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Mirror Pond

I am extremely disheartened at the current lack of public involvement regarding the future of Mirror Pond. According to the city's memo on Mirror Pond Key Facts, community input was given almost 10 years ago and the results were as follows:

"Community input indicated an even division between those who preferred the river to flow in a more natural-like manner versus those who preferred the current look of the pond.

"In an effort to respond to an evenly divided community, a third option was developed that reintroduced habitat to the bands of the river along Drake Park, created fish passage, and preserved the water elevation of Mirror Pond. This option was supported by 74% of those polled."

According to these previous surveys, a majority of the community did not support the dredging of Mirror Pond, unless the dam was removed and fish and recreational passage was created.

Also according to the memo, "Mirror Pond Solutions purchased land beneath the surface of Mirror Pond in 2015." The land beneath Mirror Pond is privately owned. Perhaps the private owners of the land/silt should pay for its removal instead of asking residents and river users to pay for it.

The city council should NOT move forward with taxing residents, creating river user fees, or using any tax money to dredge privately owned land without significant community involvement. Financing for the dredging of Mirror Pond should be put on a bond measure to see if the community wants to pay for this project.

—Dan Pilver

Patti Adair, Deschutes County Commissioner Candidate

I attended the Deschutes County Commissioner Candidates Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on October 3. Present were Tony DeBone and Amy Lowes (Position #1) and Patti Adair and James Cook (Position #3).

One of the questions put by the moderator concerned climate change. He asked each candidate in turn whether they were part of the 72 percent in Deschutes County who acknowledge that climate change is happening and understand that humans are the main drivers?

Adair was the first to go, saying, "OK. The climate has always been changing, I do believe that. We've had amazing differences, Greenland was green at one time. I actually lived in Seattle when Mt. St. Helens went off. The weather in Seattle changed for several years. It was a lot nicer. All the CO2 was released by an enormous volcano."

Wait. Did Adair actually suggest that the carbon dioxide released by the eruption warmed the weather in Seattle? And for several years? The prevailing winds at the time blew the plume east and the dust cloud did reduce nighttime cooling resulting in general warming for a few days in eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming (http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2013/05/weather-impacts-of-mount-saint-helens.html). But in Seattle? For several years? Is the candidate under the impression that CO2 is not a gas that is carried by the wind? Does she think that it lingered in the area for years, creating some kind of greenhouse "bubble" over Seattle?

Adair has been described as "devisive" and too extreme for Deschutes County. To that I'd add "nutty."

—Jack Elliott

Sexual Abuse/Harassment

Stay strong sisters. Consciousness is slow but progressive. I see evidence around the world that women are gaining ground to be respected as human beings. I am 76 years old. I was 64 years old before I began to be conscious of how I was abused as a female. I come from a time that unconsciousness ruled. When: Blind obedience to authority was required, sexual harassment common, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual abuse abounded. I was taught to believe in idyllic television families as the norm for life, contradictory to what I experienced. Identified pedophiles were told to move on to another town, Hamm's beer drinking boy athletes were chuckled over as boys will be boys in their exploitation of girls called easy lays. Perpetrators abounded in churches, getting away with it by repenting before their church members. Endured smutty jokes from male employers, used humor as a defense against groping male supervisors, male doctors, knew it futile to report attempted rape, knew friends raped at frat parties in college, received less pay than male counterparts because they had families to support, endured ridicule by other women who side with male perpetrators, live with Complex PTSD. I pledge my support to ANYONE who states they have/are being sexually abused or harassed, I 100 percent believe you.

—Pat Homeyer

Pat: Big sigh as we issue this week's Letter of the Week. When you come in for your gift card to Palate, maybe you'll use it to have a coffee with a survivor who's feeling extra triggered this week? This weekend, another reader, whose letter will not be published, suggested that the nomination of Justice Kavanaugh be used as a reason to discredit and shame a local woman who came forward to tell a story about a local political candidate's alleged actions toward her. This is where we remain. Bigger sigh.

—Nicole Vulcan

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