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Re: “#StoptheBans Rallies Ahead

Oregon is politically capable of passing the same abortion laws that New York passed. Of course, then there would be no need to march or wear stupid hats. Call Salem and you can stop the bans before they start.

One would hope people everywhere could agree that all people control their bodies. That's the simple, virtually inarguable issue. The bigger issue is, how do we save more lives? The real abomination is how we lose our humanity while losing sight of that bigger issue.

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 05/20/2019 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Calls to Action on Race

Nicole: It is ironic that the Deschutes Public Library could only schedule its Young Adult Books event on the day when the OBOB State Finals were being held. Though there were huge crowds gathering at Summit High School to see authors whose books were among those read for the competition, Summit has failed to sponsor an OBOB team for some time now. This harkens back to your article about the need to support success for all students. Certain activities keep students engaged in continuing their education. As a retired teacher, I am offended when I hear people say that there are so many activities available for students at the high school level that it is hard to generate interest in something like OBOB. If students were all that engaged, our graduation rates would be much higher than they are for all groups of students. I believe if schools were to incentivize activities by paying teachers a stipend to provide these at their schools, teachers might be more willing to take on challenges that, otherwise, would increase their workload without offering proper remuneration.

Posted by GreggHeacock on 05/20/2019 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Calls to Action on Race

Gregg: Thanks for the commentary. I'm a big fan of Battle of the Books myself, for the very reasons you've mentioned; the books open up students' worlds to perspectives and literature that they may not get in the required reading of their English classes. Bravo to the OBOB team for continuing to push the envelope!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 05/20/2019 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Cougars on the Rise

Dear Mr. Anderson:

It seems as though the subject of what to do with cougars encroaching on populated areas is a topic of never-ending debate among my neighbors. Specifically, many see the practice of euthanizing these wild cats as too harsh and cruel, and wonder if less drastic measures might be just as effective in reducing/eliminating risk to humans, pets and livestock. Specifically, questions about live-trapping and relocation, or to haze them with rubber bullets in order to instill fear of humans in them seem to be what some of the population would prefer.

Is there a reason, based in science, that euthanizing these cougars is the only solution ODFW uses? I would really like to know. Actually, it would be very helpful to have a page on ODFWs website that addresses this question (their page on cougar management does not address this issue, even indirectly).

I have written ODFW requesting a reply to this question. I anxiously await your response in the event that they don't. Thank you for your attention to my question!

Posted by christomart on 05/19/2019 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Calls to Action on Race

As a retired high school English teacher fortunate enough to work with "minority" populations from many different backgrounds in the schools of Los Angeles County, I find the issues mentioned in this article constant with those I faced over my 30 years of teaching. Sometimes conflicts became so explosive that whole days were dedicated to discussing what teachers, students, and administrators could do to reduce such incidents. Now that I have retired to Bend and have been working with the Oregon Battle of the Books on the High School Title Selection Committee, I see a better way to deal with such problems.

While I believe the history of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identificationfreshly documented in THESE TRUTHS, Jill Lepore's well-documented history of the United Statescalls for a revision of our social studies curriculum, with a whole section dedicated to the history of Oregon, I think it would be just as useful to assign independent reading (and in-class reading) of Young Adult books, both fiction and non-fiction, that would allow students to explore these manners in a context less likely than public discussions to encourage confrontation and self-defense and more likely to encourage an objective and empathetic exploration of these issues.

This past year's high school selection included THE HATE U GIVE about a black girl enrolled in a white school who has witnessed the killing of a close friend by a cop who stopped them both after a party, PIECING ME TOGETHER about a black girl in a Portland neighborhood who must accept mentored by a black businesswoman whose problems of her own are greater than her own, and BURN BABY BURN recounting the year 1979 when "Son of Sam" murdered young lovers in New York City, as it is experienced by a daughter of divorced Cuban parents and wonders whether to turn in her brother who sets fires and helps local drug dealers by stealing out-of-date drugs thrown out by a local pharmacy. The year before that, the OBOB list included JUST MERCY on how our justice system has perpetuated inequality up to the present day, OUTRUN THE MOON, set in 1906 San Francisco, where a Japanese girl, struggling for acceptance in a private school finds all their lives disrupted by an earthquake, SPARE PARTS, the true story of undocumented Latino students who beat MIT in an underwater robotics competition only to find themselves threatened with deportation, and THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, a Hamlet-like tale set in 1920s Oregon where the a girl's black father dies following an encounter with the Klan's town leaders who might have been abetted by the white doctor her mother has recently married. Next year's list includes AUDACITY, a true account of a Jewish immigrant in the textile industry who became a labor leader fighting for women's suffrage, GIRL CODE, where two young women share their story of creating the viral-video game "Tampon Run" that turned their lives and the coding-world around, Jason Reynold's LONG WAY DOWN, following a brother's elevator descent after his brother is killed in which he is visited by ghosts who put his situation in a larger, deadly context, THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY, an exchange of letters between a girl with ADHD and the boy with Asperger's who wins her heart, A NORTHERN LIGHT that recounts a famous 1905 drowning-murder of a young woman, a hotel guest meeting her lover in Upstate New York, and her connection with a maid in that hotel who she entrusts with her diary, and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, newly released as a film, which is a string-theory romance between science and poetry, embodied by a Jamaican-born pragmatist soon-to-be exiled and a son of Korean immigrants who are pushing conventional plans for his future.

Needless to say, these are complex books. I am not proposing that all students be assigned the full list of OBOB books as part of their curriculum. However, I believe most students would derive more pleasure and gain more personal insights from reading Young Adult books like these than they would out of reading Spark-Notes on MOBY-DICK or THE HEART OF DARKNESS or THE GREAT GATSBY to prove their worth on end-of-the-year exams. I believe students would do better to read books that help them relate their own lives to the complex history that governs how the world operates and leads them to question where they might find a place for themselves in such a world.

Posted by GreggHeacock on 05/19/2019 at 2:26 AM

Re: “Naked In Nature

I think you made several good points, Hiking and Biking in the National Forests should be fun, its also nice, pleasant, relaxing, refreshing, exhilarating, exciting, and enjoyable.
"When wearing only a smile. Be sure to smile a lot."

Posted by Wandering Bare on 05/18/2019 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Making River Stewardship Habit

ALL the tubes should have a net bag. It's really gross to be surfing and see candy wrappers and beer cans float by.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 05/18/2019 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Naked In Nature

Normalizing Putin is not cool.

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Posted by cutedog on 05/17/2019 at 6:00 PM

Re: “A Community Thread: Dorothy West

Something about Central Oregon makes people write about "Community"! I read another one in the Nugget Newspaper this week.

Posted by Polly F on 05/16/2019 at 7:58 PM

Re: “'Student Success Act' on its way to Gov. Brown's Desk

If this is really about the size of classes in Oregon public schools, then Oregon's education administrators would be concerned about the effect of allowing undocumented immigrants into Oregon's public schools and colleges.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 05/16/2019 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Shimiko Montgomery for Administrative School District No. 1 Director, Zone 3 (Bend-La Pine Schools)

You have put it exactly right. What Andy High could do for our district, he has already done. If, as he says, he wants to deal with how land owned by the district might be used to serve our community, he can do that as he works on issues like affordable housing. Right now, we need people on our school board who know how to help those students who need attention in order to reach their potential. This is something Shimiko Montgomery is qualified to do. So, by the way, are Melissa Barnes Dholakia, Caroline Skidmore, and Amy Tatom. Now that we have the funds needed to help our students succeed, we need the right team working together on our school board to work with others in the community to bring more services to our studentsgetting the most out of the funds we have.

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Posted by GreggHeacock on 05/16/2019 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Bend Over and Pick Up Project

This is awesome! With enough community involvement this helps keep Bend a beautiful place to live and visit! Great work!

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Posted by PM on 05/15/2019 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Transit Station Rankles Neighbors

NIMBY. Same NIMBY story all over Bend. Let's make everything someone else's problem. COIC, DMV relocation, Transit center, etc. The real issue is lack of affordable housing, poor wages (unless you have one of the scarce living wage jobs or brought in a lot of money from outside the area) and a high cost of living in general.

Posted by Bendifornia on 05/15/2019 at 4:16 PM

Re: “End of the Roe

Choose ..., New York state. Or Massachusetts. Or California. Choose.

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 05/15/2019 at 3:17 PM

Re: “La Magie Bakery Cafe Closes

I worked at La Magie years ago and to this day it was the worst job I've ever had. Di Long treats her employees with a complete lack of respect and did plenty of shady and unethical things while I was employed. Good riddance!

Posted by thatonegal on 05/13/2019 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Transit Station Rankles Neighbors

This article is troubling by what appears to be a lack of effort by the COIC to address valid issues raised by concerns neighbors. For example, if the location has been in place for 12 years, why is COIC just now applying for grant to upgrade station. Additionally, it is a bit disconcerting that the Executive Director did not specifically when a major external partner (ODOT) finally gave input into the COIC Master Plan. Hopefully, this is not an indicator of future dysfunctionality as the citizens of Bend are asked to vote on the transportation bond in the near future. Mass transit is needed in Bend, but also is good governance.

Posted by MickVonAltenburg on 05/13/2019 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Spreading its Wings

I hate to complain but this plane causes a LOT of noise pollution. Please do not continue flying it over populated areas!

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Posted by Too Many People in Bend on 05/12/2019 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Spreading its Wings

When it first went over I thought it was a slurry bomber for the forest service. The sound was a little higher pitched, but about the same volume.

It was pretty neat seeing one fly overhead today.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Nabuquduriuzhur on 05/10/2019 at 2:02 PM

Re: “The Rhubarb Awakens

When I was a kid, my mom made some jelly with strawberries and rhubarb. I don't have the recipe, but it was exceptional.

The calcium iron oxalates in the leaves are what makes the leaves poisonous. It's the same chemicals that taste bitter and prevent iron absorption in spinach and chard. When I took plant anatomy in college, one of the things we did was examine dissected banana leaves to see the clear crystals of oxalates in them. One of the oxalates called whewellite, is a major constituent of kidney stones.

Posted by Nabuquduriuzhur on 05/10/2019 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Sweating It Out: Detoxifying my beer-soaked body and mind in a traditional sweat lodge

I do not recommend participating in sweats run by non-indigenous people. They can be dangerous if not done properly.

Posted by Brave Crow on 05/10/2019 at 5:35 AM

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