No dogs at Riley Ranch

This is in response to Erik Lukens’ Oct. 15 Sunday column about the Riley Ranch Nature Reserve banning dogs.

I do not own an animal. I love dogs, but I don’t necessarily love your dog. I don’t know your animal. I hike all over town and on local trails and have had incidents where aggressive dogs threatened me. Once, the police had to handle the issue.

When I’m hiking with my wife, it is discomforting when strange dogs running up to us. There’s always a moment of anxiety. How friendly is this dog?

If he jumps up to greet us, how wet and muddy is he? Why should we have to worry about those things?

Then, there’s the issue of dog “reminders” left near the trail. Often, we’ve seen full plastic bags left along the side of the trail.

Maybe Erik should do some research. Bend has several off-leash dog parks. How much did those cost to build and maintain? While some are heavily used, others are mostly empty.

Who benefits from this expense for taxpayers? Only dog owners and only those who choose to use them.

If dog owners controlled and picked up after their animal, I’d be far less concerned. think Bend can have one area without dogs.

Chip LaFurney

Bend

Don’t support Crooked River Ranch levy

So far, I have not seen any statistics regarding crime in Crooked River Ranch. Has it suddenly skyrocketed? And what type of crimes have risen, and could they have been prevented or stopped by the sheriffs? According to Sheriff Adkins, the main reason will be for “traffic control.”

I think he meant to say traffic citations. Meanwhile, the deputies we pay for will be serving the rest of Jefferson Ccounty. Shouldn’t that be a county tax?

I am serving on the Crooked River Ranch board of directors, and some of the board members point to Sunriver, Black Butte and Eagle Crest as examples to follow. Most of us that live on the ranch are not wannabes. We don’t want to be like Sunriver, Black Butte or Eagle Crest.

There are many living on the ranch that have trouble paying their homeowners association fees, and a payment plan was developed for them. How will this extra tax burden affect them?

If we decide the sheriffs are not needed, do they get laid off? Sheriff Adkins admitted that there is no guarantee that the tax would not be raised to pay for raises for these added deputies.

Redmond is considering taxing their water.

The elephant in the room is the unfunded retirement programs, and until this issue is seriously looked at, citizens will be seeing special taxes on anything they can think of — even your water.

Carol Orr

Crooked River Ranch

Back the carbon tax

It’s great some Republicans are accepting science. Federally, the 50-member House Climate Solutions Caucus, half of whom are Republicans, proposes legislation. But in Oregon, our Republican representatives sit on their hands. Many of them claim to accept the science, but talking the talk is inadequate; they must walk the walk.

After a season of national hurricane and wildfire disasters almost certainly made more severe by human-induced emissions of climate pollution, the urgency of action should be hitting home.

Facing a legislative proposal that places a cap on our contribution to this global warming problem, Oregon’s Republicans grope from reason to reason to oppose meaningful action. While a few Oregon Republicans stick their heads in the sand, tout the denier hoaxes and claim not to believe the science, others claim to accept the science and do nothing.

We’ve had purely voluntary pollution-reduction goals in place for 10 years and are nowhere near the trajectory of reduction we need to be; voluntary goals have failed. It’s time to support the Clean Energy Jobs Bill — a win-win solution for rural Oregon with funds allocated to support renewable energy projects in economically depressed areas.

Trisha Vigil

Medford

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