Purse return reflects kindness, integrity

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the individuals who found and returned my purse on May 7.

On that Wednesday, I made a hurried stop to pick up a few groceries at Fred Meyer in Bend. I bought my items and paid for them, then rushed out to my car and unloaded them into the back seat. I then pushed the cart back onto the sidewalk and headed home. Upon arrival I heard my telephone ringing. It was Joe from my office at The Sacred Art of Living Center just south of Fred Meyer. Joe told me that I had left my purse in the shopping cart outside the Wanderlust Adventure office located in the Fred Meyer complex and someone walking by, saw the purse and took it in inside. Then an employee at Wanderlust Adventures, after checking my business card in my wallet and calling my place of work, walked the two blocks to my office and dropped off my purse to return to me. Within a few minutes of the phone call from my office, I arrived back at my office and retrieved my purse and valuables.

Sadly, we live in a time of excessive busyness, when kindness and honesty is sometimes forgotten. However, I will never forget the two individuals, whose names I don’t know, who reminded me that the beauty of kindness and integrity can still be found in Bend.

Leslie Miller


Brain injuries don’t discriminate

The cartoon in the May 16 Bulletin was very true: Brain injuries do not discriminate. Big or small, black or white, gay or straight, parent or sibling, all brain injuries are permanent and have significant effects on each and every person involved to varying degrees.

Brent D. Yonkovich


Disappointing reporting on climate report

The Bulletin’s May 11 front-page spin on Obama’s dire global warming report was very disappointing.

First, we know that nothing coming out of the White House is reliable. As The New York Times said regarding the NSA cover-up, “The Obama administration has lost all credibility.”

Second, the computer modeling on which this dire prediction is based has completely failed. The Earth has not warmed in the last 15 years.

Third, even the modeling itself is full of good news, which The Bulletin chose to ignore. The good news is that there will be more precipitation nationwide. (BTW, California’s recent drought was caused by ocean cooling, not warming.) Warmer oceans produce more evaporation, thus more rain and snow. NOAA’s graph illustrated this. Thus a heavier snowpack in the winter and fuller lakes, rivers and reservoirs in the summer. Good news, right? Not according to The Bulletin, which somehow concluded that this scenario will “put additional strain on a much-in-demand resource.” Wait. What?

Finally, even if this climate change is more than a centuries-old return from the last Little Ice Age (which ended in 1850), even if the Chicken Littles are right that the Earth is warming, so what? A warmer, wetter Earth means more water for all living things: forests, bugs, birds and animals; fuller rivers, lakes, reservoirs and aquifers; a longer growing season for agriculture; and for Alaska, Siberia, Iceland and Greenland, more fishable waters and more farmable land. All good news.

John Shepherd


Thanks for Eagle Scout coverage

Thank you for covering the story about Boy Scout Emmitt Sam-Smith’s Eagle Scout project and especially for making it a front-page story in the May 19 Bulletin.

Congratulations to Emmitt for taking on an Eagle project this large and for ensuring that our soldiers will receive stars from these American flags — a symbol of our country and the sacrifice each and every soldier who serves is making on behalf of America.

My son, now 53 years of age, is an Eagle Scout. I use present tense because no one can ever take away that award presented to him at the age of 13.

The lessons and skills my son learned not only as a Cub Scout but also as a Boy Scout remain with him today, and we will forever be grateful for the opportunities, life lessons and skills he learned and still uses today, while being a part of the Scouting program.

Congratulations to Emmitt, and we know that the life lessons and skills he is implementing today in the Scouting program will serve him for a lifetime.

Ann Anderson