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Letters to the Editor 5/27/20

Letters to the Editor 5/27/20

Public support for the downtown open streets concept as well as the Core Area Project (CAP) report!
Editor's note: As is always the case in times of upheaval, some things that once felt like strongholds are now teetering on collapse.

Letters to the Editor


Guest Opinion: Let's Talk Optics ▶ (with video)


Guest Commentary

The Pandemic Helps Us Win the War on Cars! Maybe...

In the discussion of whether to close downtown streets to cars, one voice is missing: The wider public
At the Bend City Council meeting May 20, city staff and councilors discussed allowing restaurants and retail locations to expand into private parking lots in downtown Bend. Some businesses want to spread out on the sidewalk beyond their immediate storefronts—provided their neighbors are OK with it.


Reopening: We Might Have Just One Chance to Get This Right

What we are witnessing, in its current form, may never happen again.
Bend has always been a boom-and-bust town, but this time, we have less historical precedent to be able to understand what happens next. What we are witnessing, in its current form, may never happen again.


Memories of the Volcano

A local woman's experience during the Mount St. Helens eruption, which sees its 40th anniversary May 18
While Yakima residents sat in church on May 18, 1980, the world outside went black. Lightning slashed the sky and the air shuddered and filled with fine volcanic particles.

Guest Commentary

Vote 2020

The Source Weekly's endorsements in the May primary election, including the Oregon House race, Deschutes County Commission and Secretary of State
Endorsing candidates looks a little different in the midst of a global pandemic. With most interviews and candidate appearances happening via Zoom, YouTube or any number of other online platforms, we've been challenged to adapt in how we connect with and learn about candidates—as have voters, voters' groups and anyone engaged in the political process.


Guest Opinion: Clergy Response to Commissioners' Plea to Governor

Central Oregon clergy set the record straight: Churches have not closed during the pandemic
We appreciate the Deschutes County Commissioners’ acknowledgment of the essential function of churches and passionate plea to the Governor to open church doors. 

Guest Commentary

Pros & Cons: Swalley Irrigation District Canal Piping

Is it time to give the viable farms priority access to the public's water?
Swalley Irrigation District and the Deschutes River Conservancy recently announced the completion of piping a 3-mile stretch of canal which will restore about 1.8 cubic feet per second (CFS) of flow to the Middle Deschutes during peak irrigation season. 1.8 CFS is about 13.5 gallons.  Picture 5-gallon buckets, two full and one 2/3rds-full.

Guest Commentary

Letters to the Editor 5/10/20

A call for wearing masks from an essential worker, ideas for the meat industry and more in this week's letters
Respect 5/4 I had to take my son to the emergency room twice in April.

Letters to the Editor

Vote Phil Chang for Deschutes County Commissioner Position 2, Democratic Primary

Three candidates are in the race, but Chang is best prepared
The May primary election is right around the corner—and three people are vying to unseat sitting Deschutes County Commissioner Phil Henderson. We believe the best choice to move forward in the Democratic primary is another Phil—Phil Chang.


Letters to the Editor 5/3/20

A call for more "pedestrianized" streets; support for a Congressional candidate
Revitalize downtown - 5/1 While there has been an ongoing effort to improve bike and pedestrian experiences throughout Bend, COVID-19 presents an even stronger case for devoting more space to bikes and people, and less to cars.

Letters to the Editor

Guest Opinion: Strokes and COVID-19

Viral infections and their connection with strokes
Recent newscasts and information from various medical facilities are saying there is an indication that strokes may occur in people with COVID-19. Certainly this is a concern as we move through the pandemic.

Letters to the Editor

Vote Jason Atkinson for U.S. Representative, 2nd District Republican Primary

Voters will have a lot of choices on their ballots in this Republican primary. Here's our pick.
The race for the Republican nomination for Greg Walden’s U.S. House seat is filled with a host of contenders—many of whom have served in the Oregon legislature. While some of those candidates have provided some colorful—and amusing—political theatre during this time of quarantine, it is in one of the less-flashy candidates that we find ourselves seeing the most promising candidate.


Vote Nick (Nik) L. Huertz for U.S. Representative, 2nd District Democratic primary

A field of five candidates is in the primary race for the U.S. House seat
Greg Walden’s long-held seat in Congress is up for grabs this November, and a crowded field populates the primaries on both the Democratic and Republican sides. On the Democratic side, we have a field of five candidates, including John Holm, who lists "currently disabled" as his occupation, with past experience as a broker; Nick Heuertz, a retail store owner; Jack Howard, an attorney and Union County Commissioner; Alex Spenser, a former campaign strategist and writer; and Chris Vaughn, a store manager who wants to bring the voice of the working class to Washington, D.C.


Letters to the Editor 4/26

Thanking city councilors who supported a vacation rental ban, a reminder about suicide and support for a local candidate in this week's letters
RE: City Council Votes Against Enforcing Vacation Rental Ban 4/16 Dear Barb and Gena,

Letters to the Editor

Endorsement: Vote Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Secretary of State in the Democratic Primary

Three solid candidates mean this race will have a strong contender for the general election, but McLeod-Skinner has proven her commitment to rural parts of the state
Making our decision on who to endorse for the Democratic nomination in the primary for Oregon Secretary of State was a tough call. Among the contenders are three highly qualified individuals: Shemia Fagan is a state senator serving the southeast Portland area; Mark Hass is also a state senator serving the western suburbs of the Portland metro; and Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a former congressional candidate who ran a spirited campaign against Rep. Greg Walden in the 2018 race for his seat.



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