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Re: “Letters to the Editor

Fine letter from Col. Carwile.

One has to wonder, too, about the fear with which the autocrats Erdogan, Putin, and Trump regard the Kurdish people, who had set us a society in northern Syria based on egalitarianism and full empowerment for women. A renowned germophobe, Trump described his attempt at genocide as "cleaning out" the Kurds. His clinical condition could be redefined as abject fear of those germs of ideas that portend new and inspiring ways for humankind to live.

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Posted by fosterfell on 10/24/2019 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Censored 2020: Through the Looking Glass

Thank YOU, Source Weekly, for years of local censorship-free journalism.

Posted by fosterfell on 10/15/2019 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Digital Divide

The questions raised are legitimate. This organization of parents has collected over 1300 signatures to bolster its impressive organizing effort. I am reminded of the Stop the Drain campaign of 2012, which led to defeat of City Council members who supported what many considered to be the over-engineered, excessively expensive, environmentally destructive surface water project. The City's unwillingness to do anything at all to relieve the unease and fears of these families may, likewise, have political consequences. It doesn't help that City Council rules prevent Councilors from interacting with members of the public during public testimony. It creates the impression of a wall of stony, dismissive, impassive faces staring down from the dais.

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Posted by fosterfell on 10/10/2019 at 9:09 AM

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

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