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Comment Archives: stories: Culture

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.

https://nuggetnews.com/Content/Columns/Columns/Article/Community-one-mistake-at-a-time/10/10/28236

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

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

Why did you elect Patty Adir Deschutes County?? All you have to do is meet her once and you'd know you were making a mistake.

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Posted by MajorMajorx2 on 05/09/2019 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Hemp Homes?

I like how the one comment on this article is from a year ago before the article is dated published and is completely irrelevant in todays market and the potential that industrial hemp poses as a material for building.

Posted by churmin8or on 05/04/2019 at 11:10 PM

Re: “This Modern World—week of April 25

You mad, bro? Shame. Don't despair. The House can impeach a ham sandwich for lying about mustard. Go for it.

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 04/24/2019 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Cannabis Headlines Nationwide

Tracking pot with chemicals. Reminds me of paraquat.

https://www.nytimes.com/1983/08/19/opinion…

Posted by Devon Wallace on 04/16/2019 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Local Paintings Censored

The complaint probably came from a trump voter. Oh, the irony!

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Posted by AtTheEndOfTheDay on 04/13/2019 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Local Paintings Censored

So it's okay for a President to actually says these vile things, but not for the paintings with the quotes to hang in Franklin Crossing? The person who complained needs to take the stick out of his/her ass, get angry about the inappropriate, hateful man elected (by NOT the majority) and not worry about a few pieces of art.

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Posted by Christine Chrissi Hanna Reed on 04/12/2019 at 6:01 AM

Re: “Local Paintings Censored

This is truly remarkable. This is why this town will forever be juvenile, caught in arrested development. Hiding behind the fear of offending people's sensibilities or promoting so-called bipartisan civility is just yet another example of how Bend's hypocrisy reigns supreme. Just 2 years ago City Hall gave a proclamation against hate. Everyone pat themselves on the back and pretended like they cared about the plight of others.

So few that live here have anything at stake in this political climate and they continue to behave as such. Bend loves to act progressive: honoring women, decrying sexual violence, claiming moral high ground when taking a stance against racism. But that's all it is: an act. The second anything of even minute substance enters the foray, everyone shudders, frowns, and wants to whitewash the harsh realities that exist all over this country. Yes, even here. Especially here.

Grow up Bend. Get your head out of the sand. Step down from your pedestal, join us down here, in reality, where people get hurt, murdered, brutalized, raped, and lynched. All in your name, all in the name of civilized society, all in the name of preservation of the culture you enjoy.

Wake up and smell your prejudice, Bend. You stink of it entirely.

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Posted by LeafyLief on 04/11/2019 at 11:22 PM

Re: “A Smaller Footprint

I was surprised to see a reference to tiny homes (< 500 sq ft) at a cost of $245,000 as affordable. Wow, Bend is incredibly expensive it seems. It is such a beautiful area.

Posted by Terrence Handler on 04/11/2019 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Local Paintings Censored

Viki -- You've honed in on exactly why this story is interesting.

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 04/11/2019 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Local Paintings Censored

The people who complained and forced the censorship of art are cowards hiding behind the cloak of secrecy. They need to demonstrate some courage and go public or they need to be exposed. I for one will boycott Franklin Crossing eateries and let them know why. The idea tshat children would be exposed to these words is ludicrous. Thanks to the amoral miscreant in the White House they have already been exposed to this and much more significant profanity--such as kidnapping of refugee children. Expose the cowardly censors! Tell us who they are. --Michael Funke

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

Re: “Local Paintings Censored

So those three words were offensive on Bullwinkel's art, but weren't they even more offensive when uttered publicly by the person who sits in the Oval Office?

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Posted by Viki Wooster on 04/11/2019 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Don't forget That Being Anti-Cannabis Pays, Too

Data from the Centers for Disease Control proves that cannabis is much safer than alcoholic beverages or tobacco products. Why do some of our politicians want cannabis to remain illegal? The answer is easy and has nothing to do with public safety, just follow the money! Who is against cannabis legalization in our nation today?
* Politicians corrupted by money from corporations against cannabis legalization
* Drug cartels and organized crime will lose $100,000,000,000 (100 BILLION) in cannabis sales forever in favor of legitimate business, regulation and taxation.
* Corrupt DEA officials afraid of losing their jobs.
* Court forced cannabis rehab Centers will go out of business.
* Police and Private prisons will lose federal grant money and up to 30% of their drug related "customers". Well known contributors to anti legalization efforts.
* Big pharmaceutical corporations are scared witless that cannabis will replace their multi-billion dollar addictive stranglehold on the US public because cannabis works better and has no physical addiction. Well known contributors to anti legalization efforts.
* The alcoholic beverage industries are the largest financial lobby against cannabis legalization. They know cannabis is safer and less toxic than booze and it is already being used as an alternative by millions of American citizens.

Legalization seems like a slam dunk considering the relative safety records of cannabis, booze and tobacco. Makes you wonder if our politicians and lawmakers answer to "we the people" or the corporations and criminals listed above.

Legalize, regulate and TAX recreational cannabis!

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Posted by Goodbye2Freedom on 04/10/2019 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Don't forget That Being Anti-Cannabis Pays, Too

Excellent write up Jeremy. As one who has faced Ms Dickson's "kitchen sink" and other claims irrelevant to the Deschutes County code I can personally attest to the accuracy of your story.

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Posted by FarmerD on 04/10/2019 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Home Inspections on New Construction

We have encountered issues several times in our home renting and purchasing. Having a home inspection prior to occupying your brand new house is absolutely necessary.

Posted by Judy Fisher on 04/08/2019 at 2:09 PM

Re: “The Litter Mermaid

environmentalism is a word that no longer has any meaning . it is time for a new logical green movement that actually will save the planet . that movement is called depopulationism . history will record that the depopulationism movement began in 2019 in bend Oregon usa and its founder was Charles webster baer .
as a depopulationist , it is my opinion that the only way to save humans is to create a signifigant and immediate and sustained decline in the human population on earth . this would allow more trees to grow and produce enough oxygen for future generations to breathe . this is also known as sustainability . the best way to do this is to promote GLOBAL FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS , or gfrr . gfrr means that all females on earth have the right to total and free access to all forms of birth control , including abortion , and all forms of birth control education . governments that do not totally and immediately support gfrr are illegitimate governments that will be replaced by legitimate governments . to do this I created gig 19 years ago , www.globalinternetgovernment.com . gig will work with the united nations to promote equality and freedom and gig will work with the international monetary fund to promote government fiscal transparency . the imf will make gfrr its main priority . eventually all people will be able to control their own body and their own minds . after this occurs we can move into step two of the process . step two is more of a cultural and social and even spiritual stage in the evolution of civilization . this is where people become enlightened enough to realize that they should not have more that one child and having zero children is an even better option . when the number of humans on earth reaches a sustainable level , then we are at stage three and people can have as many or as few kids as they want . no one knows what this number is and this is a number for future generations to determine . Im guessing its around two billion people on earth . I hold everything that I have said to be self evident . it is time for people to vote only for people who say they are depopulationists . it is time for people to only visit news organizations that say they are depopulationist . it is time for people to enter this new era , this new millennium , this new understanding of this new world . it is time for all of us to be part of the solution . men have destroyed the earth and it is now up to women to save it . me have killed the environment and it is now time for women to bring it back to life . humans have stolen the future from those who will have to live it and now its time to give it back to them , the rightfull owners , the people who will walk on this earth long after we are gone . the people who will write the history books that will judge all of us who walk this earth today . the cause is depopulationism . join me today and be a depopulationist . vote dPOP . support dPOP . be dPOP . live dPOP . choose life . choose the future . be part of the solution . be a depopulationist . get ahead of the curve and ride this tidal wave with me all the way to the white house and beyond .

Charles webster baer

bend Oregon usa

march 24th , 2019 \ ] ' / ; . , . / ; '

Posted by charlesbaergig on 04/04/2019 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Dangers of Reefer Madness, Outside Legal States

Americans don't have to like cannabis, but they should hate its prohibition. This prohibition law strikes at the very foundation of our society. It is a tool of tyrants, used to violate core American beliefs and nearly every aspect of the Bill of Rights.

A populace that accepts and becomes accustom to overreaching government policies, such as the prohibition of relatively safe, popular substances, becomes more accepting of overreaching, powerful government in general. This devastates America, not a plant that has been used by mankind since the beginning of recorded history.

Those who believe in limited government, personal responsibility, free markets, and individual liberty should embrace the ending of this irrational, un-American, fraudulently enacted cannabis prohibition experiment. It should be the cornerstone of current GOP policy.


Federal studies show about half of the U.S. population has tried cannabis, at least 15% use it regularly, over 80% of high school seniors have reported cannabis "easy to get" for decades. This prohibition, like alcohol prohibition has had little of its intended effect. In many cases cannabis prohibition makes cannabis usage problematic where it would not have been otherwise, be it light, moderate, or heavy usage. For the most part, cannabis prohibition only successfully prohibits effective regulation.

A few issues created by prohibition: there are no quality controls to reduce contaminants (harmful pesticides, molds, fungus, other drugs), there is no practical way to prevent regular underage sales, billions in tax revenue are lost which can be used for all substance abuse treatment, underground markets for all drugs are empowered as a far more popular substance is placed within them expanding their reach and increasing their profits, criminal records make pursuing many decent careers difficult, police and court resources are unnecessarily tied up by pursuing and prosecuting victimless 'crimes', public mistrust and disrespect for our legal system, police, and government is increased, which is devastating our country.

Prohibition is also very expensive, though, a cash cow for a number of powerful groups such as those related to law enforcement and the prison industry. These organizations have powerful lobbies and influence that perpetuate a failed drug policy through ignorance, fear, disinformation and misinformation. This ensures an endless supply of lucrative contracts, grants and subsidies from the government and its taxpayers to support their salaries, tools of the trade, 'correctional' services, and other expenses. Cash, property and other assets from civil forfeiture laws also significantly fatten their coffers while often violating civil rights.

America was built on the principles of freedom and liberty. In some cases there are extreme circumstances that warrant intervention with criminal law. In the case of mind-altering drugs we have already set this precedent with alcohol. Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and especially to others. If we are to have justice, then the penalties for using, possessing and selling cannabis should be no worse than those of alcohol.

Regardless of legal status, a large market for cannabis will continue to exist as it has for decades. Either the underground controls the market and profits from it, or the state does...all while ending their assault on our citizens. Let's end this costly, futile attempt to eradicate a plant that a majority of Americans believe should be legal.

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 04/03/2019 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Source Suggests This Book

Remarkable. The US opted out of the Paris agreement and yet is the only major industrialized nation to reduce carbon emissions. Remarkable. China and India decline to participate in the Paris agreement because adherence thereto would cripple their economies. Remarkable. Scientists at a Melbourne university discover a cost-effective methodology to reduce carbon emissions and yet greens studiously ignore any discussion thereof.
Remarkable. Any reasoned examination of the Green New Deal's costs leads to the inescapable conclusion that the US couldn't possibly afford it and it would require citizens to give up control of their lives, economically and otherwise to satisfy an unproven, uneconomic theory that's highly unlikely to materially and positively affect us during our lifetimes. Remarkable. And yet America's left keeps advocating the US handicap its citizens so that the two biggest polluters in the world can continue to do nothing.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 04/03/2019 at 2:43 PM

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