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Re: “Poverty With a View?

Wealth distribution wouldnt reduce incentives to innovate at all. It would give us lower class a chance to innovate. I own a small business. With out being able to purchase property at reasonable rate, I'm forced to shut my doors. And renting is unreasonable here is unreasonable too. I get people are proud of their stuff but bend and surrounding areas have taken it too far into greed. Take sisters for example. A shack, with no running water, no heating, and a roof with tarps on it because boards are missing and it's not roofed was being rented for 800 a month for someone to live in. That's outrageous! That's not right! And it's not ok! You want affordable housing out here you better age quickly because the only affordable housing happening is for seniors.

Owner of cascades shroomery

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Posted by Topher Lenzi on 01/10/2020 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Poverty With a View?

Great article! I worked for the Central Oregon Partnership years ago. The Partnership was tasked with eliminating poverty in Central Oregon and was funded as I recall at about $1 million dollars a year for 10 years. Many projects were implemented but of course poverty wasn't eliminated. Poverty and income inequality are systemic and although specific projects help many I believe the ultimate solution will be systemic and cultural.

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Posted by allan on 01/10/2020 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Poverty With a View?

It's not a secret, poverty with a view is because the wealth here is not from here, it is moving in here and driving up the cost of housing and living. Many of the people moving in are wealthy and can afford to pay beyond what a living wage in Bend can provide. Industry is not booming here and working class don't have a chance. It's hard to find a good paying job for the majority of the working class people to support them financially here and they just can't compete.

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Posted by Jem1234 on 01/10/2020 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Poverty With a View?

Bernie 2020. Systemic problems require systemic solutions.

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Posted by skippwhy on 01/10/2020 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Poverty With a View?

I lived there for 30 years. We left last year because things have gotten ridiculously expensive, as well as the traffic, the huge growth. It costs way too much and is no longer fun to live there. Living there has become stressful with everyone having their own agendas, wanting to control the others and no one seems to listen to the old timers, so now the city and the newcomers have really diminished the quality of life. It is just another big city that is out of control.

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Posted by Lew Johnson on 01/10/2020 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Medicare for Us

putting aside all the politics of the discussion. I think a system that is intended to make profits, will always put shareholders ahead of patients. If healthcare is too complicated at the federal level, I welcome a single payer system in Oregon. I would rather my money going to provide better healthcare for everyone in Oregon vs lining executive pockets with cash. I would also welcome Oregon Lottery proceeds and taxes on alcohol, tobacco and cannbis to help with the cost.

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Posted by Kevin Donnelly on 01/17/2020 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Bend won’t tax or regulate its way to more housing, affordable or otherwise. Local governments should reconsider just how many regulatory hurdles they place between investment and the marketplace. And higher taxes on real estate investors of whatever stripe won’t create more housing supply.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 01/22/2020 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Keeping the Home Fires Burning

162 people own half the world's wealth. That's the problem.

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Posted by Dave Neil 1 on 01/24/2020 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Medicare for Us

Hmmm. $1 billion in total saving across the state vs. higher profits for the insurance industry and higher salaries for administrators at SCMC. That's a pretty easy choice for me, especially when SCMC uses some of its money to fight its own unionized employees. I would also welcome single-payer in Oregon. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 01/17/2020 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Yes, We Are Getting a Lot of Robocalls

And I thought I was just popular with Hilton Rewards, the IRS, healthcare services, car dealerships, bank loans, credit card companies, and those funny Asian sounding guys who say that my Social Security number has "expired". #scamlife

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Posted by Patric Douglas on 01/16/2020 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Poverty With a View?

Thank you for a brilliant article outlining economics in a clear and simple way. Rarely do we see this level of clarity in economic journalism. Thank you for making it approachable.

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Posted by elmfire20 on 01/13/2020 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Very obvious, but greed was not mentioned here. Elephant in the room?

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Posted by KC Mulhall on 01/23/2020 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Keeping the Home Fires Burning


I think it is unfair to lump AirBnB into short-term rentals only. I am a relatively new Bend homeowner and AirBnB host who shares my personal home with others. I am contributing positively to the Bend economy by helping people to afford a Bend Vacation (I charge less than a motel and my accommodations are beautiful and on a par with a high end hotel.)

I am not only paying property taxes, but the AirBnB fees are substantial. The cost of my initial AirBnB permit was almost $1600 and now several hundred to renew each year. (Bend uped the fees to new applying Airbnb hosts recently to almost $2,000) Every guest I host is contributing to the tax revenue collected by AirBnB and sent directly to the City. (It would be easy for the City of Bend to find AirBnB listings who are not "legal" and ask AirBnB to remove them from the platform. Heck, I might be willing to volunteer for that job!)

I am a valuable resource to tourists because I direct people to spend their money IN THE CITY and have a visitor's manual that is on-line for every guest to view. In essence, I am the concierge ensuring my guests have a great experience and come back often to Bend.

Sherri Davison
Homeowner, Bend Tourism Advocate and AirBnB host.

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Posted by Sherri Davison on 01/24/2020 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Our roads can't handle more cars. There is really no solution besides accepting that the cost of living in Bend is higher than Redmond, Prineville or other alternatives to more people moving to Bend.

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Posted by Anon Bendite on 01/24/2020 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Wasted in Bend: Plastic Bottles

Well-considered, and well-written, article. But, here's the thing, PET water bottles are not single-use; they can be reused. As you would with any other plastic container (or container made from any material, in fact), just wash regularly with warm soapy water. #reuseTHENrecycle

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Posted by Cathy Van Zyl on 01/22/2020 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Counting the Unhoused Population

Wow, I really appreciate the amount of effort that the homeless coalition is doing. I strongly believe that the more data we have the better we can support our community. I don't know if the homeless coalition is a government organization or independently supported regardless I applaud their efforts.

Posted by SimpKing42 on 01/25/2020 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Wasted in Bend: Plastic Bottles

Great article Suzanne Johnson!

Posted by Carol Sternkopf on 01/24/2020 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Here's Where to Take Part in the Day of Service

Nice article. Thanks for pulling this information together. Glad to see some honoring of this day in this community.

Posted by mcat on 01/20/2020 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Here's Where to Take Part in the Day of Service

"Happy" Martin Luther King Day "!" ??? ...that's pretty damn tacky...

Posted by on 01/20/2020 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Poverty With a View?

Laurel, send a copy of this to the New Yorker. You're in the same league as Jane Mayer and Elizabeth Kolbert. I can see a bright future for a writer as talented and informative as you are. Here's an interesting aside. You tickled the cockles of my heart when you mentioned Thomas Piketty's book. Recently I came across a news item stating that Amazon keeps track of the readers of the Kindle version of books. Piketty's book, although a best seller, was read fully through to page 8 on average by the Kindle reading public. Me? I borrowed the book and read the first 8 pages. :)

Posted by Ray Duray on 01/15/2020 at 2:53 PM

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