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Re: “Septic to Sewer Conversion: Kicking the Can Down the Road Only Exacerbates the Problem

I feel that if the DEQ wants it and the city wants it to happen, let them pay for it. The city will charge a monthly bill to every home that is added to the system. What is this charge for other than administrative, operational, and maintenance costs? Reduce the administrative costs, be efficient with maintenance and let the cost of the system cover itself.
What we have now is people who would rather ignore septic system issues and allow dangerous conditions rather than draw attention to it because they can't bear the cost of being forced to do the conversion.
You want it? You offer to pay for it upfront and recover your investment over time. Just like any other business does. If I want my business to make money, I have to bear the cost of all my supplies and materials and equipment upfront and recover the investment through sales.
We already have a serious housing cost problem here and doing anything that increases the monthly cost of housing is going to put many homeowners at higher risk of failure.

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Posted by Andrew Newcomb on 09/22/2018 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Septic Shock

$50,000 dollars to dig a trench 100 feet? The problem is in the cost more than in the law that forces the work. Maybe allow more competition in the business? Maybe give homeowners the option of excavating it themselves? I'm sorry but I just can't see why it would cost that much to dig a ditch and lay some pipe.

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Posted by Andrew Newcomb on 11/10/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Uber Time?

I drove cabs and private town cars in Bend for 3 years. I can in all honesty say that with the exception of two particular companies (there are several new companies in town I know nothing about) most of the vehicles are unsafe, possibly not properly insured, smelly, unsanitary, patched together junk. The fact that they (cab owners) are using improper maintenance or vehicle condition as an argument is ironic to say the least.
I do agree Uber should be required to carry the same amount of insurance as any other cab company does. Especially since most insurance companies void any coverage if you are using your vehicle for hire. It could leave a gap in coverage if there is an accident involving serious injuries.
I also believe every cab should be required to be physically inspected for safety and the Vin number verified as insured properly. I personally witnessed paper swapping and plate swapping between cabs because they weren't all purposely insured. It's unsettling to not know if you're covered while driving passengers.
As far as the amateur argument, every single cab driver was an amateur when they started and let me also a that as someone who drove in this town I'd rather drive for Uber then have to work with most of the "professionals" here.
I actually contacted Uber 3 years ago and tried to get them to come here but they told me our market wasn't big enough for them.
Rant over.

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Posted by Andrew Newcomb on 11/02/2016 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Buying & Selling a Home with Solar Panels

There is a new program available that offers a zero down solar system. But instead of the old lease program (that is to be quite honest, not ideal) it is a ownership program which means the homeowner gets all the tax breaks and incentives, gets the increase in home value and savings on the utility bill from day one. 100% free to get a consultation and see if you qualify, free to get a site inspection and design. No obligation all the way to day of installation. www.owntheswitch.com/cascadesolar

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Posted by Andrew Newcomb on 06/08/2016 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Fidelity Sells Skyline Forest to Singapore-Based Company, Future of Conservation Efforts Unknown

Words can't even describe my disappointment in this sale. The slow and methodical takeover of our lands and resources by foreign companies, specifically communist controlled or Islamic areas is a sign of our eventual demise and enslavement. I'm all for capitalism but to sell out like this to a foreign company? As far as I'm concerned, all involved in the sale and the profits should feel ashamed and be treated as traitors.

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Posted by Andrew Newcomb on 02/21/2015 at 11:18 AM

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You may want to check the date. The banner on the fence at knife river says September and this website says October.

Posted by Andrew Newcomb on 09/10/2014 at 10:01 AM

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