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December 9, 2023

Healthcare and firearms: Forum Sunday on two Oregon ballot measures

The Historic Ashland Armory on Oak Street in 2011. Creative Commons image
October 15, 2022

Jefferson Center hosts in-person discussion of measures 111 and 114 at the Historic Armory

Should healthcare be a constitutionally established right in Oregon? Should firearm purchases be further restricted? Both these questions, which are behind a pair of measures appearing on the Nov. 8 ballot, will be explored in an in-person dialogue Sunday afternoon in Ashland hosted by the Jefferson Center.

Two knowledgeable people, both long-time members of the center, will provide more information and facilitate discussion about measures 111 and 114.

Measure 111 proposes to amend the state constitution to provide a “cost-effective, clinically appropriate, and affordable health care” for every Oregon resident.

Measure 114, if passed by Oregon voters, would tighten restrictions on firearm purchases, instituting a system of permits and required safety training for would-be gun owners, enacting these and other requirements into law.

Sandra Coyner
Raoul Salem

Forum participant Sandra Coyner serves on the board of directors of Healthcare for all Oregon, which advocates for reform of health care finance. Raoul Salem is a member of the Oregon State Shooting Association and has studied the provision of Measure 114 in detail. While each of them has views on these ballot measures, the intent of the discussion is not to promote one position or another, but to encourage exchanges of viewpoints among attendees.

This in-person event is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in the Jefferson Center’s space, suite 101, in the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. 

The event is part of the Salon Series at The Jefferson Center, a Rogue Valley nonprofit focused on critical thinking using secular humanist values to understand and engage with issues important to our community. See thejeffcenter.org for more details on this and other events.

For more information, email Tony Davis at tonydavis0@gmail.com.

Email Ashland.news Executive Editor Bert Etling at betling@ashland.news or call or text him at 541-631-1313.

Bert Etling

Bert Etling

Bert Etling is the executive editor of Ashland.news. Email him at betling@ashland.news.

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