Abe and Joe examine the two educational bond measures on the May 2011 ballot.
Portland Public Schools has two bond measures on the May ballot. One would provide funds to update and renovate Portland's aging public school facilities, while the other would provide funds to prevent teacher layoffs and preserve vulnerable programs. Abe and Joe dig into the two measures, and discuss the long chain of events and priorities that have led us to the point where the schools must go begging to taxpayers in order to keep paying teachers.
Chuck and Bill talk about what the problems with the Oregon budget are - revenue short-falls, tax-cuts and the recession rather than social spending and taxes - and the problems with the Governer and legislature's solutions.
Today's show, hosted by Joe Clement, is relatively shorter because of the pledge drive. We hear about the death penalty and law day, Islamophobia and Islamic feminism, the right and wrong way to think about Oregon's budget problems, and a short commentary on the assissination of Osama Bin Laden.
The more things change... The latest WikiLeaks dump exposes the gulag at Guantanamo Bay.
The prison at Guantanamo Bay is a lingering blight of Bush's -- and now Obama's -- War on Terror. The latest WikiLeaks dump exposes the flimsy evidence on which some people are still being held, and the apparent indifference with which others were released. And once again, the documents confirm that torture is an accepted instrument of U.S. foreign policy. Abe and Joe sift through the leaks and ponder whether the Bill of Rights will ever again be in vogue.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann Bowman discusses the upcoming Portland Public School measures on the May 17th 2011 ballot to: Renovate, rebuild, update safetly features in schools, and pay for teaching positions. Measures 26-121 and 26-122.