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Jan asks if we’ve ever had gasoline above $5 a gallon in Oregon until recently? Here’s a chart from Gas Buddy Dot com. We got close back in June of 2012 with an average retail price of around $4.23, adjusted for inflation it would be $5.30 per gallon. The “bite” back then was even harder than our price of today, but it still hurts everyone. What I think is even more important is the price of DIESEL, given the agriculture, shipping, and FOOD issues connected to it. This chart is from from www.EIA.gov. The nationwide price has diesel peaking at $4.77 in July of 2008. Inflation adjusted that would be $6.37 today. Nationwide price seems to have peaked near $5.07. One big difference between then and NOW is the supply chain hadn’t been shot in the head by global tyrants. UPDATE – Found a gas price for 7/2008, not on the Gas Buddy Chart which had Oregon regular at $4.27 per gallon, inflation adjusted is $5.70 today.
Thursday 4-14-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Matt Roberts with the Greenway Recovery Project talking the recent fire, homeless situation, what’s working and what isn’t.
7:30 Ron Gordon has the market update from Edward Jones
7:35 Phoenix Mayor Terry Baker discusses the continuing rebuild of the city post Almeda Fire, including an update on the Public Safety Building Project
8:10 Oregon 2nd District U.S. Congressman Cliff Bentz, we discuss drought, water issues, and inflation. Letter that the congressman sent to the President on behalf of the Klamath Farmers.
Wednesday 4-13-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 “Wheels Up Wednesday” with Eric Peters, automotive journalist with www.EpAutos.com
Today’s Featured Articles
The 2022 Ford Bronco! https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2022/04/11/2022-ford-bronco/
Corn Pop Mandates…more Corn – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2022/04/13/corn-pop-mandates-more-corn/
There’s an App for That – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2022/04/13/theres-an-app-for-that/
7:10 Greg Roberts, www.RogueWeather.com we talk the winter weather and last night’s fire
7:20 Aaron Ott, City of Medford Emergency Management Coordinator has the latest on last night’s Pacific Pride 4-alarm fire.
7:35 Court Boice, conservative running for the GOP nomination for Governor – More about Court at BoiceGovernor.org
8:10 Dr. Sayed Haider M.D. from www.MyGoToDoc.com and today we talk about the best medical preps, including antibiotics to store away for an emergency.
(From Dr. Haider)
Being prepared for all medical situations has never been more important. Dr. Haider announces, “We have prepared the ultimate preppers med kit which includes a written handbook plus prescriptions plus unlimited access to a team of doctors.”
Visit mygotodoc.com to explore the options, including antibiotics to keep on hand for common infections: pneumonia, sinusitis, strep throat, and to treat bioterror threats with 30% or higher death rates including pathogens like anthrax, plague and tularemia.
Tuesday 4-12-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
7:35 Herman Baertschiger, Josephine County Commissioner and Oregon Republican Party Chair talks politics, the sportsmans park story and other issues in the state and Josephine County.
8:10 Dr. John Lott is the author of Gun Control Myths: How politicians, the media, and botched “studies” have twisted the facts on gun control More on John: https://crimeresearch.org/about-us/
Dr. Lott and I discuss the Biden attack on “Ghost Guns”.
8:35 Vance Day, running for position 3 on the Oregon Court of Appeals, find out all about his campaign at www.teamVanceDay.org
Monday 4-11-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Resident Scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, Dr. Merrill Matthews –
The good Dr. and I discuss what the Fed Interest Rate increases are REALLY all about.
Additionally He sends some links about Russian paying Gang Greens hear to fight domestic fracking.
And you might find this one kinda fun.
Clearing Up Media Confusion About the Fed’s Interest Rate Increases
There are lots of news stories about the Federal Reserve Bank’s decision to begin raising interest rates, and many of them may create more confusion than clarity, especially when the stories try to explain what the rate hike means for consumers.
On March 16 the Fed raised the federal funds rate by 25 basis points—that is, a quarter of a percentage point. The Fed is expected to increase that rate at each of its next six meetings this year, to about 1.9 percent by the end of the year.
News stories often quickly shift from reporting the rate increase to discussions of how that affects other interest rates.
The confusion I hear from many people is wondering whether raising the fed funds rate directly affects the interest rates they are currently paying on such items as a home mortgage, car loan or even credit card debt.
The short answer is an increase in the fed funds rate typically won’t directly affect most existing consumer loans—but it likely will affect future loans.
Here’s the backstory. Banks are required to keep a certain percentage of their deposits in an account with the Federal Reserve Bank. If they run short of that reserve amount, they can borrow overnight from another bank that has excess reserves. The interest rate charged by that lending bank is the federal funds rate.
The Fed doesn’t force banks to lend to each other at that rate; rather it’s a target rate. The actual rate banks charge each other is negotiated. In its March 16 announcement, the Fed recommended a target rate of between .25 and .50 percent. The Fed is likely to increase that recommended rate at its next meeting in May.
While the fed funds rate increase won’t affect most people’s current interest rates, it will affect the “prime rate,” which is the rate commercial banks charge their most creditworthy borrowers.
The prime rate is generally about three percentage points higher than the fed funds rate, so an increase in the fed funds rate generally means an increase in the prime rate, which means an even bigger increase for most borrowers.
The Fed’s goal in raising the fed funds rate is to slow down the economy. Higher interest rates mean higher costs for businesses and individuals, which mean less business investment and consumer spending.
The challenge is to slow the economy just enough to lower inflation while avoiding a recession. Not everyone is sure this Fed us up to the task.
7:10 Mark Seligman, Josephine County Commission Candidate – discusses his issues with funding the Sheriffs Department
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, retired professor of Business Law at Southern Oregon University. Here’s today’s “Where Past Meets Present”. www.DennisPowersBooks.com
Bobby Doerr: Hall of Famer
By Dennis Powers
Robert Pershing Doerr (“Bobby Doerr”) was born in Los Angeles in 1919, and his middle name was in honor of WW I famed, General John J. Pershing. Bobby believed that he would have had to work for the telephone company like the rest of his family if he hadn’t found his baseball career. He was 16 when he joined the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1934, and moved with the team to San Diego in 1936, where they became the Padres.
Hall-of-Famer Eddie Collins signed him with the American League’s Boston Red Sox on the same day as Ted Williams. After the 1936 season in San Diego, Doerr spent the winter fly fishing for steelhead in Oregon, where he fell in love with Monica Roseman Terpin, the teacher in the one-room schoolhouse after meeting her at a dance. The next spring, Doerr was called by the Red Sox to join future Hall of Fame stars Ted Williams, Joe Cronin, Jimmie Foxx, and Lefty Grove.
At the young age of 18, Bobby made his big-league debut on April 20, 1937. (After this season, Doerr and Monica were married.) Dubbed the “Silent Captain” by his longtime teammate and friend, Ted Williams, he first played 8 full seasons with the Red Sox, missing 1945 due to his service in World War II, and completed his 14 seasons from 1946 – 1951. Doerr was modest and very well-liked by teammates and competitors alike. He was a nine-time All-Star with a .288 lifetime average, 2,042 hits, 223 home runs, and 1,247 RBIs. He had six seasons with at least 100 RBIs.
His fielding was excellent, including 414 straight games without an error at second base, which was a record at the time. Doerr lead the league in fielding percentage (four times), double play (four times), and assists (three times), not to mention different batting statistics as slugging percentage, triples, and the like. He credited his fielding skill to endless hours bouncing a rubber ball against the front steps of his family’s Los Angeles home.
After a bad back forced him to retire after the 1951 season, Doerr moved his family to Junction City, his wife’s hometown, so their son, Don, could go to middle school. (Junction City’s population now is some 6,000; it’s located in Lane County, north of Eugene on Highway 99 and near the Willamette River.)
He was a coach with the Red Sox from 1967-69 and a batting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980. Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski credited Doerr for helping him break a bad start when he went onto becoming the league’s MVP while the Red Sox won the AL pennant.
Bobby Doerr was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1983–and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986; the Red Sox retired his No. 1 jersey in 1988 and elected him to their Hall of Fame in 1995. Since 2008, Junction City has hosted the Bobby Doerr Baseball Classic each June for players under 14 years old.
Before his wife, Monica, died in 2003, they had been married for 65 years. When he died on November 13, 2017, he was 99 years-old–the longest-living Baseball Hall of Famer ever–and more than likely its classiest act. In honor of his fishing (and life), a room is named for him at the Paradise Lodge on the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River.
Sources: Jeff Bernard, Associated Press, “Red Sox great Doerr Dies at 99”, Mail tribune, September 14, 2017, at Bobby Doer Background; IMDb Website: Bobby Doerr at