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Public School Leaders Are Doing Their Best. Demands for a Full Reopening Aren't Helping.

Public School Leaders Are Doing Their Best. Demands for a Full Reopening Aren't Helping.

Schools will not look the same in the 2020-21 school year
Let's get one fact out there right away: Whatever happens with the global pandemic between now and September, schools will not look the same in the 2020-21 school year. As much as anyone might wish it not to be so, there's simply no use in continuing to lament about how things won't be the same.

Wearing a Mask Shouldn't Be This Controversial

...and there are maskholes on both sides
What a world we are living in. Following Gov. Kate Brown's announcement last week that face coverings would be required in all indoor public places in the state, it appears most people are complying.

Look How Well They Play Together!

Republicans and Democrats in Oregon are working together again
It seems like a decade ago that we were bearing witness to the repeated Republican walkouts within the Oregon Legislative Assembly. In reality, that most recent round of hapless Republican posturing happened only back in March.

"Defunding" the Police for the New Crisis Stabilization Center

Less money into police budgets, and more into support services such as mental health and crisis support teams.
Much has been said this month about the notion of "defunding the police." While the term "defund" suggests zeroing out police budgets, what it more frequently means is choosing to place less money into police budgets, and more into support services such as mental health and crisis support teams.

Bend's Use of Force on Black Men is Four Times Higher than the Overall Black Population.

As we hire a new police chief, this leads to important questions.
The recent protests against police brutality in the U.S. have brought tens of thousands to the streets across the country–but they've also brought out a lot of enlightening information about how cops do their jobs, what they can do better and how they respond to groups of armed counter-protesters versus unarmed protesters. A lot of scrutiny is being put on law enforcement, and what's been revealed from all that scrutiny is not comforting.

Some Want You to Believe Protesters are "Outsiders." Don't Believe Them.

At least six Black Lives Matter protests have happened in Central Oregon in recent weeks—and it wasn't "outsiders" or "antifa" organizing them.
O ver the past several weeks, peaceful protesters have gathered not once, nor twice, but at least six times in various cities around Central Oregon, showing up to protest the death of George Floyd and other black individuals at the hands of police or private citizens.

Kudos to the Peaceful Protesters. Now, Let's Get to Work.

Kudos to the protests—but that's only the beginning if we want meaningful change
Kudos to the peaceful protesters in Prineville, Redmond and Bend for showing up in numbers this weekend for the Black Lives Matter protests. Kudos to those who kept the momentum going and organized another demonstration Tuesday.

The Pandemic Helps Us Win the War on Cars! Maybe...

In the discussion of whether to close downtown streets to cars, one voice is missing: The wider public
At the Bend City Council meeting May 20, city staff and councilors discussed allowing restaurants and retail locations to expand into private parking lots in downtown Bend. Some businesses want to spread out on the sidewalk beyond their immediate storefronts—provided their neighbors are OK with it.

Reopening: We Might Have Just One Chance to Get This Right

What we are witnessing, in its current form, may never happen again.
Bend has always been a boom-and-bust town, but this time, we have less historical precedent to be able to understand what happens next. What we are witnessing, in its current form, may never happen again.

Adapting to the New Normal

A message from our editor and publisher on how digital coverage will ensure a safe and connected community
Dear Friends of the Source Weekly, These past couple of weeks have proved to be incredibly difficult for everyone as we all try to make sense of the new restrictions on our former way of life.

We Got This. We'll Get Through This.

A note from our editor and publisher on times of crisis
For the past 23 years, Central Oregonians have looked to us to share with them the "good stuff" coming out of our community.

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