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Re: “Central Oregon needs its watchdogs. Here's hoping for a new era at The Bulletin, Spokesman

It's been easy for me to dismiss the Bulletin's rock-ribbed editorial positions over the years, because its reporting staff has always been so good. Therein lies the value of a daily newspaper in our fantastically growing region of the nation. A top-notch reporter can make sense of it all.

I do hope that future editors continue to deploy assiduous, curious reporters, but will expand their beats to include not just the usual "movers and shakers" and "limousine liberals" that make up the Bend Foundation, but--as well--cover the activities of grassroots citizens' organizations that spring up to challenge power and money and inertia.

One endearing quality of Mr. Lukens that may be frowned on by the Bend Foundation (with its close ties to local elected officials) was his fierce willingness to challenge secrecy in government.

I look forward to a new golden era in Central Oregon journalism propelled by the award-winning Source Weekly and, of course, the Bulletin.

Posted by fosterfell on 08/07/2019 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Over 200 people attended the Lights for Liberty vigil on Friday evening at Orchard Park in Bend. It was organized by 4 amazing community organizations. In addition to moving speeches, songs, and candlelight for the border detention casualties--mostly children--participants sent messages to Congressman Walden.

His response? The press release referenced in Ms. Sahm's letter. Walden parroted Pence's self-serving words that "facilities are overwhelmed" with the tepid afterthought that "conditions are unacceptable and intolerable."

Then, on Tuesday our "moderate" congressman refused to join the 4 heroic Republicans who voted for the resolution that "strongly condemns President Donald Trumps racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should go back to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as invaders, and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.

On this and other issues, such as Walden's vote for the Iraq war and his continuing support for American involvement in Saudi Arabia's war of genocide against Yemen, we see very clearly his buy-in for what Ms. Sahm calls "United States foreign policy that has routinely prioritized U.S. business interests and contributed to instability."

Posted by fosterfell on 07/18/2019 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Republican Senators AWOL... Again

Senator Tim Knopp's campaign fund paid for the "We Love Tim" and other signs seen at last Tuesday's counter protest in Bend. A total of $4800 went to Portland-based sign company Gateway Communications for this rush print job.

Keep track of this and Knopp's hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of other transactions on the ORESTAR website.

The cash used for these signs came from the beverage industry, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, insurance, energy, realtors, builders, etc. Those at the demonstration holding "Let Us Vote" signs should know that these were partly paid for by the Koch Brothers, who work nationally to suppress voting rights.

(To his credit, though, Knopp has not accepted money from tobacco and the NRA for the past two years.)

Posted by fosterfell on 07/01/2019 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Bend Park and Recreation Adopts new Mirror Pond Resolution

A year ago it seemed likely that the "dredging only" forces were in the ascendancy, and that consideration for issues such as river health, fish passage, and meaningful public process was being sidelined. Now, thanks to the work of Bend City Councilors Moseley and Goodman-Campbell, we--as a community--will be able to participate in a genuine process to, perhaps, develop a new vision for our urban stretch of the fabled Deschutes River. Anything is possible.

Posted by fosterfell on 06/22/2019 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Late comment for Mr. Mark Winger's letter: Oregon ranchers are compensated under the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. Voters support reintroduction of the gray wolf in their state and wolf protection is state law. Recognizing this, the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture implements a compensation program to reimburse ranchers for livestock losses and to subsidize use of nonlethal tools to minimize wolf-livestock conflict. I, for one, am happy that a small portion of tax revenue goes for protections. Evidence suggests that reintroduction of wolves as a region's apex predator contributes to environmental health in a number of ways, even--for example--providing for improved growing conditions of aspen groves.

Posted by fosterfell on 05/30/2019 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Because of the free fire zone policy approved on mountain lions by ODFW in Central and Eastern Oregon, their societies are being disrupted, causing young males to flee into urban areas. As long as ODFW continues with this horrific practice, we will see this kind of "conflict" in our city. Realtors need to inform home buyers of the potential for encountering all manner of animals in our region. Residents need to realize that we do live in cougar country; no matter how many animals are cruelly exterminated, there will always be another one to take its place. A decade ago, local Bendites grew sick and tired of seeing our local resident Canada geese population crammed into trash cans and suffocated. They demanded--and got--an end to this practice. I spend a lot of time in San Mateo County. Not long ago two cougar cubs--minus mother--were spotted near the beach town of Half Moon Bay. When they wandered into town, the residents--instead of panicking--closed off streets and kept a protective eye on them until they wandered off. There will come a day in our town and region when people finally become so freaking disheartened by ODFW and Wildlife Services killing practices that they will demand it stop.

Posted by fosterfell on 05/29/2019 at 8:14 AM

Re: “May Election Results

Doubtless, Nicole. These were compelling candidates with genuine love for our community, who, as well, campaigned as reformers. Out with the retreads / In with a fresh approach. May it ever be so. Thanks for publishing.

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Posted by fosterfell on 05/25/2019 at 11:16 AM

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