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Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

wow. So much negativity over a funny video. I'm an Oregon native, but new to Portland. I'm not a vegan (or even a vegetarian...and yes, I know the difference)...I don't brew my own beer at home...or even drink beer, really. I'm just an average guy from the coast who moved here because it's a great city with great people. Personally, I love that Portland is being recognized for the amazing (though slightly absurd) place that it is...and I have NO PROBLEM with new people coming here. That creates diversity, which Portland thrives on. Portland has it's own culture, which is great, and no one wants it to change...but that culture can't exist without diversity...and diversity can't exist without DIFFERENCES. Certain types of people can be annoying. True. It doesn't matter where they come from...what they eat (or drink); what they drive; or what they look like. Douche bags exist in every corner of the world....but so do good people. Those of you who feel threatened by "new things" or "new people" belong in the "douche bag" category, by the way.

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Posted by Tim Petrone on 02/01/2015 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

I apologize in advance for being logical . Im sorry . human overpopulation is destroying earth , the usa , Oregon , Portland , bend , and pilot butte . the solution is for humans to do what no other species has ever done . stop reproducing voluntarily .

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Posted by globalinternetgovernment on 01/30/2015 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

You know what? Everyone should stop going. EVERYONE. And when the population drops as people die off, yes even you folks will die, then you can sell your services and goods to the 25 people remaining and the last one to die shut out the lights.

No worries from me. Oregon would be one of the last places Id ever think of going. Enjoy it.

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Posted by Bruce Brown on 01/30/2015 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

Oh, boo hoo. Funny how I feel the same way about people from Oregon who show up in CA, driving 20mph under the speed limit, oblivious to the world around them. And let's be honest, Portlanders, you guys absolutely love to be seen standing in lines for hours on end. People in CA don't have time or patience for that. And it's the native oregonians who are the fussiest eaters in the world and you act all high and mighty about how vegan you are.

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Posted by Escapesociety on 01/31/2015 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

Every place I've ever lived has always had it's "locals only" assholes.

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Posted by yeah so on 01/31/2015 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

Sounds like Oregon needs more brunch places. And sorry to tell y'all this but, time is passing and babies are being born. Everywhere has to many people. Sorry to tell y'all this but your the local douche bags that can't adapt to the change. Maybe y'all should run for city officials positions and be the bend you want to see. Instead of sitting on your couch shotgun in hand watching trailer park boys laughing at them mock your life. Lol, I'm just joking. I don't know your life i just think change and growth is a good thing. Hell, down here in Austin (my home town that's going through the same shit). We had a cross dressing hobo, run for mayor and he had some really good ideas. If you don't like what's going on in your city, get involved.

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Posted by Kevin Lawrence Steele on 01/31/2015 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

I have lived in both Bend and Portland and have heard all the griping about newcomers for years. I have now chosen to make a life in the small town I was born and raised in and I could not be happier. I never lock my doors and don't need to worry about my kids running around outside. I am on city council and run a small business that I believe adds to the culture by creating a place for people to gather, eat, drink and listen to live music parallel to what is found in big cities. We can walk down any side street and quickly get into nature and can also be at the beach in 30 min or in Portland in an hour. All this and some of the best real estate prices in western Oregon and the best part is we welcome newcomers with open arms. Spread out and find a place that appreciates the part you can play in a real community.

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Posted by Katie Kendall on 02/02/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

Native Oregonian here. Portland used to be a great city. No longer. People are rude, crime is up, traffic sucks. I miss the town I was born in, but she's gone, and is never coming back.

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Posted by Jana Ackerman on 02/08/2015 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

Too funny....
I do hear about Oregon being a highly racist area, but I also wasn't raised a racist, so I don't see it. Though I know the older community here is, and was an ignorantly racist crowd. Bigots are bigots, they'll eventually breed new ones and the circle goes 'round- it's everywhere.
I don't like being hit on by a white looking grungy man, just as much as I don't like being hit on by a Hispanic looking grungy man- only difference, I can understand what the white man says- which may be better anyways, as it's usually less than admirable, so if I don't understand, I can walk away unscathed. I took French as a second language, and I'm not exposed enough to other cultures to know their language- how many languages do you speak? Our street signs are in English. Our schools generally teach English. What's unfortunate is the Hispanic children that struggle in school because, when they go home, rather than receiving help with homework, they are translating for their families. The Asian families can be the same as well, though I see less of those because of my location.
But don't assume I'm racist. Not because I'm white, not because I'm an Oregonian. I'm just a human, like the rest of you. I eat natural and organic foods when I can, and I'm healthier for it. I'm not vegan. I'm not vegetarian. I'm "I-eat-what-I-want- ian." I don't judge you for your diet, which may or may not be healthy. Don't judge me for mine. It is funny, however, that it's mostly California's that suggest I'm judgmental before even knowing me, does that not make you judgmental? Hmm.. Let's be friendly. I'm an Oregonian, I'm an optimist, and perhaps a bit of a health-nut.
If you don't like it, no one is forcing you to come or stay here, don't bash it just because it's easier to judge than appreciate another persons perspective and life style.
No, I do not want to live in California, Texas, or any other state. If you choose to live here because you love the life style, don't revert to your ways, adaptation is vital in both parties.

But I like my life the way it is. That's why I'm an Oregonian. It does rain, but we have lovely weather and when you learn to appreciate what the rain brings- clean air, drinkable water, beautifully endless, smog-less views, it's worth it.
And yes "I like the seasons."

Go ride a bike, juice your heart out, plant a tree, tend a garden, smell the roses...

Welcome to Oregon

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Posted by mlb39 on 02/02/2015 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

Same thing up on the Mountain. We raised our boys skiing Mt. Bachelor. The first thing we instilled on them, even before how to load and offload the lift was the etiquette of the mountain. My boys are now grown and I quit skiing the mountain I too was raised on because of these arrogant inconsiderate people in their designer outfits that cannot ski. A few weeks ago a kid fell about 20 ft from the chair and the parents were blaming the lift attendant and everyone but themselves. It was the end of the day and this kid was tired and too young to be dumped on instructors for the day. I told them so but they didn't want to hear it.
Last year was my ex husband's last year on Ski Patrol. He said 20+ years of transporting ungrateful, obnoxious people safely down the mountain after they endanger everyone and get hurt was enough. They don't even thank them for helping them, they EXPECT it and its NEVER their fault.
There is a reason for everything that happens. The reason is because they are stupid and don't belong here!

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Posted by BENDITEGIRL on 01/29/2015 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

Huh, a bunch of white Oregonians upset about outsiders moving in. I guess not much has changed for Oregon since it became a state in the mid-19th century:

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Posted by bikeguy423 on 01/31/2015 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

People relax, it is a damn joke. Grow up. If it offends you, then obviously you don't belong in Oregon. You are too uptight.

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Posted by Rose Maddocks on 02/07/2015 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

Californians don't have time to be in line for hours? You have the worst traffic in the country. Miserable commute to go with your miserable lives. CA is a beautiful place; weather and geography are nicer than OR. Only Californians could make such a wonderful place inhabitable.

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Posted by Adam Vishy on 02/01/2015 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

Please help us go back to California, you hate us anyway!

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Posted by Shera Harvey on 02/07/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

I was born in Portland and will ask all newcomers 'please spend a couple of weeks here, drop your vacation cash, then get the hell back to wherever you came from...please.'
If you don't know Rusty Nails, Darcelle, Tom Peterson, Mayor Bud, etc kindly remove yourselves at once. Portlandia lied to you.

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Posted by Scott Fulps on 02/02/2015 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Tell Us How You Really Feel: Vaccine Exemptions

This issue is very scary to me. I have been fighting Lyme Disease for 10 years. I have not found many Oregon Doctors who understand Lyme. I have had to travel to Connecticut to be treated. Oregon Doctors do not think Lyme is big deal. I was told when I was pregnant with my 6 year old that there was no chance of transmission to my baby. I knew that was wrong but my Doctor would not believe me. She did apologize when the CDC changed there website 2 weeks before my Daughters birth admitting that I could give it to her. Thank God I knew that and I went above my Doctor and treated myself properly. She tested negative at birth. There will always be a chance she could have dormant Lyme in her. I have been told by 2 different Doctors who understand Lyme Disease to not vaccinate my daughter. These are not Oregon Doctors. I can not find an Oregon Doctor who agrees with the other Doctors that I trust. My out of state recommendation is not going to work for this mandate. That is not right. Have you seen the video where Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward defends her right to make an educated decision even though her Doctor did not agree. I have exerts who agree with me too. I would like the same rights that Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward got.

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Posted by Beth Schultz on 03/05/2015 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Tell Us How You Really Feel: Vaccine Exemptions

Informed consent is the cornerstone of our medical system. Without it we do not remain a free country. This bill wants to take our human and constitutional rights away. There are so many cons here--so many negative downsides--i believe as citizens we have rights and making parental informed decisions is crucial.

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Posted by S Loire King on 03/05/2015 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Tell Us How You Really Feel: Vaccine Exemptions

There is an issue here with a perceived "emergency" when there is no such thing. The one ADULT who contracted measles in Oregon from the Disney "outbreak" has fully recovered. The Disney measles spread started with an Adult. I don't get where we have to even TALK of mandates for children when it was adults who spread the disease. There are more issues than that: the money from the pharmaceutical companies given to politicians who would vote for the bill, the questionable safety (oral polio), efficacy (mumps), and need (chicken pox/flu) of the vaccines that would be mandated, the issue of informed consent being removed for a medical procedure that carries risk (encephalitis, seizure, fever). If the people of this great country would actually READ the information out there from trusted sources (VAERS, CDC, vaccine inserts), they would see what I see: a real chance to harm a perfectly healthy kid with an injection of a synthetic substance. I am a biologist. I am also a veterinary technician, an herbalist, and a mother. I know vaccines. Yes, vaccines work great for the population of animals however, there ARE risks in the individuals. I injected a perfectly healthy black lab with Merck's Rabies vaccine and it was dead within 12 hours. When cats were dying of cancer, they didn't change the vaccine, they changed the location of the shot so they could remove a leg if it got cancerous. We removed cats' legs (the lucky ones) because of VACCINE-RELATED Fibrosarcoma. I can't tell you how many animals I saw seizure from the Leptospirosis vaccine, so they decided to vaccinate only if the lifestyle required it (hunting dogs). But these are dogs, animals. I feel EVERY child is an individual and are individually important to society. I do not feel a child with a terminal illness should be placed above a child with a healthy immune system. There should be no martyrs in our society of children - no child should HAVE to be vaccinated for the safety of another while risking their own safety. Instead of removing options (Tetanus only vaccine was discontinued in 2014), there should be MORE options to vaccinate. We are not a cookie-cutter people and our vaccine choices should reflect that. There is a great experiment happening right now with the newly approved meningitis vaccine to the students of the U of O. If MY kid were in that college, I'd get them out of the dorm or encourage a semester off instead of encouraging them to be a test subject for the CDC. There ARE things other than vaccination that will keep us healthy: food choices, lifestyle choices,habits to break. I feel that NATURE knows more than we do. There is new research in using VIRUSES to cure cancer - how amazing!! Science is EVER-CHANGING... it is not stagnant and it is not finished in the case of vaccines. Its only just begun.

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Posted by KBG on 03/06/2015 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Tired of newcomers, Portlanders make anti-tourism video

Well said!!

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Posted by 2mnyxplants on 01/29/2015 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Tell Us How You Really Feel: Vaccine Exemptions

I strongly oppose this legislation. First on "general grounds", it violates basic human medical freedoms for the right to informed consent and the right to refuse treatment which are internationally protected by many laws and which courts in the US have found are also protected by our constitution. Secondly on it's willingness to punish innocent children when it doesn't even have common sense as a bill. Kids do not exist in a bubble and are not going to stop being exposed to the unvaccinated everywhere else BUT school. Parents who don't vaccinate are absolutely not going to start lining up for vaccines because the state of Oregon puts an economic gun to their head. Parents who are on a delayed schedule that is more like what the rest of the world recommends (US recommends twice as many doses of vaccines as the rest of the first world) are not going to force more doses of risk than are necessary. Meanwhile many children will lose critical special needs services they cannot get at home (IEP students w/disabilities) and others will be thrust into poverty by this legislation (children of single parents and children whose households require both parents income). The right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (a FAPE) is supposedly federally guaranteed and should be considered as sacrosanct as the right to refuse treatment. There is no proof that this kind of law improves public health, in fact in MI where they only have medical exemptions and the vaccine uptake rate is sky high, is pretty much the bottom in the United States for infant and child deaths and illnesses. And in WV where there are also medical only exemptions people opt out and home school and the vaccine rates are LOWER than they were before the bill, significantly lower than the national average! Freedom cannot be obtained from tyranny, neither can health.

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Posted by Ava Racc on 03/06/2015 at 6:03 AM

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