• Who knew we would get to the point that it’s a good thing to be the irritating person who gets in other people’s business?
  • It may seem that our cousins in the big cities are over-reacting, but a time of crisis generally brings out the best in people who live in small communities.
  • Before becoming a non-profit organization, the founding members of Age Friendly Sisters Country (AFSC) listened to local seniors, heard their concerns, and compiled data about their needs. What they learned in those early days was that the same issues facing aging adults affected people of all ages. 
  • Land-use planning in the U.S. began in the late 1800s at the intersection of three vocations: public health, architecture, and social work, as all three groups had concerns about the arrangement of cities and the potential impacts of their growth. 
  • In the early years of our country, there was a plot of ground in Boston set aside for the “common use” of all citizens — now a lovely park called the Boston Commons. Citizens brought cows and sheep to graze; others planted crops. But in time a conflict arose as the land became oversubscribed. Who gets to use it? Who makes the rules? What are the common values and mechanisms for governing our commons?
  • Many readers of the February 12 article on recreational shooting in the National Forest may not know that Federal law expressly promotes and protects such shooting, or of the importance of recreational shooting to Central Oregon. 
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently released a letter of support for removing the four lower Snake River dams in eastern Washington; an action that, if realized, would short-change the environment and electric ratepayers. 
  • In the game of basketball there are winners and losers. Lovers of the game hate losing. It’s like a bad taste you can’t get out of your mouth. 
  • The Sisters School Board took little action at their January 16 hearing concerning what actions should be taken against Brittaney and Tom Neibergall, the SHS girls basketball coaches. 
  • Many folks in Sisters are lamenting the loss of our Book Corner, the longtime source of used books and DVDs, etc. Of course we all cheer the prospect of library expansion in any of the Deschutes Library branches, but I think a few aspects of the reorganization need to be highlighted. 
  • On a recent afternoon I spent a bit of time at Paulina Springs Book Store researching layouts for my up-and-coming book about my dog Walker, and I spotted the timeless, well-loved book of “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey.
  • 2019 — See ya!
    This year has been the year of “lasts” in our home. It was my senior daughter’s last year of school...last soccer game...last holiday lip synch assembly...last Holiday Hoop Tourney, etc. For Hubs, it’s the “last” term attending school at OSU.
  • The Three Wind development is right next to a significant number of The Pines homes, and four of the high-density apartment buildings abut directly behind these homes, with a so-called buffer of two-inch caliper trees which will take many years to grow into an actual buffer.
  • The evening of January 18 of this year my daughter and her friend were struck by a moving vehicle making a left turn onto North Oak Street from East Cascade Avenue. The two teen girls were walking inside the crosswalk when the vehicle struck my daughter from behind directly on the outside of her right leg, which threw both girls onto the paved surface.
  • A Sisters contractor just completed some work for my house and we were talking about the benefits of electric cars and the real cost of gasoline. I was shocked when he told me that his workforce used 25 percent of the companies fuel up just idling the work trucks unnecessarily. He hopes to eliminate this behavior because it’s an avoidable expense. He had devices installed in his trucks to monitor fuel usage. 
  • One of the side effects of democracy is that a small, very vocal minority can grab the podium when the majority of folks are too busy, or maybe too apathetic, to fight for their voices to be heard. It happens in national elections and it happens in small communities. This phenomenon is manifested in the development and expansion of the Sisters township.
  • An ad campaign designed to get locals thinking about east-west connectivity in Bend and encourage participation in a transportation survey has run afoul of cancel culture.
  • It’s great to see so many American businesses taking action against climate change.
  • Although Sisters is a safe community, there is always room for improvement.
  • The planning commission meeting last week was very disappointing. Watching the planning commission working on the new Hayden development, McKenzie Meadows Village, was painful.
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