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Bulletin neglected important part of meeting

Sen. Merkley’s Jan. 4 town hall was exhilarating, sobering, motivational. Your Jan. 5 report was disappointing.

I was present in the nearly full Mountain View High School auditorium. The outstanding highlight gained not one word in your article: He received a long, standing, ovation in exuberant support of the work he’s been doing visiting our U.S. detention/internment camps.

“Reunite the Families” posters were present while the entire crowd expressed spontaneous support for Sen. Merkley’s ongoing visits and follow up to conditions and appalling treatment of Central American migrant families, and separated children.

Your readers were denied a chance to read at least this much about the deep concern of Central Oregonians regarding this despicable reality.

The town hall reaction began with an attendee’s thank you to Sen. Merkley and for her question: “What next?”

To alleviate the outrageous treatment of asylum seekers along our southern border, and the thousands detained.

Sen. Merkley shared his witness for hundreds of children in military style detention well beyond the 20 day limit set by law.

These laws are being ignored — now the situation worsens due to the “partial” government shut-down.

Thanks to the blue wave during the midterm elections, 2019 U.S. House committees are chaired by experienced Democrats. They are starting real investigations into immigration issues.

Our senator stated we must advocate and hope for positive results for the children and families.

The migrant peoples’ human dignity was lifted high by Merkley’s town hall.

Bulletin coverage of this remarkable outpouring would have been appreciated.

Annis Henson


The flaws of reusable bags

Removing plastic bags and other plastic objects from our discard waste is an admirable goal.

The proposal to ban disposable bags outright from grocery stores is one way. Ramifications: the cloth, canvas, fiber reusable bags carry some interesting side-effects when placed on supposedly sanitary motorized belts conveying products to be purchased to the checker.

How often are the belts sanitized, when was the last time the dog used the bag as bedding in the car and did the customer wash and sanitize it immediately before use at the food market?

Did the checker sanitize their hands after having to manhandle the bag into position at the cash register?

How many of these bags did the checker handle before he/she got to picking up fresh produce to put into “your” bag?

The checkers don’t like the reusable bags. They don’t stand up, they flop, are taller than a disposable plastic bag held on a frame until filled. The checker has to stick hand and arm into a bag of questionable pedigree.

On top of that, re-usable bags aren’t ergonomic; arms must be raised, bags held open and taller checkers advantaged over shorter ones giving them a competitive edge in productivity.

Management doesn’t like them because they slow down the whole check-out procedure. Are we on the way to more “self-check.”

None of these issues is being mentioned in the media.

Why? Is public health to be sacrificed on the anvil of social correctness (even if possibly in error)?

Scary thought, eh?

Scott Nunns


Use care in redeveloping inn

I’m a retired farmer of the Corbett area living about a quarter mile from Viewpoint Inn, the subject of your recent editorial. We welcome the renovation of the Viewpoint Inn. It would restore the grandeur to this wonderful building.

However, we would like it reasonably within the confined of the scenic area designation.

Probably much the same way most citizens would want development to be in Deschutes corridor through Bend.

In the matter of profitable. The Gresham Outlook said 2.9 percent instead of 7.8 percent.

Maybe if the top 1 percent would take a bit less, then the income disparity would be less between CEO’s (plutocrats) and the cleaning staff, we would have a less angry country.

Clair Klock