Letters to the Editor

Lessons from Trump

Donald Trump offers two lessons for Americans, especially for those seeking a “strong leader.”

First, Trump realizes that our political establishment badly underestimated the fear and anger of millions who see their incomes and careers slipping away. These hard-working Americans rightfully demand …

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Letter: Celebrate national parks and true essence of our nation

This week, the National Park Service celebrates a birthday — its hundredth.

It was on Aug. 25, 1916, that President Woodrow Wilson signed an act creating a new federal bureau to manage an already growing system of national parks.

Agency anniversaries seldom cause much excitement. …

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Appalled by cedar siding

As an east-side resident, I don’t drive through the west side of town much if I can help it. Today I came from Reed Market Road and proceeded north on 14th. I drove by the new OSU-Cascades buildings and was totally …

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Thanks for land use planning

Your July 27 editorial reminds me to “look to Salem” with thanks for our Oregon land use planning system. Perhaps one reason people continue to move to Oregon is because our state is still beautiful, with dedicated farmland and many …

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Letter to the editor: Donald Trump and the Purple Heart

I was a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame when President John F. Kennedy gave his now famous inaugural address. His words, “Ask what you can do for your country,” resonated within me for the remainder of my time at Notre Dame.

That said, …

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Follow California’s leadership

Last month California state officials added the evolution of gay rights and the contributions of lesbian and gay figures in history to the list of topics that public school students will be taught in California. This move puts the ongoing LGBT civil …

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Column: Owyhee Canyonlands need more protection

I first visited the Owyhee Canyonlands in 1979. Since moving to Bend I had been hearing rumors about a place called Leslie Gulch in Eastern Oregon near the Idaho border. Among other things, I heard it was home to several plants that are found nowhere …

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Column: An open letter to Greg Walden

Dear Rep. Greg Walden,

On July 28th, Khizr Khan took the stage at the Democratic National Convention. He spoke in memory of his son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, killed in service to this country. I can only imagine the courage it takes as a …

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Letter: We can’t “save” Oregon lands by locking them up

In her recent letter to The Bulletin, Sarah Cuddy is correct that public land managers will be challenged over the next 50 years to accommodate Oregon’s growing population. But the call to set aside more federal land as designated wilderness areas will only increase the …

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Hard times for police

How many people have to die, specifically law enforcement officers?

Let’s pray for the families of those who have been assassinated, but also the families who today at the breakfast table had to say goodbye to their mother, father, husband or …

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Letter: The country needs leadership from its president

Current presidential race excitement brings into focus a division between those who believe business and government are adversaries. Everyone has examples supporting one prejudice or the other. In reality, there is no such thing as either business or government; it is people, identifiable people, in …

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Letter: Diversity built this country, not walls

As we listen to the suggestions blocking Muslims from coming to America, we are reminded that demagoguery is always easier than discernment. It sounds alarmingly reminiscent of the scapegoating of persons different than white, Christian Americans that has proved so destructive.

To be honest, there …

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Protect wildlife

This fall, Oregon has a chance to play a big role in the global fight against wildlife trafficking. In 2015, voters in Washington state passed a landmark measure to ban the trade of products from 10 wildlife species, including elephants, rhinos, several big …

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Leave it alone

In a recent article about the proposed Cathedral Rock Wilderness headlined “Wilderness proposals on hold for now,” there was a statement: “The first step toward wilderness designation is a land exchange that would resolve the patchwork of ownership.”

Give us a break: …

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Letter: Add money and land to save Central Oregon

The scene at many Wilderness trailheads on the Cascade Lakes Highway on any given weekend can feel more like visiting a festival than entering a forest. It is a visible element of how things are changing in Central Oregon: We are growing in number. People …

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Letter: There’s much lacking from both Clinton and Trump

In response to a letter from the chairman of the Deschutes County Republican Party, Robert Perry, I submit that the Republican Party my family has known for generations no longer exists.

The reasons Mr. Perry gives for Trump’s resonation with some voters is true for …

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Letter: Oregon is getting worse

Oregon is wobbling. That is because of conflicts of interest; trust in our politicians; public employee unions; rural versus urban polarization; haves versus the have-nots, just as examples.

Conflicts of interest. Enough ink has been spilled on the embarrassment of former Gov. John Kitzhaber. Unfortunately, …

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Letter: A solution to the wildfire problem

According to the 2015 Oregon Department of Forestry Annual Report there were 1,080 statistical fires in 2015. Approximately 25 percent were ignited by lightning strikes, approximately 34 percent were public-related ignitions and approximately 40 percent were landowner-related ignitions. Eighty percent of the acres burned were …

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Letter: Make pedestrians safer under Franklin Bridge

What was built in 1937 on Franklin Avenue in Bend and is now used by thousands of people in order to cross the great chasm, a stark divide in our community created by the Bend Parkway and railroad?

Here’s another hint. What is dark, dank …

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Letter: It’s time for Bend to act on climate

The future is now: It’s time to take responsibility, be a leader and act on climate!

Bend needs to pass a climate action policy now. It is past time for all of us (humanity) to take responsibility for our actions and do what we can …

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Letter: Don’t let traffic choke Bend

My wife, Betty, and I recently completed our fourth cross-country drive. We saw one big change from our first trip six years ago: nightmarish traffic choking cities all across this country.

A study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX, a traffic data collection …

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Letter: The country and the community need leadership

Should we trust our leaders?

What do issues like the elimination of the $100 bill, gun control, abortion and chewing gum have in common? Give up? They all involve incompetence in government and/or failures of leadership.

Perhaps you have heard the U.S. government is considering …

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Oregon has a weight tax

On June 14, The Bulletin published an In My View letter which focused on a tiered street-use permit plan structured according to gross vehicle weight.

Since the Oregon Weight-Mile Tax was implemented in 1990, Oregon Department of Transportation requires that …

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Letter: Bend 2030 revises funding and director apologizes

In Bend, we are fortunate to have a strong newspaper devoted to holding us all accountable and fortunate to live among community members of all political backgrounds who care profoundly about local issues.

I’ve reflected deeply on my gratitude for these qualities recently and want …

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Letter: The failure of wild horse policy

The headline for The Bulletin’s June 28 editorial is absolutely right and deserves some all-caps emphasis: “Wild horse policy is NOT working.”

This statement is true and has been for many years. The reasons for this are many but can be boiled down to a …

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Support the climate ordinance

I am a 25-year resident of Bend, and I would appreciate your support for the climate change ordinance proposed by The Environmental Center.

I believe climate change is the greatest threat to our human existence and that as a community we …

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Letter: Bend needs better direction

A city councilor’s job is to listen to all sides of an issue and make a reasonable decision in the best interest of the community. Divisiveness and reflexive, ideological positions and tactics do not serve Bend well. Bend’s City Council is failing our community by …

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Column: Why we celebrate Troy Field

Open space in our neighborhood. A welcoming familiar place. Oxygen-producing, life-giving green grass. A place to play.

Few among us do not understand the value of our shared open green spaces. Who doubts the importance of the community park?

In 1974 city of Bend voters …

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