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Letters to the Editor 09/29/2022

Morgan Schmidt for County Commissioner A lack of affordable housing, homelessness, worker shortages, a childcare "desert," drought and wildfires.

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Yes on 9-155 – Bend-La Pine Schools bond

Voters in the Bend-La Pine Schools district have a consistent track record of supporting bonds for the construction and maintenance of local schools. Recent bond funding has seen the construction of both a new elementary school and a new high school in Bend—projects that have helped a district with a steady stream of new residents keep pace and mitigate overcrowding.

Elections

Vote No on Measure 9-152 – Allow Psilocybin Manufacturing and Service Centers in unincorporated Deschutes County

If it feels like double jeopardy to be voting on a thing that we just voted upon in the last election cycle in 2020, that's because it is. Two of the commissioners on the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners—Tony DeBone and Patti Adair—have voted in favor of placing this item on the ballots of Deschutes County voters because they believe you don't know what you voted for back in 2020. During his endorsement interview this month, DeBone told our editorial board just that—that he wanted to use this opportunity, on taxpayers' dimes, to re-explain what a psilocybin manufacturing and/or service center would look like in the unincorporated county.

Elections

▶ WATCH: House District 54 - Jason Kropf & Judy Trego

The Source editorial board interviews the candidates vying for the House District 54 position
In this video, the Source Weekly editorial board interviews Republican Judy Trego and Democrat Jason Kropf, who are vying for the House District 54 position in November '22. Watch for our endorsements in each race on our Election 2022 web page throughout the campaign season.

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▶ WATCH: House District 53 - Emerson Levy & Michael Sipe

The Source editorial board interviews the candidates vying for the House District 53 position
In this video, the Source Weekly editorial board interviews Republican Michael Sipe and Democrat Emerson Levy, who are vying for the House District 53 position in November '22. Watch for our endorsements in each race on our Election 2022 web page throughout the campaign season.

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Letters to the Editor 09/22/2022

Midterm elections and democracy Democracy in the U.S. is facing severe challenge as evidenced by extremists using their position, social media and lies to destroy the impact of institutions and political norms—not for altruistic purposes, but to secure power for minority rule.

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Vote Emerson Levy for Oregon House District 53

Fundamentally, we believe Levy would better represent the voters of HD 53.
A lot has changed since the last time voters cast their ballots for Oregon's House District 53. Due to redistricting following the recent U.S. Census, the boundaries of the district changed to incorporate more of Bend and less of Redmond.

Elections

Vote Jason Kropf for Oregon House District 54

The incumbent in this race is doing exactly what we sent him to Salem to do.
Incumbents in a race typically have an advantage for a number of reasons—name recognition, yes, but also, if they're doing the work that voters sent them to do, it's difficult for a newcomer to gain an advantage. In the race for Oregon House District 54, Republican challenger Judy Trego can't exactly be deemed a newcomer, having been the chief of staff for an Oregon legislator as well as being a former constituent services staffer for Rep. Greg Walden, and while we respect her lifetime of service, the incumbent in this race is doing exactly what we sent him to Salem to do.

Elections

Vote Yes on Measure 9-148 in Deschutes County

Make County Commissioner seats and elections non-partisan
Make County Commissioner seats and elections non-partisan As of Sept. 1, Deschutes County had 154,729 registered voters.

Elections

▶ WATCH: Deschutes County Commissioner Pos. 1 - Tony DeBone & Oliver Tatom

The Source editorial board interviews the candidates vying for Deschutes County Board of Commissioners
In this video, the Source Weekly editorial board interviews Republican incumbent Tony DeBone and Democrat Oliver Tatom, who are vying for Position 1 on the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners in November '22. Watch for our endorsements in each race on our Election 2022 web page throughout the campaign season.

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Letters to the Editor 09/15/2022

Today I drove by the yellow tape today. Parking lot empty, Store dark, Do Not Cross, Evil has come too close this place.

Letters to the Editor

Oliver Tatom for Deschutes County Commissioner Pos. 1

Our choice for Deschutes County's position 1
Oliver Tatom for Deschutes County Commissioner Pos. 1

Elections

Crisis Shows Us Who Our Leaders Are

Now—not more than ever but on par with any time in the past—who we select as leaders at all levels—municipal, county, state and federal—does matter.
Between climate-change calamities, coronavirus and ongoing gun violence like the case we saw in Bend last week, we are in a world where we confront crisis on the regular. Perhaps, in the before-times, before we faced down a global pandemic, it was more palatable to see our elected leaders misstep or remain absent when a community crisis cropped up.

Editorial

Letters to the Editor 09/08/2022

Amphitheater Did you ever live next door to a thoughtless neighbor?  One who wouldn't turn his music down late at night.   The guy, let's call him Hayden, blasts his stereo so loud that you can't shut it out.  As the evening progresses, he tends to turn it up louder.  Close the windows, close the door, turn up your own TV, put on headphones.  To no avail.  The bass and drums come right through it all.  Sometimes the windows rattle or the lamp shade quivers.

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Letters to the Editor 09/01/2022

RE: Water at Home Feature, 8/25 All these residential and commercial water users rely on groundwater (wells).

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