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Tipping craziness

The Bulletin’s recent article about tipping reveals an idiocy that is becoming “normal.” Are Americans tip-crazy? Yes! Used to be you tipped for service that was “above and beyond.” I was incredulous reading about tipping “drive-thru” service, and that people are “receptive” to it.

As for “counter” service, I tip $1 for beer/wine, $2 for a cocktail that requires more than pulling a lever or tilting a bottle — definitely not a standard “percentage” or what is declared “etiquette.” Table waiters do more: they explain the menu, walk your food to you, check on you, hustle more. I tip them 15-20% — the only standard I adhere to. I would happily frequent an establishment that paid its employees a living wage and nixed tipping altogether.

Used to be you tipped your hairdresser/nail tech, not for just doing their job, but because they had to pay “rent” to the salon owner for their station. I don’t tip establishment owners.

Tips are meant to be gratuitous gifts from customers, not compensation for low wages. The issue of low wages is not the responsibility of the customer, which is why I appreciate the national effort to raise the minimum wage to a true “living” wage. You pay an established rate for a service and it should be done well, no tipping required. Tipping for services you don’t get, like table service at a drive-thru or counter, is ludicrous.

Katy Sanchez


Preparedness in jeopardy

Have you ever heard of DOGAMI? It stands for (Oregon) Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. I would not have known about it except that I have a nephew who works there making tsunami risk maps for the Oregon Coast. It sounds like a good idea given that a tsunami is coming, someday. That is why I was surprised to read that DOGAMI may be on the chopping block. This is happening at the same time that the Oregon Legislature told us with House Bill 3309 that tsunami risk is a matter for individual Oregonians. Representative Smith compared it to living with tornadoes in Oklahoma. He missed an important difference. Careful mapping by DOGAMI can tell Oregonians precisely where the tsunami risk is. I imagine Oklahomans would love to have a map like that for tornadoes. If you think tsunami risk maps are a good idea, contact Governor Brown and tell her DOGAMI is doing important work for Oregon.

Mark Eberle


Hoping for The Bulletin

From those of us that think, for countless years, that the day can’t start until we have had coffee and read the paper, we send our best wishes that the financial problems and sale of The Bulletin will resolve itself favorably soon.

NPR says there is a buyer and that all employees must terminate ahead of the sale and no one is allowed to talk about it. That does make some kind of sense. However, we are still apprehensive about the new owners taking into account the amazing people working there that make it what it is or the focus on the quality of the reporting.

We sit on pins and needles and hope that there is a future and all will remain the same for our hometown paper. By the way, reading the paper on the internet works but hardly feels the same as when we scramble back and forth to grab our favorite section or have a heated debate about the articles or letters in the editorial section.

The world progresses but some things should not change. It is grounding to wake up, step outside, grab the paper and watch the sunrise. Our paper delivery person, Roy, never fails us and neither does The Bulletin staff.

Rita Dunlavy


Don’t go easy on Boquist

The Bulletin’s editorial of July 10th suggests that we should go easy on Senator Brian Boquist. My question to the author of the editorial is “why?” When a public elected official spouts off the way Boquist did very publicly, he should pay the consequences through reprimand and by paying for the additional state troopers in the Capitol building when he appears. Words matter and words are a reflection of character. I suggest that this character has no place in the supposedly civil and deliberative body of our Legislature.

Paul Andrew Primak