In my view
R ecently, I read an editorial lauding the efforts of Central Oregon Community College to “revive” plans for expansion of the school on 12 owned acres into the neighborhoods of Shevlin Road and Mt. Washington Drive, reaching into the private, quiet neighborhoods of Shevlin Meadows, …...MORE LETTERS
I have the numbers for car/deer incidents from Jan. 1 of this year through early November 2015: 163 dead deer in town and 354 on county roads.
That does not include the fatalities on our highways. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife …...MORE LETTERS
Get big money out of Oregon politics
Big money in politics is a systemic problem that keeps everyday Oregonians from having much of an impact on the policy decisions that affect them. I am personally concerned with this because, as a poor, nontraditional college student, …...MORE LETTERS
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Editor’s note: Ron Boozell asked Bend Police Chief Jim Porter to respond to his questions about the city’s expanded exclusion zone. Bend Police can issue an order to prohibit an individual from entering city parks and much of downtown for 90 days.
Bend’s exclusion zone …...MORE LETTERS
When OSU-Cascades announced that it had selected a campus location for the university’s new four-year program, I was beyond excited for the positive impact it would have on our community. As a west-side resident and an alumnus of a college that was located in a …...MORE LETTERS
To engage and empower the community to achieve our vision — this is the mission of Bend 2030.
It’s powerful. It’s effective. And it’s a responsibility unlike any other.
Ten years ago, thousands of Bend residents — in fact, 1 in 7 — came together …...MORE LETTERS
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I live in a great neighborhood. Bend is my home. Last August my neighbor told me he was moving. He and his family were leaving because the owners of the home were selling it. Thirty days after the home was sold, a sign went up …...MORE LETTERS
Limit campaign contributions in Oregon
I was very surprised when I learned Oregon does not have a law limiting campaign contributions, despite the overwhelming support for such measures in the past. Obviously, the fact that these laws are being blocked up in the courts is …...MORE LETTERS
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Rural communities across the West have waited decades for Congress to fix our broken system of federal forest management. Forest growth and mortality continue to rise at unsustainable rates, leading to larger and unnaturally severe catastrophic wildfires that are costlier to contain. Our federal representatives …...MORE LETTERS
The situation in Syria is a quagmire and one the U.S. would be wise to step out of. The complexity of Syria overshadows anything we’ve seen in Afghanistan and Iraq. If the Russians want to be the solution to Syria’s woes, I would strongly advocate …...MORE LETTERS
The art of good PR
Oregon State University President Edward Ray, OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson and OSU-Cascades Associate Vice President Kelly Sparks should have attended Central Oregon Community College’s first neighborhood meeting, held recently at the Cascade Culinary Institute. Among many things, they would …...MORE LETTERS
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An experience I had in Shevlin Park recently prompts this letter. When my husband and I moved to Bend 25 years ago, we moved close to Shevlin Park, and I have walked in the park almost daily since then. I know the trails well. I …...MORE LETTERS
The bacon risk is worth it
The World Health Organization has now placed bacon into the same category as a known cancer-causing agent as plutonium, cadmium, formaldehyde, benzene, tobacco and neutron radiation.
But what is hidden in the headlines of “bacon causes cancer” is the …...MORE LETTERS
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Next year, Americans will elect a new president. Every national election is seen as critical to the future of the country. Thanks to President Barack Obama’s policies, this one promises to be even more critical.
In 2008, we elected someone with no real-world experience but …...MORE LETTERS
Imagine a traffic light that monitored road sensors and adjusted its cycle to avoid piling cars onto overcrowded routes. Or a networked smokestack that reduced emissions when the wind blew toward residential areas or schools. What if trashcans at the city park automatically called for …...MORE LETTERS
A different form of wealth
In my process of relocating to Central Oregon, I’ve had conversations with 40-plus community leaders. I see Central Oregon as a hotbed of connectivity, collaboration, synergy and innovativeness — a different, perhaps surprising, form of real wealth.
In “The Medici …...MORE LETTERS
The 2015 fire season was worse than any on record, and summertime temperatures are steadily escalating.
Increasing the average summer temperature by just 1 degree Fahrenheit results in an increase of 420 wildfires in the state annually, according to estimates by the Oregon Department of …...MORE LETTERS
OSU-Cascades campus needs a plan
The Bulletin’s editorial disparages Truth in Site’s attempt to scuttle OSU-Cascades’ initial campus plans and says OSU-Cascades only needs a permit for the original 10-acre site. The Bulletin says OSU-Cascades doesn’t need to be required to present plans “for those …...MORE LETTERS
Guns no more kill people than knives stab, pillows suffocate, baseball bats bludgeon or spoons make people fat. It’s the user — the humans behind these inanimate objects that are entirely responsible.
This hue and cry for stricter gun laws is, for the most part, …...MORE LETTERS
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The featured article in Monday’s Bulletin, “Clean fuels program’s next threat: disputed science,” was both well-written and adequately researched. However, the headline gives the impression that biofuel somehow enhances environmental quality. The concept of trying to use something like corn oil as a substitute for …...MORE LETTERS
Protest TUD rate increase
To the Editor:
I question the proposed water rate increases. Historical rates likely included money to maintain the water system. Did TUD use some of this maintenance money for non-maintenance work? If so, then it’s not fair to ask the customers …...MORE LETTERS
Protect details in medical sanctions
I disagree with The Bulletin’s position on Dr. Daniel Sullivan and the Oregon Medical Board.
The boards of nursing and medicine have dealt with their members under administrative law for decades. This gives them control over the person’s practice and …...MORE LETTERS
Choice, growth, opportunity: A letter to the community, the school district and fellow parents.
As a parent of four very unique, energetic boys, I have had the experience of struggling through the public school system with my 16-year-old son and again with my 6-year-old kindergartener. …...MORE LETTERS
Seeing that most young people I run into today cannot properly read, write or speak English, what sense does it make to teach students in two languages?
English is the universal language of commerce, aviation, education, etc. If we are going to teach …...MORE LETTERS
Let’s start with the most basic fact: One-third of the electricity served to Oregonians comes from burning coal in power plants. For some ratepayers, they’re being fed power that is more than two-thirds coal-fired. All of this coal power is not only polluting and dangerous …...MORE LETTERS
Respect the voters
In The Bulletin’s Thursday article about the parks and rec board and system development charges, board member Nathan Hovekamp asks if policies should be revisited after board elections. Yes, they should, especially when the policy in question was a substantial issue in …...MORE LETTERS
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When you think back to your first love, your first date, your first relationship, the memories may make you smile. Not everyone is fortunate in that way; it’s the unhappy truth that many young people find themselves in abusive or sexually coercive situations. Teens experiencing …...MORE LETTERS