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Brown is coming for your money

Bravo to The Bulletin for several spot-on editorials regarding Gov. Kate Brown and her push to fund the Ponzi-like Public Employees Retirement System, not with necessary reform, but with more private sector taxes! It’s become clear that she is not a public servant working for the general good of Oregonians, but rather a public master who supports her big government cronies’ bloated benefits with attempts to increase any tax possible. Most private sector folks — those who ultimately pay the bloated benefits — struggle to pay their own massive health care costs and have little or nothing left for retirement.

Meanwhile, beneficiaries have few out-of-pocket health costs, and comfortable retirement plans — many retiring much earlier than 65 or 67. While comparatively few benefit, our state’s finances are devastated. This is not sustainable, and these bloated benefits are rarely possible in the private sector.

Gov. Brown publicly speaks of “taxing the rich,” but the facts show that the PERS task force suggested tax increases will primarily affect all average Oregonians. Look who the demanding public employee unions vocally support: Kate Brown.

Average folks who vote Democrat and voted for Brown do well to realize that, regardless of your stand on social issues, if you are not a PERS beneficiary Gov. Brown and her cronies are coming after your money too!

Mike Mitchell

Redmond

Wards can work

Whether you call it precincts, districts, or wards, home addresses of registered voters would preserve unbiased representation — apportionment by population to be realigned every 10 years with updated census numbers.

To keep each district’s population equitable is the balanced inclusiveness you seek.

Wanda Berner

Bend

A respite from fear

The lady ahead of me in the grocery store checkout line summed up our current national mood — “everyone is fearful.”

I have no illusion that one person can calm the raging waters between the white supremacists and the “Antifa” or anti-fascists.

But my yellow Labrador Retriever, Cammie, doesn’t deal in illusions. Her deals are dog snacks and belly rubs. In a week she and I walk four to five Bend parks. Always smiling and wagging her tail, she consciously engages approaching walkers.

“May I pet your dog?” is the greeting from the walker. Seventy-five pound Cammie answers the question — up to the walker and flipping over on her back to get a belly rub. Putting her weight on the walker’s feet confirms the answer.

Cammie averages 18 belly rubs a week, from Pioneer Park to Shevlin Park.

My takeaway? Without Cammie evoking a parade of smiles, I’d have to stroke my chin and respond to the grocery store shopper, “Yes, fear has gripped our nation.”

Cammie has erased that unfounded conclusion.

Tim Conlon

Bend

Quality care from St. Charles

Woke up from a sound sleep to a great deal of pain. Luckily I’m married and had someone to drive me to St. Charles Redmond emergency room. It was so totally different than what I’d been through elsewhere. Super fast check-in, no wait at all. Nurses were just wonderful. Doctor examined me, did tests, a CT scan. Here it is in the middle of the night and they had someone read the scan in Australia, I think it was, instead of having to wake someone up here. Needed my appendix out.

First thing the next morning, as my case was not acute, had the appendix out using a laparoscope to make three small incisions. Was actually released after dinner that evening. Got to meet some great nurses. Told them I wanted to sleep and they let me. It was actually quiet enough to sleep — that’s a first for me. Most hospitals I’ve been in were really hard to sleep in. My surgeon, Dr. Land, is well known as a totally excellent surgeon with a great bedside manner.

Lastly, the food was great. Every hospital I’ve ever been in, all you’d see was Jello. Made me hate Jello. No Jello around St. Charles, just sirloin, grilled salmon, chocolate cookies and whatever I wanted to drink. Amazing. St. Charles is a big step up from any hospital I’ve ever experienced.

Alan R. Wasner

Redmond

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