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Re: “Endorsements for State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

I may have misread Rondo's letter, but I thought he was referring to the Bulletin when he made reference to "the local media publication with no political editor" and their endorsement of Jennifer Neahring. I watched the entire video of the Source's interview with Jamie, Jennifer, and Michael and was impressed with their questions and the thoughtfulness of their endorsement of McLeod-Skinner. The Source rocks, in my book!

Posted by Mary McClellan on 05/18/2018 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Endorsements for State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

Rondo -- We interview all candidates we endorse personally, and we video them for the public's information. And we watch public meetings online and/or we have reps in the room taking notes, so as to be able to scroll past the tedium of the people who choose to exercise their three minutes of public comment every. single. week.

As for the political editor thing-- it's nice that you understand our budget and the workings of a small town newspaper so well that you falsely believe that's actually possible. Share more about your wild fantasy media world, where that type of resource exists!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 05/18/2018 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Registered Republicans Should Support Incumbents for Deschutes County Commission

Tammy and Tony are easy choices for local Republican voters. They are valuable assets and we should keep them employed as long as they offer us their service. Vote early and often.

Posted by Rondo on 05/13/2018 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Endorsements for State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

With all due respect to a local media publication with no political editor, and no presence at local meetings, the Source has found a worthy, and qualified candidate to endorse. YES. Among a field of fine candidates to challenge Walden in November, Jamie stands ahead in the field of her Dem-competitors. Vote early and often.

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Posted by Rondo on 05/13/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Registered Republicans Should Support Incumbents for Deschutes County Commission

Baney is a boss and credit to our county. Being primaried by the DCRP chair should be a scandal imo.

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Posted by Drunken Citizen on 05/10/2018 at 3:36 PM

Re: “When it comes to pot in Deschutes County, the black market is the problem, not legal business

My husband and I own a vegetable farm in Alfalfa. I have been attending local neighborhood meetings where people of our community have been very concerned about a number of issues surrounding the cannabis growing here and in other farming areas in Deschutes County. I have also attended meetings sponsored by the county commissioners, since November, trying to understand what is happening and why.

I believe that Deschutes County should move the cannabis grow industry to industrial / commercial zoning, and off farming land.

Just some of my concerns:

As organic vegetable farmers, we live in the High Desert and water is power, water is life. With so many marijuana grows in Alfalfa, many people have had their wells run dry. To redrill is extremely expensive running into several thousand dollars. Our overall water supply is diminishing at a rate, according to Kyle Gorman's testimony at a commissioners meeting, of at least a foot a year over the last 25 years. We do not really know how much water the cannabis industry uses, except for what they have told us. I have heard and read very different statistics:

According to…

"After playing with a number of different formulas over the years and trying to find what fits, the best figure weve come up with is one gallon of water per day per pound of processed flower, i.e. a one-pound plant needs one gallon of water per day, whereas a five-pound plant needs five gallons per day, and a 10-pound plant needs 10 gallons per day.

One Acre-Foot = 325,851 U.S. gallons

The 1:1:1 ratio was determined by polling numerous cannabis farmers about their water usage. Emerald Growers Association and Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council conducted the polls."

Along with a majority of the voters, I voted to make recreational pot legal because, although I don't smoke it personally, I don't feel that the government should criminalize people for smoking pot, or spend tax money to use the court system and then incarcerate for victimless behaviors. When I voted on that, however, I did not ever think that what is essentially an industrial manufacturing business would be taking over and be changing the very nature of farm country. This is not a traditional farm product at all. This is more akin to a factory. According to the testimony, they don't grow it in the ground, but in pots, which surely could be located in a factory. They are similar to a business, now located on 2nd Street, in Bend, called Volcano Veggies. Volcano Veggies also doesn't need a farm--they grow organic lettuce and other greens, hydroponically and with artificial lights in a warehouse.

A very good Bend Bulletin article that speaks to growing marijuana in an industrial zone, where I firmly believe it belongs, is found here.… and I quote:

"...Deschutes Growery,(off American Lane) a familiar brand in local marijuana retail shops, now located in about 8,000-square-feet of floor space in two warehouse buildings in a southeast Bend industrial park, the company has created a method of growing recreational marijuana rooted in energy efficiency....The company grows its cannabis only inches high and gives the plants only enough light to mature. That practice saves money on utility costs and produces a more consistent product in a shorter amount of time, Clapick said. The plants need only enough micromoles, a measure of light quantity, for photosynthesis. Why give the plant more light than it can process? he said. From now through the end of the harvest, we use a 300-watt (lamp) on average, because the plant cant use 600 watts of power. It can only use 300 because thats the right micromole for the plant height....Deschutes Growery set a goal of becoming carbon-neutral offsetting the energy it consumes with conservation measures in three years....Deschutes Growery applied for incentives based on their installation of LED lighting, according to an email Wednesday from Susan Jowaiszas, senior marketing manager for commercial and industrial programs at Energy Trust of Oregon. The companys application is under review. This project would achieve the largest kilowatt-hour savings of any cannabis grow operation in Deschutes County and is also among the largest (to date) through our program, Jowaiszas wrote. Its not the largest cannabis project completed through Energy Trusts program; some metro areas have pretty large facilities....By switching 5,000 square feet of growing space to LED, the company expects to save about 1,400 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, Clapick said. The company also installed rooftop solar panels, generating another 59 MWh in 2017 to offset its own power consumption. The wattage Deschutes Growery says it saves would power 132 homes for a year. It also claims to be the first solar-powered indoor cannabis farm in the state." Please read this entire article if you haven't already.

Pot is an extremely well funded industry, as you know, unlike traditional farming, whereby, when you choose to grow food, you know you are not choosing a profession which will gain you a big income. You are lucky to squeak by, but you choose it because of the way of life it gives you. Right now the average age of farmers in Oregon is 60 years old. Not many young people are choosing farming because it is expensive to buy and maintain farm property and it is a chancy business. We depend upon the whims of nature to help provide. We are NOT making $500-$1000 per pound for our produce, as pot growers are. And we cannot afford the lawyers necessary to fight for our way of life. We also chose to farm because of the peace and quiet; not to listen to constant drone of machinery/fans/ etc. We were drawn to the birds, the animals, the big skies, sunrises, sunsets, and bright stars; not the light pollution because of the 7am to 7pm hours, as opposed to a dawn to dusk timing. We love our views of mountains and juniper, the fragrance of healthy nature, not the constant stink of "skunks" when you pass by a pot farm. EFU zoning is supposed to limit development that could conflict with farming practices. Pot "farming" is not traditional farming, but manufacturing of a medical and/or recreational drug. It definitely conflicts AND DEGRADES a rural lifestyle.

The website,, a group of concerned citizens of Deschutes County, has researched and written an excellent report. They say it best--and I would like to second, all that they said in regard to marijuana grows in our county. I believe the applications all need to be rejected until they are moved to an industrial zone. We already have too many grows in our little community of Alfalfa. It is obvious to me that More should not be approved, especially in Alfalfa.

Posted by abby on 05/04/2018 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Endorsements for State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

There are certain professions that are held in high esteem by the public, and doctors and nurses are at the top of the list-….

Despite his mistakes, Dr John Kitzhaber contributed much to health care policy improvement in OR and nationally by Medicaid streamlining and expansion via the OR Health plan. Dr. Howard Dean was another innovative health care governor in Vermont

Most of these 2nd CD candidates are similar in policy stances, but I feel that Dr. Neahring has the strongest narrative and crossover appeal because of her resume and credibility on health care.

Posted by grschott on 05/03/2018 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Endorsements for State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

Thank you for your informed, concise, and well written article on Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Congressional Candidate for District 2. It is well appreciated as is your endorsement.

Anne McLaughlin

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Posted by Anne McLaughlin on 05/03/2018 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Endorsements for State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

You made the right decision in endorsing Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congressional District 2. Your insight into why she's the best candidate is commendable. Great job!

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Posted by Mary McClellan on 05/02/2018 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Registered Republicans Should Support Incumbents for Deschutes County Commission

I couldn't agree more for the need to vote for the incumbents in the forthcoming election. I've attended several debates recently and have been horrified by Patty Adair's off-point, incoherent and factually inaccurate ramblings. She often states "I know I'm not answering your question, but..." and then starts espousing on her one item discussion point stating that Tammy Baney raised (property) taxes. This is incorrect. Anyone looking to vote in the May 15 election should do their own homework. Patty has no direct experience and has only recently returned to live in Deschutes County after an extended residency in Malibu, Ca. Spend some time listening to how she (doesn't) answer a question. It's frightening and certainly not what we want in a region that prides itself on honesty and integrity. Tammy Baney is the only choice for Deschutes County Commissioner (position #3). She has done an outstanding job to date, and has the experience, professionalism and intelligence to continue. We not only need Baney to continue, we deserve her.

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Posted by County Class on 04/28/2018 at 10:26 AM

Re: “May Election Endorsements

Far from enhancing Bend's vision and influence, I fear that adoption of Measure 9-118 (direct election of Bend's mayor) may prove to be counterproductive and damaging to local democracy. Most worrisome is inclusion of the term, "political head of City government" in the ballot title. What does this mean? Where is the definition?

Here is an example of what may go wrong:

A slim majority of the current Bend City Council supports the city's Climate Resolution, which is non-binding and entirely dependent on private funding, but, nevertheless, was a hard won victory achieved in large part by young grassroots activists. But, suppose local special interests donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to elect their own hand-picked mayor, who, then, uses his power and influence to ignore the Climate Resolution. This conflicted mayor, then--in opposition to public sentiment--goes on to promote Bend as a city with environmentally unfriendly transportation and construction policies. Sound like something an unchecked "political head" might do? Well, do I need say, "Just look at the White House"?

The elected mayor concept is a pale remnant of the original mission and purpose of the charter review committee, whose dedicated citizens stumbled a bit in their bid to roll out what might have been their crowning accomplishment, namely, councilors elected from wards.

A mayor elected at large might have made sense in the context of a ward system of government--maybe something for the next charter review effort to consider. While they are at it, I would love to see 3 additional reforms:

(1.) Bend should join the hundreds of cities nationwide that impose strict limits on campaign donations.

(2.) Bend should ease up on requirements that make it virtually impossible for citizens to qualify ballot initiatives and to recall public officials.

(3.) Bend should have a City Council chamber capacious enough to accommodate the growing numbers of citizens getting woke and involved in local civic affairs.

With respect,
Foster Fell

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Posted by fosterfell on 04/21/2018 at 4:03 PM

Re: “In the runup to the next election, don't let "moderates" off the hook

I find this appeal to "moderates" almost laughable in light of recent events and coverage in the Source Weekly. Just last week one opinion led with the shrill and alarmist heading "Confronting the Death Cult". It's clearly disingenuous to call out the extremist right while giving the extremist left kid glove treatment. Those of us in the middle are sick of the BS from both party extremes but it's the Democratic side that's doing the most to alienate moderates right now.

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Posted by Nik Johansson on 04/06/2018 at 12:22 PM

Re: “In the runup to the next election, don't let "moderates" off the hook

If anyone has any question about where I stand on this issue check out minute 1:43:55 of this clip from our recent council meeting. There is no place for hate speech and white supremacists in Bend.

Dr. Nathan Boddie, MD, MS
Bend City Councilor
Candidate for State Representative

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Posted by Dr. Nathan Boddie, MD, MS on 04/06/2018 at 9:36 AM

Re: “More of those greenways, Bend.

Providing transportation infrastructure that encourages people to get out of their cars ALSO decreases wear and tear on streets and roadways. It's win/win, actually, for everyone. We need to remember the work of past City Councilors Clinton and Knight in pioneering greenways and acknowledge next Nov. 6 the ongoing work of current elected officials in refashioning our streets into safe and connective public space that promotes health, builds community, and--incidentally--enhances property value.

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Posted by fosterfell on 03/25/2018 at 11:30 AM

Re: “More of those greenways, Bend.

Not mentioned here is the $900K price ($100K/mile) which could be used to maintain existing roadways or provide sidewalks. More like a war of attrition.

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Posted by Geoff Reynolds on 03/25/2018 at 9:06 AM

Re: “A protest is a conversation starter, and it's started one in Bend

The First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
- onthedot1: that last part speaks right to the heart of what kids were learning yesterday when they spent a whopping 17 minutes outside their classrooms.

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 03/15/2018 at 9:43 AM

Re: “A protest is a conversation starter, and it's started one in Bend

I would rather they stayed in school and learn about history and constitution. The left managed to actually get kids to go out and march against their precious rights.

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Posted by onthedot 1 on 03/14/2018 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Protesting an Apartment Complex is Energy Best Used Elsewhere

Thank you for an editorial which supports much needed additional housing in Bend, and specifically on the Westside. These protesting neighbors have an element of elitism in their position to "protect the neighborhood".

As for market rents.... high or low, we can theorize all we want, but the market will sort itself out. It's why it's called a market. With a 1-2% current vacancy rate in Bend, how can more apartments, built at someone else's expense, possibly be bad for this city or the rental market?

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Posted by Bend needs housing on 03/09/2018 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Protesting an Apartment Complex is Energy Best Used Elsewhere

You're right, Mickey Finn -- but as more supply comes on the market, the demand goes down, which can in turn lower prices. At the same time, we're all for more affordable apartments and affordable and low-income housing in general, as we've editorialized again and again. Thanks for reading.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 03/08/2018 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Protesting an Apartment Complex is Energy Best Used Elsewhere

While I agree that there are a lot of other local issues that might be more important, I think it is worth noting that this apartment building is not going to ease the housing crisis as you claim. Unless you think that a $1,200 studio apartment is affordable housing. And it is sad that you rely on a snide anonymous reader to make the bulk of your case. Near as I can tell his argument is "capitalism is effing wonderful and you folks who don't have the money to buy empty lots in Bend can just STFU and maybe get out of town." You really think that this apartment building offers a "solution" to the shortage of affordable housing? Really? That's the best you can do? I lived in affordable, working class apartment buildings in New York City and Detroit much of my adult life before returning to Oregon and I believe Bend definitely needs to build more apartments. But not more luxury apartments, more affordable apartments.

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 03/07/2018 at 7:15 PM

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