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Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian car guy joins Bill for the Weekly Transportation News Segment.

Today, we’ll talk with Eric about The Orange Man and the Cafe Karens, which you can read his article below, for more on the subject.

The Orange Man and the CAFE KARENS

Read more cool stuff from Eric, all over at: EPAutos.com

7:10: Dr. Anne Hendershott, Professor of Sociology at Franciscan University talks with Bill this morning.

In her recent American Spectator piece Dr. Anne Hendershott argues that progressive Minnesota politicians like Governor Tim Walz have been mistakenly advancing the narrative that “outsiders” were responsible for the violence, the looting, and the arson.

Dr. Hendershott draws from arrest data to demonstrate that the rioters are not all “outside agitators” hired to create chaos.

Rather, public records from jail rosters show that the overwhelming majority of those arrested for rioting, unlawful assembly, disturbing the peace, and burglary related crimes from Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31, listed Minnesota as their address.

7:55: Kevin Christy, “The Man In The Truck,” who drove through protestors in Medford on Monday is here to tell us his side of the story, as he drove home from work, and was met with a wall of “peaceful protestors.”

8:45: Randall Lee with Advanced Air joins Bill this morning for the Open For Business Segment.

Today, we’ll talk with Randall about some of the great deals that Advanced Air offers, and some other things like:

  • Factory rebates expire at the end of June
  • Planned maintenance should be scheduled and performed now
    • Don’t wait for extreme heat and system failure
    • There is a distinction between maintenance and repair service

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Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

7:45: Herman Baertschiger Jr, Oregon State Senator and Josephine County Commissioner Elect chats with Bill about the latest goings-on in the State Senate and more!

8:10: Jeremy Dys, Special Counsel for Litigation and Communitcation at First Liberty chats with Bill.

How did we end up where we are with the riots? First Liberty’s Jeremy Dys believes that what it boils down to is a pattern of suppressing civil rights which leads to an abuse of power. Case in point, how states cracked down on houses of worship during the pandemic.

“The last three months reveal that too many state and local officials often resist that limitation on their power. The truth serum embedded in the coronavirus appears to be that it reveals the lust for power dormant in many public officials. They believe it within their power to, like a light switch, turn civil rights on or off as they see fit.”

Newsweek – The Bill of Rights Is Not Dead Yet

How did we go from Minneapolis’ Mayor Frey declaring that a church wanting to hold in-person services at 25% capacity would be a “public health disaster,” to four days later Mayor Frey distributing masks to protestors who are not respecting social distancing? We’ll discuss it.

8:45: Mike McCoy with Skillbillies talks with Bill for today’s edition of Open For Business.

We’re here to tell you about the rate of pay for Skillbillies. We put them in three pay grades.

A. Really skilled in fixing homes, at least 10 years experience. $45 an hr.
B. Medium Skilled but limited in some areas, at least 5 years of experience…$30 an hour
C. Unskilled but want to learn, usually accompanied by a senior skillbilly, $15.00 an hour.

Skillbillies.com head over to find out more. Or, give Mike a call to either find out what kind of deal you can get, or if you’d like to join the Skillbillies.





Bill’s Guests: Monday, June 1, 2020

6:40: Steve Milloy, publisher of JunkScience.com chats with Bill this morning.

ExxonMobil held its annual shareholders meeting in which it laid out its efforts to advance lower-emissions technologies, including carbon capture. Former Trump EPA transition team member and publisher of JunkScience.com, Steve Milloy, attended the meeting and presented a proposal to the company relaying concern about 1) its honesty with shareholders regarding their “green” promises and 2) its misleading statements when filing with the SEC.

Milloy echoed these concerns in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week. In the piece, he addresses corporations’ transparency with shareholders about claims that they’re “green,” that they’re “closer to zero than hero” as well as their misleading statements when filing.

From Steve’s op-ed: 

“If a company wants to tout emissions cuts, for example, it should mention that man-made emissions of greenhouse gases are 55.3 billion tons a year and are going up, according to the U.N. Or if a utility wants to boast about closing a few coal plants, it must also describe how there are hundreds, perhaps more than 1,000, new coal plants being built around the world. Shareholders should know that in a global context, corporate actions on climate are a lot smaller than advertised—closer to zero than hero.”

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

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian jons the show for today’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.”

Steve Roe

by Dennis Powers

Steve Roe’s father, Ross, started working with General Motors in Illinois in 1950 and secured his Michigan car dealership in 1967. Born in 1956, Steve Roe graduated in 1975 from Sault High School in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. While attending high school he started working for his dad’s “Roe Chevrolet Oldsmobile” in 1972 and continued working in different departments of the family business for some ten years (his favorite part was “selling and servicing snowmobiles”).

During this time, he attended Northwood University in mid-Michigan and graduated in 1978 with his BBA in Accounting and Automotive Marketing. Continuing with another dealership in Durand, Michigan, and then the family dealership, Steve’s dad later sold his dealership in 1983.   

When the Roe family decided to move West in 1983, they spent nine months looking for a dealership, as Ross and Steve did most of the traveling. The timing was good at this time, as Ross’s two youngest children Lori and Brad were just out of high school, and brothers Steve and Jim Roe were still single. They had come as a family.

A dealer in Portland advised them to talk to Dick Bartle in Grants Pass. Steve remembers talking about the dealership in beautiful Riverside Park, and staying the night at Patrick’s Creek Lodge on the way to Crescent City, which imprinted the beauty of this region on the family. After buying the local Bartle-McKee dealership, the entire family for a time lived in a mobile home on Leonard Road.

In 1983, Steve Roe became the General Manager of Roe Motors, a position that he still fulfills to today. The business thrived over time, and after the tough times in the Great Recession, thrived again to include expanding its downtown location to nearby lots. A Cadillac, Buick and GMC dealership, the company earned the 2010 and 2016 Better Business Bureau “Business of the Year” award for Oregon and SW Washington, as well as the 2011 Cadillac Master Dealer award. In addition, Roe Motors was the only Cadillac dealer in Oregon and Washington to earn this award based on excellent Cadillac sales and high customer satisfaction. The Roe family was awarded the 2015 Family Business of the Year from the OSU- Austin School of Business.

Ross Roe believed in helping his community and among his many achievements before his death at age 91 in 2019 was his involvement in building the Performing Arts Center in Grants Pass and the annual Josephine County Tree Planting youth event. Dating back to earning the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager, Steve also continued his father’s involvement and personally committed to community organizing and contribution.

Examples include work and board of directorships with the Josephine County/Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce, Asante Health System board (2002–present, including Chairman of the Board), Rogue Gateway Rotary (Grants Pass and since 1992), Four Way Community Foundation (serving Josephine and Western Jackson counties) , Oregon Community Foundation–Southern Oregon Leadership Council, and the Crater Lake Boy Scout Council.

In 2016, Steve followed through with a promise to shave his head when the Roe Motors team met its fundraising goal in raising $15,000 for the Grants Pass Relay for Life. In addition, Roe Motors raised over $4,000 in a five-hour car wash to benefit the Blue Slide Project for a handicap accessible playground at Parkside School in Grants Pass.

He enjoys volunteering with his therapy dogs at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Steve is married to Kristi Roe and they have five grandchildren. He enjoys spending time at Diamond Lake (riding his snowmobile over the trails in the winter), reading, technology and giving back to others. Yes, he stands out not only for his accomplishments, but also for his unselfish time commitment to make this region better.

Sources: “Steve Roe” at Background; KOBI-5 TV, “A man and his dog making a difference in the Rogue Valley,” at Service with Therapy Dogs; Grants Pass Daily Courier, “Roe Motors Enjoys Giving Back to the Community,” December 8, 2019 at Company Contributions; “Roe Motors”, Grants Pass Daily Courier, February 24, 2017, at History.