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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion

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

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

Commissioner DeBone thank you for doing the right thing. It is sad that only 2 people can call to waste such time and money. We need 5 country commissioners! NOW!

Posted by Hiker2 on 05/04/2019 at 9:40 AM

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

Watching the video of the Source Weeklys interviews with candidates for the Zone 6 At-Large seat on the Bend-LaPine School Board has confirmed my belief that Melissa Barnes Dholakia is the most qualified candidate. I looked for the moments when Barnes Dholakia supposedly equivocates on the vaccination issue and wavers on a climate change resolution. I found thoughtful answers, nothing more.

It is unfortunate that the editorial board didnt ask how candidates would address issues raised by students of color and their families. Barnes Dholakia said at the outset of the interview that the district needs to work harder on equity as the school district changes so that all students feel a sense of belonging and diversity is appreciated. She was the only candidate in the interview who raised this concern.

She has consistently raised the issues of equity and inclusion in candidate forums, offering specific ideas for how the district can address the abysmally low number of teachers and staff who are not white. She understands why students of color need to see themselves in front of the classroomand why all students will benefit from more diverse staffing.

Fortunately, many local advocates and organizations that are working on restorative justice, equity, and inclusion in our schools understand that this needs to be a high priority on the school board. That is why they have endorsed and are working to elect Melissa Barnes Dholakia to the Zone 6 At-Large seat on the Bend LaPine School Board.

Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 05/03/2019 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Local media should have access to police radio traffic, in real time

This is good for law enforcers but a violation of the right to know act. We have the right to know what our public servers are doing in real time. This needs to be changed

Posted by Brian Foreman on 04/23/2019 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Humans caused—and then fixed—a climate threat under a Republican president. We can do it again

Didn't take a huge bureaucracy, complicated and expensive cap & trade schemes or a new Green Jobs program. Just a simple phase out ban.

Posted by Geoff Reynolds on 04/17/2019 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Active Transportation can and should be a Bend community value

Just think of all the work that could have actually been done already if all the money and time that went and continues to go to new committees, advisory panels, study's, surveys, awareness campaigns, charts, graphs and beer drank at meetings actually went to something physical.
Coming up with a new ideas (to stand in a circle and talk about) for years and years with no actual end or work in sight.

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Posted by anonymous on 04/12/2019 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Has the National Media Been Obsessed with Russiagate? Maybe. Meanwhile, local news outlets press on

Bill: I think you missed the point on this one. Please, if you can, find one instance in which this publication covered Russiagate (beyond our cartoons, which are not produced in-house and don't equate to "news coverage.")

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 04/08/2019 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Has the National Media Been Obsessed with Russiagate? Maybe. Meanwhile, local news outlets press on

The regional and local news media should not be patting themselves on the back on its coverage of Russiagate.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 04/08/2019 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Jan Falks brilliantly written letter in the March 28th edition was right on. My family was also subjected to a genocide. I see the fabric of decency disintegrating in our nation. I served in the military to protect the freedoms that Trump is trampling on.

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Posted by jujboy on 04/01/2019 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Legislature: Bills we're watching

While HB 3031 offers stability to some of the issues life throws at you creating yet another State run program that is undoubtedly going to create more government waste and abuse with no accountability Oregon is recently known for.
They legislature also clearly put in language in the bill that allows "investing, reinvesting, manage, sell and exchange investments" (section 17 subsection (3)) which will undoubtedly add to yet another PERS situation due to the lack of any oversight and accountability from our State Government for a program that cannot succeed on the merits and contributions of the program on its own.

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Posted by anonymous on 03/29/2019 at 2:28 PM
Posted by charlesbaergig on 03/19/2019 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls Got The Shaft

You are a complete fool. Ban all pit bulls and their owners from society.

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Posted by Rob Bonomo on 03/17/2019 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

In response to Rick Burns:

Women should absolutely be celebrated. Today. Every day. And whether you are male, female, white, black, gay, straight, Republican, Democrat, you should applaud this and embrace it.

Celebrating someone, women in this case, can only be a positive thing. It does not affect you in any negative way whatsoever. Not even the slightest. When someone else accomplishes something, we should celebrate their accomplishment(s) along with them. When we react in a negative way, it usually means that we are insecure about our own selves,

Misogyny is not limited to any one political mindset. It still exists across the board. And though it probably wasnt your intention, your letter is a perfect illustration of why its so important to feature and celebrate women as The Source did. Please listen to the new CD by India Arie, Worthy. And celebrate a woman, any woman, today, and every day.

Victor Johnson

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Posted by Victor Johnson on 03/11/2019 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Dictionary result for udder
noun: udder; plural noun: udders

the mammary gland of female cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and related animals, having two or more teats and hanging between the hind legs of the animal.

Posted by Nik Johansson on 03/03/2019 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Women's Issue: Important conversations emerge when we acknowledge our diversity

Thank you for spotlighting Erika McAlpine for us readers! I saw her at MUSE Conference and am heartened that anti-racism work is gaining a foothold in Central Oregon. I look forward to supporting these efforts in all ways.
-Pixie Lighthorse, Redmond

Posted by pixielighthorse on 03/03/2019 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

The Trump Administration's complete and udder failure to "protect and defend", as is stated in the oath that every single person who serves us swears too, must leave every Patriot in complete disgust! Why? Our neighbors throughout the world have finally had it! The trust and support we have enjoyed since the end of the last World War have been discarded to the ashcan of history. Ditto Pence stood in front of our European friends and failed significantly to address the continued threat that the Russian government has escalated in recent years. God knows, I'm the last person to ever want a war and that is why I must speak out. Some of my friends think that demanding fiscal responsibility from the members of NATO is reason enough to blindly support Trump in his assault on the Organization. There is no question that they do need to step up to the fiscal plate! But that is only one consideration! The Russians now are using the Internet as a weapon to spread discontent in Europe and at home. Divide and conquer, the oldest trick in the playbook of disaster to humankind. Trump stands next to Putin and sides with him over our own intelligence system. That alone tells me he has broken the solemn oath that Patriots swear to uphold.
Added to all of this is Trump's declaration of tariff wars with other countries. The "greatest genius" of all things is leading us into economic disruption. History has shown that tariff wars never have succeeded. I served the agriculture community several years. I can tell you from professional experience that if you destroy markets, it cost you years to reestablish them. Food has always served not only as an economic force, but also as a cornerstone of our international relations.
In summation, this Administration is not protecting America! America has been great since its inception because we are a democratic republic; there is no "again". I am not willing to set on the sidelines for two more years. We simply cant afford it in more ways than I can imagine! I submit that for these issues alone, we need to Take America Back Again! Are you willing to take personal responsibility to do the same?

Posted by Larry Chadwick on 02/19/2019 at 10:35 AM
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