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  • Jan 12-18, 2012
  • Vol. 16, No. 2



  • Letters to the Editor
  • Doors of Equality Swing Both Ways

    I had to respond to "What's Wrong with Siri," (News, 1-4) since Apple's Siri isn't the problem. Three hours before I read, "What's wrong with Siri," I went to a store in town and complimented the cashier that this was the nicest "dollar" store I had ever been in.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Don't Be Fooled by Walmart's Token Giving

    You have to admit there is more than a little irony in the announcement that the Walmart Foundation has contributed $30,000 to NeighborImpact's Food Recovery Program. NeighborImpact, as the executive director notes, serves economically disadvantaged people in Central Oregon. Walmart pays lousy wages andprovides crappy benefits, helping to create economically disadvantaged people in Central Oregon. Six members of the Walton family, the folks who control the company and the foundation, are wealthier than the bottom 30 percent of all American families. Since 2007 - while working-class Americans and many Walmart employeesexperienced a loss in income, savings, health care,jobs and homes - these six Walton relatives increased their combined wealth by45 percent, from $63.7 billion to $93 billion.


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  • The Reggae Philosopher: Anthony B comes to town with a message and a dance party
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • The Reggae Philosopher: Anthony B comes to town with a message and a dance party

    Over the years, the river of reggae music that has flowed through Bend has at times been a rushing torrent, but then sometimes slowed to a mere trickle as it has over the past year. That's the way live music works in a town like this. But when good reggae comes through the city, people definitely pay attention and they should be paying attention to Anthony B's appearance at the Domino Room next Thursday. Straight out of Jamaica, Anthony B has garnered a reputation as one of the most dynamic live reggae performers currently touring, thanks to his powerfully energetic dancehall vocals that pair nicely with his philosophical lyrics. His latest album, Rastalove, far exceeds what some might expect from its slightly trite title, providing thick layers of political and social messages. The guy knows what he's doing. The 35-year-old has released more than 20 albums during his relatively short career.
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  • Backcountry Film Fest Tonight!

    Looking for a way to assuage your lack-of-snow blues. Come pray for snow with a couple hundred other powder junkies tonight during the always-epic Backcountry Film Festival.
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