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Vote for the gas tax

Exciting trails, soaring mountains, verdant forests, flowing rivers. That’s why we’ve lived in Bend for over a decade. We don’t live here to sit in traffic, or to wait while our car’s being repaired because we hit a pothole.

We …

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Hold off on creating liquor replacement revenue plan

Initiative Petition 71 would take state government out of the business of selling liquor and focus the state’s role more appropriately on regulation, licensing and prevention of sales to minors. If passed by voters, this proposed measure would allow liquor to be sold in Oregon …

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Pass Bend gas tax to improve roads

Bend roads are in bad shape. And as a member of the City of Bend’s Budget Committee, I have personally witnessed how hard it is to find money dedicated for streets. Bend’s low tax rate, which hasn’t increased …

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Oregon needs to make education and public safety a priority

Change everything.

That’s right.

Change everything.

It is time for Oregonians to change our thinking about the priority of public education and safety. For the past 25 years, education and public safety have taken a back seat in the state budget process to a host …

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Unfair to pioneers

Along with many other pioneer sportsmen license holders, I think the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is wrong in raising hunting and fishing license fees.

Like, Jerry Brown, the person interviewed in your recent article, I am an Oregon pioneer who …

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Contradiction in Legislature

As I follow the current short legislative session, I notice a confounding contradiction in two major bills that are making their way through the Legislature.

The first has to do with requiring developers to create more low-income (affordable) housing. The second is …

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Letter: Bend’s neighborhoods need protection

I understand the Land Conservation and Development Commission has suggested we here in Bend are not thinking right. That in order to grow, we must change.

After reviewing the proposed amendments to the Bend development code, I’m beginning to wonder if the LCDC isn’t in …

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Letter: Walden’s column about the Malheur occupation was flawed

Greg Walden’s recent piece in The Bulletin was a shameful defense of the lawless occupiers of the Malheur Refuge.

Rep. Walden, R-Hood River, begins by mischaracterizing the crimes committed by Dwight and Steve Hammond, claiming these men merely set “backfires.” In reality, the Hammonds illegally …

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Letter: Fight the nation’s manmade opioid epidemic

We have a full-blown public health crisis in this country. No, it’s not Ebola nor the Zika virus. It is the crisis of narcotic painkiller and heroin (both known as opioids) addiction.

This crisis is becoming increasingly personal and devastating: Sixteen percent of Americans know …

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Don’t force gender neutrality

The Bulletin did us a big favor on Jan. 19 by publishing retired Lt. Col. Jack Matthews’ letter calling attention to a particularly painful but widely overlooked case of government overkill.

The secretary of the Navy, attempting to address the problem …

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Letter: Support Bend’s gas tax

Next month, the citizens of Bend will vote on a proposed 5-cent gas tax. If passed, all of the proceeds will be used to repair our deteriorating streets and roads.

Streets and roads are a critical asset for all businesses and for all who work …

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No need for another layer of bureaucracy

Jennifer Letz’s recent In My View column “Bend needs a dedicated sustainability professional,” is a pathway to a bigger, bureaucratic government that in the end will ultimately cost taxpayers more money with limited, if any, proven benefits. There …

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Letter: Government is not the problem in Harney County

The standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was created by armed protesters who subscribed to the canard promoted by Ronald Reagan and others that government is the problem. There are others who want people to agree with that dishonest piece of analysis so they …

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Bend neighborhoods will change from growth

On one hand, your editorials support the Oregon State University-Cascades campus and the burgeoning population it will bring. On the other, you do not support accessory dwelling units, which might help accommodate the burgeoning population. I am not certain …

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Letter: Stand up for the values assaulted by Malheur occupation

The occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by armed men is an assault on the profoundest of our values.

It is an assault on democracy. Though democracy is messy and frustrating, it has created an essentially fear-free, physically secure society that is the envy …

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Letter: We need sensible rules on marijuana in Deschutes County

The Bulletin recently printed editorials expressing concern over the cannabis industry and its possible impact in Deschutes County. One letter encourages our Deschutes County Commissioners to vote for a total opt-out of allowing cannabis farming and also urges our state governor to change House Bill …

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Land should be public

What would happen if the protest group currently occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge got their way and all the federal lands in Harney County were turned over to the local people and more private control?

The answer can likely be …

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Letter: Protect the nation’s diversity; reject prejudice

When politicians rabble-rouse about our Muslim neighbors, I withdraw from the emotional “we” versus “them” rhetoric and think about my mother’s stories and my 20 years in Oakland, California.

My mother was my oral historian. She remembered, “When I walked to school I’d carry a …

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Letter: Occupiers need to get out of the wildlife refuge

The events unfolding in Harney County with the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are very disturbing. My family has been in Oregon for seven generations, which is long enough to resent someone coming in from out of state taking over a publicly owned …

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Letter: Healthy Climate bill means more jobs for Oregonians

The proposed Healthy Climate Bill will make Oregon’s biggest polluters pay for dumping dirty carbon into our atmosphere. The bill puts a ceiling on carbon emissions and uses revenues to support clean energy programs in rural and disadvantaged communities. Yet, naysayers say it will ruin …

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Letter: We need tougher measures on drunk drivers

After the San Bernardino shootings, we heard cries for giving the government increased surveillance powers. Ironically, the loudest cries come from those who most profess to distrust the government.

But here, they see the government as an infallible, benevolent agent. The reality is different. Rep. …

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Letter: Bend does not need more urban renewal districts

Here comes the city of Bend with a solution — “free extra money” — in search of a problem. Staff is suggesting the City Council form from one to three more urban renewal districts. The purpose of an urban renewal district is to address “blight” …

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Letter: Logic has left Bend City Hall

Bounce house logic: Last year the city of Bend was in an uproar about vacation home rentals (now called short-term rentals). The three chief concerns were; 1) noise, 2) parking and 3) neighborhood compatibility. After much citizen involvement, staff effort and expense, the council (presumably …

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Letter: The Owyhee Canyon Land Proposal

As a retired professional consulting forester and college professor (forestry, range, outdoor recreation, and wildlife), I have become well acquainted with the land, the history, the management, and the residents of southeastern Oregon for over 40 years.

Please refer to the actual proposal website: www.wild …

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Occupiers should leave refuge

It’s time for Ammon Bundy and the gang of constitutional miscreants to be taken to the woodshed and “properly schooled.” Showing no respect for the rule of law, this group of land pirates has successfully demonstrated a juvenile misunderstanding of the …

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Letter: Don’t put up digital signs in Prineville

I would like to respond to the Jan. 2 Bulletin editorial, “Don’t ban digital signs without proof of danger,” that referenced a discussion I am a part of with the Prineville City Council regarding digital LED signage. The Bulletin’s editorial argued that a ban could …

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Letter: Pilot Butte canal is historic

People have encouraged a historic designation for the stretch of canal adjacent to the residential sections because Pilot Butte Canal is indeed historic. The stretch nominated has been essentially unaltered since its construction, a qualifying requirement for historic designation.

The state of Oregon via a …

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