To the Editor:

Save Sisters’ trees!

It was shocking to learn that what I thought was simply the limbing up of a monumental ponderosa pine by the City or C.E.C., was actually a majestic ponderosa pine being felled by a Redmond company, with no City permit to do so, hired by a property owner who wrongly believed the tree was his. 

On the morning the magnitude of this majestic tree claimed its final resting place along Larch Street, our entire house and those of my neighbors reverberated from its now dead weight. I cried. This corpse lies witness to the decision-making of one overzealous resident. Its neighbors await the City’s response.

We are a “Tree City.” So why is it that Sisters residents are cutting down huge, shelter-giving ponderosas? Because they’re messy? Inconveniently located? 

Unless the illegally-felled 150-year-old ponderosa on Larch Street was your neighborhood tree, you would likely have no idea of the shelter and beauty this elder pine provided. I’m sure the folks who live and walk on Pine Street, where a similar extermination took place last year, share our collective, sobering grief.

At this historic time in history, when nature affords most of us the single most restorative antidote to the craziness, why are some Sisters residents interested in turning our tree-lined streets into treeless, urban walkways? If these huge ponderosas are such an inconvenience, please consider living elsewhere and leave Sisters trees standing tall for future generations. 

Kay Grady


To the Editor:

A gentleman passed last week, alone in his truck in the Deschutes National Forest; we believe he was approximately 86 years old. Bill was a proud man. He spoke often of his service to our country as a U.S. Marine for 25 years, and of his three daughters. What we know about his past is only what he told us; we cannot attest to his accounts. We are, however, comfortable in describing Bill as a good man, at times a little difficult and a bit loud but a man who was sensitive and wanted friendship. We met Bill last year while hiking the Deschutes. My dog came upon him, startled him for a moment, and then this strong Marine revealed a gentle and loving nature as he interacted with Cassy. I need to believe that Bill passed peacefully and that he has other friends in Sisters who will pray for him and remember him. We certainly will.

Lt. Chris Salisbury, USMC Foundation

To the Editor:

I am writing this as a long-time resident and business owner.

Anyone that has lost money due to the Governor Kate Brown’s lock down and “Stay at Home Order”:

This direct order was a violation of your constitutional rights, a violation of her signed oath for office and deliberately stepping on the graves of our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice’s for your freedoms.

It is your right to invoice and bill the Governor.

Her order violates your constitutional rights as an American citizen and to do business by choice as an American citizen. Her order is also an act of perjury which violates and contradicts her signed oath of office to uphold state and federal constitutions.

Whether you are a small business owner or now without income. I am asking you to join me and others to invoice your losses and to bill Kate Brown for your lost income.

Please postal mail invoices to:

Governor Kate Brown

900 Court St. NE

Salem, Oregon 97301

Richard Esterman

Editor’s note: Richard Esterman serves as a City Councilor for the City of Sisters. His letter is not written in an official capacity but as he notes, as a private citizen.


To the Editor:

This is in response to Michael Wells recent Letter to the Editor: I have only lived in Sisters 41 years, moving here to raise my children (ages 3 and 5 at the time) in the Sisters School District. My family has had the most wonderful experience of living, thriving, contributing to the Sisters community. So we need two more classrooms at the elementary school — donated materials, builders and volunteers and we have two more classrooms. No problem.

I have no idea where you are from (I can guess), but you might want to check with old timers to see how we get things accomplished. I am available to assist in anything.

Charlene Cash


To the Editor:

I’m not a writer; I’m just a guy that likes intelligent political debate. I write in what I consider understandable English. In other words, when the reader gets done reading, did they understand my intent? Not whether or not I spelled properly or used proper grammar and punctuation. I can diagram a sentence; I just don’t feel like doing it here. Will Rogers is still read today, whether or not you believed his insights, he wrote in understandable English and couldn’t spell a lick (sp).

Complaining about political rants, by a writer that simply wants to stimulate readers, is tantamount to your complaining about the ending of a book, without having ever read the beginning. If both sides read just a little bit more of the other side, we might find compromise somewhere in between. You don’t need to love a thought, but hating that thought is totally ignorant.

Anyway my current thought or Political Rant is about Monday Morning Politics or Monday Morning Presidency. Using the current pandemic as an example, the President has proposed ordering a bazillion face mask and other PPE to get ready for the next pandemic. He is doing this not for some kind of preventative medical reasoning, but for political gain, which is forced on him by pundits of Monday Morning Politics.

The day this pandemic became a media issue is the same day it became a tool to be placed in the “Got’cha Tool Box.” Maintaining this tool box, in preparation for the next political divide, is all at our expense.  Nowhere on earth is hindsight more prevalent than American politics. So I ask you; who will be held accountable for the next pandemic, related to a foot-borne virus, where ventilators and face mask will have absolutely no value? For that answer; stay tuned for Monday Night Politics.

Terry Coultas


To the Editor:

In the last issue of The Nugget Newspaper the guest editorial I wrote raises the absence of formal, certified qualifications Sheriff’s candidate Schaier has for the office.

In response to a similar comment made on his campaign page last week Schaier responded with the following.

“Leadership is a character trait not a college diploma or your credentials through a state police academy. Leadership takes the courage to understand your strengths but embrace your weaknesses. Leadership is the commitment to surround yourself with people who are loyal to the community and the profession, not to an individual.” — Candidate Scott Schaier

Oregon’s Department of Public Safety, Standards & Training disagrees with him.

DPSST offers three levels of management/leadership training. There are specific criteria to be accepted for the professional development these courses provide.The Supervisory, Management, and Executive Management courses are meant to prepare a law enforcement professional in her/his profession. 

Candidate Schaier’s self-definition of leadership reflects, again, his gross lack of even the most basic career accomplishments to date.  He is ineligible to even APPLY to attend this training.  

Paraphrasing retired Navy SEAL officer and author Jocko Willink:

“People look for the shortcut. The hack. The shortcut is a lie. The hack doesn’t get you there. To reach goals and overcome obstacles... will not happen by itself. It will not happen cutting corners, taking shortcuts, or looking for the easy way.” — “Discipline Equals Freedom,” Willink

Candidate Schaier is looking for the hack, the shortcut. He says so himself. Good leaders don’t need the hack.  They do the hard work, make the cut, prove themselves, and by doing so earn the right to lead.

Greg Walker (ret)

USA Special Forces

Deschutes County SO


To the Editor:

When I heard about the stump removal along highway 20 west of Sisters, I could not believe it. This is absurd!

Never before have I seen stump grinding occur after a logging project in the woods. Then I see Peter Murphy on TV saying ODOT is removing the stumps because they are a “hazard” to cars drifting off the road. What?! As if a few thousand trees are not a hazard! 

I immediately knew the story was BS! Then I realized what was going on. The folks that were “heartbroken” and “devastated” by the removal of these trees just could not stand seeing those damn stumps! The reminder of the “horror” they witnessed! What a waste of money!

I said it before and I’ll say it again, GET OVER IT!

Not staying home.

Kris Nirenberg


To the Editor:

I have not said much about this year’s senior class, the Class of 2020.

I want to start by congratulating you on your pending graduation! I also want be clear, it is unfair that you lost the spring of your senior year due to COVID-19. Please do not take this as a political statement. Regardless of the situation, the Class of 2020 did not get a prom, a spring sports season, final music performances, and no traditional Sisters High School graduation ceremony. Additionally, you lost the unofficial events, the interactions with staff and classmates that spontaneously arise as your final semester unfolds.

Some folks will downplay the situation because they won’t know what it feels like to have their senior year stripped away at the last minute. 

I am sad for you, but if there is any group that can plow through this in creative ways, it is your group. There is no pandemic strong enough to silence you or dent the passion of the Class of 2020. Keep your head up and keep fighting. Please know that we need you because you provide us hope for our future. This year may not be what you envisioned, but I’m eager to see what you do with it.

Although the spring of 2020 has been different than any of us would have imagined, know that you have a community that stands behind. Thank you to our staff for their work during these challenging times, I could not be more proud of our staff and how they have responded to this crisis.

Together, we will come through this, and we will look at the world differently. Be kind to yourself, and wrap each other in support and love.

Thanks to the Class of 2020, you give us hope for our future. I know you will make the Sisters community proud.

Curt Scholl

SSD, Superintendent