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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Your points are valid, but the evidence suggests that drivers break the law more often than cyclists and they are operating much more dangerous machines. The solution is not blaming each other, but to create safe options for people on bikes so they are separated from motor vehicles.

Posted by jk4015 on 07/14/2019 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Your points are valid, but consider the evidence of who breaks the law more. Not a perfect study, but food for thought.…

Posted by jk4015 on 07/14/2019 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

The appalling hypocrisy of fermented products producers lecturing people on global warming is laughable

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Posted by jon.jegglie on 07/12/2019 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Legislators who flee are the epitome of government waste

Bill -- Thanks for reading. Since you've written basically the same comment on three different stories now, consider your point taken.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 07/05/2019 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Legislators who flee are the epitome of government waste

Gov. Brown pioneered the walk-out tactic when she was in the legislature and termed her use of that tactic, "very appropriate." So, walk-outs are bad if democrats arent' doing it and good if they want to virtue-signal.

Oregon's climate-change bill would've crippled rural Oregon so democrats could virtue-signal. The bill itself wouldn't affect world emissions levels (California's inefficient cap-and-trade market hasn't), and wouldn't stop China and India (who didn't sign the Paris climate scheme) from remaining the largest carbon emitters in the industrialized world. No industrialized nation has reduced carbon emissions more than the US, and we did so by using more natural gas. Don't be a gasbag, Governor, encourage more use of natural gas and hydropower, which the northwest has in abundance, and don't put the costs of the carbon emissions climate change scam on the backs of rural Oregon.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 07/05/2019 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Legislators who flee are the epitome of government waste

What a poor example for our Oregon youth. Not only are our 11 Republicans walking out on a job they are obligated to do, they are opposing action on protecting the earth for our children and future generations. If they dont like the bill, they should have come up with their own bill to act on climate change. People have been working on the Clean Energy Jobs Bill for over 10 years. The fact is, they did not and I havent heard of any bill they plan to propose in order to take action on climate change. Unfortunately, those in our district making a living off the land or relying on tourism will be most adversely impacted by climate change.

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Posted by skidmore on 06/29/2019 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Don't Let Vocal Minorities Erode Alternative Transportation Options

Cars kill people.

Climate change is reaching emergency situations.

Bend, you aren't special. Your personal wealth doesn't make you entitled to drive, you are part of the problem.

What strikes me as the greatest aspect of a long line of Bend hypocrisy is all the mountain bikers, climbers, SUPers, kayakers who live to drive the 4 mile length of this small town.

Get your heads out of the sand and get your ass out of your car.


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Posted by LeafyLief on 06/23/2019 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Don't Let Vocal Minorities Erode Alternative Transportation Options

Hypocritical poppycock.
Completely ignoring much of the actual background information in both examples is simply lazy.

Maybe we just shouldn't make the change on Milwaukee to create a greenway at all.
Maybe there are sufficient improvements on 14th that reduce the need for a greenway on 15th.
Why did the city make such significant bike facility changes on 14th if a greenway is planned one block over? I get completing the sidewalks. Maybe some of those giant bike lanes should have gone toward enlarging the sidewalks "along busy NW 14th Street".

Your "a single vocal minority" is (like it or not) really the majority of Bend, don't forget the Source is the alternate newspaper. Positioning yourself otherwise is untruthful and discounts much of the good work you do. It also discounts the opinions of folks who want to agree with you on other topics - this greases the wheels for unlikely & unpopular people to get elected and run a muck.

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Posted by Longtime Local on 06/20/2019 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Scott- We heart Sue's input, too.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 06/18/2019 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Sue Bastian should have gotten the gift cert - This "Privileged White Citizen" is ready to discover and appreciate the WSWS -

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Posted by Scott Randall on 06/15/2019 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Deschutes River Trail Bridge: The Environmental Impact Argument is Faulty

Nothing has been mentioned about the fact that the bridge was the crown jewel of a $20M bond measure voted on by residents of Bend. We are still paying property taxes on something that's not going to happen. Are we going to get a refund? Will the bond be paid off sooner? Where is that money going?

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Posted by vfoley00 on 06/14/2019 at 9:15 AM

Re: “A Growing County Needs More Services, Not Fewer

Several omissions here. First, a lower property tax rate does not necessarily result in lower tax revenues. A lower property tax rate applied to a higher tax base should result in more tax revenue. A lower property tax rate doesn't automatically mean less tax revenue. What's the answer?

Second, why does it follow that more people results in more crime? The DA needs more staff only if the crime rate increases. Perhaps the DA needs better staff. What's the crime rate? Who is the DA hiring? Is the DA a good leader? A sound manager?

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 06/05/2019 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Mirror Pond: Instead of another groundhog day, let the people vote

People want a holistic approach to Mirror Pond. One element of that is fish passage. When it was built in 1910 the dam was required to have passage. The ladder was not maintained properly and by 1960 it was not longer functional. ODFW estimated in 1990 that 2,961 wild trout were being killed by turbine mortalities every year. This occurs during downstream passage and the turbines aren't screened. 60 years times 3,000 fish is a lot of fish. Add to that the impacts of preventing fish in the warmer Middle Deschutes to migrate out of sometimes lethal temperatures and the isolation of genetic populations of wild trout, the damage done to our fishery is quite significant. PacifiCorps is obviously aware of the problems and has done nothing to fix them. With all the millions of dollars being spent to improve flows and fish habitat above and below the project, it makes no sense for this fish killing machine to continue its current practices. PacifiCorps is responsible for replacing the fish passage they let fail.

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Posted by nwsailor on 05/31/2019 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Late comment for Mr. Mark Winger's letter: Oregon ranchers are compensated under the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. Voters support reintroduction of the gray wolf in their state and wolf protection is state law. Recognizing this, the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture implements a compensation program to reimburse ranchers for livestock losses and to subsidize use of nonlethal tools to minimize wolf-livestock conflict. I, for one, am happy that a small portion of tax revenue goes for protections. Evidence suggests that reintroduction of wolves as a region's apex predator contributes to environmental health in a number of ways, even--for example--providing for improved growing conditions of aspen groves.

Posted by fosterfell on 05/30/2019 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Because of the free fire zone policy approved on mountain lions by ODFW in Central and Eastern Oregon, their societies are being disrupted, causing young males to flee into urban areas. As long as ODFW continues with this horrific practice, we will see this kind of "conflict" in our city. Realtors need to inform home buyers of the potential for encountering all manner of animals in our region. Residents need to realize that we do live in cougar country; no matter how many animals are cruelly exterminated, there will always be another one to take its place. A decade ago, local Bendites grew sick and tired of seeing our local resident Canada geese population crammed into trash cans and suffocated. They demanded--and got--an end to this practice. I spend a lot of time in San Mateo County. Not long ago two cougar cubs--minus mother--were spotted near the beach town of Half Moon Bay. When they wandered into town, the residents--instead of panicking--closed off streets and kept a protective eye on them until they wandered off. There will come a day in our town and region when people finally become so freaking disheartened by ODFW and Wildlife Services killing practices that they will demand it stop.

Posted by fosterfell on 05/29/2019 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Shimiko Montgomery for Administrative School District No. 1 Director, Zone 3 (Bend-La Pine Schools)

You have put it exactly right. What Andy High could do for our district, he has already done. If, as he says, he wants to deal with how land owned by the district might be used to serve our community, he can do that as he works on issues like affordable housing. Right now, we need people on our school board who know how to help those students who need attention in order to reach their potential. This is something Shimiko Montgomery is qualified to do. So, by the way, are Melissa Barnes Dholakia, Caroline Skidmore, and Amy Tatom. Now that we have the funds needed to help our students succeed, we need the right team working together on our school board to work with others in the community to bring more services to our studentsgetting the most out of the funds we have.

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Posted by GreggHeacock on 05/16/2019 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Richard Asadoorian for Administrative School District No. 1, Zone 6 At Large (Bend-La Pine School Board)

Thanks Michael and Brent for your comments, and for taking the time to watch the videos to gain some understanding of our process. As always, each of us has the right to cast our individual votes in this election, and we know our readers find value in engaging with our endorsement process, whether or not they agree with our assessment.

We encourage everyone to seek out a wide range of information when making their decisions in elections, including our videos and endorsements, other endorsements, and local town halls and events where candidates are present!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 05/09/2019 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Richard Asadoorian for Administrative School District No. 1, Zone 6 At Large (Bend-La Pine School Board)

I have to disagree with the assertion that Dholakia equivocated about vaccinations and climate change education. Her responses were an acknowledgement that the issues are complex and in as much as that she spent some time exploring the complexities. I like that, it shows a willingness for critical analysis to ensure that quality course of action is taken.
-Brent Edens

Posted by Brent Edens on 05/08/2019 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

I have no comment about this opinion. Was wondering if anyone still likes hotdogs. Love the breweries, but can't really afford to hang out. I have to choose between a cup of soup or another pint. I just wanna drink a beer and have an affordable hotdog or sausage to wash it down with. Same with golf... I just don't get it. I grew up here, and yeah ... Have a wonderful palette for the culinary arts. But, what the fuck? Not all of us are fat and on crazy ass diets.

Posted by rdaw on 05/05/2019 at 5:32 PM

Re: “If time is money, Deschutes County Commissioners may care less about yours than they say they do

The worst thing that has happened to this county is the loss of Tammy Baney and her replacement being Patti Adair.

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Posted by Hiker2 on 05/04/2019 at 9:42 AM

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