Rather than argue about WHY we're discussing sexual assault right now, let us discuss the issue itself.  Because it clearly hits some people hard. 

Many more people will admit privately to sexual assault than ever reported them legally.  And we invite listeners to share their experiences in being affected by sexual assault or its reporting. 

VENTSday seeks YOUR thoughts, through our survey (below); by phone at 800-838-3760 live (or 541-552-6331 in advance); by email at

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VENTSday returns to the air this week, with an issue that always generates strong feelings: the death penalty. 

Capital punishment is still on the books in both states, though California's vote on Props 62 and 66 will determine if executions will continue there. 

What is appropriate, in your mind?  Should the state have the power to kill people, as punishment for murder?  Should crimes other than murder be eligible for death sentences? 

VENTSday seeks YOUR thoughts, through our survey (below); by phone at 800-838-3760 live (or 541-552-6331 in advance); by email at

Listeners take stage on our weekly VENTSday segment, a chance to vent on a couple of topics in the news--by phone, by email, or through our online survey. We provide the topics, you provide the opinions. 

  Topic 1: Voting by mail. If you're in Oregon, is there ANYTHING you miss about voting in polling-place elections on election day? If you're in California, is there any advantage to maintaining polling places for elections?

Topic 2: Do you support police action to evict homeless people from public places? 

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Slogans can say a lot, or very little at all. “We Like it Here. You Might Too” is a newly minted slogan meant to sum up the state of Oregon, recently commissioned by Travel Oregon to bolster tourism. What slogan sums up your community or state?

Maybe you've been nailed by a red light camera, or not. 

Or maybe you saw somebody texting away behind the wheel, oblivious to the law and paying no penalty for it.  Let's hear your traffic enforcement issues in VENTSday (take our survey in advance).

Our other topic this week: your reaction to the Super Tuesday primary and caucus results and the momentum building for this fall's presidential races.

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

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The personal and the highly political: these are the realms of this week's VENTSday. 

First, the highly political: should the nomination of a new justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court be different because this is an election year?  If so, how? Take our survey in advance.

And our more personal issue, arising from our earlier segment today: what are the worst lines you wait in... DMV? Post office? Checkout at the charity ball? 

Let your thoughts fill the air... our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them.

Suppose the drought never really ends?  How do we approach water allocations then? 

That's one topic on this week's VENTSday.  The other: do we want to erase Confederate history enough to rename Lane County (slave owner) or Fort Bragg (Confederate general)?

Our weekly VENTSday segment puts the listeners front and center.

We throw a pair of topics on the table, and let callers and emailers vent--politely--on those topics.

Some of us may be afraid to take days off from work when we're sick, because we have no paid sick leave. 

And the roads on the way to work may be poth0le-strewn, because of deficiencies in highway funding.  These are the topics of this week's VENTSday segment.

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

Let's hear your thoughts on whether Oregon communities should be allowed to block marijuana dispensaries. 

Or maybe you'd prefer to weigh in on how the United States and its allies can defuse the Ukraine/Russia situation.  Those are this week's VENTSday topics...

Should making it easy to vote include voting via the Internet? 

And while we're on the subject of voting, should there be new limits on WHEN political figures can take donations?  Those are this week's VENTSday topics.

VENTSday: Affordable College + E-Cigarettes

Feb 12, 2014

What will it take to make college more affordable in our country?

And those nifty electronic or "E-cigarettes": should we regulate those like the old-fashioned cigarettes? 

Those are the key questions in our weekly VENTSday segment.

We continue to debate whether people behind bars are there to be punished or to be given a chance to improve their lives. 

And we continue to struggle with getting our children to graduate from high school on time.  These will be the topics of this week's VENTSday segment.

California considers a statewide ban on plastic grocery bags, and Oregon gets a lousy grade for its anti-smoking efforts. 

Those news items provide the basis for this week's VENTSday segment.

Do you think your city (or county or state) should ban pit bulls or any other breed of dog?

Would you like your city (etc.) to drop any investments in fossil fuel companies?
Let's hear what you think...

If you believe in evolution, does that make you a Democrat? 

That IS the general trend in America, and one of the topics in this week's VENTSday segment, the other being a new plan for dividing California.

VENTSday: Snow Stories + Cell Phones On Planes

Dec 11, 2013

How was your week in the snow and how do you feel about cell phone use on planes?

Our weekly ritual is renewed, as we throw a pair of topics on the table--in theory, unrelated--and open up the phone lines and the email box to gather your take on either or both of the issues. 

VENTSday: O & C Timber Bill + Phones On Planes

Dec 4, 2013

There's already a wealth of opinion being offered on Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden's timber bill, and you can add to it on this week's VENTSday segment on The Exchange.

Every Wednesday at 8:30, we throw a pair of topics on the table--in theory, unrelated--and open up the phone lines and the email box to gather your take on either or both of the issues.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or 541-552-6782 or emailing

Here we are, just hours before the turkey hits the table, wondering what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

It's become a holiday tradition, that one of our two VENTSday topics concerns what we are all thankful for.

VENTSday-Filibusters + Fracking

Nov 20, 2013

Republicans in the U.S. Senate just blocked another Obama judicial nominee through the "filibuster" rule (60 votes needed to proceed to a real vote), and California just released proposed rules for "fracking."

Tell us what YOU think on these issues...

VENTSday-Property Taxes + Painkiller Controls

Nov 13, 2013

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.