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Where’s the money?

Earlier this year there was significant debate on how to pay for the long-term road repairs needed in Bend. Some city councilors were proponents of a new gas tax, while others stated it was not needed. Citizens of Bend voted down the …

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Letter: What have we learned about drug guidelines?

On March 27, 2016, I authored an opinion piece in The Bulletin. I questioned the outcome of the Centers for Disease Control guidelines that attempted to address the opioid epidemic. The thrust of the guidelines was to hold prescribing physicians responsible for the outcomes of …

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Letter to the editor: My friendship with Gen. Jim Mattis

I first met then-Maj. Jim Mattis, U.S. Marines, in 1984 when he was a student at the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia. While I was a tactics instructor at the college, he and I formed a friendship that has …

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Letter: Send Obama a message opposing Owyhee monument

The message in Andy Kerr’s column published in The Bulletin on Dec. 7 could be distilled to this:

We don’t care what Eastern Oregon thinks and you shouldn’t either.

Kerr, who owns a conservation company in Ashland, is aligned with special interests that are lobbying …

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Americans don’t trust media

During the Cold War, I lived in Europe and occasionally listened to Radio Moscow, the propaganda tool of the USSR. It spun, distorted and fabricated news to present Russia in the best light and condemn the West.

Fast-forward 40 years and …

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Electoral College must be maintained

In our nation’s 58 presidential elections, five popular vote winners failed to win the electoral vote; the unfortunate candidates were Andrew Jackson, Samuel Tilden, Grover Cleveland, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton. A lopsided California vote for Gore in 2000 and …

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Letter: How We The People have enabled our dysfunctional government

Our country is politically polarized to the extreme. Our Congress is composed of lifetime politicians, a permanent political class, so rigid and so partisan that they cannot function.

Warren Buffett proclaims, “Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen …

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Dogs get more care than humans

It is interesting to note that in the greater Bend area there are more than 40 acres that have been purchased, designed, landscaped, plumbed, lighted and are regularly maintained by crews and equipment that are dedicated specifically for the …

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City could charge to clear snowplow berms

I live on NW Iowa Avenue, usually get plowed but then am usually trapped due to the berm the plow creates across the driveway. I know you hear from many people about the good old days when a …

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Where was the Christmas music?

I want to address something that I look forward to one time a year, and that’s Christmas music from our radio stations in Bend. Where was it? Christmas is only once a year, and I am so disappointed that none …

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The type of immigration matters

Regarding the letter by Janice Dolan: Her grandfather’s story is inspirational, but is a statistical sample of one, and therefore irrelevant. Nonetheless, he presumably entered this country legally. So too did my father. Her grandfather may have had difficulties in …

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The role of the newspaper is not just to criticize

I was inspired by Louis Capozzi’s column and the responding opinion by editor Erik Lukens to weigh in on the newspaper’s role in reporting on government activities. I strongly believe in the power and importance …

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Letter: A call to action for Gov. Kate Brown

Dear Gov. Kate,

Since we toiled together in the Legislature, I feel I can be candid with you as a friend and fellow legislator. Now is the time, Kate, when your office is the one that sets the vision and the agenda for the future …

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Letter: Don’t ignore statistics on nationality of criminals

One of the detrimental impacts of having a significant foreign national population residing in the United States, be they legally or illegally present in the country, is crime.

The scope and impact of foreign national crime on the U.S. citizens and residents of this country …

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Letter: Bulletin fuels anti-government bias

The Bulletin watches the Bend City Council like a hawk, and like that bird of prey it seems the goal of watching is to be able to dive in for the kill every chance it gets. That’s why the paper has earned the nickname “The …

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Protect the Deschutes

Your editorial critical of the Oregon Park and Recreation Department — “State should allow bridge to Deschutes trails” on Dec. 13 — misses the main reason for the department’s ruling that no bridge is allowed. The area, from just north of the …

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Letter: Veterans and families deserve our support

Among the many burdensome issues our country must contend with is that of the well-being of those who serve in the military. Even for those of us who abhor war and wish with all our hearts that the military could be eliminated and peace might …

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Repeal the outdated, flawed Electoral College

“Forefathers did what they did to ensure everybody’s vote was counted equally.”

Huh?!

That is exactly what the Electoral College does not do.

In the Electoral College, the vote of an American citizen in Wyoming counts for four times …

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Protect citizens’ votes

If you are allowed to register and vote without proof of U.S. citizenship, then my rights as a U.S. citizen to vote have been taken away and my vote will not count. It’s time to respect the citizens of our country and …

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Letter: Voter suppression measure threatens democracy

Democracy in America should be about voters picking their politicians — not politicians picking their voters. By focusing on unsubstantiated rumors of fraud, the proponents of the proposed voter suppression measure recently covered in the Dec. 5 Bulletin (“Oregon measure calls for proof of citizenship …

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Keep the Electoral College for democracy’s sake

Dick Phay’s well-written and well-researched Dec. 3 letter in The Bulletin missed the point of the Electoral College, which was instituted to allow the less-populated parts of the country to have a say in who runs our country. …

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Letter: Nation needs a different kind of leadership

History is the great equalizer. Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it, according to common proverbs. Revisionist history will be eroded away back to the test of time, which is the truth.

World War II was won in three years, eight …

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City should give advance notice about plowing

How commendable for The Bulletin to suggest that we help our neighbors who can’t shovel their walks and driveways. It would be even more commendable for the city to let people know when the snowplows will be churning …

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Letter: Gov. Brown should commute all death sentences

Over the past few years, several high-profile incidents have cast the national spotlight on different states’ broken death penalty programs, including Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas. However, recent events have brought capital punishment to the forefront of public debate in Oregon, too.

A newly commissioned …

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Letter: East vs. west not an issue in two planning decisions

Iwanted to reply to Roger Kryzanek’s letter asking why the Bend Planning Commission denied the zone change for the Central Oregon Community College property at Mt. Washington Drive and NW Shevlin Park Road, when a year before they approved the Crested Wildflower Master Planned Development …

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Letter: It’s time to manage bicycles in Wilderness areas

I was glad to read The Bulletin’s support for the concept of permitting bicycles to join other recreational equipment currently allowed on federal wilderness lands. The issue has garnered increasing attention over the past several decades as cyclists have come to represent a significant segment …

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Electoral College protects everybody

If the Electoral College was eliminated, as Dick Phay advocates, that would mean high-population states such as New York, California and a couple of others would have complete control over the electorate and election. That’s why the forefathers did what they …

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Letter: Problem is rigid ideologies, not Electoral College

The Electoral College is under assault again this year because another presidential candidate with less than a majority of the popular vote will be declared the winner by the Electoral College. While upsetting to many, there is no reason for remorse, because the outcome will …

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Remembering immigrant grandfather

I have been trying to get my head around how this country could have elected a divisive, third-rate carnival barker to be our president.

When we are told that the outcome of the election was an expression of anger by white men …

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Letter: Support a Crater Lake wilderness

Oregon Wild is promoting a 500,000-acre Crater Lake wilderness, including lands in and surrounding Crater Lake National Park. If designated, the new wilderness will provide protection for some of the last remaining unprotected roadless lands in the Cascades.

In addition to the ecological value of …

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A generous gift from a stranger brightens day

At a time when our country is in such chaos, there are still thoughtful and generous people in our world. Last week as I was leaving a place of business, I saw a white envelope under my …

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