Janet Stevens column: Bend should ensure homeless have a warming shelter

February in Bend is a changeling month: It often starts cold, only to have the … Read more

Janet Stevens column: People with intellectual disabilities need protection from abuse

Early in January, National Public Radio ran a multiday series of stories about sex abuse … Read more

Janet Stevens column: A shopping trip, the ‘r’ word and a mother’s regret

I’m almost never at a loss for words. I read them and write them all … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Principals built culture of caring at Bend High

Bend High School certainly deserved the honor it received from Special Olympics Oregon on Jan. … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Without a cat for the first time in memory

I woke up Sunday morning without a cat on my bed. That may be the … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Federal act guarantees help for homeless students

More than 1,000 kids across Central Oregon are, by federal standards at least, homeless this … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Redmond woman plans a bakery for now, but wants to be a cop later

Arianna Whitehurst — Anna, for short — seems mighty wise for her years. I met … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Alyce Hatch Center helps special needs kids

Though I had read about it earlier, my first real exposure to the Alyce Hatch … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Community is strengthened by people who see need and work to address it

In 1975, when Jerry Sherman was a much younger man, he had one of those … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Sponsored homeless camp idea has merit

Housing First is the approach to homelessness that says the best way to end the … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Poorest men and women face tough season ahead

Fall has always been one of Central Oregon’s most beautiful times of year in my … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Legislative mistake on modified diplomas could have imperiled services

Special education is, in some ways, the Forbidden Forest of public education. Like Harry Potter’s … Read more

Janet Stevens column: State needs focused approach to treating addiction

September was National Recovery Month, the month appointed by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Eliminating sheltered workshops may not be best for the disabled

I agree that those among us — including my daughter — with intellectual or developmental … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Sheltered workshops serve important role

If you’ve never heard of Olmstead v L.C., you can be forgiven. Unless you have … Read more

Stevens column: Online comments would benefit from good manners

Maybe it’s having lived through a winter of perfectly rotten weather, or the state of … Read more

Janet Stevens column: Show compassion for the homeless

It’s so easy to criminalize the homeless, as one columnist I read regularly pointed out … Read more

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