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Local climate action is a wise idea

Reasonable people may well ask: Can action at the local level in Bend have any impact on climate change? Here are some ideas to consider.

First of all, while it is true that a community of some 90,000 people alone cannot affect the planet’s environment, it is also true that this community is contributing its share to the underlying causes of a warming world. This statement holds for every group of 90,000 people everywhere. If we do not take responsibility for our emissions, whom do we expect to take care of them? Is it someone else’s job to deal with pollution we have generated?

Secondly, while we need to focus on issues such as housing and roads that are under the city’s control, it bears pointing out that Bend is not addressing such concerns on its own. We depend on getting a share of outside resources for these activities because we are part of a whole that includes the state of Oregon and the federal government. Likewise, anything we do on climate will be part of these larger systems by both accessing resources and contributing to solutions.

Finally, we may prefer federal and state policy to address climate concerns rather than the city of Bend. Ultimately, however, the only place changes dictated by policy and legislation can actually be implemented is right here on the ground — in our homes, neighborhoods, businesses and landscapes. The city of Bend is wise to move ahead with emissions reductions today and in the future.

Helen Seidler


‘Insightful’ answer to education question

From the Oct. 17 My Nickel’s Worth, Margaret Young’s answer to “why Oregon ranks in the bottom quartile nationally” is a “lack of respect” by students to their teachers. She references a story in which a student was not paying attention and the teacher “gave the student a knuckle rap on the back of the head.” This was, according to her, a move in the right direction by the teacher.

Thank you, Bend Bulletin, for printing this insightful look at how to fix Oregon school proficiency. Apparently hitting our students is a new direction we should consider moving forward.

Pete Sandgren


Embarrassed by Trump

I’ve rarely been ashamed by the actions of the president of the United States. I’ve been pleased with some, not so much with others. Some were simply not up to the task, some made poor decisions, most tried to raised this nation up, and all showed some degree of grace, dignity and honor.

I expect and want the president to lie about some issues. But there has never been any doubt in my mind they knew the difference between a lie and reality.

Today, this is not the case! After almost a year in office, Donald J. Trump lies about everything, inconsequential things. Even when confronted with the truth he claims “fake news” or needlessly attacks others. He is an embarrassment!

For the first time ever I am ashamed and embarrassed by America’s president, his lack of leadership and his role in the world.

Too many Republicans stand mute, and by their silence show they support the party first and the nation second. Citizens be damned.

So sad. Too bad.

Jim Guffey


Eighth-grader’s ideas right on

“Out of the mouth of babes”! Thirteen-year-old eighth-grader Luke Loughrie said it in spades. His appearance before the School Board recently was right on. He called for later start times for school (studies bear him out), less stress and anxiety among many students and a wider variety of course options.

Will the board take heed of his and many others who spoke? I wonder as I had put forth to three board members in an earlier e-mail about the success in the Antioch, California, School District of “linked learning” and “academies” at high schools and have yet to hear an acknowledgment from any of them.

A dismal graduation rate in our high schools is a wake-up call that something drastic needs to be done in our district.

Richard Asadoorian