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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Crackdown needed

I am so sick of the candlelight vigils, mounds of flowers and the total lack of will to change a system that allows someone investigated as a terrorist by the FBI to purchase a rifle. Is that all we are capable of: a …

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Letter: State needs focus on early childhood education

We shouldn’t be pointing fingers; we should be offering helping hands.

This was the theme when New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof spoke recently at The Oregon Community Foundation annual meeting.

He was there to educate, support and inspire us to do better in our …

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Letter: The Independent Party’s historic moment

Unless you were paying very close attention, you probably missed the historic moment that transpired this primary election. A new major political party held its first-ever primary in Oregon. Growing in membership and popularity over the past decade, the Independent Party of Oregon qualified as …

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Letter: Fight to keep Bend livable

Bend is growing. Signs are all around us. The whack of a hammer or beep, beep, beep of construction vehicles, these sounds are ever-present in all corners of our city, as I huff my way up Pilot Butte or drive along Century by the new …

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Letter: Create a street use permit for trucks in Bend

While Bend city leaders wring their hands and the rest of us grind our teeth over the pothole situation, major sections of our streets are quietly reverting to gravel roads. We need to figure out how to fix the problem before purchasing road grading equipment …

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Bend needs climate action

On June 1, 2016, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington and the Premier of British Columbia as well as representatives from the cities of Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, Washington, announced their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and …

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Letter: We need action on climate change to protect national parks

Recently, John Gottberg Anderson wrote an article for The Bulletin called “National Park lands of the Northwest.” It focused on the amazing Pacific Northwest national parks, such as Mt. Rainer, Olympic, North Cascades, Redwoods and Crater Lake, where you can celebrate the centennial of the …

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Letter: Treat wildfires like the natural disasters they are

“Wildfire season” has become a misnomer.

In the past, warm spring weather touched off the start of the worst wildfires. Now, unfortunately one fire season essentially runs into the next.

Summer is just starting and states already are reporting what the National Interagency Fire Center …

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Letter: Trump is more fit than Clinton to be president

Recently The Bulletin made its recommendations for the Republican and Democrat primaries. For Republicans, the Bulletin advised a vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, contending that Donald Trump is “unfit” to be president.

Trump’s occasional rhetorical excesses and lack of specificity in policy prescriptions, some …

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A disturbing look inside the Bend City Council

The insight into the thinking of one of our city councilors was an eye opener. I’m sure that Barb Campbell isn’t happy that The Bulletin printed her email about meeting the new government affairs director of the …

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Letter: Time for progress on the climate, not excuses

Recently sighted — a sign outside a local establishment that read simply, “Progress or Excuses.” When it comes to battling the impacts of climate change, 11 Oregon cities have taken the choice to heart by passing climate ordinances allowing the development of climate action plans. …

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Take action on climate

Early reactions to proposals the Bend City Council is considering regarding our response to climate change provide interesting reading. A good debate is warranted, but I am puzzled by opinions suggesting that reducing the amount of carbon dioxide produced by Bend …

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Bend should address climate change

As a person who ran a small business for many years, I applaud Bend City Council for considering a framework for addressing climate change. This is an issue with global as well as very local implications. We all have a …

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Column: Investing in CASA and children

Oregon’s child welfare agency, the Department of Human Services, has been in the news too often lately for all the wrong reasons — closures of foster care programs, lawsuits alleging neglect and abuse of the children DHS is entrusted to protect, firing of upper management …

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No to deadly force

The Bulletin’s recent article about the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard highlighted how a growing number of people see the federal government as a threat and their potentially violent solutions because of those perceptions. The article further showed how social media has …

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Letter: Bend should adopt climate action ordinance

As a Bend resident with a 7-month-old son and a background in climate science and policy, I am in full support of a city-wide climate action ordinance.

There are cities, nations, regions and corporations all over the world that are committed to reducing greenhouse gas …

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Take climate action

I applaud the Bend City Council for considering the formulation of a local climate action policy. While many of us might wish we had never heard about climate change, we know it’s here. Here now and posing a growing threat to a …

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The challenge of arthritis

Arthritis: Who has it? More than 50 million U.S. adults and an estimated 300,000 children. That’s 1 in 5 people over 18 and 1 in 250 children. This debilitating disease can affect not only the joints, but also the skin, eyes, …

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Spend Bend resources on potholes

For decades, the federal government (Environmental Protection Agency) and the state of Oregon (Department of Environmental Quality) have aggressively pursued greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use standards.

I’m wondering if it’s necessary — or cost-effective — for municipalities across …

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Help Bend reach climate goals

Climate action planning for the community of Bend can be a creative, fair and inclusive process that builds on existing energy initiatives.

Already the city has a strategic energy management program and has projects involving solar installations, hydropower and lighting …

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Letter: Criticism of Bend’s city staff was unwarranted

In his May 12 letter to The Bulletin, Allan Bruckner explains that he is concerned that city staff has repeatedly directed projects that fail the community. He also contends that staff drives the city agenda. For the reasons outlined below, I believe attacking staff is …

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Forest thinning won’t stop all catastrophic wildfires

In a recent article about forest thinning near Phil’s Trailhead, the article suggested the purpose of logging was to reduce the chance of wildfire.

Unfortunately, such treatments, while they may work to slow or control blazes under moderate fire weather conditions, won’t stop the large …

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Letter: New plan for west side of Bend will be an improvement

Any suggestion of change, especially from government, is typically met with resistance. When this change has to do with traffic or long-term neighborhood planning, the reaction can be worse. However, that does not mean the proposal will make matters worse. In fact, if the changes …

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Letter: Bend council must force changes in staff

After elections, postmortems are usually conducted. So who gets the credit or blame for the gas tax measure results? Polls taken before the vote indicated support for the proposal; everybody knew the roads were bad. But it was overwhelmingly rejected. Why?

First, spending $70,000 for …

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Let parks take on potholes

I am constantly amazed by the amount of money we taxpayers give the Bend Park & Recreation District people to spend on “fun” stuff like parks, ballfields, skateparks, trails, skating rinks and the new waterpark project. Of course, it’s always …

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Letter: Changes needed to wilderness plan near Crooked River Ranch

My name is Marilynne Keyser. For 15 years, my husband and I have lived at Crooked River Ranch, an 11,000-acre unincorporated homeowners’ association located in both Jefferson and Deschutes counties. The Deschutes/Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area that is the subject of Congressman Greg Walden’s recent …

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Here comes gravel

Attention tourists: The city of Bend is currently in the process of returning all of our streets to gravel roads. You will find potholes at every turn — this is part of the normal method of breaking down the pavement. Hopefully you …

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Letter: Public land is for all the public

Some Oregonians are fearful and angry about changing public land use policies, which impact traditional careers. Some facts can help us to understand these pained attitudes and shape ways to help such folks find good futures.

For a century, men in Oregon could find work …

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A greenhouse is not a concentration camp

In 1989 my family immigrated to Chicago directly from Israel. I was 5 years old. My father was a world-class welder and took a job from Snap-on that moved my entire family — both of my older brothers, …

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Letter: Pot can be a threat to pets

With pot becoming legal in many states, beware of your dogs getting marijuana intoxication in parks and public places.

Dogs are actually attracted to the smell of marijuana and can even have worse reactions if they were to eat baked goods — like brownies with …

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Letter: The illusions in Bend’s westside plan

The key to a good marketing campaign is to get the buyer emotionally attached to the product before the price is known. For over a year, a well-intentioned group of citizens has been working with city planners and several consultants to create a vision of …

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