Young citizens inspire

Bend Heroes Foundation had the extreme good fortune of sponsoring two fine Boy Scouts on their Eagle Scout projects. Bend Venture Crew 66 President Jim Siemens and Vice President Alex Noble were assigned as guardians to two World War II veterans traveling on the Foundation’s Honor Flight of Eastern Oregon trip to Washington, D.C., last year.

We believe Jim and Alex will become the first Eagle Scouts in our nation to earn that coveted honor by escorting World War II veterans on a trip of a lifetime visiting the national World War II Memorial and 10 other veterans memorials in our nation’s capital. They also honed their Boy Scout leadership skills by acting as Co Team Leaders for other World War II veterans and their guardians. They faithfully lived up to the Scout oath.

Trip Leader Erik Tobiason, also an Eagle Scout, and the veterans assigned to Alex and Jim praised them for their outstanding dedication to the veterans and leadership skills. After the trip, Alex and Jim made superb presentations on World War II history and their Honor Flight experiences to students at High Desert Middle School and the Bend Boys and Girls Club. They were assisted by World War II Honor Flight veterans Bob Maxwell, Leon Devereaux and Art Tinker, who discussed their World War II combat experiences and answered very well-thought-out questions from the students. Jim’s brother John Siemens earned his Eagle Scout through the Central Oregon Veterans Outreach homeless veterans program.

Our community is producing outstanding young citizens who are inspiring many and passing on World War II history.

Dick Tobiason


Danger living near the tracks

I live in one of the neighborhoods adjacent to the railroad yard off Reed Market Road. Trains sit on those tracks for days at a time, and I used to wonder how many of those cars were filled with chemicals. What would I do if some catastrophic event broke one open? How far would the fumes spread?

Now these trains have become long processions of oil cars. Staring at those fat, black links of dynamite, I wonder how far the fire would spread.

Ginger Dehlinger


Golf rates are too high

I read The Bulletin news today, oh boy. The Bend-area golf course people were bemoaning a reduction in rounds played so far this spring. Speculation was that poor weather and a lingering recession were the culprits.

May I suggest another reason: Green fees are too high. Never have I seen such high rates in the many other places I have lived or traveled. As well, there are few discounts for seniors, midweek or late-afternoon play. There is also a dearth of punch cards that usually save locals 20-30 percent per round.

Drop your price a bit and/or offer special deals and the rate of play may increase.

Rick Burns


Kitzhaber should sue himself, not Oracle

Gov. John Kitzhaber is suing Oracle: So read the story in The Bulletin. But wait a minute! Wasn’t Cover Oregon his idea? Didn’t he approve the contract?

Didn’t he appoint the project manager and senior staff to oversee Oracle? Didn’t he get frequent briefings and updates?

If all that is true, then he should be suing himself, not Oracle, since he let it happen. Or was he just using the excuse that Obama has made famous? “I didn’t know anything about it, but I’m really mad and am going to do something now.” He was a failure in his first try as governor and a bigger failure in his second try. If Oregonians elect him again, we deserve what we get. He should be run out of the state on a rail.

Larry Hinkle


Governor is passing the buck

So Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber wants the Oregon state attorney general to sue Oracle, the company that designed the ill-fated online state health insurance enrollment form. Now, if that isn’t passing the buck, I don’t know what is.

The ultimate responsibility has to lie with Kitzhaber. Was he blindsided by the whole episode? Why didn’t he step up and admit that he screwed up? When Oregonians vote for the next governor, who should they hold responsible?

As far as I know, Oracle isn’t running for any state position in November.

Brent D. Yonkovich