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Re: “Bend Drivers Not Drunk, Just Texting!

Thanks for the article, let's hope lots of people read it (and give it some thought)! Thank you so much for pointing out the paradoxical dichotomy of public opinion regarding cell phone use versus alcohol use behind the wheel. Despite all evidence to the contrary, the public feels absolutely justified in being outraged by drunk driving (e.g. MADD) and yet blows off cell phone driving as a sacrosanct necessity of everyday life. These two issues need to be addressed as exactly the same driving offense and prosecuted identically!

Posted by cje on 12/27/2010 at 5:52 AM

Re: “The Eye Wanders Off Into the Sunset

Well Bruce, I've enjoyed or rather been bemused over the last few years by your observations and I have to say I'll miss taking issue with them periodically. You certainly have been one of Bend's leading liberal protagonists and given the huge dichotomy of political viewpoint in our country, I suspect it has taken it's toll writing your blog. Though you and I are seldomly on the same page, so to speak, I'd like to offer a tip of the hat to you for the courage of your convictions and putting them out there!

Posted by cje on 12/26/2010 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Winner Take All: The high-stakes power play in the prosecutor's office

During the election, Flaherty said, "It's not about 'I' - there's no I in the word 'teamwork.'", in describing his leadership skills. Given his ambition to pretty much get rid of the entire incumbent staff at the DA's office, I would say there seems to be quite a large focus on "I" in his leadership approach. To my mind, getting rid of a trained, hardworking, professional staff, so that he can ultimately surround himself with newcomers who have undoubtedly will have sworn allegiance to him, doesn't reflect a person very secure or indeed serious about building teamwork.

Posted by cje on 12/15/2010 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Oregon Ducks Reveal Uniforms for BCS National Championship Game

Well, as a Duck myself, I am pretty disgusted! Did I miss the memo that Oregon's colors are now gray and chartreuse? After watching them play Oregon State with the Beavers wearing their school colors of orange and black, I found it very sad that the Ducks chose play the annual civil war game in all gray instead of their own school colors. That they are now playing for the national championship and still don't feel the necessity to sport the green and yellow of their school is disgraceful! It would be sad to think that the history and practice of athletic teams identifying themselves via specific colors has somehow become an antiquated and arbitrary notion, subjugated to the whim of "edgy" fashion design. Nike and Oregon's athletic department should be ashamed for choosing to disregard tradition. Oregon fans still manage to enthusiastically show their colors, but their team... keeps dropping the ball.

Posted by cje on 12/15/2010 at 5:45 AM

Re: “DeFazio Leads Charge Against Tax Giveaway

"Most Democrats GAVE Bush almost everything he wanted" So either the Dems were mindless automatons that kowtowed to Bush's every whim despite of their own liberal agenda, without doing their own due diligence and without acknowledging their constituents desires, or they with ingenuous liberal bellowing and gnashing of teeth signed off on what they thought was the right thing to do! "Why do the right-wingers hang onto this ridiculous caricature of what liberals actually believe?" Per your Messiah, "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money", or "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." "And they wouldn't have been able to do it without the help and labor of a lot of other people. (Including, in virtually all cases, the direct or indirect help of government.)" Yes Bruce, that's called job creation! And the best thing government can do for the economy is making it profitable for companies to hire! "Randist conservatives / libertarians have this grand romantic notion of the entrepreneur flying out there all alone in the blue, building his vast empire out of nothing but his own brains, talent, hard work and determination. Sorry, that ain't the way it is. I repeat: Take a look around you at the way things really are in the real world instead of in some novel." "BTW like most really rich people in this society, the wealthy people who owned the publishing companies I worked for all inherited their wealth. That's another fact that Randist conservatives omit from their fantasy." Actually Bruce, I've worked for and have known several "real world" entrepreneurs that started from scratch right here in Bend, and no they aren't wealthy, they're middle class folks. But they managed to successfully grow their businesses, provide for their families and create jobs for the citizens! Central Oregon has some wealthy entrepreneurs too, Les Schwab for instance. Why is it so hard to acknowledge that and what is your problem with inherited wealth? I would imagine that quite often it's used to continue family business or start new enterprises which in turn create jobs, support people and create new wealth because the children inheriting it were also raised with a spirit of entrepreneurship. Most of the very wealthy are also generous philanthropists. The liberals seem to embrace this conspiracy theory view that the rich, all of whom have (God forbid) inherited or gained their money in some other nefarious manner, have been out to oppress the less fortunate and keep them under the heel of their boots. Get over it; they're the ones living in a dream world! By the way, I haven't yet read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged", though I might enjoy it.

Posted by cje on 12/10/2010 at 11:05 AM

Re: “DeFazio Leads Charge Against Tax Giveaway

"Yawn. Same old right-wing, dribble-down, Ayn Rand bullcrap we've been hearing for 50 years. You righties evidently think rich people get their wealth from some mysterious source (it rains down on them from the sky, maybe) and then, out of the goodness and benevolence of their hearts, they give jobs to the rest of us. Throughout my career I've gotten my jobs from hundreds of thousands of poor and middle-class people -- the people who bought the newspapers I worked for, and bought the stuff advertised in those newspapers, thereby enabling the companies that published the newspapers to make a profit and pay my salary." Drill down a bit deeper, Bruce. At the head of that comapny is quite probably a wealthy person. They're the one that had the intelligence and insight to percieve the need for the business in the first place. They're the one that took the risk and made the investment to start it. They're the one that put their inititive and hard work into making it a success and keeping it growing. They're also the one that hires others. So no Bruce, wealth doesn't rain down from some mysterious source and indeed wealth does flow downward. Yes, those folks do make more than others and in my book they deserve to, instead of being penalized!

Posted by cje on 12/10/2010 at 8:13 AM

Re: “DeFazio Leads Charge Against Tax Giveaway

"after watching the Republicans kick Obama around like a soccer ball for two years" - as if the Democrats weren't as completely obstructionist as they could be with Bush for eight years, come on HBM! If the Dems hadn't packed the stimulus bill with as many of their pet agendas and programs, maybe we would have a bit less of a deficit to worry about in the first place. Why do the liberals hang on to this socialist perspective that it's the rich folks obligation to support the rest of the population? How do they see this as equitable? Their premise seems to be that the wealthy have made their money solely on the backs of the poor and middle class, and thus need to make amends by picking up the tab. On the flip side, they seem to hold that the less well to do, couldn't possibly have any personal responsibility for their situation. The Dems need to realize that the wealthy are not necessarily the bad guys - if that's so Obama, Pelosi, et al are among them!

Posted by cje on 12/10/2010 at 7:10 AM

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