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Re: “Artist Profile: Dan Young

Also remember fun is fun!
DAuntie Carol

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Posted by Daniel Young on 01/17/2019 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Quite Possibly the Strangest List Bend Has Made It On

I ride a bike in Bend or work outside, year round. We rarely have days that don't break freezing.

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Posted by John Shuey on 01/12/2019 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Quite Possibly the Strangest List Bend Has Made It On

I've lived in Bend, Minnesota and Park City Utah, all for years. Of the three, Bend is by far the mildest winter. Bend is the only one that I had air conditioning in my house.

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Posted by Cattracks Smith on 01/12/2019 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Quite Possibly the Strangest List Bend Has Made It On

Negative press could be good for Bend. Maybe help the people here get over themselves just a little bit.

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Posted by LeafyLief on 01/11/2019 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Rent Control Coming?

Rent control is a landlord being forced to subsidize a tenants rent. Why? So the tenant can live a better life (like not having to live in smaller spaces than desired, or undesirable locations, or to more money for other things) Should a tenants desire to live a "better" life take precedent over private property rights? Private property rights (in all its forms) are a bedrock of what makes the US unique, free, great. Honestly, rent control is theft. This is not a good, or fair, Idea.

Posted by Larry Wallace on 01/04/2019 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Starve the Beast

It might help dampen some of the hoped-for emotion to look at the methodology behind the data upon which your scenario is based, which is provided annually by the AFL-CIO usually in May-June.

First, annual worker pay is based on an average workweek of less than 34 hours per week. This data isn't broken down further by worker's age or experience, part-time or full-time status, or size of company. Fringe benefits (yes, they exist) aren't included. By adjusting worker wages to a 50-hour work-week and adding the value of worker fringe benefits, worker compensation increases to $72,000 (2016 data).

Second, the CEO data is based on data for CEOs in the largest 500 companies who are working full-time in their prime earning years. That's compared to the cash wages only for 99 million workers a material portion of which work part-time. While no data is available for how much CEOs work, in my experience any CEO who works less than 50 hours a week isn't likely to keep that job for very long. If the AFL-CIO was calculated based on data for the over 20,000 CEOs in American companies, the average annual CEO pay and benefits for this broader group is about $220,000.

Now that we've trimmed the fat and pork from the study's data, well, ..., this is still outrageous, no?! The AFL-CIO's not-so-subtle solution of course is income redistribution. How would that work? If we took the top 500 CEOs $6.2B in 2015 compensation and redistributed it to the 99 million workers in the study, they'd receive an annual pay increase of $63 before taxes, which would buy enough beer to fill half your bathtub. Happy?

What's really troubling about this annual charade is that citizens, media and politicians who claim to have inquiring, analytical, open minds don't question its statistical hi-jinks. While some CEOs at the head of very large multinational companies command head-snapping compensation packages, the AFL-CIO data provides no basis to claim that workers' pay is stagnant or that shareholders are being ripped off.

Instead, we're treated to cartoons....

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 01/03/2019 at 5:23 AM
Posted by Bill Pitcher on 01/03/2019 at 4:24 AM

Re: “Our Own Airing of Grievances

Alison - Thanks for your comment. This is far from a comprehensive list of local illsjust a few hand-picked pet peeves! Yours is annoying too, no doubt...

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 12/31/2018 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Our Own Airing of Grievances

was really bummed Les Schwab Ampi nixed the BMC free summer concerts this year. was an excellent time and place for families like ours with very young children to enjoy good music in a way that the kids can enjoy being out, too. we loved bringing visiting family and friends to the concerts, too

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Posted by wyndebird on 12/28/2018 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Our Own Airing of Grievances

Re: picking up after dogs. You imply the major issue is that people use a bag but then leave it behind. This is our third winter being park hosts in Bend (first at Pilot Butte and second and third at Tumalo State Park). We are horrified at the number of people who do not pick up at all! My major chore as park host turns out to be picking up after other people's dogs - it is beyond my comprehension why people think it's my job to pick up after their dog, or why they think all the other park visitors want to see piles of dog poop lying around, much less step in it!

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Posted by Alison McElwain Erickson on 12/28/2018 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Our Own Airing of Grievances


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Posted by MajorMajorx2 on 12/28/2018 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Llama Love

Nice, informative article...Terri has beautiful llamas!!

Posted by Pam on 12/20/2018 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Remembering Deshaun

U are an amazing person and I miss you so much we were best friends but their is no such thing as loosing you fover because one day I will see you again and we have eternity to spend being together _ I love you so much

Posted by Amaiah Rowan on 12/15/2018 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Things You Don't Hear After A Democratic Wave

Jen Sorenson and Tom Tomorrow rock! They keep me sane.

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Posted by fosterfell on 12/12/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Things You Don't Hear After A Democratic Wave

Thanks for reading our "rag," Martin!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 12/12/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Things You Don't Hear After A Democratic Wave

Be honest and Complete the title of your "rag" which rightly should be called:
"Bends Source for Leftist Propaganda".

Posted by Martin Stafford on 12/12/2018 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Cannabis for Canada


Posted by Karim Abdou on 12/06/2018 at 8:34 PM

Re: “The Commodity that is Cannabis

Like you said in your title, cannabis is now a commodity and will be treated as such. The CEOs and investors of steel companies generally know nothing of welding, fabrication, or truly anything that has to do with steel other than buying and selling it. Why should it be different for cannabis now that it is being viewed as a commodity?

I wish it was different, as I do not feel cannabis can be thought of as a commodity the same way as steel, but we activists had our moment and it has been co-opted by business interests.

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Posted by MitchellColbert on 12/06/2018 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Deschutes County's marijuana blues turn a darker hue

How can businesses know what to expect when rules keep changing? This seems rather foolish to keep changing things when people are trying to get their businesses up and running.

Posted by Hiker2 on 11/30/2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “A 'Miracle' remake

Lucky me! I attended the preview performance last evening. As a child growing up in the 40s radio played a huge role in my life. Cast, directors, crew did an amazing job. I could visualize the story unfolding in front of me and it was a delightful experience! Kudos to all.

Posted by Helen on 11/30/2018 at 7:30 AM

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