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As a native Oregonian, I have always been upset with the idea that Oregon is "for sale". The title of this segment (the selling of oregon) should be an alarm to everyone. I grew up here, and have spent time all over the US. There are two things, in my opinion, that make Oregon great; that there aren't very many people here-we have not "worn out" the natural beauty that the whole country once had, AND that those people that are here are Oregonians. You do not have to be born here to be an Oregonian, but you do not become an Oregonian simply by living here a certain amount of years. (no matter how much you love it, not everyone has the "right stuff"....so sorry) Whether we were born here or not, we are rare and special people in the way we think about and take care of the place we live. If you "sell" Oregon, it is gone, the same as if you sell any other thing of value. (can't have your cake and eat it)
It is very simple;ONCE YOU SELL SOMETHING, YOU DON'T OWN IT ANYMORE. I don't know why you (OPB) connot understand-I'm guessing most of the folks working for OPB, although probably good people, are not from around here, you're here because you have a great job in a beautiful place working for a wonderful organization. But your job, as everyone's, depends on people and businesses here having money. Yeah I know how you are funded, I am a supporter. And I know that no one can donate to OPB if they don't have money. And I understand that the economy is bad.
This particular show was just TOO much. You shouldn't pander to those who only interest here is the almighty dollar. There are plenty of organizations whose mission is to promote economic growth at any cost-that is NOT the job of MY public radio station.
I am afraid it is too late- Oregon has been "for sale" for years, I just heard this show and it reminded me that there are still many people that claim to be Oregonians, that are just marketing it.
Glad I got to live here while it was still owned (and shared) by everyone.
Mikey- Bend (Born in Eugene, grew up in Coos Bay)
(Yes, we hillbillies that don't live in Portland can read and write, too. )
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