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Powell Butte residents don't want Crossing Trails resort; Cemetery looking great despite persisting drought

Powell Butte residents don't want Crossing Trails resort

Last Wednesday evening, it didn't matter how much money you make, how much land you own or what party you vote for -- the group at Carey Foster Hall down in Prineville was "Powell Butte United." Factually speaking, not everybody was even from Powell Butte; we had friends from Prineville there, too. Thank you, thank you very much. So, what was this great bonding event, you ask? It was a contingent of area residents who don't want their community altered for the worse.

There is an out-of-state-based LLC trying to build a destination resort — Crossing Trials Resort — on the southwestern slope of Grass Butte, at the corner of Parrish Lane and Wiley Road, in the farming and ranching community of Powell Butte, Oregon. Though touted as a facility beneficial to and for the community, it actually is neither. It is an elbow-to-elbow, high-density housing project combined with a little green space and an abbreviated amenities area on what is supposed to be agricultural land. The planned resort really doesn't offer anything to the locals, except less water, less power and more traffic — providing anyone falls for the hype of what a wonderous and magical place this "resort" will be. See, we in Powell Butte already know what bovine manure is.

At the meeting, the builder group's lawyer tried to paint a picture of just how marvelous the resort will be and its opportunities for Powell Butte and the surrounding area — as if we would seriously leave our homes to drive a couple of miles to stay there overnight simply to use their pool and cabañas and shop in their minimarts. The lawyer even went as far as mentioning it as a place for spring break activities. Well, hey there counselor, this ain't Panama City or Cancun, and we have no interest in having spring break, as such, celebrated in our community. We are farming and ranching folk — "cowboys and cowgirls," as one speaker put it — and we like it that way. That's why we live here. We didn't come here simply for a house and property — this is our home. Crossing Trails Resort does not belong here and frankly speaking, never will.

Brian O'Connor

Powell Butte

Progressive Zealotry is an issue not highlighted

Perhaps you've noticed a pandemic different from COVID-19 affecting the U.S. and much of the world today. While Russia's war on Ukraine and the ongoing Jan 6 congressional hearings have commanded majority attention, a fundamentally degenerative activity — Progressive Zealotry — has steadily gained momentum.

Progressive Zealotry claims to make things better, but the rhetoric and results don't match. For instance, we are constantly reminded about, and expected to believe without question, so-called atrocities that we are unable to observe for ourselves, like systematic racism, systematic police brutality, Environmental Social Governance, white supremacy and critical race theory. But Progressive Zealotry results we are able to observe include illegal immigrants and drugs crossing our southern border, reduced funding of police, racism in mathematics, feminine products in kindergarten boys bathrooms and district attorneys refusing to prosecute or simply letting criminals out of jail.

While zealotry is rampant, reality often doesn't exist. Climate change efforts are a prime example. There are legitimate disagreements among fully qualified people on the causes of global warming, and the planet is warming. But global warming has two components: Mother Nature's impact and manmade impact. Mother Nature's impact essentially gets ignored; manmade impacts get virtually all the attention, mostly, in my view, because of money.

Al Gore proved the money issue years ago, and he is still spouting ridiculous stuff much like he did in 2009, when he proclaimed that if nothing was done, the Antarctic ice pack would be gone by 2015. Nothing was done, but the southern ice pack is still there. Gore educated the world in how money could be accumulated, lots of it, by pushing catastrophe-laden global warming prognostications. Catastrophe-laden prognostications continue to this day.

In fairness, there are anti-fossil fuel advocates whose intentions are sincere and honorable. But their actions are oftentimes misplaced, especially those who attempt to force change. Solutions to the problems from fossil fuel consumption will only be solved with technological advancements. Technology advancements take time, and no amount of impatience will bring those advancements sooner.

A measured approach to solving climate change issues is more realistic. Attempting to force-feed solutions will inevitably prove ineffective and unnecessarily harsh, such as what would have been the case had Republican legislators not left our state to prevent passage of a cap and trade bill that had zero chance to improve anything and a 100% chance to create serious hardship for many people. Zealotry has no boundaries nor conscience.

Al Phillips

Prineville

Cemetery looking great despite persisting drought

Have you driven by Juniper Haven Cemetery lately? If you haven't, you should. This year, it is looking very nice, upkept and a remarkable change from this time last year. Thank you to the cemetery board and the dedicated employees at Juniper Haven Cemetery for maintaining Juniper Haven Cemetery for as long as you can this year. Even with watering on a limited basis this year, with what limited water you have available to you as allowed by OID, it is keeping it green and looking nice.

Jim Puckett

Prineville

Gun control survey does not represent all of Oregon

The article was titled "Survey: Majority of Oregonians support stricter gun laws." The article stated that "59% of survey respondents say they want stricter firearm laws." The article further stated that 1,446 Oregon adults were surveyed to reach the conclusion that Oregonians want stricter gun laws.

According to the Oregon demographic statistics, there are 2,574,873 adults in Oregon (age 18 and older). So, the survey was done by questioning 0.56158175% (barely one half of 1 percentile) of the adults in Oregon to reach the conclusion that Oregonians want stricter gun laws.

Wake up people! One half of 1 percentile does NOT represent Oregon!

Barbara Higgins

Prineville


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