THURSDAY 6-28-18

1.       Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring on July 31st.  It could give President Trump an opportunity to create a solidly conservative court that could last for decades.  Do you think a vote could be taken on a new justice before the fall election?


2.   Joe Jackson, patriarch of the Jackson family, including Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson passed away at the age of 89.  Jackson groomed his sons, The Jackson 5, to become one of Motown Records’ biggest hit acts and he played a major role in  Michael Jackson’s solo career at Motown Records and later at Epic Records. Joe Jackson gained the reputation of being tough on his kids and there have been allegations from some from his children, especially LaToya, that he was abusive.  Do you think the Jackson 5 would have made it without Joe Jackson’s pushing them?


3.    This week Bill Wills talk to an opponent and a proponent of having wind turbines on Lake Erie which was just recapped by Josh Boose.  You can also see what wind turbines would like look out on Lake Erie at  What’s your position?  For it or against it?


4.      This week marks the 15th anniversary of the National Do Not Call Registry opening for business. More than 10-million phone numbers were registered within the first four days. The Registry is still around and so are robocalls.  Can anything be done to stop unwanted solicitation?  How often do you get robo called?


5.      Gov. Kasich has ordered all flags in Lake County to be flown at half-staff on Monday to honor fallen Mentor police officer Mathew Mazany.  Should flags be flown half-staff in more areas than just Lake County?


6.      A proposed bill in Ohio would require teachers to out transgender children.  House Bill 658 requires any government agent (which includes teachers) to  immediately report to all parents or guardians if a child "demonstrates a desire to be treated in a manner opposite the child's biological sex"  The bill would also prohibit courts from making custody decisions based on a parent's refusal to let a child undergo gender-based medical treatment.   Should teachers be caught up in the middle between students and parents?


7.      The suicide rate among farmers is higher than ever and financial problems are the big issue according to agricultural expert Chris Hurt. He describes the problem in the most simple terms by saying that farmers are trying to live today with the income they were making 15 years ago. Issues with gaining access to affordable health care is also viewed as an issue as well. The suicide rate in the field of farming, fishing and forestry is 84.5 per 100,000 people—more than five times that of the population as a whole.  Do the statistics surprise you?


8.      It appears that Meghan Markle has been given a do not eat list that came from Queen Elizabeth. Under no circumstances is she allowed to eat garlic in public or while away from home. The Queen hates garlic and the Royal Family has a tradition of never eating it because of the bad breath it creates. Markle was also reportedly taught how to drink tea the proper way. Do you eat garlic?


9.      President Donald Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in mid-July. While sources say the plans haven't been finalized, the meeting could take place before the July 11 NATO summit in Belgium or after Trump visits the United Kingdom on July 13.  The White House isn't commenting on the story but a potential meeting between the two leaders has been in the works for several weeks now.  What should be the top item on the agenda for Trump when he sits face-to-face with Putin?


10.   The Centers for Disease Control reports just under 14% of Americans smoked last year, the lowest level ever recorded. In cities, the rate was 11% while it's twice that in rural areas, however, 50 years ago more than 40% of Americans were smokers.  Do you think millennials help bring down the number of smokers?

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