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Letters 4/8-4/15 


Your work in the Source is changing the conversation on transportation and parking by focusing on a vision of what can be.

What a challenge.

Developing partnerships, policies and incentives around alternative transportation is one thing. Changing the conversation in order to make it happen is another--and it's harder in some ways.

Thanks for your amazing support of the Transportation Task Force and the vision for the campus.

We think you deserve an award, too.

—Christine Coffin, director of communications and outreach, Oregon State University—Cascades


Hey Forest Service,

Stop degrading the visual aesthetics of our river trail.

You, the public, need to get up to the Benham Falls area on the river trail to see all the chain saw work right along Bend's most popular trail.

It made me feel sick and angry. The river trail has always had a natural look and feel for all time—until now.

Now you can see thousands of  stumps with fresh square cuts. And up at the Benham Falls area, you can see fresh-cut road building work in progress. Yes, I know it's supposed to be a new bicycle trail. Well, then why are they using full size Catepillers—25 feet wide. And why are the grades full-road width? One raw cut bank (near the footbridge) is about 25 feet tall right near the river and in the riparian zone. Downriver, the thinning is on both sides of the trail, right up to the edge of the wetlands.

Why can't the Forest Service leave a 100-foot buffer zone on each side of the river trail to preserve the natural look that has developed over millennium—that is why we go there.

The thinning was OK when it was out of sight.

Leaving a buffer zone along the trail will not create a fire hazard. Degrading the pristine look we had is a shame. In fact, on the old railroad grade above the falls, two fabulous 600-year-old trees down (probably down for 80 years now) and spanning across a small gully, were such a pleasure to walk across, using the massive bare limbs as a railing. It was a peak experience there. But the chain saw gang limbed it bare. Now it's unsafe to walk across and looks like a log is waiting for the mill. There was no threat for wildfire with the massive bare limbs sticking out of this natural heritage down tree.

Again, this is the most used and beloved trail in Central Oregon. Do you get that? Now it will never be the same for our lifetimes. We've traded natural perfection for industrial timber management. Please don't continue to ignore the visual management of our river trail with the other thinning you have planned along it.

Mark Schuette,

30-year resident of Bend


Thank you for the great article.  I know Jim, Heidi and Chris will all appreciate the exposure that they will receive from the piece ("Straight from the Farm").  If we get even one person to eat local, fresh food, then we have done our job. We look forward to working with you in the future.

From our fork to yours,

—Chef Bette Fraser


Cantor—an official whose duty is to lead the singing in a cathedral or in a collegiate or parish church. Guess the church of The Source Weekly is all in for this tiny footprint of a college.

And the choir sings: "We want a wee college on the westside, design our city on the fly, everyone who has an issue with this is just another NIMBY. Cry, Cry." And all The Source Weekly girls sing: "Build us a second high school on the westside. No, no. We meant boutique community college. Ha, ha, ha. We can just pretend it's a college."

Dave, congratulations on having your opinion published.

—Taylor Wimberley


They can write letters, bitch and complain all they want, but the bottom line is this wonderful addition to the westside of Bend will happen. All these issues can and will be worked out. It would appear that this opposition group has taken a page out of the outdated playbook of Broken Top: "Not in my backyard. And I will sue, because I want my little world to remain. Well, you know my little world; small-minded group of people who could care less about how to make Bend a better community for future generations."

Shameful behavior by people who should know better.

—Julian Wright


The proposed westside OSU-Cascades campus will be a nightmare for the city and residents of Bend. Traffic along Mt. Washington Drive, Reed Market Road and SW Century Drive is already a problem. Can you image a campus of 5,000 people (the same size as the city of Madras) in this area? How about the problems with construction vehicles using these roads? Not to mention if and when OSU-Cascades decides to expand to 8,000 to 15,000 students in the future. Try to picture that in the current proposed location. Think longterm.

Students will come and go, but we live here and pay for the amenities for all to enjoy. We should have a say in how and where a university of this size is located. There should be much more thought involved in this project than our Mirror Pond problem that has been kicked around for years. How many polls, meetings and forums have we had to discuss Mirror Pond? The placing of a university in this location will be a huge problem in the near future. We don't want the problems that Corvallis has in our city center.

There will be little room for expansion in the coming decades. Poor planning has not been part of Bend's history, so why start now? Housing is in short supply in this area and is priced out of the student housing market. Why is the city being pushed into letting this happen? Take a firm stance against this location for citizens of Bend and the lifestyle we all love. These are students going to college. If they don't have a good time wherever they are located in Bend, then it's our problem? Really, we're worried about their access to breweries, trails, skiing and river amenities? Are they worried about our traffic, housing and community livability?

Tourists stay all over the Bend area and have no problem enjoying what we offer. Why cater to OSU-Cascades?

Thank you for considering my comments. I hope you'll agree and vote to keep OSU-Cascades from this location.

—William Silver


Anything's possible. Redmond has always been distinctly different from Bend and Sisters. Now it is starting to find its own identity and balance. Local jobs to support this are great, just don't lose what always made Redmond a town: People were friendly and supported each other. They sometimes quarreled, but if you look back, you see a rich history that got us to where we are today. So what is Redmond? Is it artsy? Is it a little brewery and restaurant town? Is it rural? Is it a place for fairs and rodeos? Is it for small, local shops or big box stores? Yes to all. I would like to see some family entertainment back in town. When the bowling alley left, it left a hole that needs to be filled. Also, I would really like a piece of Redmond history restored: Patrick's Soda Fountain. Don't lose your soul as you grow.

—Tim McKenzief

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Taylor - Thanks for the diminutive letter. While we have decided to take a walk on the educated side, how about swinging by and leaving a wee footprint in our office when you pick up your $5 gift certificate for Crow's Feet Commons for our Letter of the Week?

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