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Vote for Patti Adair

A fiscal conservative is one that endorses limits on spending while advocating prudence on those endeavors that do require funding. I am a fiscal conservative and when assessing candidates, I look for traits that indicate fiscal conservatism. I believe Patti Adair has those traits.

I grew up in rural Oregon, attended schools here and by happenstance learned a craft that was not needed in Oregon. To find steady employment, I moved out of state. Patti Adair is an example of that also. She grew up in the rural town of Heppner, Oregon, but looked beyond our borders to seek interesting opportunities. Expanding one’s horizons as Patti did, enhanced her experience as a dedicated community leader, as well as her competence as a certified public accountant.

During the several years that I have known Patti, I have found her an honest dedicated motivated hard worker; she is thoughtful and innovative. Being a fiscal conservative, I am especially pleased with her attention to financial and fiscal details.

Many of us in Deschutes County have been surprised at how fast the cost of living has risen. I am very appreciative of Patti’s concern regarding those trends. Her CPA background makes her eminently qualified to conduct cost-benefit analyses of county spending programs and determine whether adjustments are required.

I believe Patti Adair has the character, leadership traits and professional qualifications to be an excellent county commissioner. I will vote for her and urge you to do so as well.

Jared Black


Vote for McLeod-Skinner

Greg Walden and The Bulletin both say he is fighting for a “better approach” to health care.

Fact: He helped write the American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as “Trumpcare,” and voted for it in May of 2017. Had this bill also passed in the Senate, it would have done the following:

— Created an “age tax” for those between the age of 50—64, causing them to pay up to $13,000 more for their health care per year.

— Given billions of dollars to special interests, while sticking Americans with huge premium hikes.

— Weakened Medicare.

— Removed protections for people with pre-existing conditions, allowing insurance companies to do with those people as they please.

The bill failed only because John McCain cast the deciding vote in the Senate.

Walden was the “point man” in Trump’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with no real alternative provided.

This would have prevented many of his constituents from buying any form of health insurance, forcing them to use the ER for their care (and we know who gets that bill).

I’ve watched Walden repeatedly misrepresent his record and vote in favor of corporations and big business, and against ordinary citizens, for too long.

It’s time to vote for a candidate who will actually work for her constituents.

Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a candidate who will be honest with us!

Charlie Vial


McLeod-Skinner for Congress

The Bulletin’s endorsement of Congressman Walden was shocking. Your editorial said that he pays attention to, “the people and issues of his 2nd Congressional District.” That was true years ago, but today you must be blinded by the special interest money that pays for advertising in your paper. Or perhaps you attended orchestrated community listening sessions that did not pay attention to 50 percent of our district that lives at or below the poverty line. As a former Walden supporter and Republican (35 years) let’s look at who Rep. Walden really pays attention to these days.

Drug companies set off the opioid epidemic. Greg Walden’s well-publicized efforts to solve the crisis doesn’t ask drug companies to help at all. Why? Because he receives money from the pharmaceutical industry, he pays attention to them, not us.

Affordable internet access is critical to rural communities. Without net neutrality this access is now in the hands of giant telecommunications companies. Why? Because Rep. Walden pays attention to them, not us. He is the number one recipient of telecommunications donations in the House. Number one out of 435!

He voted to appeal the Affordable Care Act (50 times). Why? He now pays attention to Trump even though one in five residents in his district could lose their health insurance.

I urge everyone to support Jamie McLeod-Skinner. She will pay attention to the people of District 2, not numerous special interest groups. She will seek solutions with our help.

Mark Dennett

La Pine