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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

Re: “Letters to the Editor

In response to Mr. Boyd, I am so very proud to have Senator Merkley as our US Senator. Arguably, his presence at the converted Walmart in Houston sparked the national outcry that led to the reluctantly issued Trump order to reunite these families. Actually, the current number of people seeking admittance to the States equals the numbers at the end of the Obama administration. But only Donald Trump has the genius to exacerbate an already horrid situation. True to his form of governance, this is a crisis of Trump's own making.

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Posted by fosterfell on 06/28/2018 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

In applauding Marco Munez' letter, I must say that we can now begin to breathe a bit. We are nearly 36 months distant from Donald Trump's hate-spewed announcement to run--and only 32 months from the end of his Presidency. Peak Trump has come and gone and--with it--the heartless politics that propelled him into our lives.

Posted by fosterfell on 06/01/2018 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Deschutes County wouldn’t enforce gun laws under proposed ballot measure

Mr. Poe--and I am glad we are communicating in this way--the issue is not with SAPO, but with the the ballot measure designated as Initiative Petition #9-2018-1. The SAPO (Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance) will not be on the ballot, just the ballot measure that can give rise to it. The language of IP #9-2018-1 is now too vague and might (unless clarified) justify non-enforcement of background checks in Deschutes County. It is already difficult enough to enforce background checks; why make it tougher? For the full text of this ballot measure (also referred to as the ballot "Title") go to . . .…

. . . and see for yourself. Thanks, Mr. Poe, for the chance to interact; I hope we have future opportunities to communicate.

Posted by fosterfell on 04/25/2018 at 12:22 PM

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