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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion

Re: “Don't allow the notion of short-term financial gain threaten the Endangered Species Act

Herman Bohlman was my great grandfather. I never thought I would see his name mentioned in an article including donald trump. Glad to see their work is still recognised.
Thank you Jim Anderson

Posted by Dave on 08/20/2018 at 6:39 PM

Re: “We aren't the enemy of the people. We ARE the people.

Thank you for taking a stand and letting your voices heard. As a new resident to Bend, your paper has been a valuable tool to helping me to make this town my own!
Sherri Davison

Posted by Sherri Davison on 08/18/2018 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Don't allow the notion of short-term financial gain threaten the Endangered Species Act

Wonderful article with critical history that readers need to know about. We must preserve what life remains on planet earth to ensure the survival of everything left, because climate change already threatens all of us, particularly because we (the U.S. under Trump Admin) are blocking the prevention of a worsening scenario by doing nothing to bring the carbon down and other numerous measures that may help all of us from experiencing a ghastly near future due to the planet's reaction to the warming. We must rise up to save life on our beautiful planet. Stand out, speak up and say NO with your whole aliveness to the destruction of ecosystems and any/all technologies created to make and take wealth from people and planet rather than to prevent destruction and increased poverty.

Posted by Rainbow Warrior on 08/18/2018 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Walden Should Follow Through on Debating McLeod-Skinner

From the US House of Reps Walden has taken more money from the telecoms industry than anyone else, ever. $1,605,986 From AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. He doesnt represent his constituents, he represents who ever is willing to write him the biggest check. Hes had a free ride all these years. Hes afraid to have to go up and debate against someone who actually gives a damn about the voters and not just the corporations who have been been lining his pockets for 20 years.

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Posted by athey on 08/14/2018 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Walden Should Follow Through on Debating McLeod-Skinner

Walden seems to be afraid of McLeod-Skinner. Walden has basically had a free ride all the years he has supposed represented his district. Sadly, he seldom represents the demographics of his district. In voting against the ACA and other safety net programs, he simply thumbs his nose at the majority of folks in his district. Now he occasionally show up in the public because has a formidable opponent. Man up Greg Walden! Put on your big boy pants and debate McLeod-Skinner. You owe it to the people in your district - not the DC and Trumpette crowd.

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Posted by Pat on 08/09/2018 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Walden Should Follow Through on Debating McLeod-Skinner

Walden knows that McLeod-Skinner will have him on the ropes if he debates her. He should cowboy up and agree to put his policies and plans up against hers. If he doesn't, he'll prove that he doesn't want voters to have a choice in November. Who's he representing?

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Posted by Mary McClellan on 08/09/2018 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Small Victories

Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) obviously has a personal profit driven agenda, but funny how the Source is all about conservation issues until it comes time to write another "top ten places" for tourists to destroy for the writers own profit.
Maybe Wanderlust Tours can start a on the hour every hour helicopter tours over endangered sage grouse habitat and the Source can write a glowingly bias article driving tourists there claiming this is being done for "awareness". Or possibly we need "beer tours" of sage grouse leks. The cycle-pub could send obnoxious drunk screaming tourists out to observe mating sage grouse, (just think about the Instagram selfie possibilities). That's "awareness", "education" and "tourism" all in one package. Both of these options are a win for everyone making money off the environment (unfortunately to the detriment of the creatures who live in that environment).

Posted by anonymous on 08/07/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Don't allow the notion of short-term financial gain threaten the Endangered Species Act

I just read that 90% of a colony of penguins have died.......soon there will be nothing but bugs left.

Posted by Mayme on 08/05/2018 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Don't allow the notion of short-term financial gain threaten the Endangered Species Act

Thank you that Jim Anderson's powerful article on the ESA is so easy to share on Facebook. So important to get the word out on this!

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Posted by Donangelo on 07/31/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

The Bend Hum: If it is the railroad, you might as well not even bother complaining. The railroads operate as if they are a sovereign nation that exists within our borders. They wont care.

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Posted by M. Brody on 07/30/2018 at 2:39 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

The Bend Hum: Hwy97? Trains? Industrial

Yes I hear this low frequency pulse too.

Posted by Jeremy S on 07/29/2018 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Teachable moment: Buprenorphine IS an opioid with mixed agonist-antagonist activity at classical opioid receptors. Thus, it can be used as an analgesic. Buprenorphine, when administered with full agonists, such as morphine, antagonizes the action of these drugs.

Suboxone contains buprenorphine + naloxone (ie: Antidote or Opioid Antagonist) which blocks or reverses the effects of an opioid medication --- extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness. Subutex is only buprenorphine. Narcan nasal spray or injectable is naloxone and is essentially used in opioid overdose situations.

Let's give medical providers a break.

Doctors, mid-levels and nurses are now part of an overworked profession who face daily insults from dissatisfied patients who demand medicine "their way," --- to hell with evidence-based literature or studies...This is America! It's my right to destroy my health and blame my doctor for my poor choices. Just give me a pill.

Please also note that much of primary care is provided by mid-levels such as PAs and NPs. The MAT training is 24 hours for mid-levels. I suppose if they were to take a total of 15 mins each day (somewhere in between back-to-back patients, eating lunch on the go or at their desk while documenting, going to the bathroom, charting until midnight and sleeping) they could complete the online training within 96 days.

And, yes, addict brain is very powerful. Addiction strikes no matter if you are a rich, white real estate agent. Unfortunately ambulatory MAT is not safe for everyone and must be performed in a very controlled environment.

Posted by MAT Fact Checker on 07/26/2018 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Mosaic Medical provides MAT...at least 5 of their providers in Bend prescribe Suboxone. Bend Treatment Center is also another option. You gotta do your part and call around!

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Posted by Smith McCoy on 07/26/2018 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Hey Eddie --
If you are going to criticize locals for not participating in the Naked Bike Ride or getting "totally free", you may want to get your terms correct. We refer to our selves as "Bendites" not "Benders"...
I'd also like to remind you, Bend is NOT Portland and if you wish it were, please move there. Please stop trying to make our city a miniature version of Stumptown.

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Posted by CO Native on 07/24/2018 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

In response to why there were only 10 people on the Naked Bike Ride this year?

Hi all, organizer of WNBR Bend here. I have to say no one was as disappointed as I was by the turnout...at first glance that is. However, as a community organizer there are multiple metrics to consider. And I'm going to call this year's ride a success.

Last year we had 16 riders, 20 facebook likes, 17 rsvps. I organized the ride against discouragement and even anonymous threats; getting media coverage and community acceptance was an uphill battle.

This year, we had twice as many people who went fully nude as last year. This year, we had our first trans person riding, showing off her incredible body. This year, we had 50 RSVPs and an additional 30 likes on the facebook page. This year, we had gender balance. This year, we were offered sponsorship. This year, we had full community acceptance.

This year, we had 7 people JOIN the naked bike ride in the middle of it. They asked us to pull over, they derobed, and joined us on the ride! So we ended up with 17 riders, not 10.

This year was great.

So why the low turnout? Looking back on it, with so many RSVPs and such enthusiasm, I blame circumstance. Wednesday was July 4th and the Freedom Ride. People got trashed. The next day was the Bend Cruiser Ride, and people got trashed. Then it was First Friday, and people got trashed then too. Saturday nights after First Friday are infamously depopulated, holidays notwithstanding. After the ride, I went downtown and it was almost deserted. The lowest turnout downtown I've ever seen.

People were just too partied out to go to another bike ride, despite the fact that ours was alcohol free. As an organizer, it's my job to help plan events around when people were available. And it was admittedly terrible timing.

When trying to establish new traditions, there are growing pains. The feedback I've received this year has been quite positive, not one naysayer. Next year, we'll coordinate the ride taking into account availability, and considering other events.

Until then, be wild and free!
-Lief

PS We DID play some Grateful Dead! Peggy-O to be exact. I tried to get a diverse music selection. I take song requests from facebook, https://www.facebook.com/WNBRBend
I'd love your suggestions next time Eddie!

Posted by LeafyLief on 07/22/2018 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Source Editors:

Since you didn't care to publish the letter to the editor I sent you on July 9, here it is as an online comment which concurs with Michael Funke's letter:

I was deeply concerned to learn over the weekend of allegations against Nathan Boddie. My concern was amplified when I read Nathan's response to the Source, in which he doubled down against what is essentially an allegation of sexual assault. Moey Newbold has a great deal of bravery and integrity and Nathan's response to the Source was character assassination, which is just wrong. Full stop. Wrong.

Nathan approached me as an elected official several months ago with a request to endorse his campaign for state assembly. While I agreed to do so at the time, I can no longer endorse Nathan's political career at any level, and encourage him to drop out of the race as soon as possible so that a new candidate can be chosen by the Deschutes Democrats. The longer he waits, the more damage he does, both to the Democrats and to the greater community.

John Mundy
Bend

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Posted by John Mundy on 07/20/2018 at 5:48 AM

Re: “Consent and Accountability

Doctor Nathan Boddie stepped way over the line when he made the unsubstantiated charge that Moey Newbold was a substance abuser. She denies that charge. But no one, least of all Doctor Boddie, can deny that he chose to attack Newbold by publicly sharing information (whether true or not is irrelevant) about a medical condition, the disease of addiction. Doctor Boddie knows this. His attack on Newbold is akin to attacking her because she has cancer. That is the largest breach of trust of all. I believe this was done to not only undermine Newbold's credibility but also to send a message to any other women out there who may have similar complaints about his behavior. It is what a bully does. His credibility is shot, as a politician and as a doctor. A little humility and soul-searching is in order. But, from what we have seen so far, that is unlikely. Prove us wrong, Nathan. Do the right thing for Bend. You cannot win this election and the longer you stay in the race the harder it will be to mount a legitimate campaign in place of your tainted one. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 07/14/2018 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Consent and Accountability

Ms. Newbold stated she came out because Boddie had denied accusation from other accusers, something this article should highlight more when discussing Boddie not taking accountability. The Democratic party pulled support for him based on several accusation sexist and homophobic behavior, and Bodie's response was to blame Republicans.
As to the other comment, Ms. Newbold stated she came out in public so the other accusers could remain anonymous (she wasn't one of the initial people who talked to Dem's on the state level) but still hold Boddie accountable. As for the civil suit, it's well within her rights to say "hey, the town should know about his action" without having to want to spend the next year in court and get money. If she did ask for money, she would be getting slammed for being about the dollars. And she did stand up for herself, she told her boss she would not work with him, that is standing up for herself. You demanding she handle the situation as you would wish is an unreasonable expectation.
This article lets off Boddie a lot lighter then it would if it was a council member it didn't like as much.

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Posted by BendFloater on 07/13/2018 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Consent and Accountability

The credibility of the allegations are still debatable. And, why not a civil suit if MS. Newbold was so bothered by his actions? Perhaps Boddie denied knowing anything about the allegations because they never happened. He said, she said. Ms. Newbold appears to be a bright, young activist with a degree in environmental politics who would have likely stood up for herself.

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Posted by Smith McCoy on 07/12/2018 at 7:24 PM

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