Editor’s note: The following historical editorials originally appeared in The Bend Bulletin on Dec. 3, 1903.
“The Bulletin is right in with Drake” complain certain people who are pained to see any progress here that does not gratify a narrow, personal spite. Well, what of it? Hasn’t Drake done more for this locality than any other person or institution -- more than all others put together? Why shouldn’t The Bulletin, why shouldn’t every citizen work with him in efforts to develop this country? If you know any good reason why they should not, let us hear from you. As to The Bulletin, it stands ready to “work right in” with anybody in any legitimate enterprise for the upbuilding of the community or the industrial development of this region. The Bulletin is hear to do what it can for all and it will gladly work with any citizen or any combination of citizens for public advancement here. It is not inspired with a desire to pull down everything but itself and it will not become the instrument of those who are. The Bulletin is a local institution, which has its property and spends its money here, and it will “work right in” with all productive agencies and against destructive agencies — with A.M. Drake no more than any other engaged in similar efforts.
Efforts of the general land office to restrict public land business to the land district does not have the effect of helping the poor man. Your wealthy land seekers, timber syndicates, etc., transact their business at the district land office almost invariably. They have the money to pay the expenses and they want to know definitely the action of the land officials. The poor man, who can not spare the time and the money necessary for a trip to a distant land office, executes his applications and proofs before local officers. To deny him this privilege is largely to deprive him of the power or asserting his land rights. This the land sharks like to see but they are seldom hampered by poverty. But there ought to be closer scrutiny of the work of these outside officials, who ought to be under bond for the faithful discharge of their duties. The public is very easily imposed upon in land business. Reform should come by making the service better, not by abolishing the convenience we now have.