City should pay

I can’t believe the water department would not pay for the water damage caused on Eighth Street. I worked for a water department for 30 years, and any time a water main broke and did damage the water department would always repair any damage. No one knows when a water main will break, but during the time it starts getting hot we started having water main leaks. When it gets hot, the ground moves, and that’s when we start getting leaks; also, the pipe being old.

The water department supplies water for people and charges money for the water. They are responsible to maintain the water and the pipes. They should pay for the damage.

Gary Wirth


Inmate deserved respect

I recently watched the video from the night Edwin Burl Mays died in the Deschutes County jail and felt compelled to write both as a mother who couldn’t imagine losing a child that way and as someone who cares about those who struggle with addiction.

In the video, the security guard mimics Mays who was clearly in distress. It was heartbreaking to see such a lack of compassion and, even worse, how another’s suffering became a joke. I kept asking myself, “When did we lose our humanity?”

It was also sad to see Mays asking for help and not getting it until he collapsed, at which point it was too late to save him. Why did he not receive the proper care from the people tasked with his well-being while in custody? Did Mays — a loved one to somebody — die because he had the deadly illness of addiction, which is misunderstood? If this is the case, serious action needs to be taken to educate people on the front lines or more lives will be lost.

Unfortunately, we can’t force people to have compassion, but we can demand they do their jobs with the utmost integrity, regardless of their biases or beliefs. We would all do well to remember every single person is a child of God, and Mays was no exception.

Rose Barbour

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Follow the science

The Bulletin reports that Bend City Councilor Victor Chudowsky is skeptical of a climate change study conducted by two prominent hydrogeologists and one hydrologist. Those scientists conclude that climate change will render the city’s $71 million Creekwater Project unreliable, if not obsolete.

Skeptical or not, it’s great to see that Chudowsky, who has steadfastly supported the extraction of creek water, is now paying attention. Rather than faulting other climate change studies, however, he should ask the city to commission its own scientific, peer-reviewed study to better inform his decision to continue spending tens of millions of public dollars to extract creek water from a high-altitude, high-risk source. It is not too late for the city to save its customers tens of millions of dollars while improving the habitat for fish, wildlife and humans in this basin. He should follow the science.

Bill Buchanan


What seniors do

It was nice to see your article on the Oregon Senior Games, but it is curious that it featured bowling, pickleball and shuffleboard. Does this fit The Bulletin’s stereotype of what seniors do? Why was there no coverage of more active sports, such as swimming, cycling and track and field? For balance, maybe your next article should feature 20-year-olds practicing the sport of curling.

Roy Major


Change fireworks rules

Sadly, our city is allowing fireworks to be sold inside city limits again this year. This simply confirms there is not a speck of common sense in our local government. Sure, those without the ability to reason could bring them in from somewhere else, but reducing a supply on the street could make a difference. Maybe if a spotted owl would get his feathers singed, there would be a citywide riot!

Thomas Boyle