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Letter of the Week

Readers React to Scraping the Nestle Water Deal and Verizon Cell Towers

In Response to, "Tower Tussle: A cell tower planned for Trinity Episcopal Church ignites debate on the risks of radiation near a school." (06/07)

Verizon Wireless withdrew their application for this project on October 31, 2017. They installed some new antennas a few blocks to the north, on the roof at City Hall instead.

— Aaron Henson

In Response to, "Oregon Scraps Water Rights Deal for Nestle's Cascade Locks Bottling Plant." (10/30)

I agree Nestle sucks but you can't say this is about the water then pump just as much out for beer. A larger percent of both products get shipped away from the area and out of state. And as we have seen, some breweries are willing to sell to large "conglomerates." What do you do then take away their water access when they sell?

— Nathan Schouw

Nathan Schouw good point. Should 10 beers not be allowed to use "Oregon" water? Should only Oregon owned and Oregon consumed be allowed? Good point, it is easy to paint Nestle as evil mass producer, get out of our state, but so is Anheuser Busch.

— Ryan Shuler

Other than Nestle being a greedy corporation taking advantage of our natural resources, circumventing permitting and damaging communities, we need to decrease demand for bottled water throughout the world as it has a profound environmental impact.

— Mike Schmeiske

In Response to, "Google's CEO Sundar Pichai said he would "drop everything" to address the extremely controversial hamburger emoji debate." (10/30)

What kind of monster puts the lettuce between the burger and the cheese?

— Seth Reeker

Remove the lettuce and tomato because let's face it, the best burgers don't have those cold sliced nasty veggies on them.

— Kaylin Landry

Microsoft has it right, so it's easier to throw away the lettuce.

— Clarkie Clark

Fake news.

— Justin LeBart

Tasty news.

— The Source Weekly

A Wisdom Council

Letter of the Week
The thing we think about when someone says, "wisdom council."

I would like to pass along some comments on the writings of cultural analyst Jim Rough, dealing with rendering our local and greater forms of democracy more personally meaningful. In 2002, Jim wrote a book entitled, "Society's Breakthrough!" Since then, Jim has continued to clarify and expand upon the various aspects of his project. The enterprise initially starts with the formation of a small group of citizens of about a dozen or so, chosen randomly by a lottery-like process, to function as a wisdom council.

The council encouraged heart-felt input from all members in order to reach a unanimous course of action to address a seemingly impossible problem. This is not just a customarily rationale yes/no decision based on a simple majority of votes, but rather a more intuitively creative choice. He carries these concepts to an upwardly global application as well. I met Jim Rough while on a trip to Port Townsend, Washington, to visit our daughter and her husband who also live there. I found Jim to be a most genial, articulate gentleman fully dedicated to the improvement of every aspect of our democratic culture. If that appeals to you as well, I recommend that you get in touch with him at his website, www.wisedemocracy.org. You'll find him most anxious to satisfy your interest in his comprehensive vision.

—George Krause

In Response to, "Natural World: The trouble with people and deer." (10/25)

Thank you for this badly needed article! Everything you say is true and more. Just ask the Boulder, Colorado residents about it! The book, "Beast in the Garden," explains it all and it will happen here too if people don't wise up!

We just moved here last winter from our remote ranch in the Colorado Rockies where we are very familiar with mountain lions. They never bothered us luckily because there were WILD deer to keep them fed, but this is a totally different situation! Besides the excellent information in this article, there is another issue to feeding deer. They are browsers, meaning they eat small twigs, a bit of grass, leaves and broadleaf plants. Their digestive systems redesigned to extract nutrients from these food sources. The things people feed deer will actually cause these deer to starve to death in a bad snow, hard winter! No matter how much hay or blocks they eat! They don't have the digestive enzymes in their gut—unlike cattle and goats—to extract the nutrients needed to get them through the winter!

So do the deer, lions and humans and other animals a favor and stop feeding them! And read the book, "Beast In The Garden." You really don't want Bend to end up a Boulder, CO situation!!

— Jean Vertefeuille-Cutler

If you were to ask someone if they would feed bear, cougar or coyote in their yards you would likely get a strong "no" reply. However by feeding deer you are doing just that.

— Caroline Tabor-Tschida


Very powerful words, all in a tweet-length comment. If succinct tweets were all that's necessary to become president, you'd qualify! Or wait, that might already be true. Either way, come in for your gift card to Palate.

— Nicole Vulcan, Editor

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