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May 23,2006
Kids are fatter today than they once were. Lifestyle changes are doubtless to blame. One such change involves the ready availability of sugar-rich soda in many schools, where formerly the choices were just water and milk. Happily, that trend may be reversed. In a deal brokered by former President Clinton and the American Heart Association, the big makers of soft drinks have agreed to a strategic retreat from the nation's schools. The pact banishes almost all ... [full story]
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May 31,2006
In the face of intense globalization in virtually every level of society, it is important to keep in touch with local news and community events.  It seems that the smaller our world becomes, the more important it is to maintain a feeling of what we can actually see happening around us with our own eyes.  This is precisely the vision of Bend Weekly • keeping journalism local.  Who better to report on the topics that ... [full story]
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Jun 14,2006
With congressmen allegedly accepting bribes, drug-runners crossing the border and Osama bin Laden on the lam, the FBI has a lot on its plate. So it seems a bit odd that agents just spent two weeks looking for Jimmy Hoffa. Remember him? The Teamsters kingpin with alleged Mafia ties vanished in 1975 and hasn't surfaced since, though for a while postmortem Hoffa sightings were second only to Elvis apparitions. Hoffa's remains are thought to have been ... [full story]
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Jun 21,2006
The president of a major union is, in essence, a politician beholden to his members. Like all politicians, he survives by delivering good news, not bad. So, it's notable that Ron Gettelfinger of the United Autoworkers Union left the sugar-coating off his annual address at the union convention in Las Vegas. "The challenges we face aren't the kind that can be ridden out," he warned his membership. "They're structural challenges, and they require new and farsighted solutions." He ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2006
No reasonable person would deny that a government and a country at war against international terrorism must cloak some of that war in secrecy. That's especially true on the vital matter of intelligence gathering, the decisive front in identifying and defeating an unconventional, hidden enemy that operates by stealth. We also have a cherished Constitution whose Bill of Rights begins with a First Amendment guaranteeing a free press, an institutional bedrock of American liberties. That free press ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2006
There’s no tiptoeing around the matter. Former Steptoeville, known now as “the town so nice they named it twice”, Walla Walla’s residents are hell-bent on blaming Bend for their recent outbreak of rurbia. A phenomenon occurring throughout the West, rurbia is a blending of urban, rural and suburbia. The fate of nearly 360 acres of Walla Walla farmland lies in the hands of county commissioners. If approved, the development will include 365 new homes, a ... [full story]
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Jul 28,2006
Sam Walton said it best when he said, “…we’ll lower the cost of living for everyone, not just in America, but we’ll give the world an opportunity to see what it’s like to save and have a better lifestyle, a better life for all.” Sadly enough, Wal-Mart’s smiley face logo is no longer smiling. To see horns protruding from the happy little guy would be no surprise these days. According to area Wal-Mart critics, the ... [full story]
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Aug 03,2006
The melodic chirping of our feathered friends has been silenced by the roaring buzz of area chainsaws. Thankfully, City Councilor John Hummel has proposed that a tree ordinance be placed on the city books. A municipal tree ordinance is long overdue in Bend. Developers and homeowners alike have had too much leeway in hacking away our most treasured trees. With no regulations currently in place, it’s time for The Bend City Council to take clear ... [full story]
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Aug 11,2006
If Jesse James were alive today, he’d be working for America Online, the number one Internet mobster. The Wild West is alive and well in AOL land where the burly outlaw barges through saloon doors, pistols drawn, demanding more and more money, betraying the public trust under the guise of sweet promises. It’s a wonder that Internet users aren’t sitting at their computers with knives embedded in their backs, three letters etched onto the stainless ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
Open the door, throw open the windows and air out the Bend City Council meetings. Councilors finally agreed on July 19 to release the 13-page Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Juniper Ridge Partners LLC, revealing the preliminary agreement on the proposed Juniper Ridge 1500 acre development. Ears are pricking up all around Bend as local radio stations air ads urging taxpayers to take note, warning “Juniper Ridge, the future of Bend, is going sideways!” Sideways ... [full story]
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Aug 25,2006
Taxpayers beware.  Congress has given private collection agencies the green light to go after delinquent taxpayers, a direct effect of piles of campaign dollars tossed at the feet of congressmen. Privatizing debt collection is certain to cause a snowball effect of perverse corruption at its finest. This new decision can only be calculated as a huge loss to everyone involved, except the collection agencies. Under privatized debt collection, the IRS will only collect $1.4 billion ... [full story]
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Sep 01,2006
“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” A famous phrase from The Wizard of Oz echoed through the minds of Topeka residents after reading a published letter from Mark Phelps, son of Pastor Fred Phelps, who broke away from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka thirty-two years ago. In an attempt to dispel any illusions and in an effort to educate the public on his father’s fanatical point of view, he instructed the ... [full story]
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Sep 08,2006
The Bend City Council needs a wake up call.  Third Street has become a sea of signs.  Street corners are crowded with walking advertisements, folks carrying huge, unsightly signs.  Though there are some ordinances in place for pole signs, there are no restrictions placed upon these annoying sign-walkers.  Does anyone really read these signs?  It seems most passers-by are aghast at the proliferation of signage along Third Street, leaving many of them far too disgusted ... [full story]
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