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Re: “Bag Ban Clears its First Hurdle

While laudable, the City Council needs to re-write the code to include a mandate that stores have available free of charge to customers who forget reusable bags the empty product shipping boxes like Costco/Aldi and most grocery stores in Europe provide. Additionally, the waiver for EBT/WIC customers only perpetuates the myth that low income populations do not care about the environment. A better solution would be for the DHS office that enrolls someone in state assistance program provide that family with 2-3 free reusable bags. The purchase of those could be done on a volume price discount by the State DEQ from funds already available from fines from polluters. Finally, the ban on plastic should expand to take-out restaurants and food trucks which provide an inordinate level of plastic bags impacting the environment.

Posted by M.Rindfleisch on 12/14/2018 at 11:47 AM

Re: “A New Report Highlights a Vision For Wildfire Planning

The simple one size fits all answer to the complex problem is bound to fail. with "spotting" proven to advance the fire more than a mile, a buffer will not significantly halt the spread of the fire. A change in the type of fuel of 30-100 feet as advocated by the NFPA is but one portion of an answer. As "Headwaters Economics" of Montana has shown. the additional cost of making new structures "fire proof" within the threatened areas solves many of the additional problems. Having a structure that is not adding fuel to the fire and reduces the need for first responders to concentrate their efforts on this problem and allows them to concentrate on stopping the fire. Modifying structure already in place costs more and I believe that it will require another answer by society.

Posted by Dick Johnson on 12/14/2018 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Powering the Dredge

Iconic views actually only benefit those home owners who live on the river along Drake Park. I would suggest that the City and MPS go back to Pacific Corp. and negotiate for the removal of the dam and let the river flow to its natural course or have the utility pay for the dredging. City residents should not have to be financially on the hook for the cost of dredging whether it be fees or otherwise.

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Posted by Mr. Lucky on 12/13/2018 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Bag Ban Clears its First Hurdle

Livingston and Moseley are heroes for standing up to this nonsense. Our city councilors who deny personal freedom in exchange for a mythical benefit will hopefully face a reckoning at the ballot box. What's next?...plastic straws...Styrofoam cups...high sugar drinks....etc. We don't need a nanny state. Bend residents are perfectly capable of making personal decisions about what type of bags they prefer to use.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by PaulO on 12/12/2018 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Powering the Dredge

1. Mirror Pond has reached a natural balance which will persist now that the future of the dam is secure. There is no need to dredge, now or in the future. As with the former log ponds upstream of the Old Mill, the silt deposits will form areas of wetlands with plants and abundant wildlife and the growth of these areas is self limiting. BP&R could accelerate wetlands development with plantings at a fraction of the cost of dredging.
2. The iconic Mirror Pond will remain a large expanse of open water but bordered in places by rich riparian sections, arguably an even more attractive centerpiece to Bend.
3. The proposal is to impose utility fees on Bend residents to meet a $6,000,000 cost for dredging without a public vote. Throughout the recent elction season, Mayor Russell and the new Councilors preached more community participation in City affairs, not less. Time to Walk the Walk?

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Posted by Justsayin' on 12/12/2018 at 1:36 PM

Re: “City Survey

Not sure how valid and useful online surveys can be. They can be manipulated by trolls. They do not give an accurate indication of community opinion, as it is impossible to weigh them according to age, income, gender, address, and other factors that would show that a representative sample of the community participated. Their true value lies in giving individuals an opportunity to sound off about issues, and individual comments are, of course, important. But don't mistake these as characteristic of the community as a whole.

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Posted by fosterfell on 12/12/2018 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Powering the Dredge

The so-called "process" referred to by Mr. Fuller reached its culmination during the March 18, 2015, Bend City Council meeting. The crowd overflowed into the lobby, and at least 75% of those offering public testimony DISAGREED with the "alternative vision," which would have used up $5 million in State Lottery funds to green light the construction of 4 story condos on the river front. The State Legislature that summer voted against granting these funds. And, on Nov. 9, 2015, the only statistically valid survey ever done on Mirror Pond was published by the City of Bend. It clearly showed that significantly more Bendites favored habitat and a more natural future for Mirror Pond than "iconic views." With all respect, Mr. Fuller, please review this history; don't mischaracterize the sentiment of our community; and, please, please, please don't deny our community the right to participate in public hearings going forward. We have the right to determine how this additional $6 million will be spent, and you have the responsibility to listen to us.

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Posted by fosterfell on 12/12/2018 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Clothing Wars

https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2018/12/06/25072135/under-armour-threatens-a-small-oregon-business-because-they-can

Posted by Alex Short on 12/10/2018 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Bag Ban Clears its First Hurdle

Make no mistake, Justin Livingston and Bill Moseley are enemies of progress.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Coach Dubbs on 12/10/2018 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Clothing Wars

Watch out Armour Hotdogs. You're next.

Posted by Doug Clark on 12/05/2018 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Living on Lava

A flood resulting from a dam failure is far too low on the list. There are many dams in Central Oregon built out of local cinders and rock. Liquefaction is a problem with these dams. Grout screens have been installed in Wickiup to mitigate this inherent weakness, but not all dams have been strengthened. A failure at Wickiup would be on par with the camp fire in terms of destruction of property and lives. Dam failures are not rare as there have been many within our lifetime caused by feeble attempts to control nature.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 12/04/2018 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Clothing Wars

Knights of old wore armor, sue them, too

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Posted by Kevin Vititoe on 12/04/2018 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Inside the Opioid Epidemic

we spent 5 years with him and 2 rounds of braces. we are now having to pay another Orthodontist to fix all the wrong been done including jaw surgery. Has anyone filed a law suit?

Posted by Heidi Wright on 12/03/2018 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Clothing Wars

Here is the website of Cascade Armory! Lets Xmas Shop there to support them: https://cascadearmory.com/

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Posted by Fermos82 on 12/03/2018 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Clothing Wars

Those guys are douches, I don't care if they do stop I'll still never buy from them, I'd rather go without.

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Posted by me on 12/03/2018 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Clothing Wars

https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2017/12/26/19557158/remembering-2017-under-armour-supports-trump-so-stop-buying-their-shit

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Orcas Mike on 12/01/2018 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Deschutes County Farm Bureau Appeals New Pot Rules

Pretty funny considering that wacky rightwing extremists like Patty Adair are just the sort of candidates that the Farm Bureau prefers, and often finances through its PAC. Marijuana farmers are "real" farmers, too.

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 11/29/2018 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Bend Beats Out Redmond For Affordable Housing Program

I agree with Mark. A worker earning $15 per hour has gross income of $31,200 per year/12=$2600 per month. If rent is $1045 for a one bedroom, they would not qualify to rent under traditional criteria of property managers that require income 3 times the rent amount which would be $3135 per month or $18 per hour so saying they are affordable is a joke. I personally like the idea of tinier permanent foundation homes people can rent to own and build wealth and community as featured in a recent article about such a community in Michigan.

Posted by Marija Peče on 11/26/2018 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Shopping Local?

This is very sad. Stop kicking out the little guy so you can live on your private charter boat in Florida.

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Posted by supportbend on 11/23/2018 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Big Changes for Well-Traveled Trails

I hope that the newcomers now colonizing this land will learn to feel a bit more remorse for displacing a culture than my ancestors did, as a fifth generation Central Oregonian. I'm concerned with the quality of this place being decimated beneath so many feet, and these trailheads are wilderness trailheads, not simply public land. Wilderness by definition should be a place where nature prevails, and now it is a place where wilderness lovers prevail. That's great, but that's not wilderness. If people want to begin removing wilderness designations from these beloved places, that's another argument. I'd like the holier-than-thou nature-loving newcomers to consider what and who they're impacting with their arrival.

Posted by Tim Freeman on 11/22/2018 at 10:24 AM

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