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I have to disagree with your endorsement of Cheri Helt. Although she has served on the school board for 8 years, I don't feel her efforts to support school funding have effected any positive changes. Her attacks on public employees' retirements see a bit like Ahab chasing the white whale to me. Promises to Tier 1 retirees have been repeatedly protected by the Oregon Supreme Court. Any new reforms (dozens are already in place) would only shrink newer public employees' already low retirements. Is it right to suggest funding current social services and public education by reducing the paltry retirement benefits of less experienced public employees? I think not. Our state needs to look at solutions that have a chance of actually making a significant difference, such as the ones suggested by Senator Mark Hass. Ms. Helt's continued attacks on PERS haven't helped our funding problems at all. Angela Chisum will bring new energy and focus to our school board. Her first-hand knowledge of what is happening in our classrooms will serve her well if elected. Every school board member starts with no experience. That shouldn't sway the voters from considering a candidate, as was implied in your endorsement. Please join the teachers and classified staff members of Bend-La Pine Schools and vote Angela Chisum for school board.

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Posted by flyfish on 04/21/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Republican Primary Endorsement: Kasich

my support of Kasich is based on what I've always known about him. He is a man of integrity, a strong leader who has accomplished much for Ohio and for America. Kasich is a fiscal conservative who has turned Ohio's economy around, cut taxes, created jobs, while protecting the ones among us who need help. Kasich is a man of faith, and has addressed difficult problems with real life solutions. He has not made unreasonable promises that cannot be kept. Kasich can step into the presidency without a learning curve, no on the job training! #kasichCan beat Clinton. I'm proud to support Gov. John Kasich!

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Posted by Wkathy7 on 04/27/2016 at 7:31 PM



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Posted by R King on 04/21/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Endorsement: Yes on Measure 9-105

If you check out the video provided you'll see the politicos talk about this measure being put on the March 8 ballot. That's extremely misleading. There was no March 8 ballot until the city decide to drop $75,000 to create it for this one issue. They're not being honest with you.

They also talked about moving other funds to help with road repairs. They didn't mention WHEN that happened. It didn't happen when they did the budget last summer. When they did the budget last summer they increased funding for pretty much every department other than road repairs which they left at current levels.

Check this out for yourselves and see if they are being straight forward about this. They aren't.

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Posted by PN West on 02/17/2016 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Endorsement: Yes on Measure 9-105

OK - Here's the deal. The city is dropping $75,000 on a single issue election. The excuse is that by doing it now instead of the May election where they could add the proposal to the ballot at little or no cost and wouldn't need to spend the $75K is that they will get added revenue from the busy summer season. A cursory look at the calendar shows that even if they wait until the May election they would have plenty of time to get things in place before schools let out and things get busy. The problem is that if they put it on the May ballot there will be tons of anti-tax republicans voting in the GOP Presidential primary. That means the chance of the tax passing will be very small. They are spending $75,000 of your tax dollars to maximize the chances of this bill passing. It is that simple.

Should we trust the politicians? They set up the budget last summer. There were a lot more funds available thanks to the improving economy. Pretty much every department got an increased budget EXCEPT for road repairs. Why? Either they did not recognize the problems with the roads (incompetence) or they figured they'd be getting the extra money through this tax so they left things as unfunded as possible and spent the money elsewhere (cynical political maneuvering). Either way this is not good governance.

The people of Bend should vote NO on this to send a message to the politicians that we're not going to put up with this kind of sneaky behavior. They're hoping for a very small turnout where the more interested YES votes will show up and the rest of the folks won't know about the election or will be too lazy to vote. Voting for this tax will only encourage them to waste more of your money on future special elections on issues where they fear the majority of the voters would vote against whatever it is they are proposing.

Don't let them get away with it.

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Posted by PN West on 02/17/2016 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Republican Primary Endorsement: Kasich

I'm glad Kasich is still in the running. He's the only reason I can call myself a Republican without crying. All of his proposals have numbers behind them. He is the only candidate that has promised to reduce government spending and stop increasing the national debt to absurd proportions. Trump and Cruz have less experience than Barack Obama did in 2008. Don't tell me they're prepared to run the country. Inexperience leads to incompetent leadership. Hiring a man with little to no political experience to be president is like hiring a plumber to do heart surgery. If you don't like Obama, then don't vote for someone with less experience than he did and expect it to be an improvement.

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Posted by j_po on 04/28/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Pet rent ban would do away with hidden "fee" for pet owners

What a garbage proposal.

If somebody wants to charge more for a pet, it is stated up front and the renter can either agree to it or not. If that makes the property less competitive then it can languish unrented until the owner reduces or removes the fee, or somebody without a pet can rent it (which the owner probably prefers).

Even if the owner doesn't charge for damages out of the security deposit, it is almost guaranteed that having a pet in the house resulted in additional wear and tear (urine that was not thoroughly cleaned but is not apparent on a walkthrough, scratches to hardwood floors, rooms that can no longer be occupied by somebody with pet allergies, etc.).

Who are you to decide I need to take the additional risk of letting a pet onto my property without compensation? If you don't like it, don't rent it. Let the market decide, not the nanny state.

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Posted by FrigginNannyState on 02/07/2019 at 7:00 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: “The Boot 9/30-10/7

Freedom of speech works both ways, folks. You can proudly fly your historical symbol of hate, racism and pain for no acceptable reason. And I can proudly choose to call you out for the inconsiderate bigoted morons that you are.

Kudos to you, source weekly, for representing the majority of people in this community who understand that the incredibly offensive ideals the confederate flag stand for have no place in this community, or this country!

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Posted by NOH8 on 10/06/2015 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Lawyers Behaving Badly

I usually like reading the Source. However, I find this kind of journalism right up there with the bulletin's antics. Ouch - can't feel good to be put in the same category as that fish wrapper of a paper in Bend that bullies and belittles people just because they can, and underhandedly pushes their own agenda, while manipulating it into something they pretend is "news"!

Right, so hummel's campaign manager was the former managing editor for the Source... Please do not pretend that simply stating that fact near the beginning of the article somehow instantly negates the ingrained bias it creates. Get your facts for this story right from...oh, wait your former managing spin here though...nope, just look away and believe what she spun...

Interesting how there's not even a specific author; just "The Source Staff". Doesn't this stink a bit folks? It is insulting to your readers that you 1-apparently think your readers are, in general, that naïve, and 2-have lowered your publication's standards to the level where it's hitching a ride on the bulletin bandwagon. I am seriously disappointed in this article and of you, the Source.

Of any news source here in town, I would have expected the Source to either give (actual) equal billing, or to have the good sense to just stay out of it. Sadly that didn't happen.

So the boot really goes to the Source on this one.

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Posted by Tire2 on 01/16/2014 at 7:54 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: “What Would Andy Griffith Do?

I'm absolutely horrified by this. Carolyn Eagan has proved herself to be nowhere near capable of the position she holds. "Business Advocate" ??? She has time and time again proved to be working on a different agenda from that. My experience with her is that she is someone's lap dog and does the bare minimum to appease any small business. She's looking to move UP in the political world of Bend Oregon and has no intentions of helping SMALL business. It's a disgrace to the community to let these people run rampant with their own agendas as public servants. Eric King is also behind and supportive of this sort of war on small business that doesn't fit the mold. Bend, you have the power in numbers to remove these jokers. Call your City Councilors! Call Eric King! Call Carol Eagan! Let them know how you feel about this atrocious back handed act of deceit and propaganda. Shame them publicly!

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Posted by Wesley Ladd on 08/27/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Finally, someone calls the bridge ban effort what it is

I would like to give Gene Whisnant a slap on the back myself. His bridge ban in 2017 was passed unanimously by the Legislature, including our local representatives . It was a clear reassertion of state authority. Just because you can pervert property tax laws to convert a wildlife refuge into subdivisions doesn't mean you can say the elk are gone, let's bulldoze the river too. As a tourist destination, the rest of the state has a legitimate interest in maintaining the protected areas for the rest of Oregon's citizens.
Your apparent hypocrisy of using a transportation argument to destroy a sensitive, irreplaceable habitat and saying it would be good for the environment completely looses sight of the concept of wild and scenic.
If you seriously want a trail from Bend to Sunriver for commuting, there is a gravel roadbed of the old 97. It goes from Knott road up to Lava Butte. It is smooth and straight with no traffic or sensitive riparian areas. There is a paved trail from the Lavalands visitor center to Sunriver. It would make an excellent route.
The proposed river bridge and trail have nothing to do with commuting, however. It's a lame, last ditch argument to save a bad idea. It is planned as a tourist event attraction. Marathons, bike races and commercial outfitters are lined up to help destroy 20 river miles of protected habitat from Bend to Sunriver. Bend Parks should not be allowed to distort the law, the truth, and your credibility to achieve this.

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Posted by TimB on 02/16/2018 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Staying True

I spent well over a decade immersed in “conversion therapy.” I was a true believer. By 31, I had a girlfriend but there I was taking the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building and once I made it to the top, I planned on jumping. My truth was abominable to the Church and shameful to my parents should they ever find out. Ultimately, conversion therapy proved to be a deceptive form of soul torture, forcing me to declare war on myself, fueling my self-hatred and internalized prejudice to a psychiatric pitch. I became obsessed with my sexuality and compulsive in my efforts to eliminate it. I hope we can pass a ban on the practice before another kid jumps or steps in front of a moving train. Bryan Christopher (Author, Hiding from Myself)

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Posted by Bryan Christopher on 03/18/2015 at 9:29 PM

Re: “A Year Later, and Only More Guns

So basically, what I got out of this little lib tirade, was...

'We at the Source recognize that no matter how much editorializing we do, nobody pays attention to us.'

As it should be.

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Posted by Jimmy Buxton on 10/09/2013 at 4:43 PM

Re: “The Pink Nightmare on Highway 97

Oh please, you liberals are now becoming the protectors of the judgmental right because you don't like their "garishness?" Sounds a little hypocritical for a publication usually takes up a rant against the establishment. Perhaps your editors are growing up. Luke

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Posted by Luke Warmwater on 06/10/2010 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Apartment fight reveals Bend's latent—and damaging—xenophobia

From my experiences with apartment developments in Bend, the community should be VERY concerned that the corrupt City of Bend Planning Department will not uphold the development codes.

When they approved a questionable apartment development in my neighborhood, the city did not enforce codes related to transportation, compatibility, and landscaping, leaving us with an out-of-compliance eyesore.

In the instance I am referring to, the official planning decision document explicitly stated Conditions of Approval that trees be planted. Our neighborhood fought tooth and nail to get these conditions, which should not have been necessary as the trees were already required by city code. Regardless of city code and the conditions of this particular approval, the developer did not plant the trees and the city did nothing. I brought this to the attention of City Manager Eric King, among many others. Nobody in the city cares.

This city's leadership repeatedly demonstrates they only care about the almighty dollar.

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Posted by FedUp on 01/17/2019 at 6:35 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: “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: “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

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