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School Safety and Gun Control NOW

My opinion column to the Bend Bulletin and Redmond Spokesman was selected for publication on 2-20-2018:

Click HERE or HERE to read.

I have posted it BELOW as well:

It’s time…

It’s time – to recall the past when pencil, paper, and eraser were all a student required to be adequately equipped for school. It’s time to recall the days of practicing cursive and penmanship. It’s time to remember using actual textbooks in class – and taking those home for reference…one’s face in a book completing homework.

It’s time – to remember when the internet began to transform the teaching and learning experience. It’s time to consider when digital devices began to populate our classrooms – and appeared as appendages in our hands. It’s time to recognize that face-in-a-book has become Facebook.

It’s time – to revisit those memories when schools were adequately staffed with trained guidance counselors and staff – when students who displayed emotional and behavioral instability did not fall obliviously through the cracks of our educational system. It’s time to recognize that those who do suffer from mental health impairments, including students, require identification and treatment from qualified mental health professionals – whose caseloads are currently vastly overburdened primarily due to inadequate funding and staffing shortfalls.

It’s time to confront the reality that times change; requiring the deployment of new resources, technologies and robust strategies to protect and preserve the safety, health and welfare of students, staff and families throughout Central Oregon public school districts.

It’s time to get real.

It’s time to rally support for the Redmond School District’s upcoming bond measure for the essential financial resources designed to improve public school safety and complete fundamental maintenance improvements in the antiquated school facilities in our community.

It’s time for the U.S. government to provide the essential financial resources to deploy metal detection devices/intruder prevention technologies at all points of ingress and egress in our public schools.

It’s time to ban the manufacture, sale, transfer, modification and possession of assault rifles and high capacity magazines in Deschutes County.

It’s time to bolster the processes and personnel designed to identify, treat and monitor those who display mental health impairments who may tangibly pose threats to self or others. It’s time to confront the reality that living in Central Oregon is cohabitation with abject poverty, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, overburdened behavioral healthcare evaluation and delivery system(s), a population of at-risk individuals and families – and a per capita unbridled fetish with firearms – of all kinds.

It’s time to insure that the systems designed to identify those not legally allowed to possess a firearm are integrity tested on an ongoing basis and that they are suitably integrated to defend the public health, safety and welfare.

It’s time for elected officials to worry less about re-election and embalming the past and display actions demonstrating their commitment to  “what must we do now” to provide the fundamental safety protections for our children, students and staff who inhabit our public schools on a daily basis. Investment in this “infrastructure” must become priority number one.

It’s time for Oregon’s U.S. congressional delegation to derive the funding essential for adequately staffing the behavioral healthcare assessment and delivery organizations in Central Oregon.

It’s time – time to speak the unspoken. It’s time for uncommon courage in Central Oregon. It’s time to recognize that the times have changed and now demand we enact measures to more adequately protect our children, students and staff in our schools.  It’s time for Deschutes County Commissioners and the City Council’s in this region to lead by enacting measures now required to enhance public safety – and bolster, preserve and protect the welfare of all stakeholders in our public education and behavioral healthcare systems.

It’s time for an S.O.S. – Summit On Safety – in the public schools of Central Oregon.

It’s time to change.

It’s time to enact change.

Our children, students, families, teachers, staff and communities require it.

Now.

Winter Photography

A rather unique winter in Central Oregon with some very cold, snowy weather that has endured for a few months. I hope you enjoy the images I captured below.


 

I have created two photo albums for these images:

CLICK on one of the two the LINK(s) below – then – click SLIDESHOW (FLICKR Photo Album – upper right corner) or click on the first image you see (Google Photo Album) then click the arrows to move to the next image. These images are VERY high quality and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone – use a computer monitor, your HDTV, Mac, iPad, notebook, or a laptop.

  1. Winter 2017  – FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM 
  2. Winter 2017  – Google PHOTO ALBUM

Bill Dahl is a commercial photographer residing in central Oregon. His photographs have over 2 Million Views on FLICKR and over 3 Million +1’s on Google. Photography Awards are too numerous to mention here – but see the Photography Awards tab at the top of the main page of this site to see a number of them.

ENJOY!!!


 

Summer Sunsets in Central Oregon

We recently camped on the Deschutes River arm of Wickiup Reservoir.

I captured these shots of an amazing sunset. I hope you enjoy them.

 


 

 

Click on any image below to ENLARGE:

 

 

You can view the entire photo album by CLICKING HERE.

1. Click on the Link ABOVE.

2. Click on the 1st photo in the album

3. CLICK the arrow on the right side of each image to move to the next image….or click slideshow…

These images are ALL copyrighted – ALL Rights Reserved.  They are the Rights Managed intellectual property of Bill Dahl.

Rights-Managed (RM) Digital Imagery:

Rights-managed products are licensed with restrictions on usage, such as limitations on size, placement, duration of use and geographic distribution. You will be asked to submit information concerning your intended use of the product, which will determine the scope of usage rights granted.  Exclusive rights are available for purchase for some rights-managed products. All licenses of rights-managed products are subject to written approval of Bill Dahl.

If you would like to discuss prints, enlargements, post cards, Thank-you cards, gifts, reception area photo books or licensing any of these images – please contact me directly. I do portrait sessions – pets, people and objects. Need the imagery on your website updated?  CONTACT ME! Framed enlargements for commercial office space or private residences are also available.  I work for businesses and private parties.

If you would like to discuss prints, enlargements, post cards, Thank-you cards, gifts, reception area photo books or licensing any of these images – please contact me directly. I do portrait sessions – pets, people and objects. Need the imagery on your website updated?  CONTACT ME! Framed enlargements for commercial office space or private residences are also available.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.


 

 ENJOY!!!

 

Incredible December Sunsets this Week

A few gorgeous sunsets from this week…


 

CLICK on any Image BELOW to ENLARGE:

These images are ALL copyrighted – ALL Rights Reserved.

If you would like to discuss prints, enlargements, post cards, Thank-you cards, gifts, reception area photo books or licensing any of these images – please contact me directly. I do portrait sessions – pets, people and objects. Need the imagery on your website updated? – CONTACT ME! Framed enlargements for commercial office space or private residences are also available.

This is HDR photography – shot in RAW – and bracketed (3 shots per image). These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

Feel free to share this post with friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances and colleagues.


 

 ENJOY!

November 2014 – Snowy Winter Images

Well, for the second time in 25 years, they closed our local airport (RDM) due to snow and freezing rain (evening of 11-13 to  morning of 11-14-2014).


 

Reggie and I put it in 4 wheel drive and headed out to enjoy some amazing winter scenes. These shots were captured in the Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne and Lone Pine areas on Friday November 14, 2014.

CLICK any image below to ENLARGE – or go to the section below  this to view the entire photo album.

You can view my After the Storm – November 2014 Winter Images Photography Album by CLICKING HERE.

1. Click on the Link ABOVE.

2. Click on the 1st photo in the album

3. CLICK the arrow on the right side of each image to move to the next image.

These images are ALL copyrighted – ALL Rights Reserved.

If you would like to discuss prints, enlargements, post cards, Thank-you cards, gifts, reception area photo books or licensing any of these images – please contact me directly. I do portrait sessions – pets, people and objects. Need the imagery on your website updated? – CALL ME! Framed enlargements for commercial office space or private residences are also available.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

Feel free to share this post with friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances and colleagues.


 

ENJOY!