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Letter: What problem is the council talking about with vacation rentals?

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Letter: Government should negotiate health care prices

A few years ago, The Bulletin published an In My View article of mine on health care that analyzed why we pay more on a per-capita basis and get poorer results than all other “rich countries.” Based upon what is coming out of the Donald …

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Eliminate the Electoral College

The U.S. Constitution was written by 55 and signed by 39 white, male, wealthy property owners. In their wisdom, they inserted a number of undemocratic provisions denying the “rabble” the right to vote. The original 13 states’ constitutions limited voting to …

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Letter: Re-institute the Fairness in Broadcasting Doctrine

I enjoyed Tim Conlon’s Nov. 19 piece in My Nickel’s Worth in which he addressed the need for everyone to inform themselves through newsprint sources.

While Conlon’s thrust recognized the decline in newsprint readership, and with that an informed electorate, it seemed we were left …

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Letter: Shoutout to Trumplandia

A big shoutout to Trumplandia for appointing Steve Bannon, the great conspiracy theorist, as chief White House strategist. Our hero is identified as an alt-right white nationalist. I think Wikiwacky defines white nationalist as one shaved head and a few tattoos away from white supremacist. …

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Election’s significance

With the election now over, I reflected upon the significance and probable causes of the Hillary Clinton defeat. In general, I saw it as a repudiation of the Barack Obama administration’s failed policies, which Clinton had supported and would have extended, if she …

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Make daylight saving time year-round

Most people seem to prefer daylight saving time (DST) to standard time because longer daylight hours allow more time for outdoor activities. Winter can be bleak enough without adding darkness starting at 4:30 p.m.

The decision to end DST annually …

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Letter: Clinton, Trump and Kaepernik

Hillary Clinton was inevitable. She was going to be the first female president of the U.S. She was the smartest woman in the world. Like her husband, she felt your pain. The U.S. news media adored and supported her. She had the largest campaign fund …

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Letter: Take a closer look at the meaning of close elections

Both winners and losers of close elections usually exaggerate the significance of the outcome. Pundits on both sides of the recent election are already rushing to do so. I’d like to temper the recent winners’ enthusiasm and ease some of the recent losers’ despair.

First, …

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Letter: Making the world great again-stronger together

Real change often requires a crisis, shaking us to our core and forcing us to question fundamental values and beliefs. Such was the case for many Americans in the recent campaign, including those who voted for President-elect Donald Trump.

In the candidate choices, U.S. citizens …

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Letter: Election was rebuke to corruption and also Obama policies

As we collectively watched the results from the election, liberals, left-wing anarchists and many others gathered all over the U.S. to protest. Some damaged property, caused mayhem and burned flags while others simply looked stunned. It was all quite sensational. But also misguided. The election …

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Letter: Dental providers rise to challenge of surge in patients

As one of the experts in your Oct. 13 story “Medicaid patients struggle with dental access,” I agree it’s critical that we acknowledge and address shortcomings in access to health care in Central Oregon, particularly for Medicaid patients.

However, it’s also important that we take …

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Letter: Easier to sue the farmer than face root problem

Have you or anyone you know ever seen a spotted frog? Is your life, liberty or pursuit of happiness affected by this little frog in any way whatsoever?

I just received a letter from the Tumalo Irrigation District informing me, along with all irrigators getting …

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Letter: Be nice, you’re in Bend

Letter: Another Trail of Tears

Corporate profit is the bottom line differentiating the aggressive armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon from the peaceful protection of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s tribal lands in North Dakota.

Privatization of public lands to benefit the aggressors was the incentive …

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Incarceration vs. rehabilitation

The Nov. 3 Bulletin article regarding rewriting the statutes for incarcerating persons arrested for possession of or under the influence of drugs has many merits. The judicial difficulty is separating the broken from the recalcitrant.

The broken will accept that they are …

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Shocked by occupation verdict

I am shocked. It is incomprehensible how a juror can find the occupiers “not guilty.” The videos clearly show the occupiers with weapons on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (against the law). Blocking the entrance road with armed guards so no …

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Letter: Immigrants take jobs from Oregonians

Recently, Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek and a coterie of the state’s business and agricultural interests called for federal “comprehensive immigration reform” and an increase in the number of foreigners admitted to the United States on work visas. To bolster their case, Kotek …

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Letter: East and west developments treated differently

I watched with interest when Central Oregon Community College and William Smith Properties submitted an application for a zone change on the parcel of land on the west side at Shevlin Park Road and Mt. Washington Drive. The reason being that this proposal was no …

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Letter: Churches do many tasks to help those in need

On Oct. 1, Linda Dupree, in her In My View article, suggested that we tax church properties, send the revenue to the state general fund, and trust that the legislators will use those assets to care for homeless people. She asserts that federal government programs, …

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Letter: Growth needs consultation with nearby homeowners

I read with interest some recent stories in The Bulletin that have me, and very likely others, concerned about the direction that Bend is going in terms of management of its growth.

There has been recent information concerning the UGB, or urban growth boundary, intended …

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Letter: Bosses, co-workers can help addicted person get help

Drug and alcohol addiction is a problem no business can afford to ignore. From lost productivity, increased workplace accidents, absenteeism and increased illness, drug and alcohol addiction can be particularly costly to businesses large and small. According to the most recent data available from the …

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Letter: OSU-Cascades’ transportation program shows promising results

Just over a month since opening, it is early in Oregon State University-Cascades’ campus history and its progress toward building a sustainable campus with an active transportation culture. Given community interest in growth and transportation management throughout Bend, it is worth looking at OSU-Cascades’ efforts …

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Don’t miss the roses for the thorns

As I was walking to work recently at OSU-Cascades (I’m a 60-year-old faculty member who lives within 2 miles of campus, so I usually walk or use my free bus pass provided by the university), I was thinking …

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Letter: Defeat Measure 97 and Democrats who support it

As a voter, I am a registered independent who regularly votes for candidates in both parties. I look at the issues and put good governance and country or Oregon above any party affiliation. In this election, I am not voting for any Oregon Democrat at …

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Re-elect Unger

Who do you want — a fiscally responsible county commissioner who has built reserves for the inevitable rainy day or $20 in your pocket if you own a $400,000 home?

Alan Unger and our other commissioners have chosen to be fiscally prudent, building …

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Unger works hard for us

Please consider the re-election of Alan Unger as Deschutes County commissioner. It appears that we do have two good candidates to choose between. I will share with you why I support re-electing Unger and allowing him to continue the good …

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Letter: Vote Todd Kepple for state representative

Urban Democrats control the Oregon Legislature. Ranting at them has gotten rural Oregonians less than nothing. Dennis Linthicum will continue the unsuccessful, detrimental arguing that hasn’t worked. We need someone in Salem who can help the urban Legislature understand the needs of rural Oregon. Todd …

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Letter: Support Measure 97 to help Oregon’s students

As executive director of Children First for Oregon, I’ve spent my career standing up for families and children in our state. And this election season, we have an opportunity to do right by our kids by voting yes on Measure 97.

The simple truth is, …

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