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Stop trying to oust Trump

The Democrats (and some unnamed Republicans) have been trying to oust a duly elected president since the day he took office. They have abused the power of the Congress on a daily basis for almost three years, and the media have trashed Trump every single day for almost three years. The Hollywood elite have not been shy about their hatred, either. Now we hear from Jeff Flake, a former senator from Arizona, who said that 35 Republicans would vote for impeachment if they can remain anonymous. I was outraged by the cowardice.

Please join me in calling every member of Congress to demand a vote in the House so that each member can be identified with his or her vote, and if it goes to the Senate, demand the same transparency. These men and women are only concerned about their own power base. They have a visceral hatred for the president, which has completely blinded them to justice and fairness. Call them out; demand that they add their names to the vicious attacks and the senseless impeachment sham.

Maralyn Thoma

Bend

The NRA’s role

A column in The Washington Post by Howell Raines, admittedly on the left, printed in The Bulletin on the Sept. 4 editorial page makes sense.

His proposal is to revert to the gun law that prevailed in the United States around 1960.

I’m 76 years old and was an avid hunter of big game and upland birds. I quit the NRA probably 50 years ago because of its stance on Saturday night specials. They fought for years to keep Saturday night specials legal.

For those of you who don’t know what a Saturday night special was, it was a handgun you could get by mail order, advertised in the back of magazines for as little as $5, no questions asked. They were finally outlawed.

You don’t have to make assault rifles illegal. Just outlaw all ammo clips that hold more than five shells. Gun manufacturers would take back banana clips and replace them with five-shot clips at no charge. If caught with a clip that holds more than five rounds, after a deadline’s set, first offense $500, second offense $1,000, third offense jail time.

I believe the NRA is responsible for the assault rifle mass shootings because of its adamant support of them and the amount of bullets they hold. If the NRA would work with law enforcement, not fight politicians, a compromise could probably be reached to end mass shooting. They would probably gain a lot more members.

Take a kid hunting!

Paul Stoutenburg

Redmond

Incentivize water savings

Water, and water use, has increasingly been scrutinized. Farmers, cities, wildlife and fish all compete for a resource that differs in abundance every year. The state’s biggest water users, agriculture, are scrutinized for their use of groundwater, and farmers have been blamed for the supposed groundwater depletion. Inaccurate groundwater readings aside, Oregon growers in fact do many things to help conserve water.

All over Oregon, growers are increasingly using satellite imagery, water probes and more efficient water delivery methods, such as investing in the use of wheel pivots, wheel-lines, and drip lines to deliver water where it needs to be and reduce waste. In conjunction with technologies such as water probes that can tell a grower in real-time what the moisture level in the soil is at various depths, this allows growers to make irrigation decisions, and deliver water where it needs to be, at the right time.

Farmers don’t need to be the picture of what is wrong with groundwater management. Farmers should be part of the solution. As the largest water users in the state, we can incentivize more efficient irrigation upgrades for those who use inefficient methods. For the growers who have invested in more efficient irrigation systems, incentivize the use of digital water-saving technologies, such as moisture probes. While I agree we need to monitor the groundwater levels, I believe that Oregon farmers should not be scapegoated, but partnered with to conserve our water resources.

Tyler Pike

Salem

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