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Re: “Things I've Learned

Kris is a great person, a genuine asset to our community. Rock on, sister, rock on! --Michael Funke, KPOV

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 10/07/2019 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Bend Art Center and Atelier 6000 to leave Box Factory

Have they experienced rent increases?

Posted by Mickey Finn on 07/12/2019 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Bucket List: Tour with Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship and the Commodores

Polly, you may not find the term demeaning and that's fine. But you don't represent everyone who suffers from this illness or any other disability. I guarantee you that some do find it offensive and their opinions are certainly as valid as yours. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 06/26/2019 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Bucket List: Tour with Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship and the Commodores

As a fellow community radio volunteer here in Central Oregon I appreciate the eclectic mix of music this station offers. But, I find the term "schizoclectic" to be offensive and demeaning to people who suffer from schizophrenia. What is so hip about using language that mocks people with illnesses, mental disorders, and disabilities? Full disclosure: I am a volunteer at KPOV, where we value "healthy individuals and community" (http://kpov.org/mission-and-history). --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 06/26/2019 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Richard Asadoorian for Administrative School District No. 1, Zone 6 At Large (Bend-La Pine School Board)

Watching the video of the Source Weeklys interviews with candidates for the Zone 6 At-Large seat on the Bend-LaPine School Board has confirmed my belief that Melissa Barnes Dholakia is the most qualified candidate. I looked for the moments when Barnes Dholakia supposedly equivocates on the vaccination issue and wavers on a climate change resolution. I found thoughtful answers, nothing more.

It is unfortunate that the editorial board didnt ask how candidates would address issues raised by students of color and their families. Barnes Dholakia said at the outset of the interview that the district needs to work harder on equity as the school district changes so that all students feel a sense of belonging and diversity is appreciated. She was the only candidate in the interview who raised this concern.

She has consistently raised the issues of equity and inclusion in candidate forums, offering specific ideas for how the district can address the abysmally low number of teachers and staff who are not white. She understands why students of color need to see themselves in front of the classroomand why all students will benefit from more diverse staffing.

Fortunately, many local advocates and organizations that are working on restorative justice, equity, and inclusion in our schools understand that this needs to be a high priority on the school board. That is why they have endorsed and are working to elect Melissa Barnes Dholakia to the Zone 6 At-Large seat on the Bend LaPine School Board.

Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 05/03/2019 at 11:20 AM

Re: “La Magie Bakery Cafe Closes

Sources are former employees, as is clearly noted in the original article and the post here. Maybe you should talk to them. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 04/28/2019 at 7:38 PM

Re: “La Magie Bakery Cafe Closes

Well, I checked with BOLI and the WARN Act does not cover workplaces with 100 or more employees, which I doubt they had at this bakery. If there were 100+ workers, advance notice would be legally required. Of course, nothing prevents an employer from providing advance notice. That could have been done by this boss. It would have been the right thing to do. Nice cupcakes are no substitute for treating workers with some dignity. BOLI does provide legal ways to get back pay if any of these workers are owed money. I realize that there are very few restaurants where the workers have a union, but it is still worth noting that having a union can protect workers and even contractually provide advance notification on closings. I hope these former employees of La Magie can find jobs fast and are perhaps hired by new owners in this space. This isn't the first time workers in Bend's food and beverage industry have been treated poorly by a boss and unfortunately it will not be the last. Organizing together rather than going it alone can help. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 04/26/2019 at 2:40 PM

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