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Refrain from public shaming

I am a recent subscriber to The Bulletin having just retired and relocated to Central Oregon. I have noticed that on Wednesdays you publish a list of folks who recently filed for bankruptcy.

I was formerly an attorney whose practice included bankruptcies. I can tell you from many years of experience that the vast majority of bankruptcies are caused by various hardships such as job loss, business failure, medical problems, divorce and death of a spouse who was the primary income earner. All of these events cause a great deal of stress for those folks.

On top of that, they must also contend with the humiliation of seeing their bankruptcy filing prominently displayed in your newspaper. This seems cruel. I hope you will rethink this and stop adding emotional pain to these unfortunate people.

On a similar note, you also publish recent lawsuits. Many of those are collection actions by various creditors against folks who are on their way to a bankruptcy filing for one of the reasons enumerated above. So for many of these folks, they are being publicly shamed by your newspaper on more than one occasion.

Please try to empathize with people who are experiencing tough times and refrain from this public shaming.

Nelson Rivers

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Walden should vote to restrict firearms

Rep. Greg Walden: I am a Bronze-Star-awarded, surviving veteran of the Vietnam War.

When will you take responsibility for the congressional inaction that enables killing of others? When will you vote to drastically restrict weapon ownership?

Only after thousands more are innocently murdered?

Only after the National Rifle Association stops funding your re-election?

I hope you have the guts to say no more to innocent killing, to vote for restricted weapon ownership, and not for continued murder.

Hans (Henri) van Naerssen

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Popular vote makes votes count

In an Oct. 4 editorial, The Bulletin declared “The Electoral College is a critical tool to balance the influence of high-population states.”

Not so. On the contrary, it guarantees that voters in most states will not matter when electing a president. Currently, the entire West Coast is “not in play.” We vote consistently for the Democrat. Similarly, most of the South goes Republican and can also safely be ignored. Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan decide most elections, and that is where the candidates of both parties spend most of their time and money.

The Electoral College is the only reason for this. Many states, large and small, are simply not worth the time and money it takes to mount significant campaigns because the are reliably either Republican or Democratic. Moving to a popular vote — either through amending the Constitution or by the National Popular Vote plan — will eliminate the undue influence a few states now exert and force candidates to conduct truly nationwide campaigns.

Republican votes in Oregon, Washington and California will become important again, because every vote will count toward the national total. Democratic votes in Alabama and Mississippi will also matter for the same reason. The Electoral College once protected the interests of slave states in national elections. Fortunately that time is past; today a popular vote is the only way to create truly national campaigns.

Bill Ellis

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Need spirit of tolerance, introspection

The flag represents our country.

Our country includes the military, the police, firemen, the common man, as well as those who disagree with our personal views.

Our Constitution’s Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech.

Those who do not stand at our anthem and flag to call attention to inequities are exercising their right to freedom of expression, not disrespecting the military or others.

An argument could be made that they celebrate what the flag represents and what our veterans fought for.

A common quote seen above editorial pages is from Voltaire — I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

I suggest that our country would benefit from a spirit of tolerance and introspection.

Michael Hudson

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