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No thank you, PacifiCorp

Even from 30,000 feet, the latest Mirror Pond proposal looks expensive to the taxpayers of Bend. Saving Mirror Pond is great, but it still needs to be done at the lowest expense to the taxpayer. At the December public meetings, the …

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Article lacks balance

Andrew Clevenger’s piece in the Dec. 1 edition of The Bulletin under the headline, “Fewer judicial posts vacant,” lacks a balanced perspective. The point of the story is that since the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate changed the rules for confirming federal judges, the …

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Letter: Money in the wind

There’s been a lot of talk about economic recovery across the country. With reports of an improving job market, underwater mortgages coming up for air, and record high levels in the stock market, the economy appears on the upswing. But far too many communities across …

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Bigger parking lot needed

I am withdrawing my support for the proposed west-side OSU-Cascades campus. The November snowfall has made me realize that Cascades East Transit will not be able to provide timely transportation to a west-side four-year university.

Cascades East Transit is a joke. …

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Letter: Black treated badly by legal system

Editor’s note: The use of “(sic)” in this text was added by the writer.

The news of David Black being back in jail on new charges (Oct. 16) will be no surprise for some Central Oregonians but for different reasons.

Black gained regional notoriety in …

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Get drone regulations right, not fast

The Helicopter Association International, representing helicopter operators worldwide, agrees that the U.S. needs regulations governing the use of remotely piloted aircraft. But we respectfully disagree with The Bulletin’s position that the FAA needs to rush to finish the regulations. …

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Don’t drop proposed trail

I was surprised and disappointed to read about the proposed Sisters-Black Butte Ranch trail being dropped by the Forest Service. A narrow paved path running parallel to Highway 20, yet still in the forest, would have been an ideal and safe …

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Letter: Religious leaders plan Saturday march in Bend

Our colleagues — Rev. Dr. Sam Adams, Rabbi Johanna Hershenson, Rev. Rob Anderson, Rev. Michael Wilson, Rev. Dr. David Beckett, Rev. Chris Kramer, Rev. Jed Holdorph and Ron Werner — share with us the sorrow and pain of the families of Michael Brown, Eric Garner …

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Comment on timber sale

Fremont-Winema National Forest District Ranger Mike Lawrence is proposing a timber sale in the headwaters of the Williamson River. The Bluejay timber sale will log 84 square miles and build 20 miles of logging road. The environmental assessment for the sale …

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Focus on impairment, not underlying reason

Oregon, Washington and Colorado authorities are struggling with determining a threshold of marijuana intoxication for driving. The answer can be simple: Anyone who is considered to be driving recklessly should be cited regardless of the reason. A video-documented field …

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Biomass is right for Oregon

The Environmental Protection Agency has rightfully signaled that biomass is an important energy source to limiting carbon emissions and strengthening America’s energy portfolio. Here in Central Oregon, we’ve long understood the economic benefits of producing power from biomass. We’ve seen …

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Business as usual from the GOP

I find recent letters crowing about the Republicans taking over the Senate amusing. The right is building this up as a national tsunami of public opinion. The fact is they got in on one of the most apathetic midterm …

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Leave no trace, and get involved in conservation

Though I was glad that problems with increasing use of our public lands received coverage from The Bulletin recently, the front page story and subsequent editorial ultimately missed the point. The problem is not that so many …

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Letter: Lottery bill would help veterans

I was disappointed to read the immediate dismissal of the Oregon Veterans Lottery Bill initiative by The Bulletin editorial board without anyone from the newspaper contacting us for better information than what was presented to your readers.

While the spending percentages your writer found on …

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Act of kindness

Let’s hope the act of kindness my wife and I experienced recently is contagious.

Shortly after the recent nasty snow and ice storm, we were gingerly making our way on Knott Road when black ice threw our car across the road into …

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Letter: Unlocking the cuffs on clean energy

If Oregon continued to develop just a fraction of our solar and wind resources, we could stop importing dirty coal power and export more clean energy to other states while creating jobs here at home. That’s the news from a new report by an independent …

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Letter: Need study of human factor in avalanche risk

A recent article in The Bulletin titled “Too much danger” describes one business’ retreat from sponsorship of high-risk rock climbers. I applaud its decision and offer a brief related report on this year’s International Snow Science Workshop at Banff, Alberta.

A striking difference between this …

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Letter: Teachers need less interference

Education is the system that keeps a democracy functioning. Democracy’s greatest focus must be education.

Throughout high school, students experience truly exceptional teachers and ridiculously awful teachers, but the good ones are worth having to deal with the bad ones — even the bad teachers …

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Letter: Housing issue is builder profits

The statement has been made that multiple units and attached units are not feasible or practicable because “the market does not dictate a demand” and that single-family dwellings are the overabiding strength of the housing market in Bend and Central Oregon. Therefore, focus must be …

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Raise the gas tax

It is now reported that the Oregon Department of Transportation is initiating a pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness/desirability of instituting a 1.5 cent-per-mile fee on vehicles driven in Oregon, because the gas tax does not generate enough income now to …

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Letter: Silence is golden — if we can afford it

For over 50 years, to help maintain the auditory quality of the wilderness experience, the Forest Service has kept chain saws and other mechanized equipment out of the wilderness. But we may no longer be able to afford the sound of silence.

Over the past …

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Troubling hospital quality scores

It was with great interest that I read recently of the capital improvements being undertaken by St. Charles hospital in Bend. What great coverage of new patient-care facilities being brought up to state-of-the-art.

It was less than encouraging to then some …

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Obama gets to choose

Midterm election results clearly show American voters do not long tolerate arrogance and incompetence. We need family-wage, private-sector jobs that can only come from real tax reform and by cutting back burdensome regulations. We deserve a government that understands creating more …

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Letter: EPA water proposal needed to restore protections

Your recent editorial, “EPA water proposal is too broad,” undersells the significant impact that closing the loopholes in the Clean Water Act can have on Oregon’s waterways as well as how much support there is for this rule.

From the Rogue to the Deschutes, and …

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Letter: Myth is misused in gun control debate

The modern American mythology of Constitutionally guaranteed, easy access to guns is undermining our collective and individual well- being. All societies use mythology to help define themselves. Some myths ask citizens to aspire to a higher vision. Other myths are perpetuated to justify a status …

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Letter: Schools need to offer character education

My second career journey, with a goal of becoming a teacher in the secondary schools, began at the age of 50.

Teacher certification included hours of college coursework, numerous exams and completion of a semester of student teaching in the classroom. My enthusiasm as a …

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Letter: Bend deserves a master plan for OSU-Cascades

The plan to build OSU-Cascades on Bend’s west side is arguably one of the largest projects in recent memory, and most Bend residents might assume that a master plan would be necessary to start the building process.

Apparently this is not the case in Bend. …

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Letter: Carbon tax or carbon nonsense?

Jay Ambrose’s Sept. 28 column titled “Keep Cool: We can relax about global warming” addressed climate change and the dangers posed by those who seek to politicize and profit from it. His article was a breath of fresh air. Using namessuch as “deniers” and “flat …

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Mixed-use zones can help Bend’s housing needs

The Oct. 17 article, “Meeting the housing needs of an aging population,” highlights the trend of baby boomers moving to Bend and the fact that they want smaller houses closer to downtown. Brian Rankin, a planner for the …

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Letter: Little freedom for those living in poverty

The Oct. 14 editorial “Oregon should not fall off the benefits cliff” included another attack against the minimum wage.

As usual, there was the scaremongering about jobs being lost because employers couldn’t afford to pay any increase in wages. Supporting examples would be easy to …

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