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In a Week Focused on Gratitude, Supporting the Local Economy Should Play a Big Part

In a Week Focused on Gratitude, Supporting the Local Economy Should Play a Big Part

Even if we ourselves have remained whole, someone we know has not—and in that, we see the connectivity of community.
For a good many people, the year 2020 has opened up an opportunity to think about the notion of gratitude. While Thanksgiving offers Americans the traditional trigger to reflect on the topic, the entire year has been a lesson in examining what we have and what we don't.



Letters to the Editor 11/26/20

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and National Family Caregivers Month, 1918 H1N1, Please stay home and stay the course and Nine Months into the Pandemic, It’s Time to Restore Representative Governance
Editor's note: A fellow Oregon journalist recently created a hilarious "Bingo" game filled with all the common phrases heard at any one of the many coronavirus briefings hosted by the governor and state health officials.

Letters to the Editor

Nine Months into the Pandemic, It's Time to Restore Representative Governance

If we are to unify around the challenges of living in a pandemic, getting buy-in statewide to the decision-making process will go a long way toward making our communities feel inclusive
This past week, with coronavirus cases rising, Oregonians are facing yet another shutdown of bars, restaurants, fitness centers and more. Now nine months in, going back to more restrictions is a tough adjustment for many—among them, hundreds of thousands of hospitality workers who may find themselves once again on the unemployment line.


Letters to the Editor 11/19/20

Two Weeks, Delusional Donald, Homeless Camp, Give Thanks by Setting a Humane Table and In Deschutes County, Phil Chang Wins, New Pot Farms Get the Boot News
Editor's note: At the start of the pandemic, the over-arching message shared by everyone from neighbors to government agencies was, "We're all in this together."

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/12/20

Progressive City Council, Delusional Donald, Vote 2020 and Jubelale Art for the Birds
Editor's note:

Letters to the Editor

A Funding Mandate: Voter-approved directives will need collaboration to succeed

We hope the newly minted, progressive council can work together with other community partners to truly get things done
As Oregonians reflect back this week on the outcome of last week's elections, there's a lot to be said about the presidential race. National pundits are filling the airwaves with their conjecture.


Letters to the Editor 11/5/20

Guest Opinion: The Truth About Neighborhood Associations
Editor's note: The pundits and political commentators weren't kidding when they said that the outcome of the presidential election would be a long haul.

Letters to the Editor

A 70% Increase in Drug Deaths in Oregon May be Only the Beginning

Driving the spike in drug overdose deaths in the state include the use of illicit fentanyl and methamphetamine
This past week, as Americans have cast ballots and had their eyes glued to an election season that feels longer than most, a piece of news came out, related to an issue that has been barely a blip on the radar in national politics of late: This spring, Oregon saw a 70% increase in drug-related deaths during some of the early months of the pandemic, compared to the same months last year. According to health experts at the Oregon Health Authority, some of the factors driving the spike in drug overdose deaths in the state include the use of illicit fentanyl and methamphetamine.


Letters to the Editor 10/29/20

Guest commentary: Will Latino Voters Make a Difference in Central Oregon?
Editor's note: Next Tuesday evening, one week from the date I'm writing this, my team and I will be spending one long night watching returns and covering what we can around the election, before our next issue goes to press at midnight that night.

Letters to the Editor

Revising Oregon's School Reopening Metrics Couldn't Come Soon Enough

It's time to make a change
If there's any topic more controversial and ripe for public debate than the current presidential election, it most certainly is the topic of reopening schools. Throughout 2020, we've followed the guidance and edicts issued from Oregon's leadership around the many facets of the pandemic—but as we continue to see students and their families in Central Oregon suffer the realities of continuing online distance learning into seeming perpetuity, it's time to make a change.


Vote YES on Measure 9-134, regarding Deschutes County New Pot Businesses

A "yes" vote on this means that new marijuana businesses can at least try to get new, legal, and law-abiding licenses approved
Editor's note: The print edition of this issue had a "NO" in the title. Because this measure asks voters to decide whether new additional marijuana businesses should be allowed in the county, our vote is YES.


Vote 2020: All the Source Weekly's Candidate Endorsements

Our selections for local, state and national races
We’ve spent months interviewing candidates to arrive at these endorsements. To see the interviews that helped us make our decisions, visit the Elections section.


Letters to the Editor 10/22/20

The power to decide, Vote for Phil Chang, Measure 110 and New Superintendent
Editor's note: Over the past several months, my staff and I have been hard at work interviewing the many candidates running for Bend City Council, Deschutes County Commission, state legislative seats and more.

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Vote Melanie Kebler, Bend City Council Pos. 1

Kebler believes that timely communication with the public is key to the role
Bend's City Council position 1 race has two qualified and competent candidates running—and while the position is nonpartisan, the two bring differing backgrounds and philosophies. While it's true that a city council's role lies in handling the mundane business of roads and sewers and city codes, increasingly it's clear that Bend also is sorely in need of cultural and moral leadership.


Vote Anthony Broadman, Bend City Council Pos. 2

Broadman will represent Bend's blue voters with measured pragmatism
As City Councilor Bill Moseley's dramatic tenure comes to an end, we welcome the progressive idealism Anthony Broadman will bring to this seat. Where Moseley's attitude was often cavalier and self-absorbed, Broadman will represent Bend's blue voters with measured pragmatism.


Vote Chris Piper for Bend City Council Pos. 3

Chris Piper has demonstrated an ability to be that moderate voice who actually listens to constituent
With two veteran councilors walking away this year—including one moderate and one decidedly conservative councilor—the next iteration of the Bend City Council is undoubtedly going to look very different. We'd be pleased to see a progressive council that's also not afraid to stand up to powerful private interests—and at the same time, we recognize that having keen moderates on the Council will also help to bridge some of the partisan divides that invade even our small city.



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