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OSU will help Bend thrive

As a teacher who lives and works just blocks from the new OSU-Cascades campus, I am delighted about our latest addition to “education row” on Mt. Washington Drive. First, I believe our students will benefit tremendously by living, studying and …

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Reopen obstetrics at St. Charles Madras

This letter is in response to the recent closure of the obstetric department at St. Charles Madras, formerly known as Mountain View Hospital.

The following doctors — Leland Beamer, MD; Suzanne El-Attar, MD; David Evans, MD; Carlos Kemper, MD; …

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Letter: There is reason to worry about OSU-Cascades

It is ironic that establishment of a four-year university in Bend has provoked so much controversy despite people on opposing sides being in favor of its long-awaited creation. The problem, of course, comes from the siting and not the concept.

Op-eds in The Bulletin have …

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Not all hats off during the national anthem

I attended a recent Bend Elks game — great game and lots of fun until the drunk behind me spilled his beer all over me and everyone else nearby.

Anyhow, just prior to the playing and singing …

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Hope for Alzheimer’s

I am writing to commend Sen. Jeff Merkley for co-sponsoring the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act. This critical piece of legislation would increase access to information on care and support for newly diagnosed individuals and their families and would also ensure that an …

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Letter: Bend’s bad parking deal

You’ve circled the block three times, burning gas and wasting time, stymied by traffic cones blocking empty parking spaces up and down the street. You’re late for a doctor’s appointment, lunch date or workout. Or you’ve got a disability and need close-in parking. Maybe you’re …

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There is ice hockey

I just read Abby Spegman’s article on the new Simpson Avenue skating pavilion, and while the article gives the impression that there is no history of ice hockey in Central Oregon, that is simply not true. The Bend Steelheaders hockey club …

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Arm Army recruiters

On the morning of July 16, 2015, five U.S. servicemen were killed by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a radical Islamic Terrorist in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a consequence, our military commanders, in their infinite wisdom, chose to have all recruiters close their blinds and …

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Letter: 2,000 more acres isn’t enough for Bend

I attended the June 24 TAC Boundary committee meeting about Bend’s urban growth boundary expansion and I commend the volunteers on the panel for their efforts. This is a mind-numbing process and I personally could not handle it. If you haven’t paid attention to the …

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Letter: What is reasonable gun control?

The Bulletin editorial board published its opinion in support of the new Oregon background check law that requires all citizens making private transfers of guns to first have a licensed dealer provide a background check. The editorial states that this new law “may not prevent …

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Letter: When will my woeful garden bloom?

Every summer my wife and I admire the profusion of colorful wildflowers in the Old Mill District of Bend.

The display of flowers is simply stunning: brilliant reds, vivid violets, sapphire blues, outrageous oranges, pale pinks, bright whites — so many wonderful colors. We decided …

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Letter: Protect and preserve Bend’s roundabouts

On July 31, The Bulletin ran an article from the New York Times News Service under the headline, “Roundabouts are on the rise in the United States.”

The article, which dealt with cities in the eastern part of our country, did not mention that the …

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Food labeling act is a win for consumers

Thank you, Congressman Greg Walden and Congressman Kurt Schrader, for your help in passing the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. This bill is a win for American consumers and consumer choice, as it will create a …

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Surgeon ratings were flawed

I applaud Tim Hanlon’s letter about surgeon ratings and his multiple salient points. I particularly would speak in support of Kathleen Moore, who comes highly recommended by one of the leading spine clinics in the U.S., The Minnesota Spine Clinic.

I …

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Letter: America needs Scott Walker for president

There are 17 GOP contenders in the primary race for the Republican nominee for the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential race will face unprecedented financial and national security challenges.

The United States is in a financial crisis. The national …

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Letter: Save Pilot Butte from the apartments

I’ve loved the butte since 1949, when I and fellow students had to change the P back to a B on the butte. Now, as a 23-year butte volunteer, I, as many others, still believe the butte could be the most outstanding fitness, scenic and …

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Thanks, Sen. Merkley, for animal protection

Oregonians should be very proud of Sen. Jeff Merkley, a tireless advocate for animals in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Merkley’s consistent leadership on the important Senate Appropriations Committee has resulted in meaningful protections for animals.

This year, Sen. Merkley …

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Letter: National monument declarations deserve public support

While it is easy, as a conservative, to view anything the Obama administration does with a heavy dose of skepticism, President Barack Obama’s recent proclamations establishing three new national monuments deserve the enthusiastic support of all Americans.

Two of these new monuments are in neighboring …

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Don’t make part of Shevlin Park off leash

In response to the recent letter asking that upper Shevlin Park be made an off-leash dog area: Please, no! Bend Park & Recreation District are you listening? I pay for BPRD, too. I support the recent ruling …

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Letter: OSU-Cascades should have had better site selection

Recent court decisions regarding the ongoing legal battle between Truth In Site and OSU-Cascades in no way serve as an endorsement for the west-side location. The judiciary has simply ruled that Oregon State University has met the minimal standards regarding city planning and building codes. …

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Editorial: Data on surgeon complication rates was questionable

I read with considerable concern and disappointment the front-page article “Most Central Oregon docs see moderate complication rates,” published July 15. Although my primary residence is no longer in Bend, I do maintain a home there, my family resides there and I practiced medicine there …

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Egan’s unwarranted jibe

I read with interest the article, “Heritage and healing in small-town Joseph.” What I objected to was not the column (actually well-written), but the reference to, “The elderly live away their days in a haze of 1950s nostalgia and Fox News-induced paranoia.” …

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Letter: Don’t trust ProPublica’s surgeon rating system

Patients should be very wary of the validity of surgeon complication rates as described in the recent Bulletin article, “Most Central Oregon docs see moderate complication rates.” ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism corporation based in New York, has used very limited data to determine the …

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Pass the labeling bill

The Oregon congressional delegation should support the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (HR 1599). Lack of federal action in past years has spurred states to create their own mandatory labeling standards. However, the federal government is the proper place for …

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Letter: Chimpanzees should not be pets

Three years ago, Chimps Inc., a Bend primate sanctuary, welcomed a famous escape artist through their gates. Calamity Jane, or CJ, made headlines by escaping from the home where she lived as a pet — not once, but twice.

CJ was born into the care …

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More off-leash needed

In response to the recent letter about access to off-leash parks in Bend: You are so right. We need to speak up more to Bend Park & Recreation District and tell them that we need more off-leash parks. I have written to …

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Letter: ZIP code change brings headaches

The original ZIP code of Bend for some, 97701, is being changed (yes, where I live) to 97703. After I calmed down and realized there was nothing I could really do about it and hearing others describing it as “trendy” and “exclusive,” sort of like …

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Letter: College students can ruin a neighborhood

OSU-Cascades and vested interests are in a hurry. It is easy to understand why the vested interests, such as banks, builders, breweries, Mt. Bachelor, EDCO, real estate companies and other businesses that have signed on to the pro-west-side location group, “Now For Bend,” want to …

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