Jessica and Kyler recap his interview with Jim Ehrlich and discuss the impending 200 billion dollar tariff Trump adds on Chinese goods. They wonder if there will be any winners when the war comes to a close. Kyler also throws in some new observations from his fellow farmers after a trip to Washington, DC. where he joined them to lobby for changes to the new Farm Bill.
Kyler shares a thoughtful discussion with Jim Ehrlich, Executive Director, of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee about the new tariffs being imposed on our trade partners by the Trump administration. They speak at length about the purpose of tariffs and how the tricks of trade have rippling effects throughout the world. Mr. Ehrlich does a wonderful job of breaking down a topic that can be only described as confusing to the average American.
Jessica and Kyler welcome a special guest to recap their interviews regarding mental health. Their mother, Beth Brown, had a long career in the mental health field and offered a valued take on the topic. Beth helped establish a rehab facility in Saint Louis, MO for adults with severe mental illness named Independence Center. The conversation is a nice overview of an issue that doesn’t get a lot of money or discussion although mental illness does touch most American families today.
Kyler interviews Clay Hamilton, a local machinist, whose family owns a farm in southern Colorado. Clay’s father, a farmer, took his own life after suffering from depression for many years. Unfortunately, statistics are showing that this is a common story in rural America. Kyler and Clay hit on a few reasons why suicide rates are highest amongst farmers than any other occupation.
Jessica starts off the series on Mental Illness with an interview with, Lauren Turner, a psychiatric social worker for the Department of Mental Health in Los Angeles County. The two discuss services available for youth suffering from severe mental health issues and what obstacles they encounter coming out of a system that provides more assistance for kids than young adults. They also speak on how an urban environment can directly affect one’s mental health.
The interview was conducted on the phone so we apologize for the poor quality.
Kyler picks up the next episode after investigating how rural Colorado is looking to help an increase of farmers looking for mental health services.
The interviewer becomes the interviewee. Kyler askes Jessica what life is like in a big metropolitan area, especially one as spread out as Los Angeles. They discuss a variety of topics; from raising kids to safety and diversity.
Jessica follows up with Kyler about a couple of things regarding technology and WiFi.
Next month, we’ll be back talking about a current topic.
Jessica and Kyler turn on each other… well to interview. This month we try something different. Kyler’s busy schedule has opened an opportunity for the siblings to interview each other about their respective lifestyles. In part one, Jessica asks Kyler what is like to live in the country? Where do you buy clothes? How do your kids trick-r-treat? What are the benefits and challenges of living in a small community?
Next time the tables will turn and Jessica will speak on living in a large city.
Kyler and Jessica are back to wrap up what they’ve learned from their conversations on gun rights and gun control. They seem to agree that the problem is of course once again bigger than the weapons themselves. The Parkland, Florida students have successfully made the issue something our representatives must answer to. So now the questions is – what happens next? Will we see this issue taken up by those running in November?
Saturday, March 24th is the March for our Lives. We have been overwhelmed and impressed by the students of Parkland who refuse accept complacency rather than action in the fight for gun control measures. For part two in our Gun Rights series, we sat down with educators Tom Tichy, Milcah Hawk and Steve Lange, to hear their thoughts on mass school shootings, teachers with guns and efforts to keep their students and themselves safe. Everyone agreed the most important thing we can do is vote.
As promised we started talking to folks in our area about guns. Do they have guns in their home? Do they feel safe on the street in their towns? Do they trust that law enforcement can protect them and their property? We’ve once again split this topic into parts. Our first episode explores two perspectives we may be more familiar with, the rural hunter and someone who experienced an act of random violence in the big city. Both John and Chris give heartfelt and thorough explanations as to why they believe as they do about gun rights. In Part 2, we will sit down with some teachers in our areas to hear what they think about school safety and mass shootings.