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Why septic?

As a resident of southeast Bend effected by the septic to sewer issue I have just one question. WHY are residents being railroaded into hooking up to sewer when a BRAND NEW elementary school located at the corner of Cooley and O.B. Riley roads is being built with a septic system?

When it is time to switch this school from septic to sewer who is going to pay for this? Us with another school bond measure?

Beware residents!

Patty Frazier


Wrong on immigration

No one should ever have to choose between feeding the family and staying in this country. But that is exactly the situation many people will find themselves in if proposed changes to U.S. immigration policy are permitted to proceed.

According to the new changes, people can be denied permanent residency if they have been a recipient of SNAP (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, federal housing assistance or other anti-poverty programs. This is just plain wrong.

The administration must change course. And members of Congress and people across the country should stand up against this or any change that cuts families off from food and medical care.

Philip Randall


Party misconduct

We now have two Supreme Court justices that have been accused of sexual misconduct. Also we have a Republican President who denigrates women and has a shady past with his treatment of women. All of this happened with the support of the Republican Party. It now leaves one to question what are the “American Values” that the party supports.

Will the party now support enacting a law that will make it a felony for a woman to accuse a man of sexual misconduct without having filed a complaint with policing agencies and having corroborating witnesses? We are very close to this scenario, and it is a sad state of affairs that our country is moving closer to how dictatorships treat their citizens.

Allen Wright


Seems elementary

I second the motion to name the new grade school after Arlie Seems. Arlie and I were best friends in high school and a long time beyond.

He did his teaching internship under one of the best, Jack Ensworth, and always claimed him as his mentor. Mr. Ensworth’s philosophy definitely rubbed off on Arlie. His students loved him because he always made them feel special. I attended his funeral and the church was filled with his students. All said what a positive influence he had been in their young lives.

Arlie’s remaining family, friends and co-teachers would be extremely proud having him immortalized with a new grade school. No one deserves it more. An awesome teacher.

One last thing … Arlie played baseball (not football) in high school and college. I was on the team.

Bruce Fox


Stop the smoke

The U.S. Forest Service is killing us by poor forest management and the use of controlled burns.

This is shorting the life span of every man, women and child in Central Oregon. Smoke is carcinogenic.

The microscopic particles can penetrate deep into the lungs causing long-term heart and lung diseases, which shorten life span and raise medical expenses. Fires are major contributors to the carbon foot print and global warming. We need to stop burning.

What to do?

• Stop controlled burns.

• Put maximum effort into first strike rapid and complete. Use the latest high-tech fire detection system 24-7 to trigger a response. (Suggest using the U.S. Air Force.)

• Have real forest management; open the forests including the wilderness to build roads, remove brush, thin trees, clear fire breaks. The smoke from wilderness fires is equally dangerous. The U.S. forests are not just a playground for the rich but a national asset. Proper forest management by logging, access roads and uses for forest products would create employment and help balance the federal budget.

• Stop all field burning.

• Make national fuel load survey and then make a plan to control the spread of fire.

The people of the USA deserve a complete rethinking of our forest and wilderness priorities.

Thank you. Please help us to have better air quality, federal income, reduced medical costs.

Lewis E. Hollander Jr.