Rule shouldn’t stop ukulele festival

Are you kidding me? A headline in the newspaper was titled “Ukulele festival may face permit trouble.” This is a big joke, right? Deschutes County has a rule requiring that events be spaced at least three months apart when on the same property. What for? Why? So what if the Ukulele Festival is held the third week of July and the High and Dry Bluegrass Festival is held the third weekend of August. Both are family-oriented, nonprofit events. No trouble, no drunks, no fights; wholesome gatherings! The High and Dry Bluegrass Festival is a wonderful, affordable weekend where you can actually bring the entire family. The Ukulele University Festival is the same; three days of entertaining and teaching with a focus of fostering music programs in local schools. What could be better?

I think Deputy Deschutes County Administrator Erik Kropp needs to work at making some changes regarding this ridiculous rule.

Diana MacKenzie


Get rid of studded tires

It is curious that The Bulletin is agreeing with the call for Oregon’s transportation department to study the financial damage studded tires do to roads. Oregon Department of Transportation has admitted that it has a funding crisis that imperils most of its upcoming projects. So why ask them to waste precious resources when we can see the answer by just driving our streets?

Newly painted crosswalks at Franklin and Bond? Already ruined. Fog and bike lane lines all over the city? Worn off. This summer’s chip seal on Northwest Ninth/Trenton/12th? Rutted again. Newport Avenue? Ruts exacerbating pavement breakup, leading to constant pothole repairs after snowstorms.

What the editorial fails to point out is that multiple international studies suggest studs offer improved traction only on sheet ice, a rare condition even in Central Oregon. In other conditions they offer similar or worse performance than traction tires. Why would we allow tires that only offer a small amount of additional safety for such a small amount of time? Perhaps it’s because a certain large tire retailer loves them — after all, they don’t last but a couple of seasons and people are hooked on them.

No amount of palatable tax can repair the damage these tires do. Even if the state collected enough, it would not likely trickle down to Bend or the county to come anywhere close to repairing our roads.

The simplest and most economical solution is just to get rid of them.

Jim Roberts


Vote for Miller for judge

As a retired Oregon State Police officer who served three decades in law enforcement and consulting, I’ve had the honor of working with a wide variety of public safety professionals, including members of the judiciary at the local, state and federal level. I feel confident in knowing a consummate professional when I see one.

Without hesitation, I am voting for Randy Miller as our next circuit court judge.

Miller has a record of faithful and tireless service to his family, community and country. Very few judicial candidates present as Miller does the well-rounded, real-life experiences of honorably serving in the military and law enforcement professions who have also gone on to become a successful business person and civil business and individual rights attorney.

I’ve learned that Miller’s honest, impartial and practical approach to following and interpreting complex civil law is known and respected and sets him apart. Miller’s judicial temperament and his methodical approach in arriving at the accurate, fair and just result exemplifies his natural abilities.

Miller embodies each of the characteristics that citizens should expect and require of their judiciary — foremost, honesty, integrity and impartiality. Stated simply, Miller is uniquely qualified to serve as our circuit court judge. The value derived from his experience, talents and philosophy of being of service to others is immeasurable — and commendable.

It is my honor to endorse Miller’s candidacy for circuit court judge.

Robert “Bob” Dent