• Few would argue against “free speech” as being a basic tenet of our democracy. It’s the First Amendment of the Constitution, after all.
  • Sisters is getting set to celebrate the reading life. The Sisters Festival of Books runs Friday-Sunday, October 18-20.
  • Where does the notion of “freedom of speech” come from? Our Constitution’s first amendment.
  • Sisters Community Foundation is looking for community members to join with it to help provide Sisters Country with the exciting new benefits voted for by the Sisters community in the Community Visioning Project.
  • I read a letter to the editor last week from Laura West regarding racism in America, and more specifically white supremacy, that contained some good points. Racism absolutely still exists. As does white supremacy, which is just one of the many types of racism that we see in the United States

  • A friend gave a nice chiropractic adjustment to my thinking last week. It was so gently and skillfully administered that I wasn’t even aware that it had happened for a couple of hours.
  • The House Judiciary Committee indulged in some bizarre (and lame) theatrics in bringing Watergate co-conspirator-turned-star-witness John Dean to “testify” on the “historical context” of the Mueller Report earlier this month.
  • Thank you for being my fellow board members over the past five years — we achieved much including passing a bond and hiring a new superintendent and two great new administrators — but as I have voiced at several of our meetings I leave frustrated at our struggles with change.
  • This letter responds to the letters written both in support and against the Sisters High School girls’ basketball coaches. Rather than delve into case-specific details of the complaints against those coaches, I would urge the community to step back and consider the purpose of high school athletics. The real intent of athletics is to teach our kids about teamwork, leadership, persistence, goal-setting, and how to treat one-another in a group setting. These are the values that help players win throughout their personal and professional lives.
  • I have lived here in Sisters for 15 years. My children started school here in kindergarten and graduated/will graduate from Sisters High School. All three kids were involved in multiple sports. In fact, sports are what really made them happiest and helped them to grow the most.
  • The Sisters City Council at the May 15 meeting, encouraged by certain staff members and based on facts that were not entirely accurate, approved to make Williamson and Hill connecting streets from the new Hayden development at McKenzie Meadows Village.
  • I’m a big believer in “safe spaces.”
  • I served in uniform for 24 years and fought in two U.S. military campaigns. The last 10 years of my working career provided non-clinical advocacy as a Department of Defense-trained recovery care coordinator, first with the U.S. Special Operations Command Warrior Care Program (2009-2013) and then in the private sector.
  • I have followed plans by the Forest Service to limit public access to three of Oregon’s most popular wilderness areas for years. The Cascade Wilderness Strategies Project is intended to protect the wilderness from overuse by controlling public access.
  • My heart sank as I read contentious letters relating to the book "George."
  • "Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?"

    - Proverbs 6:27

    In the January 23 issue of The Nugget, T. Lee Brown stressed the importance of healthy male touching. Overall, the content was well-intentioned and helpful. She cites pornography as a hindrance to healthy touching, stating, "Some porn addicts lose the ability to become aroused with real partners...Even non-addict porn users often develop social and relationship issues."

    This is important and correctly identifies a huge problem. After all, according to the Huffington Post, more users access porn sites every month than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined.
  • Idling a vehicle unnecessarily adds CO2 to the atmosphere, increasing global warming.
  • I'll have to admit that I'm shocked at the lack of response in the letters to the editor section, to the commentary ("FS wilderness restrictions are too severe," by Craig Eisenbeis, The Nugget, December 4, page 5).
  • FS wilderness restrictions are too severe
    "No significant impact" or "negligible" is the repetitive mantra of the Forest Service in their perfunctory "analysis" of their draconian measures limiting access to virtually all of our local wilderness. Poised for adoption in 2020, these restrictions may not have significant impact from their point of view; but they sure as heck have plenty of impact on me.
  • Last night I went to the City Council meeting to express my concern over point No. 6 of the new short-term rental regulations and also about the distinction between a STR that is "an entire house rental without the primary resident present" and a STR that is "a room or a series of rooms in a house where the primary resident lives concurrently."

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