There were some heated arguments among the friends, who included an orchardist, a farmer, a retired salesman, a bank manager, a county extension agent, a founder of the local Planned Parenthood chapter, a grocery store owner and a high school girl. The issues of the day were primarily about the Cold War and Soviet aggression in developing countries. Votes often represented as many opinions as there were people in the Central Point group, but the arguments were always civil, and meetings ended with a shared dessert. The Foreign Policy Association still runs Great Decisions groups that got their start in Portland, Ore., in 1954. Through these discussions, individual opinions can still be heard in Washington.