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I read the Source for its content on Central Oregon activities and it works for me. Sure, there's lots of ads, but so what! Sure, the Events pages' print is too small, but so what. Sure, the Source will never be like the Bulletin but so what! What you have removed from the paper (this is the good part), is that <Ann> person from the L.A. area with all her garbage (feel free to change that word) gossip [the syndicated column "One Day at a Time"] about celebrities and others from "outside" Central Oregon, our area. It never did fit in the Source. For that I thank you, as it just, just did not fit the Central Oregon theme, as expressed in the Source. Bravo to the Source.

—Tom Filcich 


The 10 Barrel Brewery, twice a day every day, paralyzes my neighborhood with patrons' cars, vans and pick-ups. I hope we'll be forgiven a little Schadenfreude when we learn that the brewery's beer requires consumers to wear gloves and safety glasses.

—John Bowers

I had a similar thing happen a few weeks back. I bought two cases the week it came out and only have a few left. I opened one and it just exploded and wouldn't stop. Tried another one and it did the same thing. I still have some bottles from last year. I wonder what would happen if I opened those up.

—Erick Daniel


Great advice, Dr. Scott. Thank you. As a tobacco cessation facilitator, may I also add: Please do not smoke tobacco in the presence of your pets, especially in the car where the secondhand smoke particles can be particularly concentrated. When you smoke, your dog secondhand smokes and the results can be tragic. Depending on the length of its snout, second smoke can cause nasal /sinus tumors (longer snouts) or lung cancer (shorter to medium snouts). Dogs in smoking households are three times more likely to develop these tumors and cancers and usually die within a year of being diagnosed. The chemicals in secondhand smoke also affect a dog's central nervous system and they can experience allergic reactions, including scratching, biting and chewing of their skin. When a smoker or chewer handles tobacco products then pets his/her dog, the nicotine and other chemicals are transferred to the pet's fur. When they groom themselves, they ingest those chemicals directly into the bloodstream. Lastly, dogs can develop sometimes fatal nicotine poisoning either by ingesting cigarettes, cigars, or smokeless tobacco, nicotine gum, patches or lozenges, or by drinking water that contains tobacco butts. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include: vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and twitching, hallucinations, drooling, constricted pupils and a racing heart. Get a dog who exhibits these signs to a vet immediately or call Animal Poison Control at 888-426-4435.



Mr. Richardson should realize that his attitudes and strategies would work very well in a smaller, more socially and religiously defined community. But honestly, the world is far more complex than the representative WANTS it to be. He's the Oregon version of George Bush the lesser.

—Dave Morgan

Thanks for a great article Source, but my answer is a resounding "Hell No." First of all, he looks like a nice man, but what values is he talking about instilling? His religious values, which are full of bigotry and discrimination against full equality? Sorry, but we as a society are trying to move forward from all that crap and here's a little tip—values like treating each other kindly and accepting full equality for all don't require religion to have a happy planet. I see no reason to oust [Gov. John] Kitzhaber. Regardless of your political affiliation, the guy has done a damn good job in a really tough economic and political climate. Oregon is doing fairly well and while Fox News won't report any actual news, the economy is doing much better than expected. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Bend seems to be growing and doing really well lately. Sorry, but I (and hopefully many others) will never ever vote for some guy that believes in fake planets, baptisms of the dead, and a human-made religion based off a guy sticking his head in a hat and seeing golden tablets...there went the intelligent factor down the drain. All of that aside, thank you for the article, and while he seems like a great guy, I just don't want someone with his affiliations running my State.

—Nate Smith


Omg! That's me in the red kayak! Such a fun class and Hank was a great sailing instructor who managed to get the concepts across in a short time frame. I had no idea it was going to be in the Source. I was by myself and wasn't able to get a pic of me in the boat. Awesome! Even though at that point there wasn't much wind and I was coming into shore via paddle it was still really cool. I'm officially hooked on sailing now. Those Hobie kayaks are practically idiot proof!

—Darcie Davis

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Darcie - While we would never say "idiot proof," yes, we were proud of our writer Erin Rook for conquering the Hobie sailing-kayak. And we are thrilled to have captured you on film! How about we pay you a small modeling fee, with $5 worth of coffee at Palate? Paddle by the office to pick up your coupon.

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