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  • Vol. 15, No. 18

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  • Our Straight Poop Is Always Fresh, Wholesome and Tasty

    Monday, April 25 Can't keep a real dick-tator down: Muammar Qaddafi reported "in high spirits" despite NATO air strike that kills three people in his compound ... Put on the pads: NFL fans breathe (temporary) sigh of relief as judge rules in favor of players, ends owners' lockout, but season remains in jeopardy ... Big-game hunting: Levi Johnston, father of Bristol Palin's baby, plans tell-all book titled Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs ... Don't squeeze those chickens: Oregonians for Humane Farms files to put measure guaranteeing more space for egg-laying hens on next fall's ballot ... "Scandal" du jour: The indefatigable Donald Trump says he's now investigating how President Obama got into Columbia and Harvard despite being a "terrible student" ... Excitement mounts! Millions of royalty-lovers gear up for Friday's wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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  • Some Fishy Dealings in Salem

    In the retail business they call it "bait and switch": You offer your customers something that looks like a great deal to entice them into the store, then switch them to another item that isn't such a bargain. Although this tawdry practice is highly unethical and quite illegal, it's still pretty common.
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  • Elections
  • Yes on 9-83 (Bend Street Bond)

    It's a favorite shell game played by politicians all over the country and Central Oregon is no exception; it's called Hide the Tax Increase. And it works like this: A city or other taxing entity sees the sunset of a temporary tax coming over the horizon and, being government, it finds a way to reallocate that money to another unfunded need at no "new" cost to taxpayers. It's happening right now in Bend as city leaders attempt to convince voters to replace the soon-to-expire downtown urban renewal tax - that's right, you've been paying it for years without even knowing it - with a new $30 million road improvement bond designed to address Bend's growing backlog of road improvement work, which today stands at roughly $100 million. The impact on individual homeowners - like most funding measures, it's a property tax assessment - varies, depending on how much your home, or homes, are valued at. But it comes to about $81 per house for the owner of a home valued at $300,000.
  • Elections
  • For Bend-La Pine School Board Zone 6: Peggy Kinkade

    The choice in this race is an easy one. Peggy Kinkade has dedicated countless hours of service to the local schools both as a board member and a volunteer for the Bend-La Pine Education Foundation. Before that, Ms. Kinkade worked diligently to pass the school construction bond that helped alleviate the serious overcrowding in the district. Most recently, she has served as the board's chairwoman, which has put her in the high-profile position of acting as the head of the board and the liaison between the elected officers, the administration and the public. By all accounts, she has served admirably in that position.
  • Elections
  • For Bend-La Pine School Board Zone 3: No Endorsement

    Usually, when a newspaper offers no endorsement it means that there simply isn't a candidate worth supporting in a given race, but that's not the case here. Instead, we have to two very worthy candidates in incumbent Beth Bagley and challenger Susanne Flynn.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Show some real courage, Mr. President

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  • Street Bond Merits Scrutiny

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