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Local photographer, Micah Frazier, captured the Coleman Hell show at last weekend's Oregon WinterFest. For more Micah's work check out

Local photographer, Micah Frazier, captured the Coleman Hell show at last weekend's Oregon WinterFest. For more Micah's work check out

Impact of Mag Chloride on Roads

Today I suffered my second flat tire within the past month and a half. I hit a pot hole on Century Drive going into the round-about at Colorado. My tire, again, needs replacement. Needless to say, the pot-hole epidemic that we are seeing here in Bend this season is worse than I've seen in my 30 years of living here. It has made me take a look not only at the quality of road construction, but also at the quality of materials used by the road crews doing the projects, the traffic and heavy loads we are subjecting the roads to, and lastly what the hidden culprit is that is causing the pot-holes to come into existence.

Many folks are quick to point a finger at studded tires, heavy traffic, or heavy trucks using the roadways. However, there is another ingredient that is accelerating the effects of road use: Magnesium Chloride - MgCl. Its intended use is to minimize dust on gravel or dirt roads. When it is used to melt ice on paved roads, the water is mixed with the MgCl and can't evaporate, so it stays deep in the cracks until the next freeze, when it expands and breaks the asphalt into gravel. The result is a pothole. and when potholes get drenched in MgCl the result is a mammoth pothole. Let's face it, it shouldn't be used on paved roads.

~Eric Lilley

In Reply to "Bendites Don't Walk" (2/4)

Real Bendites Don't B*tch

People in motor vehicles are obviously more informed than Mr. Edwards. He clearly doesn't understand that there is a state law requiring vehicles to stop for pedestrians at any intersection, regardless of whether they're at a crosswalk or not. Even if he were properly informed prior to grousing about the respect inadvertently granted him for being on foot, he should at least display gratitude toward the neighborly gesture. If you want to be ignored at a street corner, then spend more time in East Coast cities.

We should take pride in any gesture that promotes foot or cycling traffic, yet Mr. Edwards appears to be incensed by this. He actually describes this interaction as "insipid." Really? What's insipid is this line of commentary. Vehicles stopped for pedestrians is uninspiring to you? You really desire a more engaging interaction at intersections? If so, then perhaps you shouldn't pause at the crosswalk. Why am I so incensed by this? Because I unfortunately share the same name with [Steve Edwards] and I'm fatigued at having to explain myself to friends and neighbors.

~Steve C. Edwards

In Reply to "Bendites Don't Walk" (2/4)

Dear Steve Edwards,

I'm sorry that you find drivers who stop to let pedestrians cross the street "...insipid. People get weak knees for the poor beleaguered soul on foot." You just "don't know." It's called courtesy—consideration for other people. Folks from other states regularly remark on this, especially people from big cities. This is part of the culture here. I was happy to leave discourtesy and lack of consideration for other people back in the Bay Area. Happy to be home in Oregon. As they say, "You're not from around here are you?"

~Susan Groszkiewicz

In Reply to "Bendites Don't Walk" (2/4)

I had to read Steve Edwards' letter a few times to be sure that I understood it correctly. Apparently stopping your car for a pedestrian in Bend is a "cultural peculiarity." It is not really peculiar—it is called "courtesy" and "consideration" and it has been the norm around Bend for many years. However, if more people with Mr. Edwards' attitude move to town we won't be "peculiar" anymore. I would suggest that he find a place that he does not find "peculiar" and move there.

BTW Steve—look up the definition of "insipid" before you use the word again.

~The Codger, John Boylen

Coffee Houses Need Lactose-Free Milk

We who live in Bend are so fortunate to have a wonderful selection of dedicated coffee roasters and baristas along with a truly remarkable variety of coffee houses in which to sample their creations. I do believe that our coffee houses are second to none. Their existence is one of the things that makes Bend such a unique and attractive place to live. Whether it's a small coffee house owned by a young entrepreneurial couple, or a bigger concern with several locations, whether spacious and bustling or modest and calm, there's a place for everyone.

Pride in the product extends to the variety of options for those who cannot tolerate the obvious addition to good coffee: dairy. It used to be that non-dairy drinkers had to be consoled with soy milk if they wanted a cappuccino or a latte. Then came almond milk, which was better, and finally hemp milk.

My challenge is this: to all the coffee houses in Bend who take coffee seriously...who will be the first to start offering lactose-free milk? A trend

that sweeps the nation has to start somewhere. I can think of no more appropriate place for this trend to start than right here in Bend.

~Dina Bennett

Delightful Valentine's Kindness

For all the complaints about housing costs, land use issues, short-term rentals, etc., I've never before lived in a town where, when you and your loved one go out for breakfast on Valentine's Day, you're delighted by someone else's kindness.  The stuffed felt hearts tied or staked all over town, with their little love message had to have brightened countless peoples' morning. It did mine and my husband's. ...and we saw others delighting in them. We gave ours to a young couple who had the happiest baby, who were waiting for breakfast as we were. Knit scarves have also been seen hanging on lamp posts with notes to take them if you need them. We love our adopted hometown, and the hearts of people who do things like this, just to make others smile. Nice is appreciated. Thank you.

~Anne Wolff

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