Our Own Airing of Grievances | Culture Features | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Coverage for Central Oregon, by Central Oregonians.
100% Local. No Paywalls.

Every day, the Source publishes a mix of locally reported stories on our website, keeping you up to date on developments in news, food, music and the arts. We’re committed to covering this city where we live, this city that we love, and we hear regularly from readers who appreciate our ability to put breaking news in context.

The Source has been a free publication for its 22 years. It has been free as a print version and continued that way when we began to publish online, on social media and through our newsletters.

But, as most of our readers know, times are different for local journalism. Tech giants are hoovering up small businesses and small-business advertising—which has been the staple for locally owned media. Without these resources, journalism struggles to bring coverage of community news, arts and entertainment that social media cannot deliver.

Please consider becoming a supporter of locally owned journalism through our Source Insider program. Learn more about our program’s benefits by clicking through today.

Support Us Here

Culture » Culture Features

Our Own Airing of Grievances

We witness a lot of minor calamities here at the Source. Once a year, we have to call you out about it



Since the 1960s, Festivus has been held on Dec. 23, in homes where their denizens don't ascribe to more traditional interpretations of the holidays. The secular, invented holiday—made more public thanks to its inclusion in a "Seinfeld" episode—includes quirky elements such as a Festivus pole, feats of strength, observation of Festivus miracles and—our favorite—the airing of grievances.

While Festivus has passed, we're pausing at the end of this year to air our own grievances... about things we see in the community that might need some gentle "tweaking" in the future. As you make merry this season, turn off that RBF, cast the corners of your upper lip in an upward direction and read on.

  • Canstockphoto.com

Dog Crap: You bagged it, now toss it

Hey, you moved to Bend! Good on ya. Now, let's talk about the little black bags you carry around on your dog's leash so when Fido drops a bomb, you can do your duty (pun intended) and pick up his or her crap.

I appreciate that people, for the most part, pick up their dog's waste. However, that's only part of the process. Picking it up and leaving it in the black plastic bag so it can decompose over the next 27 lifetimes in the middle of the trail is about as helpful as getting your trash halfway to the dumpster, getting distracted and leaving it in the middle of the parking lot for someone else to deal with. I'm not stoked to step in your pooch's dung, but at the same time, seeing 40 bags filled with crap dotting the landscape like black pustules when I'm on a hike makes me wonder which is worse.

Having to take a second grader into school with poop-covered shoes isn't my type of party, so for those who pick up after their dog—thank you. But, let's get the job done all the way. If you bothered to bag the sh*t, bother to throw it in the garbage. — Chris Miller

  • Canstockphoto.com


I don't have much to gripe about — Bend is a lovely place to live! However, from the POV of the Source Weekly calendar editor, I do have a pet peeve: STOP USING ALL CAPS TO DESCRIBE YOUR EVENT. IT IS UNNECESSARY AND OBNOXIOUS FOR THE READER. (See what I mean? Not fun to look at. Use your inside voice.) — Keely Damara

  • Canstockphoto.com

The booze-versus-buds double standard

We've got brewpubs and tasting rooms! Cycle pubs and Brewfests! We've got diarrhea-and-cirrhosis-inducing elixirs galore! All of it makes the tourism brochures. Meanwhile, marijuana furrows the brows of our drunken leadership and drunken neighbors, and drunken parents, who stumble to Facebook with "concern" that the devil's lettuce will prelude the fall of their children if a dispensary goes up within five football fields of an unlicensed daycare. Hey Karen and Bill, ever consider that Brayden and McKenzie are corrupted by your nightly chardonnay flights and not the vague smell of cannabis under LED lights? Calm thy bosom. Try a gummy. — Jeremy Dickman

  • Canstockphoto.com

Consistency, Please

It's easy to find a good meal in Bend, but it's difficult to find it twice. What a disappointment to crave that dish again only to be let down by inconsistent preparation. It's either overdressed, under-seasoned or just plain meh. Is it a lack of good help? Is the chef too tired from spending the morning on the mountain? It doesn't matter, because we have so many visitors? You would think a chain restaurant would be immune to this problem. Nope, I've experienced it at Chipotle, too. The solution? Eat at home or never order the same dish twice. — Lisa Sipe

  • Canstockphoto.com

Canna-preneurs seeing only dollah dollah billz

Next level disrupter Canna-preneurs with more money than class, a Sahara Desert level of thirst for press and attention, talkin' loud and sayin' nothing, the ones with deeper and longer relationships with alcohol and blow than cannabis, whose favorite effect of cannabis is its balance sheet potential. Often pastel-polo clad, topped with an achingly punch-able face which gives laughable lip service to support of medical marijuana, expanding opportunities for women and people of color in the industry, and craft cannabis. Try doing some good while you do well in the industry and seek out strains supportive of self-reflection and empathy. Please. — Josh Jardine

  • Canstockphoto.com

Readers who don't read before commenting

Readers, we heart you. We heart that you come to bendsource.com or our social media channels and check out our workz. But is it too much to ask to read all the way to the end of stories—sometimes a Lilliputian 250 words in length—before you post a question that could be answered by the text? We know you're busy. We are too—busy spending hours or sometimes days researching, interviewing sources and fact-checking the stuff we publish. And hey, our paper's free, too—with no annoying online paywall! Your end of the bargain: reading the whole story before you post that comment. — Nicole Vulcan

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Add a comment

More by The Source Staff

Latest in Culture Features