Letter: Obamacare makes saving lives easier

Having worked in the medical field as a practicing emergency room physician for some 30 years, I have been an intimate witness to how government policy influences medical care in this country. In other words: the good, bad and downright ugly.

What I have experienced …

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Try reaching out face-to-face

I am seeing us for who we are NOW. The people I thought were so principled, conservative and kind-hearted are acting like bullies (and they won) with that “we are getting even now” attitude. I can no longer tell the “L’s” …

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Letter: Good governance for Bend needs a good structure

In response to your February 5, editorial, entitled “People, not structure, key to good Bend government,” allow us to set the record straight on a number of items pertaining to our request for a charter review.

First we, Don Leonard, Richard Ross, Bill Galaway, Brent …

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Letter: Don’t defund Planned Parenthood

This past week, as politicians returned home from Congress, they needed to listen to our patients who would lose access to essential health care if they vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

Every year in Oregon and southwest Washington, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette provides more than …

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Trump’s wisdom will prevail

Les Joslin’s Feb. 14 letter is just another “I told you so” opportunity to diminish the disappointment some feel when they realize not everyone thinks liberalism is the answer. He further suggests the president should “leave office gracefully” under provisions of …

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Too much federal intervention

I take issue with George Wuerthner’s assertion in his Feb. 12 “In My View” letter that Congressman Greg Walden is wrong in saying the Obama administration’s decision to not designate Owyhee Canyonlands a national monument was a victory for the people …

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Letter: Brace yourself for a new kind of Republican

Brace yourself, America; here come the Republicans.

I’m not talking about the Republicans of old: Abraham Lincoln, who proclaimed, “With malice toward none, with charity for all”; Teddy Roosevelt, who said, “Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, …

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Letter: Treating patients’ symptoms isn’t enough

I’m writing with appreciation for Laurie McGinley’s article “Cancer treatments exact price years later,” written for The Washington Post and published in The Bulletin, Dec. 26, 2016. The information in the article is based on the allopathic approach to disease, a form of medicine practiced …

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Walden follows through with HR 983

The conviction and five-year prison sentence of Dwight and Steven Hammond under a 1996 anti-terrorism law served as the rallying cry for the Malheur refuge occupation. During the occupation, Congressman Greg Walden promised to change the law because, he …

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Options for kidney transplants

I found The Bulletin’s story about living kidney donors from January especially interesting because I too have polycystic kidney disease, which was at end stage. I would like to share another option for anyone needing a kidney transplant.

My husband volunteered …

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Letter: Wyden, Merkley should make good faith effort on Gorsuch

Only minutes after President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden jumped the shark, decrying Gorsuch’s nomination with hyperbole only a four-decade career politician could muster. As if on cue, Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley followed up later in the …

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Learn about Planned Parenthood

In the “you learn something new every day” category, I learned some facts recently at a public presentation about our local Planned Parenthood Health center.

The Bend center serves people from Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. Last year saw 6,476 patient …

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Guest column: Juniper Ridge ‘fiasco’ could provide affordable housing

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Oppose term limits

A recent letter to the editor in The Bulletin advocated for term limits. How can proponents of term limits justify taking away my right to vote for the candidate of my choice or the similar right of other voters? There is no …

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Support bill on animal traps

As a Bend resident and veterinarian, I urge you to write your state senators and representatives to support Oregon’s Senate Bill 6. Oregon’s current laws and regulations governing animal trapping are insufficient and pose a serious threat to wildlife, pets …

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Letter: Campus sustainability must also consider safety

OSU-Cascades’ Kelly Sparks puts a “sustainability mission” over the safety, health and welfare of OSU-Cascades students.

That’s what the headline should be regarding the decision to pigeonhole a campus in an area that is not conducive to the immediate and future needs of OSU-Cascades. One …

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Editorial is an early ‘alternative fact’

What, Sen. Jeff Merkley an anarchist? Whoa! (Lead Editorial, The Bulletin, Feb. 4) Editor Erik Lukens must have been watching too much CNN coverage of the Cal protests and paying too little attention to the good work that Merkley …

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Letter: Conflation of guns and grizzlies is dangerous, erroneous

Current political debate focuses on arming our schools against both active shooters and grizzlies. The expression “Guns and Grizzlies” is often used to proclaim support for this proposal. However, this conflation of guns and grizzlies is not only dangerous, but erroneous. In fact, this conflation …

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Work to protect the Owyhee

As someone whose livelihood is steeped in protecting our great outdoors, I was disappointed to learn that the Owyhee Canyonlands were not protected last year. Like thousands of others, I added my voice to the chorus of folks asking our …

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Letter: Trump’s tips for kids

Of all the sadness and anxiety I feel over Donald Trump serving as president of the United States, none is greater than my concern over the message he is conveying to our children and grandchildren about what is appropriate behavior. For more than a decade, …

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Students should pay for damage

Let me first say there is nothing wrong with peacefully protesting. However, recently on CNN I watched the students at University of California Berkeley, the bastion of free speech, demonstrate that free speech only applies for those people you agree …

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What a game!

The NFL in one game rekindled the attention of the world. Not since the 1967 “Ice Bowl” NFL Championship between Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers and Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys has the sporting world been regaled by such a contest.

High suspense, …

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Letter: Don’t use lead ammunition

Like millions of other hunters, I am familiar with lead ammunition. I know how it performs in the field, I know how much it costs, and perhaps most importantly, I know that it is responsible for poisoning the environment, millions of wild animals and humans, …

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Letter: Walden is wrong about the proposed Owyhee wilderness

On his website, Congressman Greg Walden opined: “The conclusion of the Obama administration, without a national monument designation in the Owyhee Canyonlands, marks a long-awaited victory for the people of Eastern Oregon.”

Walden goes on to use a cheap shot by asserting this proposal was …

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Regulations are often important protections

Donald Trump has announced his intention to “get rid of 75 percent of government regulations.” Given his actions in the first two weeks of this imperial presidency, we have no reason to doubt he and his willing cohorts in Congress …

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Letter: Don’t stay silent about Trump’s travel ban

I can no longer stay silent. The executive order Donald Trump put into place banning people of seven Muslim-dominated countries from traveling and entering the United States is a dangerous precedent. The issue has gone beyond politics; it’s about human decency and compassion.

Currently, I’m …

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How will Bend use pot tax money?

The Jan. 21 Bulletin reported the state of Oregon netted $60 million in pot taxes from the sale of recreational marijuana in 2016 as reported by the Department of Revenue. From this gross tax revenue the department must …

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Letter: Reporting must stay objective and unbiased

An “AlternativeTruth!” is a lie to help the uninformed stop trusting their instincts. Similarly, “FakeNews!” is just an absurd contradiction meant to justify disagreeing with the obvious. These two types of transformations to how information is regarded are occurring now on a daily basis, which …

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Letter: The wrong reaction to the election of Donald Trump

Recent In My View pieces by two local college professors lamented the election of Donald Trump and what it might mean for the city of Bend. Given the left-wing leanings of most academics, their comments did not surprise me. Other liberal/progressive contributors have bemoaned the …

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Don’t let us down

Letters to the editor are rarely to the actual editor of a newspaper. This one is.

The USA now has a president unlike any other before him and what seems likely to be a presidency unlike anything our country has ever …

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Trump makes bad choice

Before Donald Trump took office, his thinking and actions could aptly be described as shambolic. (Look it up — hint: it’s related to the word “shambles.”) But to that description we now need to add “dangerous.” He has given us several …

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Letter: Drug testing bill depends on flawed logic

The misguided attempt to loosen the restrictions on off-duty marijuana use, as described in the Jan. 20 news story, “Drug testing bill filed in Salem,” demonstrates just how out of touch some worker advocates are. If passed by the Oregon Legislature, the bill would prevent …

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