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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion

Re: “Apartment fight reveals Bend's latent—and damaging—xenophobia

The main issue with this development is the impact it has on the most loved and visited part of the Deschutes within Bend city limits. The editorial board's characterization of the discussion as xenophobic is wildly overreaching. This project has attracted anger because time and time again the voice those who live and work here are ignored by the self interest of developers.

Also, we have a specific kind of housing crisis - affordable. This is a high end apartment complex. It is a fallacy to believe that competition within high end housing equals affordable housing. Competition in affordable housing equals affordable housing. The city is being further and further divided by the inequality of development on East and West sides and this unhealthy trajectory the city is taking is going is exacerbating the socio-economic issues we're already experiencing. If we need housing so bad then why are there single family homes on 20 acre lots planned in the Discovery NW development that is within the UGB!? Where is the editorial board's criticism of discovery northwest if you are truly concerned about the -affordable -housing crisis?

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Posted by pdoe on 01/20/2019 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Apartment fight reveals Bend's latent—and damaging—xenophobia

Another apartment complex opponent has characterized it as a "Cabrini Green" on the Deschutes River. And there was the quote in the Bulletin from an opponent who characterized Colorado St. as the "gateway to all that is beautiful in Bend" without specifying which direction on Colorado the gateway leads, but, Westside elitism seems at play here. These apartments will not be public housing by any means. Nor will they qualify as affordable housing. None of the usual stuff that infuriates elitists. So, why all the fuss? Xenophobia? Maybe so.

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Posted by fosterfell on 01/20/2019 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Apartment fight reveals Bend's latent—and damaging—xenophobia

John: From Merriam-Webster: "Definition of xenophobia
: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign.... If you look back to the ancient Greek terms that underlie the word xenophobia, you'll discover that xenophobic individuals are literally "stranger fearing."…

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 01/18/2019 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Apartment fight reveals Bend's latent—and damaging—xenophobia

You misuse the word xenophobia. Hatred of Jews is xenophobia. Hatred of Muslims in xenophobia.

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Posted by John on 01/17/2019 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Apartment fight reveals Bend's latent—and damaging—xenophobia

From my experiences with apartment developments in Bend, the community should be VERY concerned that the corrupt City of Bend Planning Department will not uphold the development codes.

When they approved a questionable apartment development in my neighborhood, the city did not enforce codes related to transportation, compatibility, and landscaping, leaving us with an out-of-compliance eyesore.

In the instance I am referring to, the official planning decision document explicitly stated Conditions of Approval that trees be planted. Our neighborhood fought tooth and nail to get these conditions, which should not have been necessary as the trees were already required by city code. Regardless of city code and the conditions of this particular approval, the developer did not plant the trees and the city did nothing. I brought this to the attention of City Manager Eric King, among many others. Nobody in the city cares.

This city's leadership repeatedly demonstrates they only care about the almighty dollar.

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Posted by FedUp on 01/17/2019 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Apartment fight reveals Bend's latent—and damaging—xenophobia

My biggest concerns is the two roundabouts will not be able to handle the increased traffic and I wonder if the project would pencil out without the 5th floor otherwise if the developer has meet all the conditions for approval then the project should proceed. It really should have no bearing where the developer is from. Imagine the uproar if he was from California!

Posted by Mr. Lucky on 01/17/2019 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Apartment fight reveals Bend's latent—and damaging—xenophobia

The skyline laws that were changed by the city in the 90's, from not allowing anything over three stories to allowing light pollution, all in favor of growth and business are part of the problem. It is funny how it didn't matter as much when the big complexes were on the East side. They are looking for a special permit for the Fifth floor, not guaranteed. This is what the hearings are for. The State has also mandated less parking to force alternatives to driving, most people want and have cars? The future of our transit system is a whole other issue. I see the Pros and Cons of the issue. Bend needs a clearer vision of what it wants to be, will business, environment, or lifestyle win the day?

Posted by Eric Durand DeRoover-Hale on 01/16/2019 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

I work out of town so I was unaware of the fake utility the city made up. I found out when the city sent a sheriff to my house to serve me with a judgement against my property. I've been contacted by the city police after discussing the fairytale charges on a utility. If anyone ran a business the way the city of Bend operates they would be shut down , fined and do hard time for strong-arm robbery.

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Posted by Rick Cunningham on 01/14/2019 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Eddie Kinnamon:

It works like this - the City of Bend charges you money for simply living in the city. Think of it like a "privilege tax". The city will take your money and use it to provide services for new development. Later, when it's time to actually provide similar services to your neighborhood, they'll come back and assess you further charges. Just look to the recent sewer connection issue in SE Bend for an example of how that works.

And don't forget in some people's mind you're a freeloader and a lowlife if you object to all these connection charges and fees for phantom services.
But ain't life in Nuevo Bend just grand?...

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Posted by Nik Johansson on 01/10/2019 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Interpretation of Tourism Tax Dollars Could Set Precedent

excellent thinking! not only does it help workers and business, but it helps be a more attractive place while helping homeless get housed. win-win-win-win.

Posted by oregon mom on 01/05/2019 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Climate Change Action Should Not Be Partisan—nor Ignored Locally

Bill -- Please take a look at the editor's note I just added to the top of this piece. The original title contained an error... which may have influenced what you wrote in your comment...

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 12/07/2018 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Climate Change Action Should Not Be Partisan—nor Ignored Locally

If Bend can't dictate bipartisanship from the federales, then perhaps you will convince China, India, Africa and Europe to follow along. After all, only the US is meeting the Paris Accord's emission reduction goals, and that after withdrawing from the Paris scheme. And let's hope we don't have Yellow Vest rioting in Bend....

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 12/06/2018 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Don't Start Naming Councilors Names Yet

Right on!

Every citizen interested in serving should apply. Transparency and debate is paramount because our community wins with every Application submitted. Horton and a Who learned years ago that "with Citizens like ours -> who needs walls?"

We all bend* and don't break; chat about crap?


Posted by Justin Gottlieb on 11/28/2018 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Don't let legal businesses get the short shrift

Redmond should also remember opting "out" of this. Especially now that they asked for the school bond on the last ballot.......

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Posted by Ndstan on 11/17/2018 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Nonprofits can and should listen to their communities. St. Charles didn't.

With the facilities operating at 50% capacity and the numbers declining over time it seems prudent to evaluate the need for such capacity. A 20 person task force representing a number of stakeholders, including staff, would appear adequate to reach a fair and balanced conclusion that best serves our community.

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Posted by George Kaiser on 11/13/2018 at 10:54 AM

Re: “A visiting couple alleges gender discrimination in a rideshare car

Welcome to Bend! The land of rude, mean and unwelcoming people to say the least! Doctors work part time and we have cell towers in our school yards. The water is polluted with Alliumium Barrium. It's measuring 60 parts or billion!
Have you ever visited Bend sir? I am shocked you assumed it would be friendly. I have been treated like an alien here.
Do your R&D next time. Sadly this is the most unwelcoming place for Gays. I'm from San Francisco and sadly made the move to Bend without visiting first. I too moved here to care for my son and moved for the health care and not the "local friendly people". You have an economy that is a replica of Hawaii- rich tourists and poor local people. Only two types live here. I have lived here for 4 years and I've never seen a gay couple in FOUR years! I haven't seen or met an Asian, a black, a hindu or Jew either and I can't take it. Every day I am accosted by rude people here it's a daily event. i watch it happen to other people as well. We also live on 110 volcanoes here and if you understand energy then you appreciate all the bad and good - it's all a lesson from our root Chakra source. Peace

Posted by Justice on 11/13/2018 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Don't Trust The Sky

That exact description happened yesterday in Central Oregon skies

Tight even rows criss crossed all over a clear blue morning sky. By the afternoon thick man made clouds littered the skies. I actually had a really bad headache I attribute to the stuff in the air...

What is it? How can it be legal?

Posted by Sean on 11/10/2018 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Nonprofits can and should listen to their communities. St. Charles didn't.

Why even have public comment times if you aren't going to listen? I'd rather the change just happen than for St. Charles to pretend they are listening to the public.

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Posted by Graham Fox on 11/10/2018 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Vote Jamie McLeod-Skinner for U.S. Rep., 2nd District

And now the 7 day clock is started for McLeod-Skinner supporters to clean up the carpet bombing of campaign signs they've littered our community with:…

Posted by Nik Johansson on 11/06/2018 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Vote Jamie McLeod-Skinner for U.S. Rep., 2nd District

Skidork: These are editorials, so yes, they're "biased" in favor of who our editorial board supports, based on our research and interviews with candidates. Thanks for reading and continuing to visit our site!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 11/06/2018 at 2:13 PM
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