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Re: “Nuisance Trapping?

Really, if Mingus thinks beaver waste is the only waste of concern in that section of river, he ignores dogs and frogs and birds and mice, and lots more. Apparently, even kids swim in that water! Let's hope that water treatment can handle all of that, or let's question the purity of Bend's water!

Death traps of any kind are cruel. Live trapping and relocating is more humane. Beavers are good for the environment, even though they are not desired in this area of water intake. There are several good books about the benefits of beavers at the library that prove they are more than nuisance animals.

Posted by mcat on 04/15/2018 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Urban Renewal for Central Bend?

Hear, Hear! Cristafir has it correct. (I would like the source of your expense numbers so I can use it in the future.) Using land for parking is a great waste of land. Put up parking structures and leave the land for walking or if necessary, more building. And if you put a roof of solar panels on your parking structure, you profit even more and benefit the planet to boot!

Downtown constantly struggles with parking. A parking structure on the vacant lot on Franklin (behind McMenamins) would be ideal.

People prefer to park close to stores, and many even cruise for a time to find a close spot. Proper design of parking structures and the walking path to stores will make it easier for people to choose to park in the structure. Even include a section of the structure reserved for the monster trucks that don't fit standard parking slots (and endanger traffic on Wall and Bond).

Posted by mcat on 04/15/2018 at 7:43 AM

Re: “The Trump Year

Your 2018 return will only give you a partial picture. The tax reform has built in changing rates over 10 years. Corporations continue to win, while low income families will be taxed more in future years.

Posted by mcat on 01/21/2018 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: On Immigration, Measure 101, New Year, New Ideas

Interesting letters this week: On Immigration, Bryant points out that overpopulation is "clearly the source" of environmental problems. And Breeden points to the housing crisis here in Central Oregon. Both are problems here, and also across the rest of the globe. Both problems beg discussion of population control: both birth rates and immigration. Hard discussions to have, but necessary, as answers involve economics, quality of life, morals, and justice.

Posted by mcat on 01/21/2018 at 9:47 AM

Re: “The End of A Free & Open Internet?

Ending net neutrality is another move by and for big business to make money at the expense of struggling Americans. The Internet is now a necessary utility for anyone to fully function in society, and it needs to be regulated as such, keeping it available to every citizen and giving equal access to every viewpoint. Without net neutrality, the worst case could happen:
1. Large corporations will buy priority, and small businesses and startups will have a hard time getting customers (as Alberghetti pointed out). This works against free enterprise and the competition available in a free market. The big get bigger and the small get squished.
2. Not just entertainment but news and information could be affected. The rich buy priority for their political friends and policy makers. Imagine when one political view is mostly (or only) accessible on your news feed.
3. Include religious views in the above statement. And advertising for anything. Money talks.
4. While Cappuccino is quoted as saying costs will not be passed along to consumers, have you ever known a company not to do that? They are in business to make a profit, are they not?
5. As a consumer of Internet, what control will you have? Perhaps your ISP will let you pay to have certain content let through. As Walden says, let business flourish.

Are you thinking I am mixing up the concepts of blocking and throttling? No, I am not. Any content (ad, podcast, editorial, etc.) that is sufficiently throttled can be considered blocked in effect, even if not technically blocked completely.

Posted by mcat on 12/26/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Bangers & Brews just returns a blank page!

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Posted by mcat on 05/27/2016 at 6:29 AM

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