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Oregon Crossroads

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Public policy and opinion from Dr. Bud Pierce featuring Oregon industry and community leaders.
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The COVID Pause
With the uptick of cases and the announcement of the Governor's new COVID "Pause" we are reminded of the need for REAL leadership in Oregon. We have great news on vaccines, and I talk about the real situation in Oregon's hospitals.
November 19, 2020
What can we do about Portland?
After 7 continuous months, violence and riots are continuing in Portland. What can we do about it? Well, it's not that complicated. But it is going to require leadership - leadership we don't currently have.
October 30, 2020
Education During COVID
Distance learning has been challenging for kids, parents, and school districts alike. But we are learning a lot, and much of it is what not to do. Our kids deserve a great education during COVID, and it needs to work for them and their parents. It needs to be flexible.  I had just a few thoughts on how to make it work better. 
October 10, 2020
COVID and Kids
Here is what we know about COVID and kids. Children aren't very susceptible to the harsh effects of the virus - however, they can be transmitters. I also touch on the vaccine, and why we shouldn't "victim" blame those who get the COVID.
October 02, 2020
Ep. 15 - Fires
The past week has been devastating. These fires have forced nearly 10% of our population to evacuate their homes. My prayers are with everyone affected.   This was filmed yesterday, but I am just getting around to posting it. I discuss the short term actions we can take to keep these fires from being so devastating. We need to manage our forest properly. I break down the reasons why, currently, we aren't doing that.
September 12, 2020
Ep. 14 - Education Reform: What can we learn from Massachusetts?
Massachusetts went from one of the worst public K-12 education systems in the county to one of the best. What can we learn from them about giving our kids the education they deserve? With school starting back up, in whatever capacity, it seemed fitting to talk about how we can improve the schooling for our kids. Happy Labor Day weekend!
September 09, 2020
The best prevention (and treatments) for Coronavirus
There is a lot of scientific research going on into a variety of different treatments for COVID-19 - vaccines, plasma treatments, etc. But there is a little known, and very cheap, steroid that is working best right now to keep people alive and breathing if they have a serious case. As we look forward to the future, it is likely we will never "get rid" of this virus completely - at least in the short term. So what can we do personally to help prevent serious complications? I lay out the one big thing in this episode.
September 09, 2020
It is really sad to see what is going on in Portland. Violence and destruction must stop and people and property need to be safe to walk the streets again. There are a lot of things we must do in the long term to make sure everyone feels safe, but we must get the rioting and looting under control in our major cities. (this episode was completed with the help of my dogs 😊)
August 28, 2020
COVID Update - Schools and Vaccines
COVID numbers still look good in Oregon. But what is next? With school starting soon and developments in treatments, there is still a lot going on with COVID. Many families are struggling to figure out what to do with schools being closed. We know kids are very unlikely to get sick from the virus, and initial research is telling us they are less likely to be vectors of transmission. But the research still isn't robust. Our policymakers need to be keeping their eye on these studies as they develop
August 22, 2020
Ep. 13 - One Rotten Apple Makes the Whole Barrel Bad
Any bad actors can tarnish the reputation of the whole. Whether it is doctors, teachers, or cops, one bad apple can bring the whole organization down. We need to make sure we are holding each other accountable, not coming to their defense for the sole reason that "they are one of us."
August 07, 2020
Ep. 12 - Rights and Responsibilities
When we focus on our responsibilities to one another, we do a lot better exercising our rights. One cannot go without the other. In a time with so much turmoil, a lot of people are asserting their rights. Everyone has the rights given to us in our Constitution, but each one of us has the responsibility to use those rights in a way that doesn't tear down others. Watch on YouTube:
July 24, 2020
Ep. 11 - Policing and Black Lives Matter
Most of you know me from my conversations about the pandemic, medicine, and science. I am stepping a little bit outside of that space today to talk about the recent national conversation about policing and racial issues. These topics always carry a lot of emotion, but I think we have more common ground than our national leaders and conversation would make it seem. Watch on YouTube:
July 20, 2020
COVID-19 Uptick & Masks
It has been a while since I last spoke on COVID-19. But I have been watching the uptick in cases closely. Overall, we are still doing well. But we need to make sure we are taking the precautions necessary.
July 10, 2020
Coronavirus: What's next?
The Coronavirus situation in Oregon continues to improve. What are the next steps? What can we expect in the coming months? Will there be a second wave? Dr. Bud Peirce breaks it down on this episode of Oregon Crossroads. Watch on YouTube here:
April 24, 2020
The Biology of Coronavirus
Dr. Bud Pierce breaks down the biology of the Coronavirus and gives an update on how we are doing in Oregon. We have existed with viruses and microorganisms for all of human history. There is so much we do not know about viruses in general, but especially this one. Watch on YouTube here:
April 17, 2020
April 10 Coronavirus Update - Oregon is in good shape
All things considered, Oregon is in good shape when it comes to the number of infections and numbers of deaths compared to many parts of the nation. Social distancing measures and stay at home orders seem to be working. How long will these lockdowns last? I am not sure, but if our data in the curve is any indication, I hope it can be soon. Watch on YouTube:
April 10, 2020
Ep. 12 - Issues facing Salem with Reid Sund (City Council Candidate)
Reid Sund is running to be Ward 7's representative on the city council.   I got to sit down with him and talk about how his position as the Finance Director at Salem Health influenced his thinking about our community's response to the Coronavirus, and about what he sees are the big issues in Salem.    I have been very impressed with Reid's vision, his leadership style, and his concern for his community. He's a family man, young, and passionate - I am proud to support him.   Watch the podcast here:
April 09, 2020
Ep. 11 - The Death Penalty with Steve Doell
This morning, news broke that Oregon is considering releasing some inmates early from prison because of the Coronavirus. There will undoubtedly be very strong opinions on both sides, but this discussion reminds me when I sat down with Steve Doell, the current President of Crime Victims United, a victim advocacy group here in Oregon. He talked to me about his journey to becoming an advocate for crime victims and last year's decision from the state legislature to roll back the death penalty in Oregon. Whatever the Governor decides to do, my hope is that the perspective of victims are considered. Read more about the situation here: Watch this episode on YouTube here:
April 08, 2020
Coronavirus - Where are we in Oregon?
Dr. Bud Pierce talks about new developments in the Coronavirus crisis, including new testing methods, how we are doing in our local area, and what we can expect in the coming weeks.
April 03, 2020
Coronavirus Update: Quarantine Edition
Dr. Bud Pierce gives an update about the coronavirus from home. Featuring dog barks and a background feature from his son Michael.
March 27, 2020
Coronavirus Update: Reasons for optimism? (March 20)
Dr. Bud Pierce sits down to talk about recent developments about COVID-19, as of March 20, 2020.  We seem to have some reason to be optimistic, but we will know a lot more by April 11. 
March 20, 2020
Coronavirus Update (March 13, 2020)
Another week filled with developments about the Coronavirus. There are some reasons for optimism, but we still need a lot more information. As the story continues to unfold, make sure you are doing all you can to limit the spread of this virus. Wash your hands often, try to not touch your face, and practice social distancing if you are feeling ill. For more information and resources: To watch this video on YouTube:
March 13, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update
Dr. Bud Pierce gives an update on Coronavirus and why you don't need to panic.
March 08, 2020
Ep. 10 - Commissioner Kevin Cameron talks utilities, water, and timber lawsuit
Before becoming Marion County Commissioner in 2014, Kevin Cameron was the State Representative from House District 19 for more than 9 years.    Bud and Commissioner Cameron sit down to talk about power and utilities, including the current Marion County project to burn waste, water issues, and the recent $1 billion federal timber lawsuit.
January 21, 2020
Ep 9 - AJ Klausen and Vagabond Brewing
Oregon is at the center of the universe when it comes to craft beer. We come in 7th in the US with most craft breweries per capita. AJ Klausen is a former Marine, and a founder and owner of Vagabond Brewery in Salem - home to some of the best beer in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Bud and AJ sit down to talk veterans, small businesses, and of course, beer.
January 03, 2020
Ep. 8 - Drs. Bud and Selma Peirce Unpack Recent Developments in Health Care Delivery
Drs. Bud and Selma Peirce talk about Salem Health, choice in health care, and how doctors get paid. 
December 12, 2019
Ep. 7 - Oregon Medicaid with Dean Andretta
Dean Andretta is the chief financial officer at WVP Health Authority, a health care organization that has provided high-quality care to the Mid-Willamette Valley for many years.  Bud and Dean discuss the recent decision by the Oregon Health Authority to reward the local Medicare contract to a large multi-state insurance company instead of back to local doctors and hospitals, and the WVP Health Authority, all of whom have been delivering high-quality health care to our communities needy for years.
September 23, 2019
Ep.6 - Oregon Manufacturing & Commerce w/Shaun Jillions
Today’s episode of Oregon Crossroads features Shaun Jillions. Shaun is the Executive Director of the Oregon Manufactures and Commerce Association. He joins Bud to discuss the state of Manufacturing in Oregon, the jobs the industry provides, and the future of the association.
March 30, 2019
Jodi Hack
Today’s episode features former Oregon State Representative, Jodi Hack. Now Jodi is leading the charge in the legislature for the Home Builders Association. We discuss issues related to affordable housing, technical education and more!
February 25, 2019
Ep. 3 - Build The Bridge w/Selma Pierce
Episode 3 of the Oregon Crossroads podcast features a very special guest, Selma Pierce. Selma is a part of a group advocating for a third bridge across the Willamette River in Salem. We discuss the need for new transportation infrastructure and freedom of movement.
February 05, 2019
Ep. 2 - Cap & Tax w/JL Wilson
Today’s episode of Oregon Crossroads features JL Wilson. JL is a public affairs expert and former Executive Director of NFIB/Oregon. He joins Bud for a conversation on balancing carbon reduction and business interests.
January 25, 2019
Ep. 1 - Oregon Wine Industry w/Jim Bernau
Welcome to the Oregon Crossroads podcast! Today’s inaugural podcast features Jim Bernau, chair and founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards. We discuss the current state of and challenges facing Oregon’s wine industry today. Visit for more.
January 15, 2019