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Re: “This Modern World—week of August 29

The left's idealism meets reality.

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 08/29/2019 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Suspicious Minds

And global warming advocates are quick to cast doubt on the motives of anyone who doesn't swallow their hypothesis whole.

Fortunately, humankind has survived changes to the climate for hundreds of thousands of years. It's called evolution. If global warming advocates truly accept evolution theory, they've nothing to worry about; humans will adapt and survive. If not, well, one can always pray.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 08/29/2019 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Donald Yatomi

Amazing work.

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Posted by MajorMajorx2 on 08/28/2019 at 3:31 PM

Re: “An Alt CBD

There is no THC in it! That is 100% true. I ate this kind of CBD as well as many other types of CBD products and took dozens of drug tests and never failed one!

Posted by Treva on 08/16/2019 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Opt Out Afoot

You can disrespectfully call it a soap opera, Mr Jeremy Dickman, but if you had to pay $20,000 to redrill a well that had run dry on your property because the neighbors sucked it dry with their pot farm, I wonder how you would feel. As you may not know, because you do not seem to be a farmer, the pot growers do not want to use irrigation water because it is too dirty for their use and it only runs 6 months out of the year and they want to grow year round, and it is very expensive to truck in water for these very big and thirsty plants. So they use groundwater, often illegally.

And if you could not sell your property and had to take a significant price cut on it because no young family with children wants to buy it, I wonder what you would do. Contrary to your article, it is not retired folks that buy our rural 5, 10, 20 acre lots but young people who want to raise their kids on the land, with 4H or chickens or horses, that have the energy to work the land. Now these families risk to live near a farm with security gates and cameras, armed guards, that let the pasture dry up and go to weeds while they grow pot in greenhouses on concrete slabs in pot, as far away from nature as they can get. And if seasonal pickers roam the neighborhood that get paid in cash and look at your equipment standing on your land, I wonder how you would feel.
And you misinform the public by saying that an opt out costs the taxpayers money, the opposite is true. Policing the pot grows is what costs so much money (the Sheriff is against them). There is only 50% compliance, as you may be aware, and many busts of illegal activities on the Deschutes County grows have already occurred. Several well known Bend pot grows and their owners have been in the news with these, as well as many illegal ones, as about 75% of sales occur on the black market and generate no tax income, as it is expensive to buy these products in the pot shops.

The farm bureau members are biased, almost all of them grow pot, so that is not a good source of information. Because of this, most of our local farmers want nothing to do with them.

Also, rural Deschutes County voted against Marijuana, so again you misinform your readers. And it passed only by a slight margin in the rest of the County.
You are correct in saying that we need to spend money on Mental Health due to this. As a matter of fact, we already do. COCC had to hire a counselor to deal with the falling grades and lack in competitiveness and attendance noted by students due to recreational Marijuana, the same is true in our local High Schools, ask any coach or principal. Plus, dont forget the cost to the public from hospital admissions for hyperemesis and psychosis caused by recreational marijuana. If you dont know what that means, you may want to look it up. Another health note needs to be made on poisonings. The pesticides and herbicides on these plants are 100% unregulated and many growers use them in abundance, because mildew, plant diseases, aphids etc love warm humid brightly lit environments with fast growing plants such as pot greenhouses. Because of this, California had to pull 25% of tested products off the shelves.
We currently have a 6 1/2 year oversupply of pot in Oregon already, so not producing any more will actually help current growers and protect potential new growers from loosing their money. The wholesale price dropped by half last year alone. And as members of the farm bureau that own pot shops and farms in the area can tell you, over half the pot growers in Oregon already went out of business last year.
So, it is actually cheaper for the taxpayers to opt out. It is better for the rural community. It does not mean that supply will be an issue. It means, as an adult, you need to learn from your mistakes and act on them.
A rural resident of Deschutes County

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Posted by Su on 08/16/2019 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Action Plan for Building

"energy used in buildings and homes makes up a whopping 67% of Bend's entire fossil fuel use." This is a shocking number yet I expect it is similar in cities and towns across the US and the world.

That is what led me to found, a user-editable database of 40,000+ green-certified homes and buildings across 100 green certifications such as LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge and Zero Energy Ready and ranked by RESNET's Home Energy Rating Score (HERS). Click on a building to view the architects, builders, suppliers and products used to construct these buildings. View where the building ranks in a city/county/state/country based on HERS score or LEED points.

For example, here is the list of homes in Deschutes County (Bend, OR) sorted by HERS.

Create an account and feel free to contribute to the community. Many thanks!

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Posted by HouseSoGreen on 07/18/2019 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Bend Art Center and Atelier 6000 to leave Box Factory

Mickey Finn: "Difficulty keeping up the lease" has to do with rent prices--either current or forthcoming...

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 07/15/2019 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Landlord/Tenant Law: Part 1

Cyndi-- Part 2 of the story on Landlord/Tenant law will be out in the 7/25 edition, which appears online by 3pm 7/24. Thanks for reading!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 07/15/2019 at 3:36 PM

Re: “The Golden Dumpster: Inside Bend's freegan movement

I would be a little hesitate eating food that was near or in a dumpster. However, if the alternative is to starve than you do what you have to do. If I would have to resort to this, I would rather look through roll off dumpsters in my local area to find things to sell on Ebay and Facebook Market Place and use the money to buy safe food. Just my opinion mind you.

Posted by Tom Oen on 07/14/2019 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Landlord/Tenant Law: Part 1

Im looking forward to reading part 2. Is there a specific date can be looking for your article?

Posted by Cyndi Strandberg on 07/13/2019 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Bend Art Center and Atelier 6000 to leave Box Factory

Have they experienced rent increases?

Posted by Mickey Finn on 07/12/2019 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Is the county applying a morality test to land-use decisions?

Really, Bend commissioners? Could you employees of the local citizenry do some independent research and reading of your own? Put down your glass / bottle of Pinot and actually look at more than one source of scientific, peer reviewed research on cannabis. As a 62 year old grandmother and masters prepared addiction counselor, I am far more concerned by the public health ramifications of alcohol and tobacco use (both heavily subsidized by our government) than I am the judicious and regulated offering of cannabis products to adults. Lets not turn the study of this issue into yet another example of the head-in-the-sand fake news town criers already too prevalent in our country.

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Posted by pat 1 on 07/07/2019 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Bucket List: Tour with Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship and the Commodores

Dwayne Glasscock rides again!

Posted by Ted Gladu on 06/27/2019 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Bucket List: Tour with Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship and the Commodores

Polly, you may not find the term demeaning and that's fine. But you don't represent everyone who suffers from this illness or any other disability. I guarantee you that some do find it offensive and their opinions are certainly as valid as yours. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 06/26/2019 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Bucket List: Tour with Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship and the Commodores

I don't think the word "schizoclectic" demeans anyone. I'm bipolar, manic depressive, and people use those words frequently to describe things (or emotions) that vary from extreme to extreme. I fail to see how that somehow insults me, and I fail to see how "schizoclectic" harms those with schizophrenia.

The root of "schizo" is "skei" and it means to cut, separate, divide, part, split. Schizophrenics do not have a monopoly on using "skei" or "schizo" in language.

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Posted by Polly F on 06/26/2019 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Bucket List: Tour with Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship and the Commodores

As a fellow community radio volunteer here in Central Oregon I appreciate the eclectic mix of music this station offers. But, I find the term "schizoclectic" to be offensive and demeaning to people who suffer from schizophrenia. What is so hip about using language that mocks people with illnesses, mental disorders, and disabilities? Full disclosure: I am a volunteer at KPOV, where we value "healthy individuals and community" ( --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 06/26/2019 at 8:22 AM

Re: “This Modern World

America envies Oregon for we have the brainy Gov. Brown who wants to tax rural Oregon silly so she can virtue-signal via a version of California's unpopular and wholly ineffective cap-and-trade while China and India (both exempted from the Paris climate accords) add a coal plant per week. Real positive effect on the world's emissions? Zero, especially when compared to the positive effect of increased natural gas usage. What's next, a solar-powered bullet train between Portland and Bend funded with $1,000 annual taxes on pickup trucks? Wind-powered detention camps at Portland State for any new Oregonians expressing conservative ideas? Now, that's BRAIINNNSSSS! Who'd have thought we'd find such a smart elistist career bureaucrat like Kate Brown to Californicate Oregon?

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 06/22/2019 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Legislating Morality Through Land Use

We need more than 3 county commissioners! When 2 people can ramrod an issue, there needs to be a little more balance. Five commissioners would be very helpful with staggered terms. Institutional memory can be affected negatively when 2 commissioners come to serve with very little time on the board.

Posted by Hiker2 on 06/19/2019 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Central Oregon's Housing Crisis

man we are loosing co workers like crazy because of the greed and no one that has a service job can even live here !

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Posted by Patricia Fletcher on 06/17/2019 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Legislating Morality Through Land Use

Thank you Jeremy for exposing the biased decisions made by two of Deschutes Countys commissioners. The citizens of Deschutes County need to be aware of the prejudice on display. Wont take too many more of these kinds of decisions to bring the State Land Use Board into the county to relieve the current administration.

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Posted by Bushka on 06/13/2019 at 6:45 PM

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