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Thank you, Ron Wyden

I would like to thank Sen. Wyden and his fellow Energy and Natural Resources Committee members for reintroducing the Lands Package Bill back into the legislative process. Sen. Wyden has, in fact, kept his promise: this bipartisan bill includes improved BLM protections to help safeguard Crooked River Ranch from the effects of a catastrophic wildfire. Senate Bill 47 can be found here: bit.ly/BipartisanLandsPckg. The text of the specifics related to Crooked River Ranch can be found in the text of the bill on page 74, SEC. 1108.

It is certainly true that Congressman Walden started the specifics of this bill in the House. Thanks to him cannot be understated. With that said, Sen. Wyden and his committee in the Senate continued this independently by including the release of acreage that abuts Crooked River Ranch from a wilderness study area in the Lands Package Bill. These lands will now be managed for forest health and wildfire resiliency. This was truly bipartisan in that on Feb. 12, this bill was passed in the Senate by a 92 (in favor) to 8 (opposed) vote. For those that don’t remember, there are 100 senators. I think thanking Sen. Wyden and the committee he is a part of for continuing to press this forward would be very appreciated, as opposed to lambasting them in various editorials. Because let’s be honest, without them picking up this bill again, it could have been back to the drawing board for the Ranch.

David Palmer

Crooked River Ranch

Unions are strong, honest

Thomas Triplett’s guest column in the Feb. 7 Bulletin reads like an anti-union Right to Work brochure. Like that organization, he offers up a host of inaccuracies, innuendos and opinions with no evidence to back them up.

In Oregon and other states, many workers have joined public employee unions since the Supreme Court’s Janus decision.

They clearly see the benefits of a union, as do nurses at St. Charles in Bend and teachers who have won economic gains in strikes across the country.

Service Employees International Union Local 503, which represents state employees and home care workers, reports a 2.2 percent increase in membership since Janus. The Washington Post provides some national data on this at wapo.st/2BII5aI.

Triplett is wrong when he claims that employers and unions in the private sector don’t find common cause. New governance language in the contract between the nurse’s union and St. Charles proves him wrong.

When I worked for the United Auto Workers union in Detroit, I lived a few miles from the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, an employer-union joint program. Building trades employers and unions often work together.

Citing the long-gone Oregon State Employees Association (not to be confused with the current Oregon School Employees Association, a different union) as an example of shady union practices is ludicrous.

That was over 40 years ago. Oregon workers have strong and honest unions today. That’s why they are opting in, not opting out.

Michael Funke

Bend

No national emergency

A recent letter stated how the Democrats don’t want border security because they don’t want a wall. That’s quite funny, especially since the Republicans controlled all of Congress and the White House for Trump’s first two years and didn’t give him his wall, why?

Because the stand-up-to-nothing Republican members of Congress didn’t and still don’t want it, but they can now blame the Democrats for no wall.

What a bunch of children, playing games with other people’s lives rather than working for all of us as they should.

They all know the border crossings are at a 40-year low, and most of the drugs come through legal ports of entry.

So what’s the national emergency? There isn’t one!

It’s disheartening to see how hypocritical they are since it’s their guy in the White House, letting him run roughshod over them, not standing up for what used to be values they considered part of our American fabric, and what the Republican Party always stood for in the past. That’s right, keep blaming others, as apparently they can’t, or won’t look in the mirror at themselves.

David Giordanengo

Bend

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