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Re: “B.J. Soper: Hero or Outlaw? 🎧 (with podcast)

If this is inappropriate as a comment for this particular article, then please expunge. However, this parody--alternately hilarious and heartbreaking--offered by folk satirist Roy Zimmerman (who performed in Bend several years ago) might offer some comfort and hope. Already 3.8 million views.…

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Posted by fosterfell on 04/24/2020 at 12:40 PM

Re: “B.J. Soper: Hero or Outlaw? 🎧 (with podcast)

COVID-19 is spread by a virus with an R-naught value of around 2 (range of 1.4 to 5), making it at least as contagious as the virus responsible for the 1918-1920 flu pandemic.

Fortunately, we can act to reduce the COVID-19 virus R-naught value to less than 1 and end the pandemic, but only through mitigation measures.

The graphical simulations found through this link…

compare the efficacy of 4 different public responses. Note that even an isolated Alaskan town can quickly be overrun with the virus if nothing is done to stop it. Deschutes County is no longer the remote region of yore; we are as susceptible as anyone anywhere.

The current economic slowdown is a necessary result of efforts to allow for social distancing, which--until we finally have the vaccine--is our best hope to slow the spread, save lives, and avoid inundating hospitals.

Unfortunately, the well-intentioned legislation to protect small businesses has been undermined by corruption and cronyism.

I fully support dissent and protest, but, in this case, the cause is reckless. And, I believe, the bizarre injection of Confederate flags and open display of weapons has kept public support for the protests at the 20% level.

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Posted by fosterfell on 04/24/2020 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Covid-19 Comes to Oregon Prisons and Jails

Good work by Deschutes County Sheriff's office to lessen the infection rate in our community. A study released by Stanford two days ago suggests the actual number of people infected may be as much as 50 to 85 times the "official" figure--or, perhaps, 3% of the population. Still to be answered is how long the acquired antibodies protect against reinfection. With so much still to be learned about this virus and COVID-19, it is wise to continue mitigation measures to save lives and avoid overwhelming our hospitals.

Posted by fosterfell on 04/19/2020 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Coronavirus Comes to Oregon

At his next rally, watch Trump toss rolls of toilet to the crowd. Now we are ALL Puerto Rico.

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Posted by fosterfell on 03/12/2020 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Mirror of Sand

Please fact check the final paragraph of the otherwise excellent article. I know from personal experience that you can work to put a Yes/No initiative on the ballot, and that it need not "involve a bond measure."

The people do need to be able to weigh in on this matter. Only one statistically accurate survey has ever been conducted on this issue--a Nov. 9, 2015, City of Bend survey that found significantly more people in Bend prefer improved water quality and wildlife habitat at Mirror Pond than "ensuring that historic aesthetic and iconic pond views are maintained."

When local leaders point to a "community consensus" for Mirror Pond preservation, they don't tell you that at every step in the way they ignored contrarian evidence, such as this survey. They acted to bar environmentally concerned citizens from key committees. The long list of secret meetings between public officials and dredging advocates goes back, at least, to the summer of 2015, as shown by records released from the Park District. There is evidence from a Park District records release that the online poll of late 2014 had been manipulated; the Mirror Pond Project Leader, concerned that the rollout of the poll "was not getting much attention," then sent the questionnaire to "550+ people on my project list." (E-mails from Nov. 12 and Nov. 17, 2014.)

Clearly , we need to reopen public process and include all voices. Elected officials on both the Bend City Council and Parks Board could place a Yes/No measure on dredging on the Nov. ballot. Or are they afraid of what the community would decide?

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Posted by fosterfell on 03/02/2020 at 3:19 AM

Re: “Mirror of Sand

I agree with Mr. Davis. As proposed, this dredging project would remove, at most, only 17% of the total sediment load of Mirror Pond. Sedimentation would resume--and at a more rapid rate than present--as soon as dredging ends. The goal of "reducing the frequency or quantity of future sediment removal efforts" is magical thinking, as long as the dam exists and upstream bank erosion continues (due to destructive irrigation practices). Clearly, under current conditions, dredging is futile and a fool's errand. It's hardly a responsible investment of millions of dollars of public funds.

Why, then, the push for dredging by the local power elite? The answer might be found in e-mails released by the Park District: On Aug. 17, 2015, then Parks legal counsel Neil Bryant acknowledged that one of the Mirror Pond Solutions owners "wants to get this [dredging] done before the [endangered spotted] frog reaches the Mirror Pond."

Instead of scraping it away with dredging, why not let wetland habitat evolve in Mirror Pond, as Parks Director Mendez suggests, just as it has emerged upstream from the Colorado St. dam in the Mill District? Next time you cross that bridge, take note of the delightful habitat below and take inspiration in the feeling that Bend could do even more to restore a member of the globally threatened amphibian class.

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Posted by fosterfell on 03/02/2020 at 2:29 AM

Re: “Homeless Camp Evictions

Best reporting I've seen yet. There will be profound human consequences from this poorly thought out so-called "humane" operation. The best solution is, of course, actual housing and services for those in need, but--until that day--we gain little by displacing vulnerable people from their existing community at Juniper Ridge and destroying their modicum of a safety net. What an unconscionable use of City of Bend staff and resources. Thank you, Laurel.

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Posted by fosterfell on 02/13/2020 at 4:50 PM

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