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McLeod-Skinner won

The spirited and informative debate between Congressman Greg Walden and Jamie McLeod-Skinner on Oct. 5 revealed sharp contrasts between the two candidates.

Jamie spoke passionately about her travels across Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District during the last year-and-a-half, and about conversations she’s had with Oregon District 2 residents.

Congressman Walden alluded to “meetings” and “calls” with his constituents but provided few details, probably because he hasn’t held an “open” public meeting or town hall in almost a year.

Jamie offered fresh ideas to address the problems affecting residents of the 2nd District. Congressman Walden gave his usual well-rehearsed delivery of tired Republican talking points, probably compiled by his D.C.-based PR firm. His talking points and his delivery were as exciting as day-old oatmeal.

Jamie was animated, engaged and engaging throughout the debate. Congressman Walden showed some vigor when he bragged about his legislative accomplishments, but his temporary displays of energy were overshadowed by his overly technical style of speaking and propensity to ramble.

As Jamie delivered a strong closing statement, Congressman Walden listlessly twiddled his thumbs, looking like he couldn’t wait to sneak out the back door at KTVZ.

Jamie’s challenge to Congressman Walden at the Chief Joseph Days parade (and a lot of persistence) got him to show up on Oct. 5. After watching the debate, I understand why he was so reluctant to participate.

Adrian Jones


Cook no moderate

County Commissioner Democrat candidate James Cook is not pleased with some of the guest speakers that his opponent, Patti Adair, has invited as guest speakers for county Republican Party meetings in the last year.

Regarding the speakers Ms. Adair invited, those speakers spoke on very timely topics — terrorism and our nation’s broken immigration system. For sure, terrorism continues to be a threat 17 years since the 9/11 attack, and our porous borders continue to be a huge problem.

The issue of border security goes hand in hand with those that have been intent on committing acts of terrorism (let alone the problem of human and drug trafficking). Going back to 9/11, one of the Islamic terrorists was still in the U.S. because he had overstayed his visa.

By describing the speakers, who were guests at a Republican meeting, as anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant, Mr. Cook’s language is that of the hard left to characterize his opponent.

Although he is a self-proclaimed moderate, his rhetoric betrays his true colors. He may be a nice guy, but it is clear that Mr. Cook is no moderate.

Lucy Brackett


Moseley for mayor

How refreshing to have the privilege to vote for a candidate for mayor who equally represents east and west Bend (as well as north and south)…and is a small business owner in downtown Bend.

He “gets it” as is obvious with his logic and common sense, nonpartisan approach to some of the tough issues he is required to address on the City Council position he now holds.

I believe Bill Moseley is a natural leader, and I have observed him in action … not only at City Council meetings but at neighborhood meetings.

He has the ability to make well researched, tough decisions that are good for Bend regardless of “who likes him.”

He has my vote and respect.

Linda May


No time for inaction

Thank you for the long article in the Oct. 9 issue about the Nobel Prize. The work by William Nordhaus on the economic impact of climate change is important for all of us. The danger of food shortages, wildfires, droughts, heat waves and destructive storms by 2040 is real.

Here in Bend the seven cousins of William Nordhaus include three who will be in their early twenties that year. We cannot afford inaction or retreat on this life-or-death issue.

Florence Beier