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Letters 4/14-4/21 

IN REPLY TO "BURSTING AT THE SEAMS" (4/15)

Yes, the city did get its UGB plans sent back from the state in 2008. But you neglect to inform that they also didn't follow any of the state's laws about the UGB, so naturally the plans were rejected. If Bend didn't think it was a special circumstance and the state growth laws didn't apply to them, perhaps they wouldn't be in this mess.

—Austin Anderson via facebook.com/sourceweekly

IN REPLY TO "WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO GET YOU ON THE BUS?" (4/13)

Run later, more often, more routes, and on time. Also, hire better drivers—I see the ones now do something they shouldn't in traffic nearly every day. Professional drivers are a must!

—Eugenia Osborne via facebook.com/sourceweekly

Later would be great. If there were busses that stopped downtown on the weekend in the later hours I bet it would cut down on drunk driving. It's cheaper than a cab and if they ran every hour or so they could pick up quite a bit of people before they decided to drive. Would also free up downtown parking.

—Ellie Sullivan Cuff via facebook.com/sourceweekly

The busses are late. You can't count on them. They don't understand why people need to be on time. The drivers are rude and the routes are terrible.

—Kit Mann via facebook.com/sourceweekly

SHARING THE ROAD (OR NOT) IN BEND

Education is important so drivers don't keep considering people on bikes to be "entitled cyclists" thinking we own the road. However, all the laws and signs in the world do nothing when people have a lack of respect for people period and go around feeling so hateful and angry and "right." In Oklahoma, they go so far as to keep construing the law to protect the driver, even if their ignorance and lack of simple common sense kills someone.... No way to win with laws. Only way is to teach people to imagine that cyclist is their mom or their kid or wife or husband or brother. You gonna run 'em over and hide behind laws that even cops, lawyers, and judges don't understand?

—Corie Young via facebook.com/sourceweekly

All communities need more "sharing the road with bicycles" education and signage. Even better would be roads/streets designed and built to support bicycle safety as a forethought, instead of how things are in the U.S., as an afterthought.

—Steve Burkett via facebook.com/sourceweekly

I have had the exact experience here—drivers (trucks, mostly) revving and honking from behind, then cursing at the next light, when I'm supposed to get the whole lane (and they have a passing lane to use). It's maddening.

—Arthur K Tripp via facebook.com/sourceweekly

IN REPLY TO "DO YOU AGREE WE SHOULD LET COUGARS LIVE?" (4/19)

Whole-heartedly. It teaches society to be more aware of their surroundings. If you can't figure out how to live with wild animals, then it's a sad day. Nature was here first. :)

—Callipygianlass via instagram.com/sourceweekly

Yes, we must protect our amazing mountain lion—never call ODFW or the police if you see one—it's an instant death sentence for the creature. There has never been a cougar attack on a person in Oregon history. Please come speak out in defense of our wolves and mountain lions this Friday at the public ODFW meeting! More info check out #predatordefense FB page or website. Our wild animals need our help. Keep #oregonwild.

—Lightseekingeyes via instagram.com/sourceweekly

Never report a cougar sighting, just back away slowly and be glad you had the experience. Police and Oregon Department of Wildlife kill them rather than [use] nonlethal means like they use in California. Check out the CA nonlethal mountain lion public safety bill—passed last year.

—Bad_tabby via instagram.com/sourceweekly

I think it would be pretty neat to die by cougar. My kids and grandkids would always have an interesting story to tell.

—letspartybigfoot via instagram.com/sourceweekly

You all know how I feel. That cougar should have been left alone. My only concern is not reporting. If that cougar had taken down a deer and had a carcass nearby, that's a possible very dangerous situation for someone off trail. Most people don't know how to tell or even think to look. Experts need to assess, but if they always kill the animal, they aren't even needed. There are plenty of people who know how to shoot a cougar. Policies need to be written and followed. This situation could have been perfect for educating the public. They wasted a great opportunity in addition to taking the cougar's life.

—thebuttelady via instagram.com/sourceweekly

Heeding an old American saying, "Chase two rabbits at the same time and both rabbits will get away," I usually try restricting my concerns to one subject at a time—one of these concerns being public transit. Tonight, however, I feel compelled to instead comment about the addresses to Council on 4 March 2015—namely, by Wade Fagen and Allegra [Briggs], and their subjects.

Wade regarding Mirror Pond and contingent matters: He convinced me and numerous others that his proposal was the best and that he definitely had done his homework.

Allegra likewise had done her homework. And her suggestions regarding vacation home rentals were most logical.

So I do applaud both Wade and Allegra. Though I would like to stick to my usual observances regarding public transit, [today] I wish to instead...comment about vacation home rentals.

In addition to the facts presented by Allegra, vacation home rentals contribute to causing the shortage and abnormally high rents of conventional rentals.

Appropriate seem the works of Mahatma Gandhi: "The earth provides enough for every man's needs, but not enough for every man's greed." Though it is popular for us Oregonians to ridicule Californians, that state nevertheless does SOME things right. One of them is putting the brakes on the amount of rent increases. It does so by limiting a rent raise to no more than the statistical cost of living increase.

—Earl Williams

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