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Re: “If Residents Want an Opt-Out on Marijuana, Let Residents Put It on the Ballot Themselves

Amen, sadly you are preaching to the choir in this forum. Very cowardly to go this route.

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Posted by MajorMajorx2 on 08/20/2019 at 4:40 PM

Re: “If Residents Want an Opt-Out on Marijuana, Let Residents Put It on the Ballot Themselves

A personal vendetta should not be carried out through a municipal entity.

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Posted by rsglide on 08/20/2019 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Paul: Thanks for your ever-loyal readership, and for sharing your views, even if some here don't agree with them. I respectfully submit this, from Merriam-Webster: "Definition of concentration camp
: a place where large numbers of people (such as prisoners of war, political prisoners, refugees, or the members of an ethnic or religious minority) are detained or confined under armed guard."

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 08/19/2019 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

John Kelly, what is this crap about putting children in concentration camps? Have you studied history? Do you realize that 6 million Jews were exterminated in concentration camps? How can you dishonor their memory by equating what happened to them with the legally justified separation of families who enter the country illegally and detaining them in temporary holding facilities? And it is so typical of the Left to callTrump and anyone who disagrees with their idiotic positions a racist. Good way to shut down discussion and avoid an intelligent exchange on issues. Hope you enjoy your gift card. Clearly the standards for winning letter of the week are low.

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Posted by Paul deWitt on 08/18/2019 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Central Oregon needs its watchdogs. Here's hoping for a new era at The Bulletin, Spokesman

Thanks, Foster, for your ongoing support of local journalism.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 08/08/2019 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Central Oregon needs its watchdogs. Here's hoping for a new era at The Bulletin, Spokesman

It's been easy for me to dismiss the Bulletin's rock-ribbed editorial positions over the years, because its reporting staff has always been so good. Therein lies the value of a daily newspaper in our fantastically growing region of the nation. A top-notch reporter can make sense of it all.

I do hope that future editors continue to deploy assiduous, curious reporters, but will expand their beats to include not just the usual "movers and shakers" and "limousine liberals" that make up the Bend Foundation, but--as well--cover the activities of grassroots citizens' organizations that spring up to challenge power and money and inertia.

One endearing quality of Mr. Lukens that may be frowned on by the Bend Foundation (with its close ties to local elected officials) was his fierce willingness to challenge secrecy in government.

I look forward to a new golden era in Central Oregon journalism propelled by the award-winning Source Weekly and, of course, the Bulletin.

Posted by fosterfell on 08/07/2019 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Paul- I dont have time to deal with all of your questions, but Ill address a few. These people coming here seeking asylum are almost all Americans as they come from Central America.
Obama did remove some undocumented people, but he didnt separate families and put children in concentration camps.
E Pluribus Unum actually refers to the original 13 colonies which only existed as the end result of uncontrolled immigration.
Almost all studies show that illegal immigrants actually pay more into the system than they take from it.
And please quit suggesting that progressives would prefer that immigration laws should not be enforced. That is just a red herring. Trump and his cabal keep trying to change the immigration laws to impose his racist beliefs on our country.

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Posted by jk4015 on 08/01/2019 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Immigration Issues are not Limited to Washington, D.C.

Lets encourage New York to prepare to prosecute Trump so when reelection fails he will get a warm welcome "back where he came from".

Posted by Geoff Reynolds on 07/22/2019 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Over 200 people attended the Lights for Liberty vigil on Friday evening at Orchard Park in Bend. It was organized by 4 amazing community organizations. In addition to moving speeches, songs, and candlelight for the border detention casualties--mostly children--participants sent messages to Congressman Walden.

His response? The press release referenced in Ms. Sahm's letter. Walden parroted Pence's self-serving words that "facilities are overwhelmed" with the tepid afterthought that "conditions are unacceptable and intolerable."

Then, on Tuesday our "moderate" congressman refused to join the 4 heroic Republicans who voted for the resolution that "strongly condemns President Donald Trumps racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should go back to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as invaders, and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.

On this and other issues, such as Walden's vote for the Iraq war and his continuing support for American involvement in Saudi Arabia's war of genocide against Yemen, we see very clearly his buy-in for what Ms. Sahm calls "United States foreign policy that has routinely prioritized U.S. business interests and contributed to instability."

Posted by fosterfell on 07/18/2019 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Immigration Issues are not Limited to Washington, D.C.

Some facts on deportation since 2008:…
The sky is not falling. The Nazis are not here.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 07/18/2019 at 7:09 AM

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.

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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.…

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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

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