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Re: “Portland is Finalizing a Deal to Use Tourism Dollars to Battle Homelessness.

FlipFlip—Thanks for reading and for your ideas. If you'd like to send me a note at telling me your first and last name, I'll print these as letters to the editor to help disseminate your ideas further than this comment section!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 12/06/2019 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Portland is Finalizing a Deal to Use Tourism Dollars to Battle Homelessness.

Oh and how about the marijuana industry pitching in?

In Portland, 3 million of 3.5 million in private funds were raised in a public-private venture to open the Harbor of Hope homeless navigation center. By one person....the CEO of Columbia Sportswear. REI has a huge building here. There are many large companies here that have real reasons to pitch in. It makes me think of the 9.6 million dollar private-public partnership that resulted in the Bend Whitewater Park. Or how the Bethlehem inn got a lot of funding by a competitive fundraising campaign between the builders and real estate groups of bend going towards the BI renovations.

There are not community solutions being generally presented. It isnt about homelessness being solvable, it's about it being profitable. Similiar to the prison industrial complex. Grasping attachments to a short sighted dream of profits, seduced by furtherly selfish and morally ambiguous special interests.

Again, thank you.

Posted by FlipFlop on 12/06/2019 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Portland is Finalizing a Deal to Use Tourism Dollars to Battle Homelessness.

Whoever wrote this, I LOVE YOU. Seriously, this is everything that I have wanted to scream at this city for years. This is by far the most critical homeless article from a local source that I have read in over a year. As someone who has spent many nights outside in snow in this city....Thank you.

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Posted by FlipFlop on 12/06/2019 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Portland is Finalizing a Deal to Use Tourism Dollars to Battle Homelessness.

Thanks for the input, Bill. Wondering what you mean by "its anti-Airbnb ordinance?" Do you mean the city should consider "an" anti-Airbnb ordinance?

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 12/06/2019 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Berm Burden

MOD273, Valid point... though as a youngish person, shoveling a berm last year before work in front of my narrow driveway was a challenge. I did it, but it was tough with very packed snow... so the prospect of doing my neighbor's driveway too would have been really daunting. Good thing she has a snowblower and some helpful family members to help her out!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 12/06/2019 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Impartial Judgement

What a great addition!

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Posted by Heidi Howard on 12/06/2019 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Berm Burden

People could also go out and shovel the berm and do their neighbors berm as well, just saying.

Posted by MOD273 on 12/06/2019 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Portland is Finalizing a Deal to Use Tourism Dollars to Battle Homelessness.

If short-term housing is a problem, Bend might reconsider its anti-AirBNB ordinance that's distorted the local housing and rental market, particularly in old town and SW Bend. And Bend might fast-track developers' projects who want to build rental housing, but must wait two years or more to obtain building permits. Freeing up market forces offers far more potential to cure short-term housing issues quickly than massaging tax dollars. Directing tax dollars towards any program to address homelessness is a non-starter unless our governing elites first address questions of individual liberty. No amount of public shelter or transient housing projects will work unless the homeless are compelled to seek addiction/mental health treatment in connection with shelter. Finally, if Bend's tourism industry is to continue to flourish, Bend might use tax dollars to buy a few more snowplows. Winter tourism in Colorado is a major industry, but Colorado spends the money to ensure snow doesn't bog down transportation. Bend is a logistic mess after a snowfall. Good luck convincing tourists to visit a town that can't clean its streets quickly in winter.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 12/06/2019 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Holiday Gift Guide Part 1

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Posted by Shannon N Jimmy Sbarra on 12/05/2019 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Must Love Beer (and Kids)

I don’t go to breweries or bars because I want to hang out with kids thanks for the heads up I will avoid this.

Posted by Diana Hardt on 12/05/2019 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Covered Wagons and Historical Water Rights: Both Out of Date

Ed and Geoff, We appreciate your ongoing discourse and remind everyone to keep things civil! To Ed's question/comment regarding us allegedly not offering ANY solutions, I refer back to this paragraph from the piece:

"The Deschutes River and its tributaries do offer enough water to cover the needs of our growing regionbut only if local irrigators such as COID allow more sharing of those resources."

And this one by way of LandWatch:

"That is not to say that all COID patrons want to waste water. Actually, a growing number of them have made it clear that they would like to lease their water to the River and NUID (North Unit Irrigation District) farmers, but COID is currently preventing that."

Not a comprehensive solution, but some starting points...

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 12/04/2019 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Congress takes historic step to full legalization; OLCC affirms right to ban adulterants

It's about time! Cannabis is much safer than alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. Based on that fact alone cannabis should be completely legal.

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Posted by Goodbye2Freedom on 12/04/2019 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Covered Wagons and Historical Water Rights: Both Out of Date

I love how you think you can read my mind. Unfortunately, your ability there may be on par with your ability to digest what I've written. I did not say I support the HCP as written, and have commented through the process on changes I'd like to see. AGAIN, my point was the editorial finding fault, but offering NO solutions.

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Posted by Ed Hughes on 12/04/2019 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Covered Wagons and Historical Water Rights: Both Out of Date

Thanks for the reply. By supporting the HCP you appear to support the status quo of 100cfs, at least for the next 6 years, and miniscule flow improvements after that. In 30 years the minimum flows will be where we should be today? And that does not address the high spring/summer flows. Alternative approaches: build pipes from Wickiup/Prineville direct to the irrigation districts; run diversions year round to reservoirs at the irrigation districts or patrons; satisfy what the river needs to be healthy and then supply the irrigators.

Posted by Geoff Reynolds on 12/04/2019 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Covered Wagons and Historical Water Rights: Both Out of Date

Mr. Reynolds, I NEVER said I support 100CFS, and in fact am very much informed on what flows we have, and what we should have. The point of this, is that the HCP is not the end-all answer to the problems with the Deschutes. As I noted, my beef with editorials finding nothing but fault with the HCP, yet offer no alternative solution(s), do not help us restore the river to a better state.

Posted by Ed Hughes on 12/04/2019 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Covered Wagons and Historical Water Rights: Both Out of Date

Mr. Hughes: 100 year old laws don't allow for transfers of water rights to other properties or irrigation districts (the "right" is attached to the land?), don't allow for hydro-electric (beneficial agricultural use?). Yet those things are happening (a perversion of the reclamation intent). If you think that 100cfs is a reasonable level of flow for the Deschutes, you will have trouble "rowing" that grounded boat.

Posted by Geoff Reynolds on 12/04/2019 at 6:01 AM

Re: “The Many Faces of Homelessness

My husband and I have been homeless for 2 years. He was a homeless vet he should have never been out there in the first place. With ptsd serving 2 tours the stress and trama caused him to snap destroy the Moterhome wet lived in and threw all my belongings into my truck and set it on fire. Leavning me with no generator a broken down motorhome no clothes no money. No resources I reached out for help from the community with no luck the people that did help me and offer me clothing make up hygiene were the people out there. Drugs or no drugs, we all have our own storys. We all deserve food and shelter regardless of our addictions and vices. I have gone days without food and water people out there are more loving and giving then most shelters or churches. We all need to be homeless at some point in our lives to bring us back to thankfulness and open our eyes to the things we take for granted every day.
We create stronger bonds and friendships. Emotions fears trust and companionship.

I have my 2 children every other weekend and they love to come be with me we make the best of things and we help people struggling. My kids will help pick up trash. Or cook We put our lives aside and help any way we can. Because that's what we all should be doing homeless or not. This season won't last forever but I can appreciate the wonderful things I have learned

Posted by Tinatott on 12/03/2019 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Local Retailers, Found Online

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Posted by Shannon N Jimmy Sbarra on 12/01/2019 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Jumpin' Jive

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Posted by Diane Lozito on 12/01/2019 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Covered Wagons and Historical Water Rights: Both Out of Date

Great premise. You state the system is antiquated, yet you also state piping “may not be the best answer”. It’s a pretty big part of the answer, considering almost 1/2 the water sent down a canal doesn’t get to the farm. Yes, continued on farm improvements are part of it, and some law changes too. Do you know that 100 year old laws are somewhat restrictive in water transfers?

So, what is your solution? Look at the recent guest column in the Bulletin about “rowing together”. Simply posting an editorial such as this means you don’t have an oar in the water on this issue.

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Posted by Ed Hughes on 11/28/2019 at 4:55 PM

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