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  • Dec 8-14, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 49

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  • Leaders Should Share Our Schools

    How often have your heard a parent encourage children to share, take turns, and to play fair? Our basic role as parents is to instill a spirit of cooperation in our children. And in schools, educators promote the same values, including respect, honesty, good citizenry, and democracy. Teachers understand that the foundation for a positive learning environment is based on mutual trust and an ethical standard. Sounds good, right? Absolutely, well, until you run into something like the Bend-La Pine School District's policy on magnet school admission. Everything about the policy stands apart from the "fairness" principle that teachers/parents impart to children. The very meaning and purpose of magnet schools is to "magnetize" students from across geographical, socioeconomic and cultural boundaries, so they can participate in an alternative learning approach. Currently, the admission policy for the local magnet schools exempts families within a "magnet zone" from having to participate in a general lottery. Any spots left over are "given" to the general population to compete in a general lottery. In other words, for those of us who can't afford nor want to live in the downtown corridor, we have to fight for the scraps. In the case of Amity Creek Magnet School this academic year, there was one - yes, one - space available to the general population. Magnet schools should not be treated as regular "neighborhood" schools since these neighborhoods are already being served by High Lakes or Miller elementary schools.

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  • Post Office Looking To Shutter Bend Facility

    The days when a letter could travel from one end of Bend to another without physically leaving the zip code appear to be numbered. According to a letter from Oregon Postmaster to Bend City Manager Eric King, the Post Office has concluded that it makes financial sense to shutter the Bend mail sorting facility on Fourth Street.
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  • In Medias Res Show Canceled

    Even though their show in Bend was canceled, you can still check out the music of Vancouver B.C. band, In Medias Res. You can also help make a difference for the lead singer's father.
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  • Drug Bust of the Week

    Memo to the three gentleman that were pulled over with 12 pounds of pot stuffed into garbage bags in the back of their Jeep Cherokee:   Next time you might want to rent a vehicle with, say, I don’t know, a trunk. It helps for those occasions when you’re transporting $30, 000 worth of illegal drugs and get pulled over for a minor traffic infraction after being—as it turns out, accurately—profiled as likely drug traffickers.
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