A look at the best and worst of the year and decade in Portland
A look back at the best and the worst of the year and decade.
A 12-year-old girl shot by police with a beanbag, failed attempt to recall the mayor, new community journalism, solving Portland's gang problem, race and recession...these are just some of the issues Voices from the Edge covered during 2009. This week well be taking a look back the lows and highs in the Rose City the last 12 months as well as memorable moments earlier in the decade: remember Police Chief Mark Kroeker, Mayor Katz's River Renaissance, or Columbia Villa?
Voices from the Edge host Dave Mazza invited listeners to lead the conversation on issues they felt important. Among the topics discussed were the U.S.'s failure to support strong carbon reduction goals at the Copenhagen conference, the ongoing environmental threats of LNG terminals and pipelines proposed for the Oregon coast, and the importance of local activism.
Chuck Sheketoff of the Oregon Center for Public Policy joins Abe and Joe to talk about Measures 66 a
Chuck Sheketoff of the Oregon Center for Public Policy joins Abe and Joe to talk about Ballot Measures 66 & 67, both of which will go before voters in January's special election. The measures push a hot-button issue in American politics -- taxes.
Jo Ann and Dave talked about the recent demonstration by the Portland Police Association, in which the association expressed a vote of no confidence in Chief Sizer and Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman following the latter's decision to suspend Officer Chris Humphreys for excessive use of force against a 12-year-old girl.
Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog joins Abe and Joe for a perusal of the health care legislation that has emerged from the House and that which should shortly be produced by the Senate. Surprise -- the insurance industry is going to get everything it wants, and the American people will get only a fraction of what they need.
With President Obama and the Congressional Democrats committed to passing some sort of health care bill -- regardless of whether it's worth a damn -- this is shaping up to be another in a long line of wasted opportunities. Once again, the guys with the gold are making the rules.