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Re: “Portland is Finalizing a Deal to Use Tourism Dollars to Battle Homelessness.

If short-term housing is a problem, Bend might reconsider its anti-AirBNB ordinance that's distorted the local housing and rental market, particularly in old town and SW Bend. And Bend might fast-track developers' projects who want to build rental housing, but must wait two years or more to obtain building permits. Freeing up market forces offers far more potential to cure short-term housing issues quickly than massaging tax dollars. Directing tax dollars towards any program to address homelessness is a non-starter unless our governing elites first address questions of individual liberty. No amount of public shelter or transient housing projects will work unless the homeless are compelled to seek addiction/mental health treatment in connection with shelter. Finally, if Bend's tourism industry is to continue to flourish, Bend might use tax dollars to buy a few more snowplows. Winter tourism in Colorado is a major industry, but Colorado spends the money to ensure snow doesn't bog down transportation. Bend is a logistic mess after a snowfall. Good luck convincing tourists to visit a town that can't clean its streets quickly in winter.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 12/06/2019 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Secular Assault

Let me help you out with the exact quote: "the problem is not that religion is being forced on others, the problem is that irreligion is being forced secular values are being forced on people of faith." All the non-devout need do is live and let live, i.e., practice what they "preach."

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 11/06/2019 at 7:51 PM

Re: “A Push for a Warming Shelter in Bend

"We care more about our pets than we do our homeless people."
Our pets willingly seek shelter and care and they're easy (but expensive) to treat. At some point our caring communities and our city council need to come to grips with the issues of human personal freedom, mandatory mental health and addiction treatment and public sanitation if the city council wants to do something more than arm-waving. Don't point fingers at our faith communities. Housing is a symptom, not the cure.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 11/05/2019 at 5:32 AM

Re: “There is no Ukraine

William Barr and John Durham are very interested in Ukraine, 2016 and prior, get some popcorn.

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 10/23/2019 at 7:55 PM

Re: “This Modern World—week of October 10

The left's realized the AG must be getting close to releasing his findings on what, how, where and who interfered with our 2016 national elections....

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 10/10/2019 at 5:28 AM

Re: “Calling for Impeachment

Gee, Jen, if you didn't have double standards (Menendez, Leahy, Durbin, Biden the elder and Biden the prince), you'd have no standards at all....

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 09/26/2019 at 10:58 AM

Re: “This Modern World—week of August 29

The left's idealism meets reality.

Posted by Bill Pitcher on 08/29/2019 at 8:01 PM

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