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Re: “Best Bag Ban: The one that sticks

Kudos? Really?
Hey for a Lot of people those bags are Not just Single Use. They get used for trash can liners or litter box scooping.
The Kudos should go to the stores that stop wrapping palate loads with miles of plastic wrap, the stores that don't throw recyclable plastics into the garbage can every day.
Oh, that's right, grocery stores have NO recycling responsibilities! They can throw away as many single use plastics into our full landfills, it's the customers who should be punished!
I worked at one, I know first hand!
It's ridiculous that employees who bag groceries are not taught how to utilize the plastic bags appropriately. It's not the customers fault that every employee at the grocery store shoves any little thing into a bag, I have told employees many a Time that certain items didn't need to go into a bag. Not every customer speaks up though.
There is a much bigger problem that we are missing the focus of, customers of a grocery store should not have to foot the bill, or worry about if they have enough reusable bags to get their groceries home.
The focus should be on having all of these large corporations recycle their single-use Plastics and stop making so much waste in our landfills!
Why has that never been an issue!?!?!!

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Posted by GingercatM on 10/10/2019 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Looks like a troll, smells like a troll... Sorry Paul, but if your profile photo is actually accurate, you're officially too old and privileged to be rambling on about the "climate hoax". Climate change is real and you're part of the problem.

Your punchline about meteorologists is so played out, and - by the way - a totally false premise for your entire point. Climate patterns and weather patterns operate on totally different scales as far as time, tracking and predictability goes. Weather is always less reliable.

Perhaps now's a good time to get in that Land Rover of yours and put on over to COCC for some basic coursework in the earth sciences. Good luck.

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Posted by Woolly Bugger on 10/04/2019 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Matt Orr's contention that "the science is the science" simply isn't true. There is abundant evidence that climate models used by alarmists to promote the idea of anthropogenic climate change (it used to be global warming but the earth hasn't been warming for the last 20 years so they had to change it to climate change) are faulty and unreliable predictors. Hell, meteorologists can't even reliably predict the weather more than a few days out. What makes us think we can model a system as complex as climate with any degree of reliability? What Orr and other alarmists are selling is indeed a climate hoax.

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Posted by Paul DeWitt 1 on 10/03/2019 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Read the study....you might learn something.

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1907.00165.pdf

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Posted by Scott Weber on 09/28/2019 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Re Scott Webers climate change hoax article exerted (as opposed to excerpted) from Natural News:

LOL! The Natural News blog you referenced is effectively the poster child for pseudo-science based fake news. If you intended to be funny, that was hilarious. If not, yikes - here is some help:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_News

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Posted by Dee M on 09/27/2019 at 6:16 PM

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: https://www.axios.com/immigration-ice-depo…
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

Dan,
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

Dan,
Your points are valid, but consider the evidence of who breaks the law more. Not a perfect study, but food for thought.
https://www.outsideonline.com/2273001/cycl…

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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

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