Last summer, my nephew visited us. He recently established a successful website in China used by musicians and other artists to promote their works — so he’s very knowledgeable about websites and blogs. He informed me my website badly needed an appearance upgrade and recommended a hosting switch from using iWeb hosted on the Apple’s me.com site to WordPress. He offered to help and developed what you see here. Making the needed changes would have been much more difficult without him and I greatly appreciate his help.
During the last year, I haven’t updated either my old or new sites. My old site was available until Apple closed down its web hosting at the end of June. I’ve had difficulty figuring out how to redirect my domain name “tomccoy.com” to my new site and only accomplished that yesterday. Also, I’ve been chairman of the the Oregon Wheat Commission during the past year and one of my responsibilities has been writing a bi-monthly “Chairman’s Column” for OregonWheat magazine. The columns have given me plenty of opportunity to express my views about current developments in the wheat industry and even about healthcare reform. I will post some of my columns here soon.
One of the main reasons I stopped adding blogs during the past year is the death of Raleigh Curtis. Debates with Raleigh stimulated many of my past posts. I miss him. Raleigh’s successor, Jeff Kaser, is doing a great job carrying on Raleigh’s work. However, Jeff’s style is less inflammatory and I haven’t felt the same urge to follow up our discussions at marketing meetings with new blog entries.
During the last three months, I’ve been involved with the Columbia Gorge Health Council’s efforts to reform the way Medicaid is delivered in Oregon. We’ve been working to set up a new Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). This may seem a strange activity for a retired wheat farmer. However, the year I spent on the AFBF Deficit Task Force made me a passionate advocate of health care reform. The average total cost of health care for a family of four in the U.S. is now $20,728 with median income just over $60,000. Our health care system is self destructing due to rising costs. I’ll have more to say about this in subsequent posts.