On September 23, 2014, the Washington County Board heard a proposal in a closed work session, from Director of Health and Human Services Marni Kuyl, to close the two publicly-funded health clinics, on in Hillsboro and another in Beaverton.
The proposal cites increased insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act and Oregon’s Medicaid expansion as driving factors of reduced patient numbers.
However, the closure of these clinics will effectively end publicly-funded health care in the county. 9:09 minutes (8.38 MB)
Mike McLane is a Republican State Representative in Oregon's 55th House District. He talked with Don Merrill about his support for renewable energy, his work to set up a water storage project to serve irrigation needs and why, in his view, Cover Oregon supporters who are now Cover Oregon detractors as November approaches fool no one. 29:50 minutes (27.31 MB)
Margo Howard is author of the book, Eat, Drink and Remarry: Confessions of a Serial Wife. She is the daughter of Ann Landers, the niece of Dear Abby, and the author of several other books including Eppie: The Story of Ann Landers and A Life in Letters: Ann Landers letters to her Only Child. She talks with Don Merrill about how being a romantic makes her like being married, why she never thought about whether or not the families of the men she was marrying wanted to "protect" them from her and how her relationship with her first cousin parallels the relationship of her mother and her aunt a generation earlier. 14:56 minutes (13.67 MB)
David Bronner is the president of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, the company known for its natural ingredient based soaps as well as the quirky labels on its packaging. Mr. Bronner talked with Don Merrill about the care with which his family carries on the tradition of their grandfather Emanuel, the need for GMO labeling to help wrest control of food from food companies and why we are throwing away a multibillion dollar market to the Chinese and the Europeans. 29:52 minutes (27.35 MB)
On September 30, United States bankruptcy Judge ruled that water shut offs to the poorest of Detroiters. Thousands of people have rallied and confronted the Detroit Water and Sewer Department for mass water shut offs since early this summer. The United Nations recently declared that access to water constitutes a human right and that the city of Detroit is in the wrong by shutting the water off. 8:19 minutes (7.62 MB)
Mike Beilstein is a candidate for the Pacific Green party who is running for US Representative in Oregon's 4th District. He talked with Don Merrill about balancing economic growth with the need to protect natural resources, why he would work to declassify marijuana as a Class 1 narcotic and why its important for members of Congress to not solely focus on the needs of their constituencies to the detriment of the rest of the country. 29:37 minutes (27.11 MB)
Mark Seligman is a Libertarian candidate running for the Oregon House in District 3. He talked with Don Merrill about how the vote in Josephine County against the most recent levy was the right one, how he says the city attorneys in Cave Junction scared city council out of the idea of supporting marijuana dispensaries and how if he were elected, his focus would be primarily on bringing jobs to his district and help him and his neighbors take care of their own. 28:04 minutes (25.7 MB)