians recommend vaccination, believing that for a particular patient, the benefit exceeds the risk. Patients or their parents, however, have the right to decline to follow their doctor’s advice.

But with vaccination, government restricts this right. Every time there is a measles outbreak somewhere there is an outcry to restrict vaccine exemptions, to protect the public—and, just coincidentally, vaccine manufacturers.”

7:10: State Senator Dennis Linthicum calls the show. Today we’ll be talking with Dennis about his latest newsletter, where he touches upon the question:

“Has tolerance been abandoned?”

The phrase “totalitarian” does not refer to the existence of concentration camps, the lack of food, or the severity of current economic conditions. Rather, “totalitarian” reflects the scope of control that a state exhibits over the broadest aspects of human life. Therefore, a totalitarian state seeks to absorb as much private life as possible into the sphere of state control.

8:10: Brian Hart, author of “Trouble No Man,” calls the show today.

American War meets Into the Wild in Brian Hart’s epic saga of one man’s struggle to survive a hostile world—tracing his path from a self-destructive, skateboarding youth in the 90s to the near future as he journeys across a desolate, militia-controlled American West to find his missing family—perfect for fans of Edan Lepuki and Cormac McCarthy.

In the America of a near future, northern California and the Pacific Northwest have become a desolate wasteland controlled by violent separatist militias and marked by a lack of water and fuel. In a village outside Reno, a middle-aged man visits an undertaker and gathers the ashes of his dead wife to bring to Alaska. There, their children await them—refugees from the destruction of the south. To reach his only remaining family, the man must cross the treacherous, violent landscape north by bike, his dog his only companion.

Get your copy of Brian’s novel right HERE.

Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian car guy talks with Bill today.

So, what if a car company wanted to change the way you drive, or your “behind-the-wheel” behavior, through the use of modern technology? Well, it appears Volvo is planning to do just that. Eric is here today to tell you all about it.

Check out Eric’s article: “No Speeding for You!”

You can also check out Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and bikes over at EPAutos.com.

7:10: Drury Sherrod, author of “The Jury Crisis: What’s Wrong with Jury Trials and How We Can Save Them,” talks with Bill.

Juries have a bad reputation. Often jurors are seen as incompetent, biased and unpredictable, and jury trials are seen as a waste of time and money. In fact, so few criminal and civil cases reach a jury today that trial by jury is on the verge of extinction. Juries are being replaced by mediators, arbitrators and private judges. As a result, a foundation of American democracy is about to vanish. The Jury Crisis: What’s Wrong with Jury Trials and How We Can Save Them addresses the near collapse of the jury trial in America – its causes, consequences, and cures. Drury Sherrod brings his unique perspective as a social psychologist who became a jury consultant to the reader, applying psychological research to real world trials and explaining why juries have become dysfunctional.

While this collapse of the jury can be traced to multiple causes, including poor public education, the absence of peers and community standards in a class-stratified, racially divided society, and people’s reluctance to serve on a jury, the focus of this book is on the conduct of trials themselves, from jury selection to evidence presentation to jury deliberations. Judges and lawyers believe – wrongly – that jurors can put aside their biases, sit quietly through hours, days or weeks of conflicting testimony, and not make up their minds until they have heard all the evidence. Unfortunately, the human brain doesn’t work that way. The Jury Crisis deals with an important social problem, namely the near collapse of a thousand year old institution, and proposes how to fix the jury system and restore trial by jury to a more prominent place in American society.

Drury Sherrod, PhD, is the co-founder of Mattson & Sherrod, Inc., a jury research firm specializing in trial strategy and jury selection for high-damage civil defense trials, many involving Fortune 500 companies. Sherrod is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Along with authoring Social Psychology (1982), he has authored more than thirty articles on psychology, jury behavior, attribution theory and the effects of environmental stress on human behavior. He has, also, written hundreds of narrative-style opening statements for jury trials, which were adopted by attorneys and presented to actual trial jurors. Sherrod has given many talks on jury trials and juries in America to a variety of audiences, including college classes, law firms, bar associations, legal conferences, professional associations and groups interested in law and the social sciences, and has also presented research findings to hundreds of attorneys in law firms across the United States.

See more over at his website: TheJuryCrisis.com

7:35: Sgt. Jeff Proulx of the Oregon State Police joins Bill in studio for the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

6:35: Tim Winter, President of the Parents Television Council chats with Bill today.

Today, we’ll be talking with Tim about the TV Content Ratings System, and how the standards have become a bit lax. More and more, profanity, strong sexual innuendo and other adult situations are being presented in shows that are frequently watched by children.

Here’s the rest of the story:

Hollywood is hoping that no one will speak up to air grievances about the failed TV Content Ratings System – which Parents Television Council research has shown is inaccurate, inconsistent and lacking transparency.

The public only has ONE WEEK to file a comment* with the FCC about the ratings system and its oversight board, and PTC President Tim Winter warns that Hollywood will make sure to say that the status quo is acceptable.

In the 22 years since the TV ratings system was implemented, this comment period is part of the first Congressionally-mandated FCC review to evaluate whether the ratings system is doing what was promised for children and families.

The FCC has already been ordered by Congress to review the effectiveness of the TV Content Ratings System.

If you would like to file a public comment with the FCC, you can follow this link HERE.

7:10: Mr. X, research Jedi, Gang Green expert, activist and all around nice guy talks with Bill.

Well, it looks like the comment period for HB2020 has been extended to this Friday, March 8th. We’ll talk with X today about how and what you can comment.

Read more from Mr. X over at his website: MrXFiles.com. And, here’s more!:

Here’s a list of people in the legislature that you can email. Thanks to listener Francine from Talent.

For further reading from Mr. X’s reams of documents:

“Oregon Global Warming Commission: Biennial Report to the Legislature 2017”

Road Map To 2020

“The Willamette Valley Choices for The Future”

“The Oregon Global Warming Commission: Interim Roadmap to 2020”

7:35: Pastor Jason Noble calls the show today.

The upcoming film: “Breakthrough” (in theaters on Easter weekend), and stars Chrissy Metz, (This Is Us) is based on the incredible true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. From producer DeVon Franklin (MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN), BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.

Pastor Noble, who is played by Topher Grace in the film, currently lives in Medford with his wife, who is originally from Medford.

You can view the film’s trailer right HERE. The film will be in theaters on April 17th.

8:10: Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation talks with Bill this morning. Kevin will tell you the latest in the fight against several gun grabbing bills that are headed to the Oregon legislature, where many urban, gun-control happy democrats hold a supermajority in both houses.

State senators, Prozanski, Burdick, Dembrow and Manning have introduced SB 925. This bill would virtually guarantee that CHL holders would be prohibited from being on school property or airport property while in possession of a firearm.

Under the proposed legislation, it could be illegal for a license holder to  possess a firearm even if you were simply dropping a family member off at the airport.

Oh, but there’s more…

House Democrats have put forth HB 3265. This one would ban standard capacity magazines. Under this one, possession of any magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds will get you 6 months in jail. “Use” of a standard capacity magazine will get you a year in jail and a $6250.00 fine.

Help Kevin and the OFF to fight these nightmarish, totalitarian bills that could, fundamentally violate your 2nd Amendment rights. Click here to fight back.

8:45: Brent Homan, Randall Lee & Ray from Advanced Air joins Bill in studio for today’s “Whose Business Is It Anyway” segment.

We’ll tell you the latest deals from Advanced Air, like this: 30% off the first year of a planned service agreement (up to $54 value) and includes service.

Your Comfort system should be regularly inspected by a professionally trained service technician to ensure efficient performance and warranty qualification.

Visit: AdvancedAir.com to see more, or give them a call at 541-772-6866.

Bill’s Guests: Monday, March 4, 2019

6:35: Michelle Freedman with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (JDRF) here in Oregon talks with Bill today.

The cost of insulin, a necessary drug for people who suffer from diabetes, seemingly increases all of the time. It’s especially upsetting when it’s for a child. We’ll talk with Michelle, who has firsthand experience with the subject with her daughter today.

It is absolutely crucial that all people with T1D have affordable access to insulin, meaning it should be available at a low, predictable out-of-pocket cost. JDRF also believes people with T1D should have access to the insulins that work best for them.

JDRF has been fighting for choice not only of insulin, but also choice of insulins pumps, test strips, continuous glucose monitors, and artificial pancreas systems, to enable people with T1D to access the technologies that work best for them.

Recently, UnitedHealthcare announced a policy change that that limits insulin pumps for children with T1D: The nation’s largest insurer is no longer covering all brands of insulin pumps for children as young as age 7. JDRF strongly believes that every person with T1D, no matter their age, should have the freedom to decide which insulin pump is right for them — it should be a choice made by them and their doctors, not their insurance company. This is an unacceptable step backward and JDRF is urging UnitedHealthcare to reconsider its decision and asking the diabetes community to take action by voicing opposition.

READ: In a Step Backward, UnitedHealthcare Changes Policy to Limit Insulin Pumps for Children.”

Find out how you can help over at: JDRF.org/oregon/

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring you the Monday, Outdoor Report.

7:35: Steve The Marine, local psychiatrist and Constitutional expert talks with Bill this morning. We’ll be talking with Steve about President Trump’s emergency order. Is it even legal? We’ll discuss it.

Click here to read Steve’s essay: “Presidential Declaration and Funding of National Emergency.”

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author of several books, and local historian, joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of “What Made Southern Oregon Great!” You can check out more of Dr. Powers’ great content over at: DennisPowersBooks.com.

Lynn & Doris Sjolund: Masters of Choral

By Dennis Powers

A native of Olympia, Washington, Lynn Sjolund graduated from the University of Oregon (“UO”) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (1951) and a Master of Arts in Music in Education (1956). He started his career teaching in Lebanon, Oregon. That year, Lynn was offered a job without applying–based on his reputation–at Medford High School. Sjolund was the school’s conductor and taught chorale music, music theory, and music appreciation. “It was love at first sight,” he said when he had first view of the Rogue Valley.

On a sabbatical for one year in Ludwigsburg, Germany, Sjolund studied as the graduate assistant in 1969-70 for the German Center for Music Education. He met there his future wife, Doris, who was teaching high school in Iowa and applied for the same program. Afterwards, Doris returned to Iowa. Just before the school year started, she received a job offer teaching elementary chorus and band in Klamath Falls. Marrying Lynn in 1971, she moved to Medford and taught in elementary school in Medford for many years.

Lynn wanted to start a dozen-member madrigal group, but so many people wanted to sing chorale music that in 1973 he formed the Rogue Valley Chorale. Doris started The Rogue Valley Children’s Chorus in 1982, which was under the umbrella of the Chorale, and was its founder/director emerita for years. (Note: “madrigal” songs are renaissance ones performed without musical instruments and with several singers singing different notes.)

From 1956 to 1986, Lynn was the choral music director and fine arts chair at Medford High School, often being asked to conduct honor choirs. Sjolund also taught music at Loyola University, Lewis and Clark College, UO, and SOU. He was the artistic director and conductor for the Rogue Opera and Rogue Opera Programs for Youth.

Upon Sjolund’s retirement from public school teaching in 1986, Medford High School named its auditorium in his honor. When the city of Medford wanted to transform a movie theatre into a performing arts center (the Craterian), he was asked to serve as acting executive director. As the founding director and conductor (1973-2013) of the Rogue Valley Chorale, a tenure spanning 40 years, Sjolund also conducted the Britt Festival Orchestra and Rogue Valley Symphony with it in concerts.

The versatile Rogue Valley Chorale became known for its performances of Broadway greats such as Gershwin, Porter, Kern, and Rogers, as well as Bach, Handel, and Mendelson. It celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1993 with performances in Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. The Chorale toured Scandinavia in 1995, Italy in 1998 and performed in Carnegie Hall in 2000. It marked its 30th anniversary in 2003 with a concert tour of Western Europe.

Numerous honors and awards were bestowed upon Sjolund: From a 1990 Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year award (National Federation of Interscholastic Music) to a 2002 Award of Merit (Northwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association). Sjolund is the only person who served twice as president of the Oregon Music Education Association. He received UO’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award, the first time a graduate of its dance or music programs was so recognized with the award.

After retirement, the couple taught at Loyola University in New Orleans for three years (1987-1990). They are currently residing at the Rogue Valley Manor, where they work with “The Joyful Voices,” the chorus at the Manor. Both play in the Southern Oregon Concert Band, Lynn playing the violin with Doris the clarinet, and another series of artistic contributions to our region.

Sources: John Darling, “Lynn Sjolund hangs up his baton,” Mail Tribune, August 31, 2012, at Lynn Sjolund’s Story; University of Oregon, “University of Oregon to honor music alumnus Lynn Sjolund,” June 5, 2014, at More Background; Steve Boyarsky, “Voices of the Valley,” Mail Tribune, February 4, 2018, at On Lynn and Doris.