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Support Bend City Council change

There are a number of community members who have been questioning the recent City Council appointment to the vacant seat, myself included.

The voting process was a bit messy, and many feel a sense of betrayal, especially by our new Mayor Sally Russell, who I have been proud to support.

After considerable thought and discussion, the decision of the council and mayor, (and the mayor is an eminently practical and moderate person), has become understandable.

Mayor Russell spent hours researching the top candidates. Bend is fortunate to have had so many qualified and interested choices. As the mayor has stated, “The balancing act between the political and practical is tough.” Our mayor made a tough choice.

The appointment is for a nonpartisan position, but it was made partisan by many, including this newspaper by adding political affiliations to some of the list of candidates.

The new council member, as I understand, is a moderate, thoughtful community leader, with time to devote to the position. He will be bringing additional expertise deemed highly beneficial by the council and mayor.

For all of us who love and appreciate Bend, think this through in a nonpartisan manner, and do welcome Chris Piper to the City Council and support the decision made by the mayor and council.

Colette Blum-Meister


We need more repentance

There is a fine line between social media and unsocial media. It is becoming a bright line. Not surprising since humans are involved. The inclination is too easy to attack the messenger along with the message.

Abraham Lincoln lived at a time when wicked humor and mockery were common in the political marketplace.

He personally honed this skill, taking pleasure in “skinning” his political rivals with humor and mockery. But he came to repent of this behavior after reducing an opponent to tears and public humiliation. Another opponent, who lacked humor, challenged him to a duel. So he stopped.

Repentance is more than regret. It involves setting things right. A new mindset. A new attitude. A turning around.

For Lincoln, this meant focusing on doing the right thing for the right reasons.

Ultimately it meant working in partnership with a team of rivals. It was a beautiful mess that helped to end a civil war and the institution of slavery.

Yes, we all live in a world that is a beautiful mess. We could use a little more repentance. This will give us a glimmer of hope for turning things around.

Roger Austin


Don’t throw things from the chairlift

I am happy to be writing this column instead of being the subject of a front page story about how I lost an eye or worse while innocently skiing underneath Skyliner’s chair at Mt. Bachelor on Sunday.

You see, some kids (probably around 12) thought it was funny to throw a snowball or ice chunk off the chairlift towards me.

I saw an object coming out of the corner of my eye and ducked just in time. It hit me squarely on the top left corner of my helmet — and hard.

It left a mark that was deep and more significant than any mark I’ve had since skiing with a helmet over the past 20 plus years, surviving some pretty gnarly falls in the process. I didn’t get a good view of the kids, but I heard them laugh.

My skiing partner saw the kids throw the ice object, but didn’t get a good look.

I’m lucky. If I didn’t see the object out of the corner of my sunglasses, I feel it would have hit me squarely in the eye — shattering my glasses and causing serious damage to my eye.

I’m not trying to find this person, but I would ask all parents (I am a parent of a 6 and 4-year-old) to remind their kids to use their brain, and not make a tragic mistake that would cause reverberations for both themselves and the victims of their stupidity.

Jim Reinhart