Photo ID already required for most business

I am sure, or would like to think, that all of our elected officials would like to see fair elections without allegations of voter fraud. I have read and heard all the opposition to “requiring ID” in order to vote in our elections.

The argument seems to be that it would place an unfair burden on certain individuals to obtain a photo ID. During a recent visit to my doctor’s office a new sign was displayed on the counter which read “Due to the Affordable Care Act you are now required to show a photo ID and proof of insurance at every visit!” That made me stop and think: Since every U.S. citizen is now required to be insured as part of the Affordable Care Act, that means that every U.S. citizen is also required by the Affordable Care Act to have a photo ID. So where is the unfair burden those who oppose voter ID requirements are speaking of, when by law under the Affordable Care Act every citizen is required to have a photo ID?

It appears the lawmakers already solved their own opposition to voter ID requirements. They passed the law, now they just have to read it!

Cathie Crawford


No bonuses for public servants

My wife and I are beyond puzzled by the disclosure that many federal public servants are receiving “bonuses.”

The entire concept is outrageous! Those hired to conduct the nation’s business, at whatever level and in whatever capacity, are expected to do so to the best of their ability and in exchange for the payment agreed upon. If they can’t, or won’t, believe me there are others who will!

To those who defend the practice, I’d remind them that federal workers get periodic and regularly scheduled “step increases” while employed, which are unrelated to the quantity or quality of their contribution. The salaries and benefits provided government employees are beyond competitive with the private sector.

On the other hand, as we learn daily, the job performance of so many would result in their termination if employed by the private sector. Let ’em all put out a “tip jar” at their offices and leave it at that.

Gerald Flavel


Bend was a great place for a return visit

Ten days ago my wife, Carole, and I visited Bend, probably for the last time. We had spent six beautiful days at Seaside — yes, all sunshine days! — and we thought we would also give Bend a last whirl. In our earlier trip planning, I had misdirected an email to the Deschutes Historical Society instead of the Chamber of Commerce. We had a gracious reply from Des Chutes Historical Museum Manager Vanessa Ivey who welcomed us in advance, and inquired as to whether I would like to interview (sly lady!) and talk about a brief part of my life as a youth in Bend starting in February 1942.

The interview on May 20 took place with Ivey and Tor Hanson, who had researched my parents more than I. In retrospect, I think the questions posed were more interesting than this scribe’s answers.

The noon after the interview, we lunched at an old friend, the Pine Tavern, with our selections being served by Chelsea, a lovely lass indeed.

Thank you, Bend. You’re looking great, although somewhat larger than 10,021 people in 1942, and two sawmills.

Later, in our RV days, we had visited on occasion, so your growth was not a huge shock. We LOVE your roundabouts — with the artwork and landscaping.

John Shevlin

Payson, Ariz.

People are so kind

I was in Wal-Mart and saw a lady wearing a jacket with what I thought was a moose on it. As I am a moose fan, I asked her if it was. She smiled and said yes. She didn’t remember where she got it. I smiled and we parted company. I then was standing in a check-out line and she was standing two people behind me and she took off her jacket and said, “I want you to have it.”

I said, “I couldn’t,” but she wanted me to.

After I paid for my things, accidentally I left my address book on the counter and left the store. The check-out man came after me to the front of the store, knowing I would need it.

Rosalie Klass