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Honoring Bush

Our nation is expressing huge gratitude to President George Herbert Walker Bush, “41,” who has passed at age 94.

Especially striking to me is the tribute from President Bill Clinton, who unexpectedly denied President Bush a second term, but who became a dear, valued friend to Bush 41. Both were confident, gracious gentlemen.

In similar manner, President Obama and hundreds of other Democratic and Republican leaders express appreciation for the supreme life lessons of Bush 41: The power of gracious, warm outreach to others regardless of party or persuasion.

The supreme example of Bush 41 is his life of service above self.

He risked and almost lost his life as a fighter pilot in WWII.

He pioneered the frontier of oil business, with no hint of scandal.

He earned his way up through legislative duty, and faithfully served as vice president for 8 years before being elected president in 1988.

Tributes to the life of service and graciousness of Bush 41 are too dignified to mention the ghastly contrast with our present occupant of the White House and the glaring example of his destructive qualities, which are so dismally opposite to the life of George Herbert Walker Bush.

Allan Smyth


Immunization saves lives

Thank you for publishing a clear and objective article on the role of individual immunizations contributing to community health.

It has always been my opinion that U.S. medicine focuses too much on the role of high tech and complicated surgeries as an indicator of our superior health care.

I suspect that immunizations and sewage treatment plants have saved many more lives than PET scans and heart transplants.

Michael Hudson


Bag ban is the right thing

Despite The Bulletin’s negative editorial on the plastic bag ban, I would like to thank the Bend City Council for the upcoming, July 2019, plastic grocery bag ban.

Using reusable bags for your shopping is very easy as long as you remember them. With the ban, we will be more motivated to make sure they are with us when we head out. I have been using reusable bags for many years; they last a long time, are quite sturdy, inexpensive and readily available at almost every grocery store. Any plastic that we can learn to do without and thereby keep out of our environment is worth the effort.

Gail Sabbadini


Remember the Red Cross

I appreciated the Nov. 30 column on charitable giving and volunteerism, but there was a glaring omission. Janet Stevens should have given mention to the Red Cross.

It is a largely volunteer-powered organization with many volunteers in Central Oregon.

The Red Cross is especially worthy of mention given the great contributions made in the past year assisting victims of wildfires and hurricanes in our country.

Thomas Rogers


Need competition

I run my company, Bodie Group Inc, from my home like many other Bend citizens.

On two recent days we have had no internet services from BendBroadband as a result of a system upgrade the company did.

This “upgrade” not only impacted consumers, it impacted businesses.

My guess is that the wasted productivity in the region from this would be in the millions. I know of several large employers that were effectively shut down as a result of the outage.

It is well past time that the city takes some action to protect its businesses and citizens by either building its own fiber-optic network and lease services to private businesses layered on top of it, or actively encouraging competition to BendBroadband.

It’s apparent at this point that being an effectively monopoly in Deschutes County has created an environment where BendBroadband can charge whatever it wants and sell an inferior product doing so without repercussion.

They have a 1.5 star rating on Yelp, and yet the majority of the city has little choice but to use them if they want network access.

Quite frankly if City Council representatives think that our network infrastructure is unimportant, they are not representing your community.

We are already falling behind other areas in available infrastructure, and no one seems to care.

The day will come when businesses will leave this area because we have such an inferior network infrastructure.

Bruce Couch