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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2013
10:39 am
Wed November 13, 2013

VENTSday-Property Taxes + Painkiller Controls

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Callers debate the merits of property taxes and changes to the system.

A recent report suggests it may be time to tinker (to put it mildly) with property tax reform, and the federal government says it's time to tighten the controls on some painkillers.

It must be VENTSday.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2013
10:38 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Justice And Peace From Our Region To Honduras

Wake for three indigenous Tolupan leaders shot trying to protect their community and ancestral homeland from unauthorized mining and illegal logging.
Credit Lucy Edwards

Lucy Edwards, Jim Phillips and Paula Sohl describe their work in Honduras.

Fewer than half of Americans admit going to church. 

But some of the people who do go to church go far beyond the standard Sunday visit.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2013
1:20 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Medford's #2 Cop Becomes Springfield's #1

Credit Tim Doney

Chief-to-be Tim Doney explains the move to Springfield.

Medford's loss in policing is Springfield's gain. 

Medford Deputy Police Chief Tim Doney will leave the force in Medford after more than a quarter-century on the job. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2013
1:17 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Clearing The Air: Woodburning Controls In Effect

Credit Katie Campbell/EarthFix

Jackson Baures of Jackson County Health explains woodburning advisories.

It took a long time to clear the air, but the winter air in the greater Medford area is greatly improved from a couple of decades ago. 

In the late 80s, Jackson County and several cities passed ordinances regulating home woodstoves and fireplaces. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2013
1:15 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

GMO And The OMG Factor

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Jeremy Seifert talks about his documentary "GMO OMG".

Opponents of genetically modified food products (GMO) suffered a setback when Washington voters, like California's a year ago, declined to enact a law requiring labels on GMO foods. 

But the electoral setback likely has little effect on the passion of the anti-GMO crowd. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2013
10:44 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Helping Women Leaders Set Goals

Anika Hedstrom and Barbara Tyler talk about setting goals and keeping focused on them, and the importance of the process for women.

Just about all of us can use the occasional brush-up on skills and attitudes in our jobs. 

And the chance to compare notes may be more important for women in leadership positions (see our 9 AM entry for this date).

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2013
10:41 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The "New Soft War On Women"

Credit Tarcher Penguin Books

Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Barnett talks about different standards--still--for men and women at work.

Women rule!  Or should, right?  In the United States today, women are half the educated work force and earn more than half the advanced college degrees. 

And yet, women still earn barely more than 75 cents for every dollar men make. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2013
11:27 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Road Taxes By The Mile Come To Oregon (Voluntarily)

Credit Ken Lund

Cars and trucks generally pay their road taxes through the gas pump… those taxes are added to the price of a gallon of gasoline. 

But hybrids and straight electrics use as much pavement, but much less (or no) gasoline.  Which is why the Oregon Legislature will allow cars and light trucks to pay up to a penny and a half per mile traveled. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 8, 2013
10:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Why Southern Oregon University Must "Retrench"

Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University
Credit SOU

SOU President Mary Cullinan explains the need for, and process of, retrenchment.

The use of the word "retrenchment" at Southern Oregon University this week is more than euphemism.

The retrenchment process allows the administration to cut programs and faculty without breaking contracts.  And SOU needs to make cuts to stay within its budget. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 8, 2013
10:55 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Documenting The Best (And Worst) Of Archaeology

Archaeological dig in the United Kingdom.
Credit David Glass/Wikimedia

Rick Pettigrew talks about archaeology and the films about it he's bringing to Ashland.

Much of our history is underfoot, literally. 

Archaeology is all about digging into the ground to find clues to previous inhabitants and previous civilizations. 

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