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Wildlife killers need swift punishment

Nov. 24 marks a sad day for Deschutes County residents. Chuck, a trumpeter swan who resided on the river at Sunriver Nature Center, was shot and had to be euthanized. A year ago at Summer Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a trumpeter swan cygnet was shot and killed and her sidekick, a female trumpeter swan, was shot in the wing. This wounded swan, Hope, was rescued and in rehab when she died following one of her many surgeries.

The killer for the Summer Lake swan has been identified. He has yet to be sentenced, as the Lake County trial has been delayed multiple times. The killer is free, has paid no expenses and still has a hunting license. The message this sends is that our wildlife is not important. This message needs to be reversed now.

Upon finding and identifying a wildlife killer, sentencing would be as immediate as our judicial system allows and punishment severe. Slaughtering wildlife will be taken seriously when the fines are significant. Fines would include all rehabilitation expenses, medical costs, transportation, original cost of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s purchase of trumpeter swans for repopulation purposes, and legal and replacement fees.

Until the fines are significant, the slaughter will continue.

In addition, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses would be revoked. Finally, hundreds of volunteer hours working with wildlife would be required as the obviously needed educational component.

Ask your legislators to change the process and punishment to stop killing wildlife.

Mary Ann Kruse


Troubles in the State Department

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s article published in The Bulletin on Dec. 1 raised significant and valid concerns about the crisis facing the State Department under the current administration.

My wife and I have a son in the U.S. Foreign Service. Born and raised in Bend, for more than a decade he has had duties in Brazil, Uruguay, Albania, Senegal, Spain and now Pakistan. He has served under Republican and Democratic administrations. Never has he faced such challenges as those under the current administration. He confirms to us the lack of leadership, failure of clear direction in foreign policy and massive reductions of key personnel in the State Department, even at a time our nation is facing major crises around the world.

Thirty-two U.S. embassies around the world still do not have ambassadors, including key countries of South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, South Africa, Australia and Germany. Seven countries of the European Union do not have U.S. ambassadors. Only in November have 17 other countries finally had U.S. ambassadors approved for duty, including Denmark, France, The Netherlands and Spain.

What does this say to our key allies around the world at a time they are needed in the fight against terrorism, possible nuclear holocaust, natural disasters and untold other world problems? Actions speak louder than words — in this case, inaction. Countries see that America no longer cares for diplomacy and cooperation to solve the most pressing issues facing the world. A sad time for America!

Dr. Ronald E. Carver


Be better at saying thank you

I just realized I am getting very sloppy about acknowledging polite, considerate actions that demonstrate an attitude of “it’s OK, you can go first.” I need to shape up.

Have I sadly become numb to expressing public appreciation for the customary acts of kindness and good manners because of the growing absence of civility and the ever-expanding notion that life is all about me?

So, in this holiday season, I want to say I am sorry if I didn’t fully acknowledge my appreciation to all of the drivers who actually stopped for me in a crosswalk, who let me pull out of a parking spot on a busy Bend street, or who pulled in behind me, where there was lots of room, rather than speeding in front of me and then edging in so they could make a fast turn off the parkway.

Or, to others of you who let me leave a business or an elevator — I know there are not that many in Bend — before you crowded in through a congested doorway. Thank you.

So as we near the end of this tumultuous year and think about 2018, I promise to be better at saying thank you, and as importantly, doing things that also encourage you to say thank you.

Brian Bell