Studs Terkel, writer and radio personality, always in support of working people, died at the age of 96 last week. Tom Becker reads tributes to him published in The Nation. You can find the texts here and here.
Host Melinda Bernert speaks with Joan Dalton of Project POOCH, a non-profit organization at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. Project POOCH matches abused, neglected and unwanted shelter dogs with incarcerated youth. The youth train the dogs to pass a basic obedience test and then find the dogs forever, loving homes. Project POOCH is a pioneer in prison dog therapy. Started 15 years ago by Joan Dalton, the program has since saved the lives of hundreds of shelter dogs that would otherwise be euthanized and given often forgotten youth an opportunity to learn compassion, patience, responsibility and the power of the animal human bond.
The City of Portland plans to sell more than $15 million dollars in general obligation bonds next week in order to fix up the city’s main fire station on Naito Parkway.
The sale is the last of a series of bonds issued as part of a 53 million dollar measure approved by taxpayers in 1998.
Besides being an inopportune time to dip into the bond market, KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld explains how the bond sale comes with news about the city’s increasing debt obligations.
This morning US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced that some of the massive bailout package could be used to help consumers.
In his remarks, Paulson acknowledged that the bailout hasn’t delivered what he promised, when he asked Congress for the money last month.
He tried to make the case for the continuation of bank buyouts, but decided against the government buying devalued mortgages.
Dedrick Muhammed, with the Institute for Policy Studies, believes that what Paulson proposes is just more of the same.