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Vote for McLeod-Skinner

Congressman Greg Walden keeps telling us what a great guy he is and how he’s helping out his constituents so much. But he seems to have a blind spot when it comes to taking stands and doing what is morally right. The Trump Administration has a pathological tendency to distort the truth, and yet Congressman Walden is silent. Can’t he recognize a lie when he hears it? It’s time for a change when you don’t have the backbone to stand up for the truth. Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for District 2, and let’s give Greg some time reflect on truth and doing what is moral.

Dave Stalker

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Rippberger for Oregon House

I attended a meet and greet in Eagle Point with Karen Rippberger, candidate for House District 55, and I was glad I did; we learned a lot. She is a retired educator, an advocate for students, people with special needs and local control. She appreciates the challenges that rural schools and students encounter.

I was especially impressed with her health care ideas and views on problems that can be addressed by the state Legislature. Affordable housing and job development appropriately fit into her economic development plans.

Karen’s campaign slogan is “Everybody Matters.” She is a good listener and promises to hold town meetings in every community in the district every year. I believe her “open door” policy will serve district voters very well.

Let’s vote for Karen Rippberger in H.D. 55.

Bill Walsh

Eagle Point

Moseley for mayor

I am writing in response to Bridget McGinn’s letter supporting Sally Russell for Mayor.

I too am a Mountain View resident who attended the Mountain View Neighborhood Association meeting THIS year and had a very different experience with Sally Russell. I did not find her to have “a firm grasp on every issue,” nor did she “listen and respond to everyone respectfully.”

At issue was a proposed 129-unit extended stay hotel to be built on Conners Avenue and Tucson Way in Mountain View. This proposed development is across the street from a 100-child day care, a large senior living facility, and a half-block from the neighborhood park. It is a major concern for the safety and livability to the residents of this area. Sally admitted that she did not have a complete understanding of this proposed hotel, yet she voted for it! So much for a “firm grasp on all the issues!” Referencing this hotel, she said that we all need to look at the “bigger picture” for the “greater good”.

I had my hand raised to get clarification and she refused to acknowledge me stating she didn’t want to “debate” this issue. So much for “listening and responding to everyone respectfully!”

As the City Council liaison to this Neighborhood Association, it is Sally’s responsibility to be knowledgeable about developments affecting this neighborhood. I think self-righteous attitudes and a lack of due diligence regarding this development are not the attributes required for mayor!

Vote for Bill Moseley!

Marilynn Jacobs

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The people’s land

The editorial “Fire deal makes sense” on The Bulletin’s Sunday, Sept. 30, Editorial page proved it’s time to again remind writers and editors at The Bulletin that, when they write about Deschutes National Forest land, they write about “National Forest System land” and not about “Forest Service land.”

With very few exceptions (such as non-National Forest System land acquired by the U.S. Forest Service for use as administrative sites or communication sites), and despite the frequent use of the term, there’s no such thing as “Forest Service land.”

It’s “National Forest System land” or “national forest land” that belongs to the people of the United States of America — the citizen-owners of the National Forest System — and is administered for them by the Forest Service as prescribed by law, not “Forest Service land.”

A small point? A nitpick? Not at all!

It is an all-important distinction that informs — or should inform — the perceptions, and thus the operational realities, of the politicians, the public servants and the public they serve of their respective roles, responsibilities and prerogatives vis-a-vis the national forests and each other.

Les Joslin

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