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Re: “A visiting couple alleges gender discrimination in a rideshare car

Both Sides, thanks for your comment. Im the writer of this piece. I dont have a problem with Christian music - the reason I mention it is because of the irony of playing Christian music, while not being very Christian in behaviour towards us on our first day outside of the hospital as parents. Best, Sorab

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Posted by Sorab Shroff on 10/04/2018 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The Bill That Could Stop the Completion of the Deschutes River Trail

Bend Parks has planned an imaginary trail down the Deschutes River since the 1960s. Like many ideas from city planners back then, it was done with little consideration for the environment. The same is true today with this bridge. Sinde then, the Wild & Scenic designation has protected the river from most development.
The concept of linking the human communities of Bend and Sunriver is a good one. But our thinking has matured and we recognize the value of the community that already exists along the river. For ten river miles, eagles, osprey, elk, mink, deer and bears find refuge in the riparian areas surrounding the Deschutes up to Sunriver. They cant drive their Subaru to the other river. They have to make it here. For those who take the time to stop running and just watch quietly, its a priceless experience.
The proposed bridge is an easy crossing in shallow water. The convenience of not having to drive to the west side trails is appealing for locals. That is, until youve seen forty elk cows and their yearlings splash across in the exact same spot. It is a critical ford across the river that is their only access to their spring calving grounds to the South. Deer herds also use the ford in their seasonal migrations. While there are many places humans can build a bridge, wildlife has to use what is available. They need this crossing. They wont bring their young near when people are around.
The Parks dept wants to complete the trail and the bridge so they can collect SDC funds when the remaining elk preserve is bulldozed for subdivisions. How can that happen? Just pay the difference in back taxes and the refuge designation disappears. Eventually, all that remains is the name on the school.
In their short-sighted pursuit of the bridge, BPRD has asked the State Parks to open rulemaking for this one mile stretch. While the proposed legislation coule block bridge building, other rules are up for change as well. Coupled with a bridge, these changes could have a devastating impact on the wild community that graces our river.
Currently, there is a ban on outfitters and events are limited to 150 participants. Outfitters, and running event promoters are requesting changes that would allow marathons and bike races and other commercial ventures that belong in cityscapes, not scenic Rivers. Im sure Don envisions big events like PPP down his trail, but regardless of his environmental assurances, BPRD does not have any jurisdiction on the other end of the bridge and the Forest Service does not currently maintain the trail adequately. Its already in bad shape and the influx of traffic will degrade the habitat and deter wildlife. Heavy traffic and spectators during events will drive them completely away. This is exactly what the designation of,"Wild & Scenic" is meant to prevent
While Dan is certainly only paid to promote human interests, he ignored the rest of the l language of this egislation that would give a great economic boost to humans in the region. HB2027 also calls for Lottery bonds to be available for water storage and distribution projects. This means lining and piping our leaky canals. This is the key to improving the health of the river and every fisherman and irrigator should loudly support the Senate version of this bill.
I want to thank Gene Whisnant for including the bridge ban in this important legislation. He obviously recognizes the connection between rivers and wildlife. I hope th Senate will recognize this proposal as a way to break a local political log jam and move forward .
Lottery bonds would be repaid from the revenues of the small hydro stations on the newly piped canals. But irrigators dont have to be the only direct beneficiaries. Fishing groups with water rights and lottery financing could partner with TID to pipe water from a relined Tumalo reservoir back up its abandon ditch to enhance selected trout streams. Can you dream it? I can.
HB2027 is a major step forward in water management. It will also finally bury an old bad idea about a bridge.

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Posted by TimB on 05/01/2017 at 7:40 PM

Re: “The Bill That Could Stop the Completion of the Deschutes River Trail

Looking at the Google Maps satellite imagery of the area it seems like much ado about nothing: it's a foot bridge, not a four lane highway. The area is already built up on all sides with houses. Encouraging more people to walk or bike across the river rather than drive around via Reed Market seems eminently sensible to me.

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Posted by David N. Welton on 04/28/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “The Bill That Could Stop the Completion of the Deschutes River Trail

There is much more to this issue than simply connecting the Deschutes River Trail. While this has been envisioned by"some"in the community, many in the community are staunchly opposed to the bike and foot bridge. There are pros and cons on both sides. Yes, the access provided by the bridge would be amazing. But please educate yourself on the many negative impacts of the bridge. As previously offered in a comment, please visit for a different perspective.

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Posted by Christine Bond on 04/27/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “A visiting couple alleges gender discrimination in a rideshare car

Peter and Sorab,

First, let me congratulate you on the birth of your daughter. This is indeed a precious and joyous time, and she is fortunate to be welcomed into a loving home.

Then, please let me apologize on behalf of all of us in Bend who do not share the Uber driver's beliefs. I am so sorry that your experience was uncomfortable and unpleasant and marred the homecoming that you have been anticipating for many years. If you would like to connect, I would be very happy to bring you a meal, meet you for a walk in the park, drive you where you need to go (I think I still remember how to work a car seat) and welcome your family properly.

I wish you all the best. May you be surrounded by peace and love.

~ Jennifer

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Posted by Jennifer Geisen on 10/05/2018 at 8:55 PM

Re: “A visiting couple alleges gender discrimination in a rideshare car

Sorry this happened to you and your partner but not sure how this is discrimination in any way from what you described, driver had a "opinion" that differed from yours and you still got the service you paid for.
Just because someone is rude and has a differing opinion does not mean you were discriminated against. It seems you have a "opinion" about Christian music but no one is claiming you are discriminating against Christians for your "opinion" of a radio station.
P.S. Congratulations on the new member of your family.

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Posted by anonymous on 10/03/2018 at 2:46 PM

Re: “The Bill That Could Stop the Completion of the Deschutes River Trail

Yeah don't see what the big deal is. This bridge won't benefit me, but I bet it would cut down on vehicle traffic, emissions, etc, if people had a walk/bike option across the river. There's trails and human traffic all over that area already. I checked out and wasn't persuaded by any of their arguments. Is this all some kind of NIMBY'ism ?

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Posted by Marc on 04/28/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The Bill That Could Stop the Completion of the Deschutes River Trail

Please check out for a different perspective

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Posted by MacGregor Ehlen on 04/27/2017 at 1:30 AM

Re: “A visiting couple alleges gender discrimination in a rideshare car

Sorab, Peter and Colette,
What a pleasure it was meeting the 3 of you! I am sorry for your negative experience here in Bend and wish you the best in your journey!
Peace and Love,
Jeremy.....:) uber driver

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Posted by Jeremy on 10/04/2018 at 7:06 PM

Re: “The Bill That Could Stop the Completion of the Deschutes River Trail

Readers: We received a comment on this story tonight that can only be construed as potentially slanderous, so it was removed from our site. Please, feel free to offer your opinion and insight into this contentious issue, but refrain from name calling, libel or slander. Using your actual, full name is nice too.

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 04/26/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Confronting the Death Cult

As a visitor to Bend I only read this paper sporadically and Im not sure how much dissenting opinions are allowed... Re: B Soderbergs article Confronting the Dearh Cult. The hypocrisy in this article took my breath away. America has developed a culture of death over the last 50+ years in which infanticide has been practiced, encouraged & glorified by the media, Hollywood elites, and progressives to the tune of some 60 million lives obliterated since Roe v Wade. Those that have died have no voice, and the aforementioned groups could CARE LESS. They are using these High School students to push a political agenda, period. They are more concerned about animal rights than human rights. Listen to young people? If you people have your way there wont BE any young people left to listen to.

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Posted by Nan Tybroski on 03/29/2018 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The Bill That Could Stop the Completion of the Deschutes River Trail

Disappointed that isn't transparent about who is responsible for publishing and maintaining it.

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Posted by Doc Incredible on 04/28/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “To Log or Not to Log

I can summarize exactly what Karen Coulter and the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project are advocating for when they fight projects like this: a continuation of the status quo that resulted in the deaths of two people and the loss of 502 homes (as of this writing) in Colorado just this week. Doing nothing puts us all at risk. Period, end of story.

If - scratch that - WHEN there is a fire in the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Restoration area, it is almost certain that I and dozens of people I care about will be there, putting our lives on the line to protect your homes from the fire. This project makes that a much, much safer and more easily accomplished job. Please support it now so you don't have to worry about us or your own lives and properties later.

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Posted by ericmetzger on 06/17/2013 at 8:14 PM

Re: “A visiting couple alleges gender discrimination in a rideshare car

Do not fear those fools who cannot see love and goodness. It is blindness of their heart that is going to be their own demise. Focus on your little girl, your love in this world for everyone and everything and pray for that fool of an Uber driver to get a clue. Life is short. Live it well. Happiness is the best revenge. Don't judge others as she has judged you. Blindness of the heart is an epidemic, just look at Washington DC in the last week. Look at the blindness that is going unnoticed by so many. Keep your world your world and let the one outside your love pass beyond into the ethers of time. Enjoy. Love and be loved. There is nothing else that matters. Cheers and Congrats!

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Posted by Naia Kelly on 10/06/2018 at 2:13 AM

Re: “A visiting couple alleges gender discrimination in a rideshare car

I completely agree that it would have been truly unfortunate and WRONG if this event happened _to any degree_ (or exactly as they say it did).

However, the writer loses all credibility with their unbelievable claim that the driver "blasted the Christian radio"

Having taken many Ubers in NYC, I have never been on a ride where I did not ask the driver to turn it up, turn it off, or change it when they had music playing...

Is it possible that the story is a bit exaggerated?

To that point, if the driver is "different than me", why would the driver be obligated to pretend like _my_ differences are a welcome delight?

For example, one night, after finishing business, I got into an Uber in a very bad part of Newark, of all places, and the Driver, a nice native Ethiopian had country music blasting, and I hate country music (complete irony)... I am not generally a fan of some Ethiopian music either, and I would have asked him to turn it down if it was something I did was not enjoying, but I asked him to turn it off or change it, and he rolled his eyes and turned it down... Again, I asked him to turn it off completely, and he rolled his eyes and did not comply... I thought to ask to be let out, but it was a very dangerous (at night), and I was a cracker completely "out of my element". He was driving like a crazy man, I felt I was in danger, and he kept the radio on with that country music.

I did not ask Uber for a refund, I did not give him a tip, and I had no hard feelings because I was OUT OF MY ELEMENT... Why should the driver be condemned for his behavior? He is the one who is going to suffer by a lack of tips, just like a poor waiter or waitress.

If I was a racist and or a _BULLY_, indeed I too could have cried "foul" and complained that the driver was actually the "racist" himself and was _insensitive_ to me, being a "poor white man" who was treated disrespectfully and forced to listen to music I did not like.

I could have put the driver's job at risk if I had made such claims.

Then again, why would I do that...

Is it possible, that this article and this letter is an attempt to bully Christians?

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Posted by Both Sides on 10/04/2018 at 7:37 AM

Re: “The Bill That Could Stop the Completion of the Deschutes River Trail

As a point of clarification, HB 2027-1 was amended by Representative Whisnant to remove all the previous text and replace it with just the bridge prohibition text. Therefore, there is no more text referencing Lottery funds for water storage, the bill. You can see it here:
or look up Oregon HB 2027 on the web.

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Posted by Steve Jorgensen on 05/02/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Confronting the Death Cult

Where to start...the most important fact is continually left out of the story on the shooting of Clark. How on earth can you tell this story and leave out the fact that he was committing a crime! He was running away, he went to his grandmothers home to get away. He neglected to drop his phone when he was instructed too. It is a very sad situation but tell the whole story. The media and the coverage of their story is manipulating and a horrible slant on real reporting. I am just disgusted with this article in more ways then one.

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Posted by Patti 1 on 03/30/2018 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Hug A Winter Trail Volunteer

We are so lucky to live in a place with this many volunteer organizations helping to provide outdoor recreation opportunities . Everyone who uses these groomed trails should help support these groups - either financially or by volunteering.

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Posted by BendXCSkier on 01/23/2013 at 9:51 PM

Re: “The Next Mayor of the City of Bend

I've always thought the most effective Mayor is one who knows the ins and outs of the issues, and the workings of the City, best. To this end, both Jim and Jodie are solid choices. They have paid their dues. And then some.

I'd personally cast my ballot- by a nose- for Mr. Clinton; while Ms. Barram is also highly qualified, there has been no better soldier for the City over the past decade.

Either way, this is a rare win-win.

Peter Gramlich

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Posted by P6 on 12/12/2012 at 6:58 AM

Re: “The Next Mayor of the City of Bend

What a wonderful world. Two candidates I admire. :)

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Posted by Ray Duray on 12/06/2012 at 9:57 AM

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