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Hypocrisy about nuclear storage plan

Greg Walden wants to restart the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facility. He blames the Obama administration for canceling the project, while Nevada has been against this for as long as it has been proposed.

After all, would you want nuclear waste to be buried in your state? This is the height of hypocrisy that the politicians say “not in my backyard,” while promoting perhaps unsafe acts on someone else’s land.

We have had radioactive waste leach into aquifers in other instances, so why would anyone believe this won’t happen again. The DOE is now led by none other than Rick Perry, who I wouldn’t trust with a can of lighter fluid, let alone a nuclear waste project.

Alan Pachtman


Sign theft disappointing

I enjoy living in Bend. However, something happened recently that makes me wonder if Bend is changing — and not for the good. In response to the high teen suicide rate in Oregon, a woman in Newberg was inspired to make signs for display on lawns reading “Don’t give up” on one side and “You matter” on the other. She and her family distributed over 150 signs throughout the town.

When I saw them, I thought Bend needs them, too, and I put one on my lawn on Eighth Street and ordered 10 more; however one week later it was stolen.

Yes, I am disappointed to think not one of 150 were stolen in Newberg, and the only one out in Bend was taken within one week of being put out.

My hope is that whoever took it will see the value of the message and put it where it will be used for the purpose it was created for — to lift people’s spirit before they give up.

Judie Geiss


Oppose Senate health bill

Health insurance is more than a required policy; it’s about peace of mind. Knowing your family will be cared for and not having to worry about going broke when you get sick is priceless and greatly reduces toxic stress. This is why I strongly oppose the Senate health care bill, otherwise know as The American Health Care Act. This bill will terminate health care for millions of Americans but would give another tax cut to the wealthy. I want to live in an America where we look out for each other. The ACHA will not care for Americans.

Our health care system needs to be improved; we all agree on that. The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is only in its first iteration. If we got everything right on the first go, we would not be having these difficult conversations. Change is complex. The health care exchange needs to evolve to better serve the middle class in a more efficient and cost-saving manner. This new bill would do exactly the opposite.

In Oregon we have done so much to work toward better care, better cost and better health with the Oregon Health Plan/Medicaid. This is part of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, and would all be greatly impacted by the AHCA. Twenty-two million Americans would lose their insurance under this bill.

The AHCA taxes working people’s health benefits while cutting taxes for millionaires, and effectively destroys Medicaid by stripping health care to many people who are currently insured.

Rebeckah Berry


Donate platelets at Red Cross

In today’s world it seems divisiveness has become a way of life. Here’s a program that brings people together for the common good. Every two weeks I enjoy great company and a movie of my choosing to watch while I donate platelets at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center.

Platelets help form blood clots and control bleeding. Surgeries, cancer patients, blood disorders and organ transplants routinely use them. They have a life span of five days, so the need is always there. The time has come to lend a hand and in return feel better about yourself — always works for me.

Steve Welsh