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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Re: “Letters to the Editor

In applauding Marco Munez' letter, I must say that we can now begin to breathe a bit. We are nearly 36 months distant from Donald Trump's hate-spewed announcement to run--and only 32 months from the end of his Presidency. Peak Trump has come and gone and--with it--the heartless politics that propelled him into our lives.

Posted by fosterfell on 06/01/2018 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

It's campaign season. Remember those in local office who just two years ago denied the extent of our street-management issues.

Posted by Rondo on 05/13/2018 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Pardon our dust works if you're exposed to it for a brief period. Ours is 24/7 and no, pardon our dust just doesn't work. The city says they don't have the budget to fix our road properly, so they do nothing. Kyle Thomas with the city states that he looked at the road and it didn't seem too bad to him. He needs to spend a little time here and actually talk to some of those who are effected.

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Posted by Jerry Gilmour on 05/13/2018 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Scott - I got the point. And the point is, there are no absolute length requirements, and yes, that's confusing and relies on judgement calls. By reprinting the actual language from the City, I thought that was clear.

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 04/25/2018 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Editor, you entirely missed the point re: parking. Selective enforcement is discrimination. And allowing judgment calls by the parking elves is bad policy that wouldn't hold up in a kangaroo court. More importantly, when called on the carpet for their earlier mis-steps, Eagan and city manager King promised to clarify, notify, and otherwise be more open and transparent about the rule and enforcement ... which they haven't.

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Posted by Scott Linden on 04/19/2018 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Every time I see one of those Be Nice, Youre in Bend bumper stickers I think, Be Nice, Youre a human being. Nice shouldnt be about location and not all that long ago someone would have immediately pulled over to help out someone that was stranded. I dont think its a change in our population but a change in the world as a whole.

Posted by Tori Pearce on 03/25/2018 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Mr. Winchel's First Amendment exercise of free speech labors under the false assumption that the US Constitution is both an enumeration of rights the federal government graciously allows it's citizens and that it's applications are also frozen in time.

Simple question for you Ted -
Did you write that opinion with a quill pen, was it delivered by horseback and finally printed on a colonial era printing press?

Posted by Nik Johansson on 03/11/2018 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

In reference to Ron on the DCSO gestapo, The county Comissioner still funds them and pays their bills, and builds their jails, and approves their boondoggle corrupt projects, We need more oversight, but they have been supporting and enabling the corruption and violence for decades.

Posted by deschutesbags on 02/07/2018 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

You nailed it, Mr. Tarentino! Can you convince Quentin to film a sequel based on the three City Council members who despise public transportation? Call it "The Hateful Three."

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Posted by fosterfell on 02/01/2018 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: On Immigration, Measure 101, New Year, New Ideas

Interesting letters this week: On Immigration, Bryant points out that overpopulation is "clearly the source" of environmental problems. And Breeden points to the housing crisis here in Central Oregon. Both are problems here, and also across the rest of the globe. Both problems beg discussion of population control: both birth rates and immigration. Hard discussions to have, but necessary, as answers involve economics, quality of life, morals, and justice.

Posted by mcat on 01/21/2018 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: Readers Weigh in on Restricted Winter Parking and... Mirror Pond Dredging

How can you forget, the established protocol is not working? How many mass murders need to occur? - My idea of a truly free country, is one where I don't need a gun to protect myself.

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Posted by rsglide on 12/03/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: Readers Weigh in on Restricted Winter Parking and... Mirror Pond Dredging

Ruth Herbert -
Never forget that gun violence is at a historical low in our country despite your fear mongering.
Never forget the Clackamas Town Center shooting ended when the assailant encountered an armed good citizen with a a concealed carry permit.
Never forget that our government is not controlled by the NRA but in fact by the healthcare, pharmaceutical and defense industry organizations.
Never forget that the British once ruled our country as a colony and most Americans don't care what they think.
Never forget that the legislation currently pending before congress improving NICS is supported by both the NRA and the NSSF.
Never forget that "assault rifles" are already heavily restricted fully automatic machine guns.
Never forget that all states concealed carry permits and federal law already prohibit the adjudicated mentally ill from possessing all guns.
Never forget that domestic violence offenders are never routinely issued concealed carry permits.
And most importantly - Never forget that responsible gun owners will continue to speak up in the face of your bold faced lies and will always defend our Constitutional rights.

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Posted by Permission To Speak Freely? on 11/30/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Representative democracy for the varied neighborhoods of Bend?

Maybe a city council that runs the city less like a business and more like a government body that provides its constituents what they elect them to do; you know, properly maintained infrastructure (roads, sewers, etc), keep costs to a minimum (lower admin costs), common sense projects (stop the war on cars, stop making people put in sidewalks out of their own wallets)

Its hard to take a city council serious when they cant maintain roads while running a billion dollar savings account.

Posted by concerned about on 11/06/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: A new teamed called the... Orange-skins?

Richard,

I don't think any breast cancer survivor is looking for your opinion when considering post-mastectomy reconstruction.

Also, here's your friendly reminder that women aren't seeking the approval of men in every decision they make.

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Posted by Kalie Wilburn on 10/26/2017 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: Sept 25 - Oct 2

So Jim, since you're presenting yourself as an expert on firearm purchases in the United States -

Was this "background check" you claim you had to go through for car rental a federal criminal records database or simply a common credit worthiness check?

And if there's a pawn shop that will legally sell you - a Canadian citizen - a handgun today then one of these two things must be true:
A) You have already have gone through the process to become a permanent United States Resident or;
B) You have already been issued an alien number or admission number which will be verified with the INS during the NICS records check.

And if you do try to buy that gun today you will be background checked again. First through the Oregon State Police for any state records that may indicate you are prohibited from possessing a firearm; then there will be a federal records check through the NICS database.

Of course if you know all this then you also know lying on form 4473 is a felony that may subject you to 5 years in prison (and will definitely impact your immigration status).

Welcome to America. Enjoy your freedom!

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Posted by RC Johnson on 10/04/2017 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Homelessness is not a crime. But good luck ticketing them for it!

I appreciate your post, however, I think it is unbalanced and inaccurate. Yes, we absolutely should not make homelessness a crime and we need to help those less fortunate in our community. I agree, and I am proud that Bend has a plethora of resources for our homeless community. A homeless person in our community will not go without. Bend gives, and it gives generously. If you don't know about all the resources available, I suggest that you do your research, and then give to the organization that resonates with you.

It is actually inaccurate for you to call any and all people you see on the street corner or bench homeless or think that they are down on their luck. My experience is that there are two types of people in this situation. One is the person who is down on their luck or possibly struggling with mental illness or hardship. These people use generally use the services that Bend provides, and they usually take advantage of all the help that is offered by our community.

The second type of person is what I call an 'urban camper'. This person does WANTS to be on the street, wants to make money by begging, enjoys the camp they live in, and loves the culture of this lifestyle. These people generally do not take advantage of all the services offered by our community because they don't want to. It's not a part of their culture. If you don't believe me, go downtown and engage in conversation with some of the people there. I met a man (who looked homeless and down on his luck) but who told me about how he quit his job a Costco so that he could lead this homeless lifestyle. It was his choice, and he loved it. So, I caution you to not group everyone who seems homeless into the same classification.

I also think that in a fair and equal society, we protect everyones rights, not just one group of people. In this situation, there are two obvious groups of people who need to be advocated for as much as the homeless. One is people in wheelchairs, and other is the merchant. I have a wonderful friend who was in a rock climbing accident about 8 years ago, and she often has trouble downtown when people (and their things) are sprawled on the sidewalk (especially on Bond street where caf seating doesnt allow for extra hanging out space on the sidewalk). The merchants have to pay the City of Bend to have a sign on the sidewalk or seating on the sidewalk, even Downtown vendors have to rent the sidewalk space. Between rented sidewalk space and ADA accessibility, some places there is no room for people to be begging. That is something I think it is fair for us to ask both the homeless and the urban campers to respect. Asking them to respect this is fair to all.

The other group that needs to be advocated for is the merchants. How many of you know a person or a family who owns a business in Downtown Bend? These are hard-working people putting their blood, sweat, and tears into their business to pay their mortgages, feed their kids, and hope to have enough money to send them to college. I think is it completely reasonable for a merchant not to have a person sleeping in front of the door to their business. I think it is completely reasonable for a merchant not to have someone camped in front of their business yelling at people who pass by. I want to support local families building businesses in our community. This helps to grow our community strong. If we dont protect our merchant families and their rights, families in our community (and our community at large) will suffer. Asking a homeless person to respect that a merchant needs to be able to have people enter their business in a safe and clean area is rational and equitable. I think that we can advocate for homeless, and for merchants AT THE SAME TIME.

As I said previously, I want to live in a City that protects and supports everyone, not just one group of people. I hope you will join me in fighting for the rights of our homeless, of our disabled, and of our local merchants.

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Posted by Thinking&Wondering on 09/24/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Homelessness is not a crime. But good luck ticketing them for it!

I think bend just opened themselves up to a serious ADA lawsuit, now just watch as the ADA people go around the city with a 6ft pole taking pictures of every sidewalk obstruction in downtown. Becasue you cant tell me there are not spots all over downtown and other parts of the city that dont comply with that rule. Remember that mysterious electrical transformer box?

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Posted by Seriously! on 09/22/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Homelessness is not a crime. But good luck ticketing them for it!

Its absolutely ASTOUNDING that the Bend city coucil all of a sudden cares about the ADA. After decades of abdicating their authority and mandate to comply with the ADA they now use it as a weapon against the poor, homeless and disabled living on the streets.

WHAT A VILE DISGUSTING group of people!!!!

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Posted by Smarmmuch on 09/22/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Homelessness is not a crime. But good luck ticketing them for it!

Perfectly said. Instead of following the model of other cities that--at the very least--set up sanctioned areas for overnight parking and locations for longer term residency for the houseless, Bend--shamefully--choses to crack down. Despite the much heralded new economy, with its record breaking Dow Jones, I am noticing am alarming increase in homelessness in the areas I most frequent: the I-5, and Highway 97 and 101 corridors. Greg Walden's Congressional District continues to have high levels of poverty and food insecurity. The unequal society is upon us. City governments have often been called the laboratories of democracy, but how sad to see Bend follow the example of governance by heartlessness now championed in Washington, DC.

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Posted by fosterfell on 09/22/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: Sept 11-18

Ron O'Brien - Medicare for all does NOT - repeat NOT - mean free healthcare! Maybe you should read up on it, and where the money will come from, before you make such a silly comment.

Posted by Shemomo on 09/21/2017 at 6:40 PM

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