BLM’s failure to do its job requires explanation

Kudos to The Bulletin reporters and editorial staff for exposing the poor Bureau of Land Management practices related to sharing public information regarding the private home building on our public lands.

It boggles my mind that someone could do all of this development without the BLM knowing about it. Plus, I can’t see how this went unnoticed when the property was sold, since a title search is usually performed to ensure that the property is free and clear. This feels more like intentional criminal activity rather than gross incompetence, but we will never know this if the BLM continues to hide the facts.

Jeff Kitchens needs to produce a complete report on this matter and expose the bad actors responsible for it. This is a direct theft from the public and it should be treated as such.

Allen Light


Working people deserve The Bulletin’s support

I’m writing in response to The Bulletin’s editorial and coverage of a couple of ballot initiative petitions which appear to be targeting Oregon’s public workers. There is a piece missing to The Bulletin’s coverage and editorial on Initiative Petition 34: people like me who comprise the unions targeted by these ballot initiatives.

Inequality in America is largely rooted in its wage structure. A widening gap in the distribution of wages and salaries has resulted from the slow collapse of the labor movement over the last few decades. This gap is visible in Deschutes County as low and middle wage workers are priced out of housing.

Prosperity results from policies that protect workers, and that includes collective bargaining. A union is what happens when working people stand together, and Initiative Petition 34 takes aim at our right to do exactly that.

What people are The Bulletin supporting here? Not the teachers, nurses and other public servants who live and work in Deschutes County! Working people deserve a voice in politics, too!

Geri Hauser


Congress needs to support medical research

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1994, at the age of 9. I was often told how I needed to take great care to keep my kidneys longer, my eyesight, my feet, and that I probably should not have children.

Hearing this as a little girl was surreal, scary and overwhelming. Three years after my diagnosis, the Special Diabetes Program was created with bipartisan support. Over the last 20 years it has created medical breakthroughs and therapies.

I still have my sight, working kidneys and feet, but I have had paramedics wake me up, hospital stays from a common cold, and I spend 24 hours every day managing my Type 1 diabetes. It is relentless for me and for my family. No one gets a break in this Type 1 diabetes community.

The program is the path to new technologies and care approaches that will eventually get the Type 1 diabetes community to a desperately needed cure.

For medical breakthroughs to continue, Congress needs to renew the program, and our delegation needs to hear from you that it needs to maintain the National Institutes of Health research momentum.

This funding has helped research for treatments such as the first Artificial Pancreas Device System that hit the market this summer — nearly a decade before anyone would have predicted — and the program is responsible for this happening. Help me keep the congressional gas pedal on the program’s funding.

Laura K. Glover


Not enough people buy flood insurance

Without delving into the minute details of this issue, the real problem with flood insurance is that far too few people buy it, which would be the crux of any insurance program. The basic principle of insurance is “spreading the risk,” which requires many policyholders for the insurer to gain earned premiums.

If this was done all around the country, as there would improbably not be floods everywhere in the U.S. at one time, the risk would be spread and payouts would only be in, of course, those effected areas. Most homeowners do not buy flood insurance unless their mortgage holder requires it.

Charles McCoy