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The people of Lane County had had enough.  They watched as child abuse rates stayed stubbornly high in the county, and wanted to bring them down. 

So 90by30 was born, a program that aimed to reduce child abuse by 90% in the county by the year 2030. 

It's now been five years since the idea first took shape, and time for an update with some of the key figures in the program. 

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The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, it often appears. 

And it's often hard to believe that it happens by accident.  Not an accident at all, says John Perkins, who once used his economic training to advise the likes of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. 

He calls himself in those days an "economic hit man," and wrote a book about the activities of himself and his colleagues. 

He's now added chapters to update The New Confessions of An Economic Hit Man


Thomas Nahimana devotes himself to conflict resolution, and he can speak with authority about conflict. 

Nahimana is Rwandan, and a survivor of the genocide of the mid-1990s. 

His current home is in France, but there's a good chance he will return to Rwanda to run for president next year. 

Nahimana visits Coos Bay tonight (March 16) to offer "Lessons in Nonviolent Conflict Resolution" at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

The fate of the Jordan Cove LNG plan is one of two big topics on this week's VENTSday. 

Tell us your thoughts on the rejection of the gas pipeline and export terminal plan... or, on this Sunshine Week, give your thoughts on openness in government (or the lack of it). 

VENTSday is YOUR forum for discussing topics in the news... we identify the topics, you do the rest, every Wednesday around 8:30 AM.

Get a head start by taking our survey-of-the-week on our Facebook page, or join the VENTSday party on-air by calling in your comments to 800-838-3760.

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Some days you just want people to stop yelling at each other. 

One end of the political spectrum says individual freedoms are the most important thing in the United States.  The other end says we all have to work together for the common good. 

Take heart that we are decidedly NOT having this argument for the first time.  In fact, we've been fighting about it since before the Constitution was even written, as Colin Woodard points out in his book American Character

Woodard blew our mind five years ago with American Nations, his book showing the very different regional cultures that made up the "united" states. 

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One of California's smallest counties is beset with one of the state's biggest problems: domestic violence. 

The Del Norte County Sheriff's office received domestic violence calls in the dozens until six years ago. 

That's when the number mushroomed into the hundreds, and now tops 1,000 per year, more per capita than in any other county in all of California.  The reasons and remedies are elusive. 

Emily Cureton, now the Exchange producer, spent a year delving into the domestic violence situation in Del Norte County. 

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Between electric cars and mobile devices, you'd think our electricity consumption would be heading up sharply.   

But new devices are so energy efficient--think LED lights, for example--that we're holding the line.

In fact, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council reports that the Northwest can meet its energy needs for the next 20 years with no new power plants, thanks to conservation.

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When atheists gather, is it considered a congregation?

We'll find out by June, when atheists plan to gather by the thousands at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington for Reason Rally 2016

You hear plenty in the news about people who think religion should be okay in the "public square;" Reason Rally takes the opposite view. 

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The Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is a significant step for gay rights in the country.  The obtaining of those rights has been neither easy nor quick. 

The basic history often jumps from the Stonewall Riots of 1969 to the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.  Historian Jim Downs fills in the years in between, in his book Stand By Me

They were years of community-building for what we call the LGBT community today. 

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The paper is signed; Oregon's minimum wage will push up in steps over the next five years, eventually reaching $14.75 per hour in the Portland area, less outside the metro counties. 

Legislative passage was not a smooth process; business owners worry that they will lose workers or have to raise prices sharply to keep up. 


Oregon's election-year legislative sessions are supposed to be short (five weeks), affairs aimed at general housekeeping. 

But this year's just-completed session got a bit more ambitious, in part because of pressure to produce legislation before ballot measures could force the state's hand in November's election. 

What do people contact their legislators about, in this or any session?  Tiffany Telfer Edwards is Communications Director for her husband, Sen. Chris Edwards of Eugene. 

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Recent editions of Grimm's Fairy Tales have taken the tales back to their roots, which are rather gruesome.  Characters get hacked, die, and even get eaten by other people. 

Turns out a LOT of tales from centuries gone by were like that. 

The 17th-century Italian poet Giambattista Basile served up a tasty collection (read: gross) in his The Tale of Tales. 


The "Yes California" movement goes beyond the idea of the State of Jefferson, beyond carving California up into smaller states. 

The Yes California people think California should become a country.  It is already one of the top ten economies in the world all by itself. 

And Louis Marinelli says there are many compelling reasons for California to tell the United States goodbye. 

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The concept of community rights could grow in stature this year, especially if a ballot measure on those rights makes it to the November ballot. 

The Oregon Community Rights Network stands behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would spell out the rights of communities to decide their own futures. 

The range of issues potentially affected run the gamut from GMOs to gentrification. 

Penguin Books

"Magic" in today's world is largely in fiction or on stage: Harry Potter and disappearing elephants.  But we live in an age where science holds sway, and it was not always so compelling. 

Centuries ago, our ancestors really believed in witches and transformations and more. 

The Book of Magic, edited by Brian Copenhaver, is an exhaustive look at what people believed in, often intertwined with religion, until The Enlightenment. 


Don't get excited by the term "SLIDO," it is NOT one of those little hamburgers (that's a slider). 

SLIDO is the Statewide Landslide Information Layer for Oregon, and a pretty good acronym for a program that keeps track of landslides. 

The rains of this winter showed us what can happen when the earth slides--like on several Douglas County roads--and the SLIDO maps show where slides can happen and have. 

The state Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) runs the SLIDO program. 

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"I hope I die before I get old," The Who sang in their early years.  We're happy to report that both singer and songwriter are still with us, and in their seventies. 

But their former declaration is evidence of society's profoundly complicated feelings about aging. 

The feelings are explored further in the documentary film OLD?!, which brings together the musings on aging of dozens of people of widely varying ages. 

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Talk of a "master race" can quickly turn the blood cold, conjuring up memories of the Third Reich in Germany.  But the concept of improving the human race through eugenics was quite popular with some influential people in our country early in the 20th century. 

Even, as it turns out, the U.S. Supreme Court.  The court ruled in favor of a state that wanted to sterilize a young woman, because she was considered inferior for breeding.  The vote was not close. 

Former New York Times and Time magazine staffer Adam Cohen explores the case and its implications in his book Imbeciles

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If you don't own cattle or at least never graze cattle on public lands, many of the issues raised during the Malheur Refuge Occupation can seem rather obscure. 

The basic facts: federal lands are open to cattle grazing, and ranchers get pretty decent prices for their use of the land. 

Beyond that, it can get into the weeds--literally--with terms like AUMs, Animal Unit Months. 

Oregon Public Broadcasting reporters Jes Burns and Tony Schick put in many hours untangling the weeds, as it were. 

The likes of Roseburg High School don't have to change mascots after all.  A change in state policy allows the school's teams to remain the "Roseburg Indians" with the consent of a nearby tribe. 

How do YOU feel about native american mascots?  Tell us in this week's VENTSday, Wednesday morning. 

Or talk about the value and practice of allowing cattle grazing on public land.   VENTSday is YOUR forum for discussing topics in the news... we identify the topics, you do the rest, every Wednesday around 8:30 AM.