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Who protects the individual?

I get it. Republicans want to limit government overreach and they want to limit corporate regulations. Both of which limit corporate profits and ability to hire employees, according to their logic. Can the ­Republicans please tell me where do I go, as an individual, to protect myself from a corporation that injures me either physically, financially or in the quality of my life by polluting the air that I breath or polluting my drinking water?

Republicans do not believe that it is the government’s role to protect my environment. They don’t believe it’s the government’s role to regulate corporations. They don’t believe it is the government’s role to protect the individual from corporate wrong-doing. So where do I go as an individual when a corporation injures me? And now the Republican Senate and Vice President Mike Pence have taken away the judicial path for my protections!

Republicans, please tell me, where does the individual seek retribution for corporate wrongdoing? How are companies punished for their bad behavior and their crimes? Do we start locking corporate executives away in real prisons? You are quick to punish individuals for their bad behavior with “law and order.” Where is the “law and order” for corporate bad behavior? Think BP oil disaster, fake accounts opened by Wells Fargo, the subprime mortgage crisis, red-lining by banks, insurance companies refusing pay-outs to their customers, etc.

Nancy Boever

Bend

Disappointed in candy editorial

I was disappointed The Bulletin’s recent editorial (“The state of Oregon’s Halloween killjoys,” Oct. 25, 2017) found the Oregon Health Authority’s “Healthier Things” video was a bit of a Milk Dud. We hoped the video would promote a dialogue about what people are putting in their Halloween buckets and what kids are putting in their bodies. Keep in mind, the average Halloween bucket can hold 250 pieces of candy. Just eight mini candy bars add up to almost 500 calories and 31 grams of fat. All those extra calories, sugars and fats contribute to tooth decay, obesity and even diabetes.

These health problems are no Laffy Taffy matters — and they’re largely preventable. Obesity has become the No. 2 cause of preventable deaths in Oregon. One in 5 Oregonians age 10-17 are overweight. Obesity costs Oregonians almost $1.6 billion in additional medical expenses a year.

We agree Halloween and trick-or-treating makes for Good and Plenty childhood memories, but we hope parents and kids alike enjoy those Mounds of candy in moderation. And don’t forget tasty, healthy candy alternatives that come in safe packaging (like raisins and nuts).

Lillian Shirley

Public Health Director, Oregon Health Authority

Support drug discount program

If you had to choose between paying for your prescriptions or paying your rent, what would you do? Every day Oregonians answer this question by skipping or delaying taking lifesaving medications because they can’t afford them. This problem will get even worse if pharmaceutical corporations get their way and slash funding for the federal 340B Drug Discount Program.

Under the 340B program, critical access hospitals like St. Charles Bend, St. Charles Prineville and St. Charles Madras receive discounts when they purchase prescription drugs. These discounts allow hospitals to provide prescriptions for free or reduced costs to low-income and uninsured patients in need. Last year alone, the 340B program helped local hospitals save approximately $7 million, money that is reinvested in charity care through reduced prescription drug prices and other vital health programs. Throughout Oregon, nearly 50 hospitals and clinics use this program to help make lifesaving medications and care more affordable.

The 340B program is under attack, but there’s still time to save it. Congressman Greg Walden is chairman of the House committee, which will decide the fate of the 340B Drug Discount Program and many other critical initiatives which could improve and increase access to health care in our state.

Please ask Walden to consider the catastrophic impact skyrocketing drug prices have on Oregonians and do the right thing to help keep prescriptions affordable for those in need by preserving the 340B Drug Discount Program and looking for bipartisan solutions to improve health care for all Oregonians.

Bruce Humphreys

Bend

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