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Honor the flag and anthem

During World Wars I and II, the troops were singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”

In 1918, at the World Series, “The Star Spangled Banner” was sung with their hands over their hearts in the honor of the troops.

In 1931, President Herbert Hoover made “The Star Spangled Banner” our national anthem.

Never forget what the anthem stands for.

At the end of World War II, NFL Commissioner Elmer Laybean called for all teams to stand with their hands over their hearts to honor patriotism of the troops, flag and the anthem. He said it should be as important to the game as the kickoff. At that time it went on to other sports.

Today our troops are still here and have the same ideals.

I am 88 years old and have seen several wars. Flags were not cut up and burned. I believe if the players can’t show respect for our country then, “Get out!”

I was director of volunteers at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, during the Vietnam War, and they were bringing in the wounded troops from McChord Air Force Base to the hospital. I will never forget what I saw.

Yes, I am 88. Yes, I have been given the chance to see life as it can be.

God Bless America.

Helen Hoyt


Don’t dredge the pond

Kudos to the city and the park district for not sinking taxpayer dollars into the Mirror Pond dredging project (“City, park district fail on dredging of Mirror Pond,” The Bulletin editorial, Oct. 20).

There are two fundamental reasons not to throw our money at this project: 1) Pacific Power, the owner of the dam that’s actually responsible for the silt build-up, has yet to commit a single penny toward the project (The Bulletin, Oct. 13); and 2) even if the dredging is “successful,” we’ll get to repeat the costly effort every 25 years.

The Bulletin has vocally and correctly called for area irrigation canals to be replaced by water-conserving piping where appropriate, despite the opposition of those who cite the canals’ historic and scenic virtues. In a similar vein, when it comes to preserving an antiquated 100-year-old dam that’s damaging a natural resource, The Bulletin should recognize that it’s time to move on.

Karen Berky


Insensitive pairing of stories

While I was really happy to see such a large piece of the B section dedicated to backyard wintering birds, the bottom third of the page was a blow. To see so much space dedicated to observing wildlife to be countered with, on the same page, how to kill wildlife, was confusing. See birds, kill birds. I guess there is room for all, but I found it insensitive.

Brian Kerr


Good decision on dogs

The recent column by Bulletin Editor Erik Lukens regarding the decision by the Bend Park and Recreation District to exclude dogs from the new Riley Ranch Preserve was dismissive and I believe missed the primary reason behind that decision.

If those who wish to walk their dogs in Bend city parks followed the rules, the decision may have been different. I am a frequent user of the Deschutes River and Shevlin Park trails. I sincerely appreciate those dog walkers who keep their dogs leashed, which is a requirement in our city parks.

Unfortunately those dog walkers are a minority, especially in Shevlin Park and on river trails away from downtown.

For instance, on two recent visits to Shevlin Park, 15 dogs were encountered each day. The number of leashed dogs was six and one. Clearly, if dogs were allowed in the new park, many would be running throughout the park happily chasing and stressing out whatever hapless critter they happened to flush out.

Unleashed dogs also may be depositing piles of dog doo out of sight of their walkers, and feces are a mechanism for disease and parasite transmission. Unleashed dogs have also behaved aggressively toward my walking companion and me (including mouthing my companion’s hand and leaving tooth marks).

Based on the well-known lack of compliance with leash laws, the recreation district made the correct decision to protect wildlife in the Riley Ranch Preserve.

Larry Hansen