Elect Carr for a new direction

Watching the current political climate, I confess, I am with the majority of voters who are looking for a significant change in government and a break from the status quo.

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work on a project that involved the city of Prineville. My take away from that experience was how motivated the city was to get to ‘yes.’ That spirit can also be seen in many city projects, such as: the wetlands/sewage treatment project, reducing data centers’ water consumption, a new kids bike park, addressing low-income housing needs, and temporary housing for the overflow of construction workers. All of these are a testament to their ‘can-do’ mindset. We are fortunate to have an opportunity in this election to tap into that resourceful spirit and put it to work on the Crook County court.

In this election, if we want the change that we are so hungry for, now is the chance to make it happen. I believe that having Jason Carr on the Crook County court would be a genuine step toward a positive change. Bringing that can-do talent that Carr has demonstrated as a member of the Prineville City Council would add a fresh perspective and influence change to the status quo county court.

The Bulletin had it right when it endorsed Carr in the primary and described him “as the clear leader” in the crowded field of seven candidates.

Vote for a new direction. Vote for Jason Carr.

Cathy Kilpatrick

Powell Butte

Students deserve Measure 97

The Bulletin’s Sept. 29 editorial “Lawmakers should decide funding model” upset me as a mother and as a teacher.

The Bulletin editorial reports that schools “eat up” 40 percent of the state’s general fund. This word choice offends me, and it should offend anyone who believes our next generation should be literate and thinking citizens. Forty percent may be a big chunk, but it’s a big chunk of a small pie in a state that is growing. We need to grow the pie.

Since 2009, schools around the state cut and cut to account for the lack of state revenue during the recession. Since then, the economy recovered, but schools are still in crisis mode. We are short on teachers, we are short on counselors and nurses, and at my school, we are even short on chairs.

Every time it rains, the roof over my daughter’s classroom leaks on her classmates. The student-to-teacher ratio in Oregon is the third highest in the United States, leading to crowded classrooms with little personalized attention.

My children and my students deserve better … that’s why I’m voting for Measure 97.

Amy Sabbadini

Bend

Protect animals with Measure 100

Oregonians love animals, and we have a long, proud history of passing laws to protect them. That’s why among all 50 states, Oregon is ranked second in the strength of its animal welfare laws. Now we have a chance to continue that tradition by passing Measure 100 to ban the commercial trade in the parts and products of our most cherished and iconic wildlife species.

Federal rules and laws can only go so far in closing down illegal wildlife trafficking. Measure 100 closes an important loophole in existing law by imposing serious penalties on anyone caught trying to traffic in endangered animal parts within our state, thereby augmenting and bolstering federal enforcement efforts.

With California and Washington having already passed similar laws, passing Measure 100 will mean the entire West Coast will become far less hospitable to the poachers, smugglers and profiteers in search of local markets and driving our world’s animals to extinction. The measure also includes common sense exemptions for bona fide antiques, musical instruments and use of these products by native tribes.

Oregonians rank the global poaching crisis among their top animal welfare concerns, yet often feel powerless to stop it. Now, with Measure 100, we have a chance to do our part and take a leadership role in protecting elephants, rhinos, big cats, whales and other imperiled animals. Please vote yes on Measure 100.

Scott Beckstead

Oregon senior state director of The Humane Society of the United States

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