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Re: “50 miles for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act's 50th Anniversary

Thank you for sharing your personal story of the importance of public lands and waters. There are so many attacks on keeping nature available to everyone in politics today, personal stories help us all to speak out in support of nature.

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Posted by mcat on 05/21/2018 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Where Can Your E-Bike Go?

I enjoy mountain biking under my own power, as well as hiking and backpacking. I agree that bikes, motorized or not, should be restricted from wilderness areas, because bikes would take away from the experience of hiking. Bikes are also a greater wildlife disturbance than hikers. Motorized bikes, electric or gas, are a different experience from person-powered. These are all different ways of enjoying the outdoors, and while we can share some of the same areas, keep some separation so the experience of the sport can be enjoyed to it's fullest.

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Posted by mcat on 05/12/2018 at 9:52 AM

Re: “More Gun Enforcement—or Less?

Is this an attempt to change society from the bottom up or to just break from the larger society? It is an attempt to pick and choose what rules of the society you live in you want to follow or not. A short step to chaos.

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Posted by mcat on 04/29/2018 at 8:34 PM

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.

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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

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