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Re: “Letters 7/3 - 7/11

A few facts:

Principal Matt Montoya at Bear Creek Elementary school is not bilingual. He needs an interpreter to communicate with spanish speaking families if they do not speak English.

Matt Montoya has little to do with the growth or success of the Dual Immersion program at Bear Creek. There is a contracted bilingual administrator, as well as many excellent bilingual teachers, who should take credit for this program. If anything, Matt's not being bilingual hinders the program.

Some questions to ask:

What measures or data shows that Bear Creek Students' performance has improved "exponentially" over the last three years? If one reviews State standardized test scores, what do we see over the last three years?

How old is Matt Montoya? What grades and for how long did he ever teach? Is three years as a principal really enough to handle the largest elementary school in the district with the greatest socio-economic challenges?

What is the teacher/staff attrition rate at Bear Creek over the last three years? Why are all these talented professionals choosing to transfer to other schools?

The decision to put Matt Montoya on administrative leave has absolutely nothing to do with any political agenda. It has to do with an evaluation process that takes into consideration all of the above and more. Principals are required to set goals each year. Has Matt Montoya achieved these goals? Probably not.

Just because someone's last name is "Montoya" does not mean that they are Latino. Just because someone is relatively young does not mean that they "get it". Being a principal of a large, multi-lingual, multi-cultural elementary school requires a level of professionalism, experience and expertise that Matt Montoya just does not have. Bear Creek will be better off with a bilingual principal who comes with a wealth of prior leadership experience. The new principal of Bear Creek should possess the character, integrity and clear vision for the future that Matt Montoya does not have.

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Posted by Concerned on 07/17/2013 at 5:02 PM


I have to disagree with your endorsement of Cheri Helt. Although she has served on the school board for 8 years, I don't feel her efforts to support school funding have effected any positive changes. Her attacks on public employees' retirements see a bit like Ahab chasing the white whale to me. Promises to Tier 1 retirees have been repeatedly protected by the Oregon Supreme Court. Any new reforms (dozens are already in place) would only shrink newer public employees' already low retirements. Is it right to suggest funding current social services and public education by reducing the paltry retirement benefits of less experienced public employees? I think not. Our state needs to look at solutions that have a chance of actually making a significant difference, such as the ones suggested by Senator Mark Hass. Ms. Helt's continued attacks on PERS haven't helped our funding problems at all. Angela Chisum will bring new energy and focus to our school board. Her first-hand knowledge of what is happening in our classrooms will serve her well if elected. Every school board member starts with no experience. That shouldn't sway the voters from considering a candidate, as was implied in your endorsement. Please join the teachers and classified staff members of Bend-La Pine Schools and vote Angela Chisum for school board.

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Posted by flyfish on 04/21/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Republican Primary Endorsement: Kasich

my support of Kasich is based on what I've always known about him. He is a man of integrity, a strong leader who has accomplished much for Ohio and for America. Kasich is a fiscal conservative who has turned Ohio's economy around, cut taxes, created jobs, while protecting the ones among us who need help. Kasich is a man of faith, and has addressed difficult problems with real life solutions. He has not made unreasonable promises that cannot be kept. Kasich can step into the presidency without a learning curve, no on the job training! #kasichCan beat Clinton. I'm proud to support Gov. John Kasich!

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Posted by Wkathy7 on 04/27/2016 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Letters 1/20-1/27

RE: Snowshoe vs. Fatbiking

Gavin - I applaud your desire to find a solution to this issue but cannot condone the manner in which you frame it. The very title of your letter immediately suggests confrontation and the need to choose between one or the other of these uses on the trail. We are doing our best as a user group to educate folks about trail courtesy and etiquette (including right of way and staying off of ski trails!) so that we can coexist with other users. We will continue to do so in the interest of getting along and reducing conflict.

That said, I have had nothing but cordial interactions with snowshoers on the trails over the last three winters. Most defer their right of way without even giving me a chance to stop and offer passage. Many exclaim, “wow - that looks like fun!” and we all share a smile, appreciate the day and go on our way. Unfortunately, it sounds as if you may have had, or heard of others having less than cordial interactions with bikers. My only hope is that you are willing and able to have a rational conversation with folks at those moments and take the opportunity to educate and coexist instead of segregate or promote moratoriums.

So - in your interest of “igniting a debate” and preventing “broken noses or worse” lets sit down and share some thoughts before we subject the Forest Service to mediating another “conflict” between user groups.

Peter Sussmann

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Posted by Rare Boots on 01/20/2016 at 7:41 PM



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Posted by R King on 04/21/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Endorsement: Yes on Measure 9-105

If you check out the video provided you'll see the politicos talk about this measure being put on the March 8 ballot. That's extremely misleading. There was no March 8 ballot until the city decide to drop $75,000 to create it for this one issue. They're not being honest with you.

They also talked about moving other funds to help with road repairs. They didn't mention WHEN that happened. It didn't happen when they did the budget last summer. When they did the budget last summer they increased funding for pretty much every department other than road repairs which they left at current levels.

Check this out for yourselves and see if they are being straight forward about this. They aren't.

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Posted by PN West on 02/17/2016 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Endorsement: Yes on Measure 9-105

OK - Here's the deal. The city is dropping $75,000 on a single issue election. The excuse is that by doing it now instead of the May election where they could add the proposal to the ballot at little or no cost and wouldn't need to spend the $75K is that they will get added revenue from the busy summer season. A cursory look at the calendar shows that even if they wait until the May election they would have plenty of time to get things in place before schools let out and things get busy. The problem is that if they put it on the May ballot there will be tons of anti-tax republicans voting in the GOP Presidential primary. That means the chance of the tax passing will be very small. They are spending $75,000 of your tax dollars to maximize the chances of this bill passing. It is that simple.

Should we trust the politicians? They set up the budget last summer. There were a lot more funds available thanks to the improving economy. Pretty much every department got an increased budget EXCEPT for road repairs. Why? Either they did not recognize the problems with the roads (incompetence) or they figured they'd be getting the extra money through this tax so they left things as unfunded as possible and spent the money elsewhere (cynical political maneuvering). Either way this is not good governance.

The people of Bend should vote NO on this to send a message to the politicians that we're not going to put up with this kind of sneaky behavior. They're hoping for a very small turnout where the more interested YES votes will show up and the rest of the folks won't know about the election or will be too lazy to vote. Voting for this tax will only encourage them to waste more of your money on future special elections on issues where they fear the majority of the voters would vote against whatever it is they are proposing.

Don't let them get away with it.

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Posted by PN West on 02/17/2016 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Letters 7/21-7/28

David Parish, to keep this brief:

you're a whiny bitch

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Posted by Nancy Fairchild on 07/30/2015 at 8:23 PM

Re: “A visiting couple alleges gender discrimination in a rideshare car

Both Sides, thanks for your comment. Im the writer of this piece. I dont have a problem with Christian music - the reason I mention it is because of the irony of playing Christian music, while not being very Christian in behaviour towards us on our first day outside of the hospital as parents. Best, Sorab

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Posted by Sorab Shroff on 10/04/2018 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Letters 4/28-5/5

Bend is smack dab in the center of an ecosystem that relies on a natural fire cycle to maintain and promote forest health. To go "smokeless" would be to interrupt a natural process that took nature thousands of years to perfect. The data gathered from tree rings reveals the average fire return interval for the ponderosa pine stands like you might find out skyliners road is historically 8-12 years, mimicking that with the use of prescribed fire is our best approach at maintaining forest health in a controlled and manageable manner. Focusing the attention around major roads and urban areas gives fire managers and firefighters the upper hand when preventing and suppressing large scales wildfires fueled by dense forest and heavy fuel loadings (which are a direct result of heavy fire suppression in the last century). When I say large scale fires I refer to the intense and severe ones which threaten life and property (i.e. Two Bulls fire). Smokey Bear is the worst thing to happen to fire dependent ecosystems in the inter mountain west, the educated fire managers know this already, but the general public is blinded by their own social and economic motives. A cultural shift needs to happen in the acceptance of the application of fire and the general public needs to come to terms with the fact that fire is here to stay and is the best tool in our tool box. All in all, people need to get the F over it. *mic drop*

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Posted by justanotherguy on 05/11/2015 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Republican Primary Endorsement: Kasich

I'm glad Kasich is still in the running. He's the only reason I can call myself a Republican without crying. All of his proposals have numbers behind them. He is the only candidate that has promised to reduce government spending and stop increasing the national debt to absurd proportions. Trump and Cruz have less experience than Barack Obama did in 2008. Don't tell me they're prepared to run the country. Inexperience leads to incompetent leadership. Hiring a man with little to no political experience to be president is like hiring a plumber to do heart surgery. If you don't like Obama, then don't vote for someone with less experience than he did and expect it to be an improvement.

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Posted by j_po on 04/28/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Letters 1/20-1/27

Re: Snowshoe vs. Fat Biking

As an avid member of the growing fatbike community (and skate skier who donates for grooming at Meissner, as well as xc skier and snowshoer), it saddens me to hear of suggested negative conflicts between snowshoers and fatbikers. In the several winters of fatbiking on multi-use snowshoe trails, I have never had a single negative encounter when meeting other users. Nearly every encounter has been met with smiles, amusement and curiosity. I’ve even had a few snowshoers sit on my bike and pedal for a few strokes - and sure enough I see an ear-to-ear grin. Not one snowshoer has grumbled about having to step to the side (and Gavin, I’ve not ever heard of anyone wearing SNOWSHOES “swallowed by the snow and struggling to regain the trail.”(Please, the whole point of snowshoes is you stay ABOVE the snow.) And I’d hardly equate the speed of a fatbike like being “buzzed by a motorbike club” – I think my top speed is about 5 mph in snow. Lookout! ;)

Granted, we do not condone fatbikers riding on classically groomed tracks as we realize the damage done. And I would discourage large groups of bikers or perhaps not riding at peak snowshoe hours on weekends. Where the best places to ride will take education on our parts as well as perhaps the many bike shops that are now renting fatbikes to newbies who aren’t aware of those places to ride or proper trail etiquette. For now, a smile, versus stink eye and rudeness – goes a lot further in helping to resolve user conflicts. To anyone who hasn’t tried it (including you, Gavin?), fatbiking is super fun and allows a winter experience for those who are not skiers. Yes, fatbike-specific trails are beginning to be established at Wanoga Snopark (which currently, by the way, welcomes skiers and snowshoers). Please be patient, perhaps try not to act so entitled to public lands that are for all of us to enjoy. Embrace change and the inevitable introduction of new sports. Fatbikers are nice people. Really.

If you really want to gripe, worry about the people walking in BARE BOOTS on the trails. They are creating big post-holes that destroy the trail quality for everyone – but that’s another letter…

Natalie Herse

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Posted by nataliebbj on 01/23/2016 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Letters 4/28-5/5

Forest service doesn't burn from spring to fall. They burn IN the spring and IN the fall. Amazing how uneducated the public still is. That is the fault of the FS for sure. As for mechanically treating lands. Yes we do that as well. You cannot do this in the summer either because of the risk of starting wildfires. Don't like smoke? Ask someone from Sisters about smoke from wildfire and whine to them about smoke in Bend in the spring and fall, you most likely will get slapped.

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Posted by skippy on 05/10/2015 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Pet rent ban would do away with hidden "fee" for pet owners

What a garbage proposal.

If somebody wants to charge more for a pet, it is stated up front and the renter can either agree to it or not. If that makes the property less competitive then it can languish unrented until the owner reduces or removes the fee, or somebody without a pet can rent it (which the owner probably prefers).

Even if the owner doesn't charge for damages out of the security deposit, it is almost guaranteed that having a pet in the house resulted in additional wear and tear (urine that was not thoroughly cleaned but is not apparent on a walkthrough, scratches to hardwood floors, rooms that can no longer be occupied by somebody with pet allergies, etc.).

Who are you to decide I need to take the additional risk of letting a pet onto my property without compensation? If you don't like it, don't rent it. Let the market decide, not the nanny state.

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Posted by FrigginNannyState on 02/07/2019 at 7:00 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: “Letters to the Editor June 5-12

Perhaps Joanne could provide some details about this supposed "violation of constitutional rights". On it's face the claim seems contradictory since the US Constitution applies to citizens and Immigration and Customs Enforcement acts on issues involving non-citizens. Otherwise I'm inclined to dismiss this as baseless propaganda due to a lack of verifiable facts.

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Posted by Critical Thinker on 06/14/2017 at 11:44 PM

Re: “The Boot 9/30-10/7

Freedom of speech works both ways, folks. You can proudly fly your historical symbol of hate, racism and pain for no acceptable reason. And I can proudly choose to call you out for the inconsiderate bigoted morons that you are.

Kudos to you, source weekly, for representing the majority of people in this community who understand that the incredibly offensive ideals the confederate flag stand for have no place in this community, or this country!

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Posted by NOH8 on 10/06/2015 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Lawyers Behaving Badly

I usually like reading the Source. However, I find this kind of journalism right up there with the bulletin's antics. Ouch - can't feel good to be put in the same category as that fish wrapper of a paper in Bend that bullies and belittles people just because they can, and underhandedly pushes their own agenda, while manipulating it into something they pretend is "news"!

Right, so hummel's campaign manager was the former managing editor for the Source... Please do not pretend that simply stating that fact near the beginning of the article somehow instantly negates the ingrained bias it creates. Get your facts for this story right from...oh, wait your former managing spin here though...nope, just look away and believe what she spun...

Interesting how there's not even a specific author; just "The Source Staff". Doesn't this stink a bit folks? It is insulting to your readers that you 1-apparently think your readers are, in general, that naïve, and 2-have lowered your publication's standards to the level where it's hitching a ride on the bulletin bandwagon. I am seriously disappointed in this article and of you, the Source.

Of any news source here in town, I would have expected the Source to either give (actual) equal billing, or to have the good sense to just stay out of it. Sadly that didn't happen.

So the boot really goes to the Source on this one.

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Posted by Tire2 on 01/16/2014 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Voters of House District 54 deserve better from the Democratic Party

I emailed Tina Kotek and her office didn't even bother to respond.

I'm speaking as a registered Democrat, supporter of Nate Boddie, and activist organizer that has worked closely with him from the Women's March to his campaign.

All across the country the Dems are trying to knock out progressive candidates. And this pulling of support is yet another wildly inappropriate move that follows countless others from Bernie Sanders to Laura Moser, and now Nate Boddie.

Does the DNC like losing? Is their fundraising strategy so centered around letting awful conservatives win to scare their donors into giving them money? Has corporate power so infiltrated the DNC that they refuse to support electable progressives like Nate Boddie?

Bend deserves better. Bend deserves Nate.

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Posted by LeafyLief on 07/05/2018 at 1:02 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

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