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Letter: Consider your own solar and wind system at home

Currently (not a pun …) electricity travels along a power grid to our homes. The grid is huge and complex, consisting of power plants and transformers and 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. It’s split into three “smaller” grids that move electricity around the country. …

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Letter: Support voter pre-registration for 16-year-olds

Oregon is a leader in civic participation with some of the highest voter turnout in the country. Thanks to our pioneering spirit, we’ve led the nation in election reforms: We have championed the first-ever vote-by-mail system; the Bus Project fought to modernize our system by …

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Raise the bottle deposit

The March 26 editorial headline “It’s time to say goodbye to the bottle bill” read like treason — un-American and blasphemy against clean beaches, highways and beautiful vistas to those who live in or travel through this amazing state! But the …

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Support Bend school bond

Several school board seats are being contested this election, but there is one topic that all of the candidates agree upon. All of those running for school board endorse the Bend-La Pine Schools construction bond that would fund two new schools …

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Letter: Consensus is needed to preserve undeveloped land

I would like to suggest a question for candidates for city, county, state and federal office during our next round of elections: “What is your vision for Central and Eastern Oregon in the future, say, 25 and 50 years down the road, and what part …

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Support Chinook Fire and Rescue

Over the past eight years, Chinook Fire and Rescue has received many awards for outstanding service. This has been a great benefit to all of the four communities that make up our district, (Rim Park, Forest Park, Airport Way and …

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It’s OK to disagree

Wow! 3,000 people in the Mountain View gym. I entered and was handed a card. The green side, I agree; red side, I disagree.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden explained he would like feedback. He would read the issue and then pass …

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Letter: Regulations are necessary to protect Americans

On his website, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, boasts about helping House Republicans “rein in costly, burdensome, and overreaching federal regulations” that were put in place by “unelected bureaucrats” and “out of control regulators.”

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Letter: Support Erin Pryor for Deschutes library board

I would like to thank The Bulletin for its endorsement interview process. I appreciate bringing attention to the struggles our libraries currently face. I’m glad the lack of functional event-space availability was highlighted by both candidates; I think everyone knows our library district can do …

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Bend first responders do a good deed

I wanted to send a positive shoutout to our Bend Police and Fire departments. Last night I witnessed in front of my house on a busy street, extraordinary kindness and patience from both departments.

An older gentleman driving …

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Letter: Park board needs restraint and accountability

In a February column, Erik Lukens explained why the Bend Park & Recreation District — which is separate from the city of Bend — is so generously funded by our property taxes. District voters passed a five-year temporary tax levy in 1995, and that levy …

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Letter: Boozell says park district structure needs change

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.

Why is he running for the Bend Park & Recreation District board, and why is he a Republican?

Last question first.

The GOP is known largely for two issues: gun rights and fiscal accountability. Let me remind …

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Support Reinhart for Bend schools

I am supporting Troy Reinhart for the Bend-La Pine School Board. There is a great pride in knowing the district has such a high standard and is very passionate about the education of students. With such a responsibility to uphold, …

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Letter: Protect area around Crater Lake

Oregonians and tourists alike love Crater Lake National Park, as evidenced by the “growing pains” recently reported by The Bulletin. In 2015, the park set a record for number of visitors — a record that was broken just one year later, by 23 percent! As …

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Bend needs pediatric psychiatrists

There is a dangerous situation brewing in Bend, and I’m writing to bring it to the community’s attention. The lack of child psychiatrists in Bend, and nationally, is nearing a crisis level, and it is only a matter of time before …

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Letter: Prescription drug costs must be reduced

The headlines over the past several years have been shocking. Drug prices increasing 100, 200, 300 and even, according to investigations by KGW TV and the Business Journal, 1,000 percent and more. And behind every headline is a story of a real person, a real …

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Listening to Clinton

In My Nickel’s Worth on April 12, Greg Walsh writes that he “was hoping that Hillary Clinton would go away quietly.” He adds several charges about her that are worthy of rebuttal. His comments include words such as “brazen liar, sordid, despicable, …

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Signs of who we are

Private signs on public property. It will soon be summer and fall. A sure sign will be those pesky hand-painted signs, offering a sale in someone’s garage. It will be one of many that are placed on public property or …

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Letter: How serious is the PERS issue?

To answer this question, first, let’s look at what percentage of current and future costs are funded. According to its latest financial report for FY 2016, the state Public Employees Retirement System had a funded ratio of 71 percent. This figure, down from the previous …

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Biofuels help farmers, all Americans

As federal policymakers begin debating the next round of farm-focused legislation, it is important to recognize the values that serve as a foundation of U.S. agricultural strength. These values not only support the sustainability of Oregon’s family farms but also …

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Letter: A town hall today is somewhat a mistake

A recent edition of The Bulletin had the headline “Walden heeds call for town hall in Bend.” The article reported that “U.S. Rep. Greg Walden plans to come to Bend on April 13 for a town hall meeting to hear local concerns and take questions …

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Disappointed in Buehler

As a nurse, I’m disappointed that Rep. Knute Buehler and the House Republicans in Salem fail to see the necessity of supporting and passing HB 2005, a bill that will ensure every employee is provided equal pay. This bill provides new protections …

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Letter: Patients need bus service

As a family nurse practitioner, I provide primary care to patients of all ages and incomes. My employer, my colleagues and my patients depend on me to arrive to work on time every morning, just as my children expect me home in time to tuck …

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Pass bill on pay gap

Let’s applaud the nine Oregon legislators who understand the importance of addressing the gender gap in wages. If nothing more happens than status quo, the gender pay gap is not expected to be closed until 2059. Yes, that’s 42 years …

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‘Caseworkers’ aren’t necessarily ‘social workers’

An Associated Press article in The Bulletin on March 29 referring to an analysis of Oregon Department of Human Services child welfare cases incorrectly identified child welfare staff as “social workers.” The analysis referred to DHS staff as “caseworkers,” which …

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Disappointed in bottle editorial

My wife and I were so disappointed in your March 26 editorial on “It’s time to say goodbye to the bottle bill” that we just had to write.

Maybe you’re too young to remember the thousands of cans and bottles that …

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Letter: Knopp, Whisnant disappoint at town halls

On March 31, Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, and Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, held joint town halls in Sunriver, Bend and Redmond.

This may come as some surprise to readers of The Bulletin, however, as our community newspaper provided no coverage of the events. Fortunately, my …

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Ban dogs in driver’s lap

Back in the middle 1970s, I lived in the Oregon town of Veneta. I had a friend, Janice, who was pregnant with the baby boy she and her husband were so happy about. They had a 2-year-old daughter already.

One …

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Letter: Funds for mentorship, other programs are at risk

In his compelling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” J.D. Vance attributes his unlikely escape from generational poverty in Kentucky’s Appalachia and Ohio’s Rust Belt to a few mentors who gave him a fighting chance during his high school years. While Central Oregon is miles away from Appalachia …

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Ban smoking

Smoking is unhealthy. I don’t know anymore who would debate that who has a measurable IQ. Raising the age to 21 accomplishes what? Is there really anyone out there that believes a teenager can’t get a butt if they want one and smoke …

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Walden shouldn’t come to Bend

Several people have written to complain that Rep. Greg Walden should visit Bend and is avoiding Bend. I would like to encourage Walden to not visit Bend. I suspect that the people complaining did not vote for Walden and do …

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Impressive response on stolen bike

Saturday night, my mountain bike was stolen out of my garage. As soon as I noticed it was gone, I called the police, but I really assumed it would never be recovered. The dispatcher told me someone would call me. …

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