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Tuesday 11-23-21 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Adam Andrzejewski, CEO/Founder, www.OpentheBooks.com who has appeared regularly on Fox News, Fox Business and Fox Nation, as well as other national programs, and is a senior contributor for Forbes magazine.
OpenTheBooks.com new Forbes article details how the FBI and other agencies spent $548 million on paid informants—some who committed crimes.
- A few informants became millionaires, with some Amtrak and “parcel” delivery workers making nearly $1 million or more.
- Many informants were authorized to commit “crimes” with the permission of their federal handlers. From 2011-2014 there were 22,800 crime authorizations.
- The FBI paid approximately $294 million, the DEA paid at least $237 million, and ATF paid approximately $17.2 million to informants.
- Note: Openthebooks.com auditors reviewed federal reports—the most recent available are in some cases seven years old. Where are the recent reports?
- Federal informants often commit crimes, and often do it with the permission of their federal handlers, according to a 2015 audit by the General Accountability Office (GAO).
7:10 Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts – Working to delay public comment on a OHA rules change that we’re just starting to find out more about.
7:35 Josephine County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger – Covid/Vax response, where will all this money printing take the system?
8:10 Joe Guzzardi, analyst for Progressives for Immigration Reform
Visa Holders Displace Black Mississippi Ag Workers
By Joe Guzzardi
For decades, agriculture employers have claimed that an inability to find willing American workers forces them to hire foreign-born labor. Sometimes the foreign-born workers are legally authorized and hold State Department H-2A, temporary, nonimmigrant visas. Other times, they’re illegally employed in the cash-only, under-the-table market.
The “jobs Americans won’t do” meme is convenient for employers who prefer to hire temporary visa holders who they know will work for lower wages than Americans. But too often, foreign labor displaces proven, long-standing American workers; they become cheap labor-addicted employers’ victims. Employers realize that the H-2A is a visa they can easily exploit, and for years, the unscrupulous among them have taken full advantage. Farm labor shortages nationwide, in part COVID-19 related, created an H-2A visa spike from 55,384 in FY 2011 to 213,394 in FY 2020.
In the Mississippi Delta heartland, where the unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent, H-2A ag visa workers from South Africa, mostly white, have slowly replaced American blacks who, for generations, have toiled faithfully in the fields. In a federal lawsuit filed by Richard Strong and five other ag workers against Pitts Farm Partnership (PFP), the plaintiffs allege that not only did they lose their jobs to South Africans, but the overseas workers earned higher wages than they had previously been paid. Paying the visa holders more than the displaced Americans is a variation from the norm, but more about that later.
The Mississippi Justice Center (MJC), whose mission it is to dismantle the policies that have kept Mississippians at the bottom of nearly every social and fiscal indicator of human advancement, charges that many corporate farms in the Delta cheat the local black workforce by illegally exploiting the H-2A visa program and that owners defrauded the government, violating U.S. immigration and civil rights laws.
Indeed, PFP directly violated one of the H-2A’s most fundamental requirements. Employers must, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, “Demonstrate that there are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work.” Demonstrating a shortage of available U.S. workers is impossible since dozens of farm workers were on the job when the South Africans arrived. Indisputably, that’s an obvious crime committed by the ag employers.
The other egregious employer crime that MJC should investigate is whether the visa holders are labor exploitation victims. A veteran black farm worker, grown older, cannot work as long or as quickly as younger South Africans. An employer can hire two overseas employees at $11.00/hour, work them extended hours, and thereby get more production from international hires than he likely could from three older $7.25 U.S. workers. How many hours and under what conditions the H-2As work are rarely investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor. Laborers are uncomfortable reporting abuses to the DOL since their employers can allege the overseas worker is not fulfilling the conditions of his visa, and deportation proceedings can begin. Over time, the link between a controlling employer and subservient employee becomes modern-day indentured servitude.
To American workers’ detriment, numerous industries staff H-2As as part of their business plans for landscaping, forestry, amusement parks, recreation, housekeeping, construction, au pairs and camp counselors. As long as Congress makes overseas workers readily available and keeps few tabs on their employers, U.S. workers will be shunned. Congress should mandate that ag employers mechanize, like so many other Western countries have done. Technological advancements in farming have helped decrease the amount of labor-intensive work and have increased yields by up to 100 percent. Machines, after all, can work 24/7, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.
Joe Guzzardi is a Progressives for Immigration Reform analyst who has written about immigration for more than 30 years. Contact him at email@example.com.
8:35 Friend of the show and community contributor “Mr. X” joins me for additional talk on the push for “Vaccine Passports” in Oregon. This is being discussed openly with the 11/17/21 “Digital Vaccine Records Project” with the House Interim Special Committee on Covid-19 Response.
Some links to research:
Oregon’s Vaccination Plan – Yikes – https://www.oregon.gov/oha/covid19/Documents/COVID-19-Vaccination-Plan-Oregon.pdf
Monday 11-22-21 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, www.ipi.org
Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Offer: Your Freedom or Your Revenue
Democrats have scaled down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s H.R. 3—a bill to impose price controls on prescription drugs—and put it in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan.
In essence, prescription drug manufacturers would have two options if the bill becomes law: the freedom to set the price for the products they make or handing to the feds the revenue from those products.
Wait, wasn’t H.R. 3 about allowing the federal government to “negotiate” prices with prescription drug manufacturers?
No, that was only how the legislation has been marketed because it sounded less heavy-handed. But it was never about negotiations; it was always about the government dictating prices to drug makers.
Here’s how Pelosi described the original H.R. 3: “Gives Medicare the power to negotiate directly with the drug companies, and created strong new tools to force drug companies to the table to agree to real price reductions, while ensuring seniors never lose access to the prescriptions they need.”
What are those “strong new tools to force drug companies to the table”? Here is the language in H.R. 3’s legislative summary:
“If a drug manufacturer refuses to participate in any part of the negotiation process or does not reach agreement with HHS, they will be assessed a Non-Compliance Fee starting at 65 percent of the gross sales of the drug in question and increasing by ten percent every quarter the manufacturer is out of compliance, up to a maximum of 95 percent.” (Emphasis added)
That’s not 95 percent of the profit from the drug; that’s up to 95 percent of all revenue from its sale. To paraphrase The Godfather’s Don Vito Corleone: “The government’s gonna make drug makers an offer they can’t refuse.”
The BBB-adopted approach permits Medicare to begin dictating—er, “negotiating”—nine years after small-molecule drugs (i.e., generally pills) and 13 years after large-molecule biologics (i.e., injectable drugs) are approved.
Will drug makers spend the billions of dollars it can take to come up with a new, life-saving drug for, say, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer—or maybe the next pandemic—if they know politicians and bureaucrats will consider it a political victory if they make companies squirm?
Does anyone really think the drug price “negotiations” won’t be completely politicized when politicians and bureaucrats are sitting on one side of the table? Democrats are pushing hard for these price controls in part to win votes.
Yes, some drugs might be less expensive under the legislation. But many other drugs—even some very promising ones—will never be pursued once politics, not economics and the market, determines the price of drugs
7:10 Greg Roberts from www.RogueWeather.com and today’s outdoor report
7:35 Kevin Starrett from Oregon Firearms Federation, www.OregonFirearms.org – Kyle Rittenhouse verdict analysis, state of self-defense law in Oregon.
8:10 Dr. Powers with today’s “Where Past Meets Present” historical profile
Fred Mossler: From SOU to Online Retailing
By Dennis Powers
Growing up in rural California, Fred Mossler headed to Ashland and Sothern Oregon State College. With a School of Business major, Fred graduated in 1990 while working in a local shoe store, played intramural sports, helped organize campus fundraisers, and worked even as a RA (“Resident Advisor) in residence hall work. Mossler moved to Seattle after graduating and began working for Nordstrom, then moved to San Francisco where he was a merchandise buyer for the company.
Shoesite.com founder Nick Swinmurn then contacted Mossler in 1999 to join his online startup venture in shoe retailing. Fred’s experience in customer service and fashion selection had brought him to Nick’s attention. The name, Shoesite.com, quickly morphed into Zappos.com as it needed to do more then sell shoes (including clothing). First-year sales were minimal, but its sales in 2000 reached $1.6 million. When it was acquired by Amazon in 2009, Zappos.com had earned more than $1 billion in sales.
Mossler was the head of the day-to-day operations at the company, and during his 17 years at Zappos, he brought in innovations such as responsive, highly-personal service and free returns that set the standard in the e-commerce industry. In 2009, Zappos made its debut on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, making the list again from 2010 to 2015.
Much of the reason for Zappos’ appearance on the Fortune list was Mossler’s focus on building a company culture that valued its employees and their lives. He credits the SOU School of Business in learning management skills. Once leaving Amazon/Zappos in 2016, he focused on other entrepreneurial /philanthropic ventures.
With Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Mossler set out to revitalize downtown Las Vegas by, for example, by establishing the “Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival,” each year for the downtown area. Additionally, he created an upscale, après ski-inspired shoe brand called “Ross & Snow.” Mossler also produced the 2018 film Viena and the Fantomes featuring Dakota Fanning; it details a young girl named Viena, as she travels with the Fantomes, a post punk band on tour through the American west.
Becoming a restaurateur, he and several partners in 2010 opened Nacho Daddy in Las Vegas. With four locations, Nacho Daddy has its signature scorpion shot, but also donates a portion of every entre purchased to a child in need. Since 2016, Nacho Daddy has contributed some 250,000 meals through Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank.
Mossler’s philanthropic work extends to the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, where he is an honorary director. Goodie Two Shoes provides children in crisis with new shoes, socks, and other essential items. SOU in 2021 gave him its “Distinguished Alumni Award,” as Fred continues his work of achievement and helping others.
Sources: Wikipedia: “Fred Mossler” at Fred Mossler; Raider News (SOU), “SOU and Zappos alumnus Fred Mossler: Big shoes to fill,” February 20, 2019, at More Background. See website at https://www.zappos.com/.
Friday 11-19-21 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
7:10 Greg Roberts from www.RogueWeather.com and today’s outdoor report
8:20 Mike G. with the Britt Festival www.BrittFest.org
Best of Britt benefit is back in 2022, featuring the hit-filled Happy Together Tour
Who/What: Best of Britt benefit featuring the Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, The Vogues, and The Cowsills
When: 5:00 PM Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Where: Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville
Tickets: $135 includes food, beverages, and one premium reserved ticket to the concert
Sponsored by: People’s Bank of Commerce
Purchase: Online at www.brittfest.org after 10:00 AM Friday, November 19, 2021.
8:35 Open for Business with Brad Bennington from the Builder’s Association of Southern Oregon www.buildso.com And we discuss the battle for affordable housing, how helping the Builders Association helps our community attain more affordable housing. We also dig into the push in Grants Pass for a housing tax, other regulatory burdens which make housing less affordable.
Thursday 11-18-21 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
7:35 Dr. Timothy H. Ives
More on Dr. Ives: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Ives
Dr. Ives currently works as principal archaeologist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, though this book does not represent the views of his office. He is a leading contributor to the debate over the origins of the stone heaps commonly found in New England’s forested hills. He has expressed concern regarding the broader social costs of ceremonial stone landscape preservation campaigns, citing their record of mobilizing white guilt, the psychosocial phenomenon described by race relations scholar Shelby Steele, to gain political support and subvert criticism
Stones of Contention
By Timothy H. Ives
Archaeologist Dr. Timothy H. Ives stands alone against a juggernaut of wishful thinking masquerading as science. In his new book, Stones of Contention, he shows us that it is becoming impossible to deny that the pervasion of leftist ideology in New England is precipitating a retrogression of race relations among descendants of colonial-era populations. This is exemplified by the Ceremonial Stone Landscape Movement, the central claim of which is that many, if not most, of the stone heaps, walls, and other structures scattered about the region’s secondary forests are not vestiges of abandoned historic farmsteads but ancient Indian ceremonial constructions that require protection from the ongoing ravages of settler colonial development.
Applauded for its voguishly defiant pose against Western histories and institutions, this claim has been uncritically embraced by tribal authorities, established scholars, residential property owners, and even federal and municipal agencies. For who, in this golden-age of identity politics, dares question indigenous sacred property claims? But there is an elephant in the room. Sourcing political power from old racial anxieties, this activist movement galvanizes a victimhood identity among Indians, weaponizes white settler colonial guilt, and tramples the boundary between history and propaganda before an understandably confused and racially paranoid public. As this movement’s top persona non grata, Dr. Ives exposes its ironic origins in the settler colonial imagination, defends the fascinating histories that it undermines, and considers its costs to society at large.
Dr. Ives tells us:
· Nobody is entitled to a history that makes them feel good about themselves or the groups to which they belong.
· Contrary to popular belief, there is no shortage of [American] Indians today, only an apparent surplus of miseducated settler colonists.
· The remarkable idea of a privileged socioracial group benevolently lifting a less privileged one should always be met with remarkable skepticism. If this were so when the Massachusetts Bay Colony put the words ‘Come over and help us’ in an Indian’s mouth, perhaps things would be different today.
· It reminded me of an idea the late American novelist James Baldwin posed in various ways over the course of his career: ‘As long as you think that you are white, there is no hope for you.’ Perhaps equally relevant is that he never said, ‘As long as you think that you are an antiracist white, there is some hope for you.’
What started as an idea by fanciful antiquarians positing that the stone piles found in New England’s forests, far from being the work of nineteenth-century farmers whose famously stony fields have since long been abandoned, were actually the work of ancient Indians in connection with religious rites.
The Ceremonial Stone Landscape Movement, liberally mixed with racial grievance and guilt, has succeeded in derailing an airport runway expansion and has postponed or scuttled several other development plans because it is alleged that moving the stones would disturb the “peace, balance, and harmony” of the earth and, more importantly, cause offense to the ancient Indians’ modern-day descendants. Stones of Contention is a microcosm of the how race and religion have become a volatile mix in America and how fear of offense is now driving scientific inquiry.
8:10 Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet is the President and CEO of Truth for Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, and the creator of the Foundation’s innovative six initiatives that advocate for early outpatient COVID treatment, assist families of hospitalized patients denied effective treatment, defend medical freedom, and provide international educational and training programs focused on effective strategies for COVID and on the interconnections of health, faith and lifestyle approaches for restoring resilience and quality of life.
Dr. Vliet speaks as an independent physician, not as a spokesperson for any healthcare system, pharmaceutical company, insurance plans, or political party. Her allegiance and advocacy is to and for patients. Dr. Vliet’s medical and educational websites are www.TruthForHealth.org And www.ViveLifeCenter.com, 520-797-9131
November 17th, 2021
Biden’s Bounty on Your Life: Hospitals’ Incentive Payments for COVID-19
by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., and Ali Shultz, J.D,
Upon admission to a once-trusted hospital, American patients with COVID-19 become virtual prisoners, subjected to a rigid treatment protocol with roots in Ezekiel Emanuel’s “Complete Lives System” for rationing medical care in those over age 50. They have a shockingly high mortality rate. How and why is this happening, and what can be done about it?
As exposed in audio recordings, hospital executives in Arizona admitted meeting several times a week to lower standards of care, with coordinated restrictions on visitation rights. Most COVID-19 patients’ families are deliberately kept in the dark about what is really being done to their loved ones.
The combination that enables this tragic and avoidable loss of hundreds of thousands of lives includes (1) The CARES Act, which provides hospitals with bonus incentive payments for all things related to COVID-19 (testing, diagnosing, admitting to hospital, use of remdesivir and ventilators, reporting COVID-19 deaths, and vaccinations) and (2) waivers of customary and long-standing patient rights by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
In 2020, the Texas Hospital Association submitted requests for waivers to CMS. According to Texas attorney Jerri Ward, “CMS has granted ‘waivers’ of federal law regarding patient rights. Specifically, CMS purports to allow hospitals to violate the rights of patients or their surrogates with regard to medical record access, to have patient visitation, and to be free from seclusion.” She notes that “rights do not come from the hospital or CMS and cannot be waived, as that is the antithesis of a ‘right.’ The purported waivers are meant to isolate and gain total control over the patient and to deny patient and patient’s decision-maker the ability to exercise informed consent.”
Creating a “National Pandemic Emergency” provided justification for such sweeping actions that override individual physician medical decision-making and patients’ rights. The CARES Act provides incentives for hospitals to use treatments dictated solely by the federal government under the auspices of the NIH. These “bounties” must paid back if not “earned” by making the COVID-19 diagnosis and following the COVID-19 protocol.
The hospital payments include:
- A “free” required PCR test in the Emergency Room or upon admission for every patient, with government-paid fee to hospital.
- Added bonus payment for each positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
- Another bonus for a COVID-19 admission to the hospital.
- A 20 percent “boost” bonus payment from Medicare on the entire hospital bill for use of remdesivir instead of medicines such as Ivermectin.
- Another and larger bonus payment to the hospital if a COVID-19 patient is mechanically ventilated.
- More money to the hospital if cause of death is listed as COVID-19, even if patient did not die directly of COVID-19.
- A COVID-19 diagnosis also provides extra payments to coroners.
CMS implemented “value-based” payment programs that track data such as how many workers at a healthcare facility receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Now we see why many hospitals implemented COVID-19 vaccine mandates. They are paid more.
Outside hospitals, physician MIPS quality metrics link doctors’ income to performance-based pay for treating patients with COVID-19 EUA drugs. Failure to report information to CMS can cost the physician 4% of reimbursement.
Because of obfuscation with medical coding and legal jargon, we cannot be certain of the actual amount each hospital receives per COVID-19 patient. But Attorney Thomas Renz and CMS whistleblowers have calculated a total payment of at least $100,000 per patient.
What does this mean for your health and safety as a patient in the hospital?
There are deaths from the government-directed COVID treatments. For remdesivir, studies show that 71–75 percent of patients suffer an adverse effect, and the drug often had to be stopped after five to ten days because of these effects, such as kidney and liver damage, and death. Remdesivir trials during the 2018 West African Ebola outbreak had to be discontinued because death rate exceeded 50%. Yet, in 2020, Anthony Fauci directed that remdesivir was to be the drug hospitals use to treat COVID-19, even when the COVID clinical trials of remdesivir showed similar adverse effects.
In ventilated patients, the death toll is staggering. A National Library of Medicine January 2021 report of 69 studies involving more than 57,000 patients concluded that fatality rates were 45 percent in COVID-19 patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation, increasing to 84 percent in older patients. Renz announced at a Truth for Health Foundation Press Conference that CMS data showed that in Texas hospitals, 84.9% percent of all patients died after more than 96 hours on a ventilator.
Then there are deaths from restrictions on effective treatments for hospitalized patients. Renz and a team of data analysts have estimated that more than 800,000 deaths in America’s hospitals, in COVID-19 and other patients, have been caused by approaches restricting fluids, nutrition, antibiotics, effective antivirals, anti-inflammatories, and therapeutic doses of anti-coagulants.
We now see government-dictated medical care at its worst in our history since the federal government mandated these ineffective and dangerous treatments for COVID-19, and then created financial incentives for hospitals and doctors to use only those “approved” (and paid for) approaches.
Our formerly trusted medical community of hospitals and hospital-employed medical staff have effectively become “bounty hunters” for your life. Patients need to now take unprecedented steps to avoid going into the hospital for COVID-19.
Patients need to take active steps to plan before getting sick to use early home-based treatment of COVID-19 that can help you save your life.
Wednesday November 16, 2021 Guest Information
6:35 “Wheels Up Wednesday” with Eric Peters, automotive journalist with www.EpAutos.com
Stories we cover include – Heterogenous cars – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2021/11/16/heterogenous-cars/
The Orange Hobson’s Choice – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2021/11/17/the-orange-hobsons-choice/
The 2022 Lexus GS350 – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2021/11/15/2022-lexus-es350/
7:35 Rachel Dawson, Policy Analyst at the Cascade Policy Institute
8:10 Frank Scarlotta – Medford Rifle and Pistol Club putting on a “Turkey Shoot” this Saturday starting at 9:45 AM at the White City Public Sports Park Range #7. Free turkeys for the best shooters, 5 dollar entry fee and a lot of family fun!
8:45 “Open For Business” with Matt Allen of Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC. Matt and I talk about what Reverse Mortgages do, if they’re right for you, the advantages of getting a reverse mortgage as part of a retirement strategy, and today – How you can use a reverse mortgage to BUY a house. Call Matt at 541-897-4464 to find out more. www.reversefunding.com/matt-allen
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 Talk Segments and Guest Information
6:35 Chris Chmielenski, Deputy Director of NumbersUSA www.NumbersUSA.com
Speaker Pelosi says the House will vote this week on the $2 trillion budget reconciliation (“Build Back Better”) bill that includes work permits and legal status, called parole, to an estimated 7.9 million illegal aliens.
The legislation also includes approximately 1.2 million additional green cards over the next 10 years, primarily for employers. America is recovering one of the worst crises in recent history with unemployment at record levels; we need to save jobs for Americans, not immigrants who came here illegally.
7:10 https://acvetfs.com/about/ Tom Carter, President of American Conservative Values ETF
Washington, D.C. – American Conservative Values ETF (ACVF), a fund steering conservative investors away from companies deliberately funding or supporting liberal political objectives, celebrated a successful year of trading that has seen the fund’s assets grow from zero to more than $31 million, exceeding the founder’s expectations.
Founded in October 2020 by industry veterans Tom Carter and Bill Flaig, ACVF was created to help conservatives avoid companies that are either openly hostile to their values or are aggressively promoting the progressive political agenda at the expense of shareholders.
Currently, ACVF boycotts 27 major companies that account for approximately 27 percent of the S&P 500. ACVF’s track record has validated market demand for products for politically conservative investors, allowing financial advisers to consider ACVF for their clients.
7:35 Josephine County Commission Herman Baertschiger talks Dem political strategy, mandates, the GOP response strategy and other issues this morning.
Monday 11-15-21 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:45 Tim Winters president of the Parents Television and Media Council.
The Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) has launched a petition to AT&T calling on CEO John Stankey to stop producing and distributing hardcore pornographic content, and especially pornographic content that depicts underage characters.
“It is past time that entertainment companies like AT&T stop profiting from programs that can be considered child pornography,” said PTC Tim Winter.
“AT&T claims to have ‘divested’ its interest in HBO, which produces and distributes programming that depicts children in sexually-explicit content; and to have ‘divested’ its interest in DirecTV, which distributes hardcore pornography including themes of sexual relations between step-children, children and their step-parents, adults and babysitters, and between schoolteachers and students. But the reality is that AT&T still is the 70% majority owner of both companies, and as such, it has the ability to cease the sexualization and sexual exploitation of children for profit. Is pimping children really what AT&T stands for? We certainly hope not, and we are calling on AT&T to stop this practice immediately.”
HBO streams Euphoria, a teen-targeted series with high school-aged characters, that has shown 30 male penises, a graphic scene of a child rape, violent sex with choking, explicit scenes of oral sex, other nonstop sex and drug abuse.
Discovery+ streams Naked and Afraid of Love, a reality series featuring nude male and female contestants.
AT&T-owned DirecTV airs hardcore pornography including title that suggest inter-family sexual activity.
“We call on AT&T CEO John Stankey to immediately change course and stop peddling hardcore pornography and content that sexually exploits children. AT&T’s restructuring plans do nothing to absolve the company from its responsibility,” Winter added.
7:10 Outdoor Report with Greg Roberts at www.RogueWeather.com
7:35 State Senator Dennis Linthicum from Klamath Falls, we do a big picture dive on GOP politics and where we find ourselves. https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/linthicum
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, retired professor of Business Law at SOU, and author of “Where Past Meets Present” available at www.HellGatePress.com and here’s today’s profile:
Brent Barry: From Educator to Crisis Management
By Dennis Powers
Brent Barry has been in education for his entire career. Growing up in the Rogue Valley, he graduated from South Medford High School and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Linfield College in 1996. He served afterwards as a teacher (health and math) and coach for the Crook County School District (1996-97), then the Oregon City School District (1997-99), and next Medford 549c (1999-2003). The 549c district is the largest school district in Southern Oregon, bordered directly to the north by the Central Point School District and on the south by the Phoenix-Talent School District.
Deciding to be in administration, Brent earned his Master in Education from SOU in 2005 and Administrative License from Portland State in 2007. He became Phoenix High School’s vice principal, Orchard Hill Elementary’s principal, and assistant superintendent at Phoenix-Talent. He has been the Phoenix-Talent superintendent since 2017, spending 14 years to date in this district in these different roles.
Community wise, he is on the board at Rogue Valley Family YMCA, Rogue Powerpack Program (aid for disadvantaged students) and board member emeritus/former president of then Medford-Alba Sister City association. He has served as a coach for youth club volleyball, softball, and basketball teams.
The Almeda Fire on September 8, 2020 changed the lives for many Southern Oregonians, including the 2,375 students in the Phoenix-Talent district. The raging fires demolished large parts of Phoenix and Talent, taking out roughly one-third of the student, families, and staff residences. It rendered many school buildings inaccessible for weeks with district facilities being without electricity, telephone, and Internet services–the fire destroyed electrical and fiber-optic lines in the town’s center along South Pacific Highway.
Barry’s staff within one week contacted every family in the school district to see where students now were living. “They were spread out all over our area, the state, the West Coast,” Barry said. But it did not matter where a student was located, as he and his team found a way to meet not only their educational needs, but the needs that these suddenly homeless families now faced.
Some families lost smart phones and computers by the fire, so the school district set up wireless routers in local motels and RV parks, created tutoring centers and connectivity stations throughout the Rogue Valley, and distributed Wi-Fi hotspot devices and Chromebooks to the displaced families and staff members who needed them.
Two weeks after the fire, the school district’s online classes resumed. Other Southern Oregon school districts made space for the district to use. It also raised about $2 million for families affected by the fires, including resources from Rogue Credit Union and Dutch Brothers.
Owing to the district’s outreach after the Almeda fire and rapid deployment of online resources, the Oregon Association of School Executives named Superintendent Brent Barry as the Oregon Superintendent of the Year, putting him in the running for the National Award. The balance of work, family, faith, health and friends is a challenge in today’s world, but what Brent Barry strives to model for staff and community. He also stands out.
Sources: Sources: Nick Morgan, “Brent Barry named Oregon Superintendent of the Year,” Mail Tribune, October 31, 2021 (updated) at Almeda Fire/Award; Rouge Powerpack Program: Barry Brent at Background.