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Re: “City Survey

Not sure how valid and useful online surveys can be. They can be manipulated by trolls. They do not give an accurate indication of community opinion, as it is impossible to weigh them according to age, income, gender, address, and other factors that would show that a representative sample of the community participated. Their true value lies in giving individuals an opportunity to sound off about issues, and individual comments are, of course, important. But don't mistake these as characteristic of the community as a whole.

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Posted by fosterfell on 12/12/2018 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Things You Don't Hear After A Democratic Wave

Jen Sorenson and Tom Tomorrow rock! They keep me sane.

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Posted by fosterfell on 12/12/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Powering the Dredge

The so-called "process" referred to by Mr. Fuller reached its culmination during the March 18, 2015, Bend City Council meeting. The crowd overflowed into the lobby, and at least 75% of those offering public testimony DISAGREED with the "alternative vision," which would have used up $5 million in State Lottery funds to green light the construction of 4 story condos on the river front. The State Legislature that summer voted against granting these funds. And, on Nov. 9, 2015, the only statistically valid survey ever done on Mirror Pond was published by the City of Bend. It clearly showed that significantly more Bendites favored habitat and a more natural future for Mirror Pond than "iconic views." With all respect, Mr. Fuller, please review this history; don't mischaracterize the sentiment of our community; and, please, please, please don't deny our community the right to participate in public hearings going forward. We have the right to determine how this additional $6 million will be spent, and you have the responsibility to listen to us.

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Posted by fosterfell on 12/12/2018 at 9:36 AM

Re: “La Bell Pulls Out of HD54 Race

It was my privilege to participate in Amanda La Bell's initial campaign canvass.

That afternoon I knocked on forty four doors in a lovely SE Bend neighborhood. One of the neighbors I encountered knew Amanda from the world of non-profits in Bend that provide care and assistance to families in need. She told me, of course, she would vote for Amanda and agreed to display a lawn sign.

Amanda La Bell is a working mom with strong, beneficent ties to our community who jumped into the roiling fray of the HD 54 race to provide us with a choice.

And she did stumble.

But, the price for her courage and civic-mindedness? The local daily newspaper, in what feels very much like a smear campaign, spreads the story region-wide. Others jump in to "investigate" her. And now we hear she faces felony charges.

C'mon, isn't this laying it on a little thick?

Or, is the Bulletin helpfully providing the blueprint for the attack ads to come that will be funded by powerful special interests and aimed at progressive women running for local office?

Though she has suspended her campaign, Amanda can, at least, count on my vote on Nov. 6.

Like many of us, Amanda La Bell has found a redemptive life in Bend. I do hope she stays and continues her life of good works.

Posted by fosterfell on 09/20/2018 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Sheriff Nelson Endorses Pro-Measure 105 Statement

Mr. Nelson, at a campaign appearance in 2016, stated he would only cooperate with Federal law enforcement in the apprehension of violent criminals. He felt it would be irresponsible to divert scarce public resources into investigating every perceived violation of immigration law.

Listen to Mollies's father in his op-ed today in the DesMoines Register:…

"Do not appropriate Mollie's soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist."

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Posted by fosterfell on 09/02/2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Campbell Announces Re-Election Bid

Reelect Barb! Keep this scrappy, progressive fighter on our City Council. Bend is more than an economic bubble for developers; it is a community with all types of people engaged in living amazing lives. Barb will continue to be their voice and a champion for neighborhoods, renters, working families, small businesses, and those who are disabled. Pick any issue that improves health and livability in our city and there you will find Barb dug in and working to bring it about. Barb recognizes the importance of local democracy and open government in dealing with issues now being neglected at the Federal level: public transportation; affordable housing; environmental sustainability. On the very tragic and vexing matter of gun safety, Barb recently co-challenged a Deschutes County ballot initiative that would have eliminated all current Oregon safeguards--including background checks--had it qualified for the ballot.

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Posted by fosterfell on 08/14/2018 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Time Running out to Submit Signatures for County Gun Measure

The recent Circuit Court challenge by 2 local women to the original ballot language of the petition changed it to read, "Authorizes Sheriff to determine constitutionality and enforceability of firearms regulation." Even ardent gun advocates recoil from conferring such overreaching authority to a single individual. Not exactly a selling point for libertarians.

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Posted by fosterfell on 08/07/2018 at 5:57 PM

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