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Wearing a Mask Shouldn't Be This Controversial

Wearing a Mask Shouldn't Be This Controversial

...and there are maskholes on both sides
What a world we are living in. Following Gov. Kate Brown's announcement last week that face coverings would be required in all indoor public places in the state, it appears most people are complying.

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Letters to the Editor - Week of July 9

Editor's note: When we set out to do this week's cover story on the effects of a slower tourism season on Central Oregon's economy, we started with the assumption that there would be fewer tourists here for the summer than we've seen in other years.

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Letters to the Editor 7/2/20

"Some Want You to Believe Protesters are Outsiders. Don't Believe Them."
Editor's note: This week in the life of a weekly newspaper editor: Co-hosting our latest Love Your Neighbor forum, with a panel of Black Central Oregonians.

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Look How Well They Play Together!

Republicans and Democrats in Oregon are working together again
It seems like a decade ago that we were bearing witness to the repeated Republican walkouts within the Oregon Legislative Assembly. In reality, that most recent round of hapless Republican posturing happened only back in March.

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Letters to the Editor 6/25/20

GUEST OPINIONS: An Open Letter to the Black Community from the Asian Community & Proud to Fight for Bodily Autonomy
Editor's note: This week's calendar—long a popular portion of our newspaper—is starting to look more like its "old self," filled with events, meetups and happenings from around the region.

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"Defunding" the Police for the New Crisis Stabilization Center

Less money into police budgets, and more into support services such as mental health and crisis support teams.
Much has been said this month about the notion of "defunding the police." While the term "defund" suggests zeroing out police budgets, what it more frequently means is choosing to place less money into police budgets, and more into support services such as mental health and crisis support teams.

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Guest Opinion: Proud to Fight for Bodily Autonomy

We know that the fights for LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights and racial justice are linked.
At Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, we know that the fights for LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights and racial justice are linked. We believe that all people deserve basic human rights — including access to health care—and to live free from violence and discrimination.

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Guest Opinion: An Open Letter to the Black Community from the Asian Community

There are deep wounds that we need to openly acknowledge, address, and begin healing between Asian and Black peoples.
Since the founding of the Oregon Territory to the present, our state has systematically excluded and discriminated against Black people. Recent events have only highlighted the racism and structural inequities in our state and nation.

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Letters to the Editor 6/17/20

GUEST OPINION: To our elected officials and government leaders
Editor's note: Scratching the surface of police activity, policies and responses to local protests reveals that under the tranquil veneer of picturesque Central Oregon, a complicated, and sometimes dark underbelly remains.

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Bend's Use of Force on Black Men is Four Times Higher than the Overall Black Population.

As we hire a new police chief, this leads to important questions.
The recent protests against police brutality in the U.S. have brought tens of thousands to the streets across the country–but they've also brought out a lot of enlightening information about how cops do their jobs, what they can do better and how they respond to groups of armed counter-protesters versus unarmed protesters. A lot of scrutiny is being put on law enforcement, and what's been revealed from all that scrutiny is not comforting.

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Letters to the Editor 6/10/20

GUEST OPINION: Include More Diverse Voices In City Government With Paid Childcare
Editor's note: Black Lives Matter.

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Some Want You to Believe Protesters are "Outsiders." Don't Believe Them.

At least six Black Lives Matter protests have happened in Central Oregon in recent weeks—and it wasn't "outsiders" or "antifa" organizing them.
O ver the past several weeks, peaceful protesters have gathered not once, nor twice, but at least six times in various cities around Central Oregon, showing up to protest the death of George Floyd and other black individuals at the hands of police or private citizens.

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Letters to the Editor 6/3/20

GUEST OPINIONS: Let's Talk Optics & No Hero
Editor's note: Minnesota is my place of birth.

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Kudos to the Peaceful Protesters. Now, Let's Get to Work.

Kudos to the protests—but that's only the beginning if we want meaningful change
Kudos to the peaceful protesters in Prineville, Redmond and Bend for showing up in numbers this weekend for the Black Lives Matter protests. Kudos to those who kept the momentum going and organized another demonstration Tuesday.

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

BLACK PEOPLE! BLACK! BLACCCKKKKKK! Oh did I scare you?
BLACK PERSON! BLACK PEOPLE!

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