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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Editorial

Re: “Walden Should Follow Through on Debating McLeod-Skinner

From the US House of Reps Walden has taken more money from the telecoms industry than anyone else, ever. $1,605,986 From AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. He doesnt represent his constituents, he represents who ever is willing to write him the biggest check. Hes had a free ride all these years. Hes afraid to have to go up and debate against someone who actually gives a damn about the voters and not just the corporations who have been been lining his pockets for 20 years.

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Posted by athey on 08/14/2018 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Walden Should Follow Through on Debating McLeod-Skinner

Walden seems to be afraid of McLeod-Skinner. Walden has basically had a free ride all the years he has supposed represented his district. Sadly, he seldom represents the demographics of his district. In voting against the ACA and other safety net programs, he simply thumbs his nose at the majority of folks in his district. Now he occasionally show up in the public because has a formidable opponent. Man up Greg Walden! Put on your big boy pants and debate McLeod-Skinner. You owe it to the people in your district - not the DC and Trumpette crowd.

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Posted by Pat on 08/09/2018 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Walden Should Follow Through on Debating McLeod-Skinner

Walden knows that McLeod-Skinner will have him on the ropes if he debates her. He should cowboy up and agree to put his policies and plans up against hers. If he doesn't, he'll prove that he doesn't want voters to have a choice in November. Who's he representing?

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Posted by Mary McClellan on 08/09/2018 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Small Victories

Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) obviously has a personal profit driven agenda, but funny how the Source is all about conservation issues until it comes time to write another "top ten places" for tourists to destroy for the writers own profit.
Maybe Wanderlust Tours can start a on the hour every hour helicopter tours over endangered sage grouse habitat and the Source can write a glowingly bias article driving tourists there claiming this is being done for "awareness". Or possibly we need "beer tours" of sage grouse leks. The cycle-pub could send obnoxious drunk screaming tourists out to observe mating sage grouse, (just think about the Instagram selfie possibilities). That's "awareness", "education" and "tourism" all in one package. Both of these options are a win for everyone making money off the environment (unfortunately to the detriment of the creatures who live in that environment).

Posted by anonymous on 08/07/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Don't allow the notion of short-term financial gain threaten the Endangered Species Act

I just read that 90% of a colony of penguins have died.......soon there will be nothing but bugs left.

Posted by Mayme on 08/05/2018 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Don't allow the notion of short-term financial gain threaten the Endangered Species Act

Thank you that Jim Anderson's powerful article on the ESA is so easy to share on Facebook. So important to get the word out on this!

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Posted by Donangelo on 07/31/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Consent and Accountability

Doctor Nathan Boddie stepped way over the line when he made the unsubstantiated charge that Moey Newbold was a substance abuser. She denies that charge. But no one, least of all Doctor Boddie, can deny that he chose to attack Newbold by publicly sharing information (whether true or not is irrelevant) about a medical condition, the disease of addiction. Doctor Boddie knows this. His attack on Newbold is akin to attacking her because she has cancer. That is the largest breach of trust of all. I believe this was done to not only undermine Newbold's credibility but also to send a message to any other women out there who may have similar complaints about his behavior. It is what a bully does. His credibility is shot, as a politician and as a doctor. A little humility and soul-searching is in order. But, from what we have seen so far, that is unlikely. Prove us wrong, Nathan. Do the right thing for Bend. You cannot win this election and the longer you stay in the race the harder it will be to mount a legitimate campaign in place of your tainted one. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 07/14/2018 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Consent and Accountability

Ms. Newbold stated she came out because Boddie had denied accusation from other accusers, something this article should highlight more when discussing Boddie not taking accountability. The Democratic party pulled support for him based on several accusation sexist and homophobic behavior, and Bodie's response was to blame Republicans.
As to the other comment, Ms. Newbold stated she came out in public so the other accusers could remain anonymous (she wasn't one of the initial people who talked to Dem's on the state level) but still hold Boddie accountable. As for the civil suit, it's well within her rights to say "hey, the town should know about his action" without having to want to spend the next year in court and get money. If she did ask for money, she would be getting slammed for being about the dollars. And she did stand up for herself, she told her boss she would not work with him, that is standing up for herself. You demanding she handle the situation as you would wish is an unreasonable expectation.
This article lets off Boddie a lot lighter then it would if it was a council member it didn't like as much.

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Posted by BendFloater on 07/13/2018 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Consent and Accountability

The credibility of the allegations are still debatable. And, why not a civil suit if MS. Newbold was so bothered by his actions? Perhaps Boddie denied knowing anything about the allegations because they never happened. He said, she said. Ms. Newbold appears to be a bright, young activist with a degree in environmental politics who would have likely stood up for herself.

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Posted by Smith McCoy on 07/12/2018 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Voters of House District 54 deserve better from the Democratic Party

Until the charges are documented beyond what has already been reported I will continue to support and also vote for Mr. Boddie in the upcoming election.

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Posted by Mr. Lucky on 07/06/2018 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Voters of House District 54 deserve better from the Democratic Party

Progressive Anonymous -- We state here that it's not necessary to know the person's identity. What would be very helpful would be to know more about the nature of the claims and the comments Boddie allegedly made, in addition to the locale, so that people can make more informed decisions about whether those warrant voting for Boddie or not. Curious also that you assume it's a woman. We did not make that assumption.

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 07/06/2018 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Voters of House District 54 deserve better from the Democratic Party

And what good would come of knowing the identity of the accuser? Would we see what political party she belongs to? Would we demand her financial records? Would we dissect the nature of her work to discern whether she should not have been uncomfortable? Decide what context his sexist or homophobic comments/behavior are appropriate? The voracious response to the accusers hidden identity makes it certain that shed be skewered by progressives who claim to want to rid their ranks of abusive men... Do we only #listentowomen if they are the kind willing to take the enormous personal and professional risk of publicly coming out against a beloved community member? Progressives need to re-evaluate their beliefs if we can only value the testimony of identified women, as if who that person is should make a difference to her story.

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Posted by Progessive Anonymous on 07/05/2018 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Voters of House District 54 deserve better from the Democratic Party

I emailed Tina Kotek and her office didn't even bother to respond.

I'm speaking as a registered Democrat, supporter of Nate Boddie, and activist organizer that has worked closely with him from the Women's March to his campaign.

All across the country the Dems are trying to knock out progressive candidates. And this pulling of support is yet another wildly inappropriate move that follows countless others from Bernie Sanders to Laura Moser, and now Nate Boddie.

Does the DNC like losing? Is their fundraising strategy so centered around letting awful conservatives win to scare their donors into giving them money? Has corporate power so infiltrated the DNC that they refuse to support electable progressives like Nate Boddie?

Bend deserves better. Bend deserves Nate.

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Posted by LeafyLief on 07/05/2018 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Invest in Safe Transportation

I am a cyclist that has stopped riding our streets because it is simply too dangerous. The laws that are in effect about cyclists rights do not save your life. Arrogance will kill you folks that think you have the right of way when in reality, tonnage does. What makes you fools think that you can proceed thru an intersection when a truck / trailer rig is making a right turn ? I have cyclists, and especially pedestrians that think when the sun is in the eyes of westbound traffic on Colorado with all of the ridiculous red pedestrian Stop signs, that they will be seen, because hey, it is the law. The law will not save your life if you cant be seen. Get some common sense on your side and you will survive our roads on your bike.

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Posted by MICHAEL SULLIVAN on 07/01/2018 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Panhandling:

I am a blind and disabled mother with small children in my family. The local shelter threw me out with my children into the street because I filed a civil rights complaint when they refused to make the shelter safe and accessible while I was trying to participate in the transitional housing program. They did not care that there is not a shelter within 3 hours, there is no shelter for children or about my serious chronic health conditions or the health and well-being of my disabled child. What they cared about is that I was not intimidated and I expected them to use the federal funding they receive properly and accommodate all persons who are homeless and not discriminate against the elderly or disabled and that I had the education and ability to advocate for myself. They knew our family had no place to store medication that needed to be refrigerated, that there is no affordable hotel for families in the area and no shelter within 3 hours so when you see somebody panhandling on the street remember this person may have children health issues and other problems that cannot be resolved by just giving them something to eat and that food does not help to pay for hotel room for people with children when the local shelter refuses to serve them or the staff has become abusive and used the police department to put the person out of the shelter without allowing them the opportunity to appeal or defend themselves. It is very easy to get a gift card from Visa or provide a little money for the person to be able to pay for a place to sleep for the night and remember these people were working dective members of society at some point in their life as well. Our family was displaced after natural disaster and treat it as if we were criminals because we were made homeless when the landlord could not make the structure safe and code enforcement stated it was too dangerous for us to live there. The shelter is privately owned they can discriminate based on race color religion disability and family status and unfortunately because it is on private property when the police are called they have two choices put the person on the street with their children or arrest a person for trespassing which is what the shelter tried to have done to me knowing that I am blind disabled have small children including a child with disabilities and that I don't pose a threat to anyone except the fact that I filed a civil rights complaint against the shelter with the state and chose to try and make the shelter a better and safer place for people with disabilities the correct way

Posted by umi97703 on 06/23/2018 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Involve the public in all discussions about dredging Mirror Pond

Dredging is not a solution. Only removing the dam is a viable solution.

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Posted by Rich Ray on 06/15/2018 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Panhandling:

Absolutely. Many homeless here have TWO jobs and still can't afford to get out of their cars or tents into an apartment. Requiring your income to be 3X the rent to get applications from property management companies is a violation of humanity and should be outlawed and fines set.

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Posted by Amber Cardot on 06/05/2018 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Panhandling:

I know eventually someone will come up with the obvious solution of "why don't these people get jobs?" If only it were that easy. Places won't hire you without a home address. Homeless people are everywhere. It's not a phenomenon and just throwing money at organizations isn't going to solve anything.

People move to Bend because it's beautiful and the people are nice, but they bring their shitty attitudes and sense of entitlement. The people are no longer the multi-generational Oregonians that made Bend a nice place, now it's a bunch of self-centered, rich assholes who never use their turn signals and always want to speak to the manager. White privilege at its finest.

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Posted by mjohnson on 06/04/2018 at 2:32 PM

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

Mary - Nope, that was directed at us. Rondo has been in our building a number of times loudly demanding that we hire him as "political editor." We've asked him not to come back.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 05/23/2018 at 2:27 PM

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