NOT HAPPY WITH THE BEND WHITEWATER PARK?
Tell them Bend Parks and Rec needs to be held accountable to taxpayers for not delivering what was promised and provide the community with a clear explanation for how they plan to remedy the issues surrounding the Bend Whitewater Park. There are a number of other whitewater parks built in similar types of environments around the world, many of which could've easily been used as a model for this park. In addition, a number of experienced designers bid on this project. Why did BPR choose an inexperienced contractor to complete this job and why are they continuing to use the same contractor to make adjustments? In additions, other parks such as the one in Boise and in Reno were completed for less than half the cost of the Bend Park. Why have we spent so much money on a park that is unsafe and not user friendly?
—Bend Surf Alliance: Lets Fix the Surf Park
DOING A GOOD JOB
I read the Source pretty regularly and always enjoy it thoroughly, especially readers' letters and Amy Alkon's column. I have also located service providers and places to eat that I would likely not otherwise have found by reading the ads, many of which seem to appear nowhere else. Keep up the good work!
IN REPLY TO "THE BOOT: LESS GRANDSTANDING, MORE LISTENING" (10/21)
Thank you, well said. Anyone still remember: E pluribus unum or divided we shall fall? Political parties fail us.
IN REPLY TO "FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY" (9/30)
Allan Bruckner, former mayor of Bend, should do his homework. The Riverside Market has done a survey. I live in this neighborhood and certainly do not object to the convenience of being able to grab a cup of coffee, meet friends for dinner, grab a snack or sunscreen when I am floating the river. My friends with kids have play dates here. It has been here much longer than the neighbor that had time on his hands all summer to call police for noise. If you did your homework you would know that there was never a high decibel reading.
IN REPLY TO "LETTERS 10/21-10/28"
Born and raised in Bend. Left for college and then for the military, mostly overseas. I have been back fewer than a handful of times, and it has changed significantly. My dad left town over 10 years ago, so I don't have much of a reason to visit as he was my anchor there. He had a saying that Bend is "poverty with a view." Apparently there are many bankrupt families there and many more on the verge if they lose their job, which is ironic since high paying jobs are rare. These same people rent their house, their car, and their furniture, so they don't own anything. It's all a facade and is a far cry from the town I experienced. I'm not one for nostalgia because I fully embrace progress, however, people being on the verge of financial ruin shouldn't be the case. Maybe that is a symptom of what is going on in the rest of the country, but Bend has become my worst fear: fake.
I am always amazed by all the people who feel landlords are greedy. I own homes in Central Oregon and for nearly ten years I have lost money. That recession nearly bankrupted me. What renters do not seem to understand is it is expensive to own a home. Yes, I have raised rent recently like many owners. But, what many of you do not realize is that it will take many more years before I break even on my investments.
—Not yet homeless either but close
To 'not yet homeless,'
I'm sorry that you've had the usual introduction to life with incompetents in central OR! There is an absence of city codes, law enforcement, and State laws to protect consumers here. Good luck with your future life.
HOMELESS IN BEND
I'm an 18-year resident of Bend who cannot find a place to live. I'm a single 50-year-old female graduate student at OSU and work part-time at Cascade Youth and Family's the LOFT, a homeless shelter for teens. Up until September I worked full time there but I can't work full time and student teach and take classes this year. The irony is not lost on me. Now I'm homeless too. I've been staying in a 40-year-old RV, as well as staying with friends. The RV doesn't have plumbing or dependable electricity.
The thing is, I have money, just not enough to pay $1,200 for a studio or a one bedroom. I can pay maybe $850, at the most. But my biggest disqualifier is that I have pets. I got my pets when I owned a house here and am not willing to just give them away because I'm in school, and I am trying to rent a place. I have two small dogs and an 18-year-old cat that just sleeps on my bed 24/7. And this is the sin that prevents me from having housing.
I've lived in two rentals since having to sell my house and left each of them in excellent shape just like I found them. I have great rental, personal, and professional references. Yet, I'm still homeless. I would gladly move away to find housing except that I'm in my last year of my Masters of Arts in Teaching program at OSU and student teaching all of this year. At a time when I should be totally focused on my teaching practice, I'm instead trying to figure out how to keep me and my pets warm each night.
I love Bend and have chosen to make it my home for 18 years, but now it has become a hard place to be. And I know there are many people that are in my position or worse. What kind of town can't provide housing to middle class single professionals? How can we help provide housing to all and stop us from morphing into the Aspen of Oregon where only the rich can live? People are continuing to talk about the housing crisis but I've see very few people willing to do something about it personally, like keeping their rent at a reasonable price and recognizing there are responsible pet owners who make good tenants. Aren't we known for being a pet friendly town? What kind of town do we want for our future?