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Re: “Representative democracy for the varied neighborhoods of Bend?

Maybe a city council that runs the city less like a business and more like a government body that provides its constituents what they elect them to do; you know, properly maintained infrastructure (roads, sewers, etc), keep costs to a minimum (lower admin costs), common sense projects (stop the war on cars, stop making people put in sidewalks out of their own wallets)

Its hard to take a city council serious when they cant maintain roads while running a billion dollar savings account.

Posted by concerned about on 11/06/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “You, too, play a role in winter snow removal

No salt. Salt is not beneficial to the environment. Salt increases maintenance and decay on automobiles and roads.

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Posted by Bob Kuehn on 10/30/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Have a grievance with your government?

The water project was rushed through to completion in 2012-2013 without proper consideration of all options--including the so-called "short pipe" option that would have been immeasurably kinder to the creek and watershed and would have cost far less. What we got, instead, was a ludicrous project that takes water out of the creek and runs it through miles of adjacent pipe. Why? To create hydroelectric capacity in an era when tax credits for such projects had already evaporated. Public outrage over the budgetary and environmental costs of this water project and the manipulative process that crammed it down our throats led to an almost complete replacement of the old guard on the Bend City Council.

Posted by fosterfell on 10/27/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: A new teamed called the... Orange-skins?

Richard,

I don't think any breast cancer survivor is looking for your opinion when considering post-mastectomy reconstruction.

Also, here's your friendly reminder that women aren't seeking the approval of men in every decision they make.

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Posted by Kalie Wilburn on 10/26/2017 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Have a grievance with your government?

Hey Permission -- We do realize that they're disparate and perhaps apples to oranges, and yet they both were topics of conversation this week in Bend, so that's where they came together for us. As for the specific demand of NFL players, Kaepernick's is to end police brutality against people of color, and specifically for police to end the profiling and subsequent needless killing of black men. Rosa Parks' was clear too -- to allow equal treatment under the law. Occupy struggled to find its specific demand, and that is perhaps why it didn't last. But thanks for your perspective!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 10/23/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Have a grievance with your government?

Nicole,
I'm with Riversong on this one and get the feeling your perspective is somewhat of a double standard. For instance what is the "specific demand" associated with some NFL players kneeling during the national anthem? Or what was the specific demand of the Occupy Wall Street movement? Or should Rosa Parks have been appeased if simply given a bus seat? Has the civil rights movement always been about such specific things?

I too attended one of the "No Man's Land" screenings as well as you. I find it surprising that the Source editorial equates two such wildly disparate methods of protest as the Malhuer Occupation and LandWatch's legal proceedings against the City of Bend over water system piping. Whatever one's opinion about the Bundy led protest (and I use the term "led" loosely since I agree the situation certainly lacked a critical focus) a comparison such as the one made in this Source editorial is completely apples to oranges.

Posted by Permission To Speak Freely? on 10/21/2017 at 12:29 AM

Re: “Letters 7/3 - 7/11

Beware of Kevin English comments: He can be very deceiving in his caring of others. This past June his niece came out to visit him and Linda at their request. After a few days into the visit their niece tore her ACL and Kevin and Linda had no compassion. They told her to leave their home. They told the 18 year old from Minnesota to leave their home. This all was the result of her not eating breakfast with them. Is that how you treat people??

Posted by Kurt Banach on 10/20/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Have a grievance with your government?

Hey Riversong -- While we do agree that protest can work, it's usually accompanied by a demand, which yes, can be a demand that an unjust law be changed. Without a specific demand for redress, which we'd argue the Bundy clan didn't have, not much can get done. So there's the need not just for an action, but for a demand that addresses the problem.

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 10/20/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Have a grievance with your government?

This editorial writer is correct that the anarchic (and some would argue, treasonous) actions of the Bundy Gang were far more costly (and almost completely ineffective) than the lawsuit.

But the writer is historically and morally wrong that " only through the rule of law will we be able to protect"our natural rights.

Most significant social change in the United States (and elsewhere) has come from popular protest and civil disobediance - acting, when necessary, outside the law or in active opposition to the law, when the law is either unjust in itself or an obstacle to constructive social change.

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Posted by Riversong on 10/19/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “State of Emergency: The prospect of a failed real estate transaction, #inBend

How about HOA's that abuse their rules and power to force people out of their or into unreasonable debt? $750 first offence parking tickets? REALLY?! Should be illegal.

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Posted by Diana Hardt on 10/09/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: Sept 25 - Oct 2

So Jim, since you're presenting yourself as an expert on firearm purchases in the United States -

Was this "background check" you claim you had to go through for car rental a federal criminal records database or simply a common credit worthiness check?

And if there's a pawn shop that will legally sell you - a Canadian citizen - a handgun today then one of these two things must be true:
A) You have already have gone through the process to become a permanent United States Resident or;
B) You have already been issued an alien number or admission number which will be verified with the INS during the NICS records check.

And if you do try to buy that gun today you will be background checked again. First through the Oregon State Police for any state records that may indicate you are prohibited from possessing a firearm; then there will be a federal records check through the NICS database.

Of course if you know all this then you also know lying on form 4473 is a felony that may subject you to 5 years in prison (and will definitely impact your immigration status).

Welcome to America. Enjoy your freedom!

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Posted by RC Johnson on 10/04/2017 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Homelessness is not a crime. But good luck ticketing them for it!

I appreciate your post, however, I think it is unbalanced and inaccurate. Yes, we absolutely should not make homelessness a crime and we need to help those less fortunate in our community. I agree, and I am proud that Bend has a plethora of resources for our homeless community. A homeless person in our community will not go without. Bend gives, and it gives generously. If you don't know about all the resources available, I suggest that you do your research, and then give to the organization that resonates with you.

It is actually inaccurate for you to call any and all people you see on the street corner or bench homeless or think that they are down on their luck. My experience is that there are two types of people in this situation. One is the person who is down on their luck or possibly struggling with mental illness or hardship. These people use generally use the services that Bend provides, and they usually take advantage of all the help that is offered by our community.

The second type of person is what I call an 'urban camper'. This person does WANTS to be on the street, wants to make money by begging, enjoys the camp they live in, and loves the culture of this lifestyle. These people generally do not take advantage of all the services offered by our community because they don't want to. It's not a part of their culture. If you don't believe me, go downtown and engage in conversation with some of the people there. I met a man (who looked homeless and down on his luck) but who told me about how he quit his job a Costco so that he could lead this homeless lifestyle. It was his choice, and he loved it. So, I caution you to not group everyone who seems homeless into the same classification.

I also think that in a fair and equal society, we protect everyones rights, not just one group of people. In this situation, there are two obvious groups of people who need to be advocated for as much as the homeless. One is people in wheelchairs, and other is the merchant. I have a wonderful friend who was in a rock climbing accident about 8 years ago, and she often has trouble downtown when people (and their things) are sprawled on the sidewalk (especially on Bond street where caf seating doesnt allow for extra hanging out space on the sidewalk). The merchants have to pay the City of Bend to have a sign on the sidewalk or seating on the sidewalk, even Downtown vendors have to rent the sidewalk space. Between rented sidewalk space and ADA accessibility, some places there is no room for people to be begging. That is something I think it is fair for us to ask both the homeless and the urban campers to respect. Asking them to respect this is fair to all.

The other group that needs to be advocated for is the merchants. How many of you know a person or a family who owns a business in Downtown Bend? These are hard-working people putting their blood, sweat, and tears into their business to pay their mortgages, feed their kids, and hope to have enough money to send them to college. I think is it completely reasonable for a merchant not to have a person sleeping in front of the door to their business. I think it is completely reasonable for a merchant not to have someone camped in front of their business yelling at people who pass by. I want to support local families building businesses in our community. This helps to grow our community strong. If we dont protect our merchant families and their rights, families in our community (and our community at large) will suffer. Asking a homeless person to respect that a merchant needs to be able to have people enter their business in a safe and clean area is rational and equitable. I think that we can advocate for homeless, and for merchants AT THE SAME TIME.

As I said previously, I want to live in a City that protects and supports everyone, not just one group of people. I hope you will join me in fighting for the rights of our homeless, of our disabled, and of our local merchants.

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Posted by Thinking&Wondering on 09/24/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Homelessness is not a crime. But good luck ticketing them for it!

I think bend just opened themselves up to a serious ADA lawsuit, now just watch as the ADA people go around the city with a 6ft pole taking pictures of every sidewalk obstruction in downtown. Becasue you cant tell me there are not spots all over downtown and other parts of the city that dont comply with that rule. Remember that mysterious electrical transformer box?

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Posted by Seriously! on 09/22/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Homelessness is not a crime. But good luck ticketing them for it!

Its absolutely ASTOUNDING that the Bend city coucil all of a sudden cares about the ADA. After decades of abdicating their authority and mandate to comply with the ADA they now use it as a weapon against the poor, homeless and disabled living on the streets.

WHAT A VILE DISGUSTING group of people!!!!

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Posted by Smarmmuch on 09/22/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Homelessness is not a crime. But good luck ticketing them for it!

Perfectly said. Instead of following the model of other cities that--at the very least--set up sanctioned areas for overnight parking and locations for longer term residency for the houseless, Bend--shamefully--choses to crack down. Despite the much heralded new economy, with its record breaking Dow Jones, I am noticing am alarming increase in homelessness in the areas I most frequent: the I-5, and Highway 97 and 101 corridors. Greg Walden's Congressional District continues to have high levels of poverty and food insecurity. The unequal society is upon us. City governments have often been called the laboratories of democracy, but how sad to see Bend follow the example of governance by heartlessness now championed in Washington, DC.

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Posted by fosterfell on 09/22/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: Sept 11-18

Ron O'Brien - Medicare for all does NOT - repeat NOT - mean free healthcare! Maybe you should read up on it, and where the money will come from, before you make such a silly comment.

Posted by Shemomo on 09/21/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Homelessness is not a crime. But good luck ticketing them for it!

Good piece. Just want to point out, however, that sit-lie ordinances were not in fact eventually ended in Honolulu. They have continued, with a series of bills incrementally expanding the sit-lie prohibition zones and street segments. See http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/08/is-honolulu-at-legal-risk-as-more-areas-put-off-limits-to-the-homeless/.

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Posted by David Atcheson on 09/21/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: Sept 11-18

Crane Shed:
It may make you sad, but the building was condemned and couln't be rehabbed. What should have been done with it? Now we have jobs and tax income.
Us vs Them: Those hotels rooms and vacation rentals are also contributing literally around 6 million per year to the city general fun in lodging tax revenue- you know, paying for street maintenance and infrastructure. That is aside from the percentage that goes go Visit Bend.

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Posted by JennyR on 09/20/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “We've hit peak "us vs. them" ire. Is this who we want to be?

For me, its not an issue of wanting tourism or even people wanting to move into the community. It is the way tourism and growth have been handled. You have VisitBend.org pushing for tourism and growth, but nobody is dealing with the infrastructure to handle it. Months were spent on sidewalk repair, but nothing to deal with the traffic and bottlenecks. We now have people living on the street because there isn't affordable housing, yet developers are building new hotels. If we want to cool off some of the anti tourism tempers out there, fix the problems that it creates.

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Posted by mfaccone on 09/08/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 21-28

Re: California Plates

I find that very disheartening as well. And the reality is, I think it extends much further than notes being left on cars. There is an attitude of unkindness towards anyone who is labeled a "transplant". And I find that very unfortunate.

I lived in Atlanta, GA for nearly twenty years (I was born in Tampa, FL). I moved to Bend in
2014 when I accepted a job at a non-profit preschool. I developed a strong, dynamic music/arts program, that made a big difference in the lives of young children, many of them under-privileged and from broken family situations. Unfortunately, I was laid off this past August, due to severe financial setbacks on the part of the school.

Despite that, I have continued to be very involved in the Bend music/arts community. In 2015, I recorded a full-length CD at Soundsmith Studios in Bend, featuring many songs written for victims of tragedy, but also music deeply inspired by the natural beauty of Central Oregon. After releasing BT, I have continued to write music including a song for the victims of the Paris attack (J'adore la France), a song honoring the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor (Sweet December Day), and most recently, On This Train, a song featured here on the Source Weekly, inspired by and dedicated to the Portland train attack victims. Over this period of time I have lived in Bend, I have become devoted to writing and sharing music that promotes healing, love, and forgiveness, and celebrates divine beauty. I even wrote a song called "Heaven" inspired by the natural beauty here in Central Oregon.

"Heaven, heaven is on earth
Softer than the morning sunrise
Sweeter than a lullaby
Lovelier that the springtime
Gentle like mountain streams
Lay me down in silent rhapsody
Heaven fill my dreams"

My main avenue to share this music - posting videos on FB. I have developed an audience there, where I receive hundreds, and even several thousand views. However, in Bend itself, in the town where I live, I've found very little opportunity to perform or share what I do. I was slated to open up for Leon Russell, back in December of 2015...but when he passed away in November, that went to naught.

I am still doing preschool music one day a week - at a local Bend preschool. I love working with children who are 3-5 or even younger. They still possess a magic and innocence, and accept each other for who they are. Sure, there is some occasional drama but they don't care where anyone is from, or that they come from a different background. This is the way we are born. But we lose that quality when we are cold and unkind to each other, just because we come from different places. The song "Heaven" is also about loving our child within...because everyone, no matter how old they are, is a child who just wants to be loved.

"Heaven fill my dreams, be my light
My saving grace, guide my heart
Heal my soul, help me to see
That I can learn to love
The child inside of me"

I have become a member of the music team at Bend Unity, where I have been singing for over a year now. What I love about Unity, is that everyone is accepted, regardless of where they are from, regardless of their religious beliefs/background, regardless of where they stand politically. Everyone is loved simply for being who they are. Are we achieving that same thing in Bend? Or are we creating division between ourselves? Even on a community Facebook page like I Love Bend! I see and read so much hostility directed towards each other, and a constant paradigm of us vs them. That is not sustainable and not what Bend aspires to be - a place of genuine friendliness.

I am still struggling to find another position that is sustainable, where I can use my divine gifts, that will support me in my endeavors to make a difference in the world, and to provide a good life for my 7 year-old. The most important message that Bend, the state of Oregon, this country, and the world need to learn is that it matters what happens to other people. Other people matter. Whether we know them or not, whether they are different from us or not, and whether we have any obvious connection to them or not. We are all connected on a deep level. From the words of Taliesin Namkai-Meche, who is being celebrated this weekend in Grants Pass- "Tell everyone on this train I love them". We are all on this train together.

Posted by Victor Johnson on 09/05/2017 at 1:30 PM
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