Do you have a point you’d like to make or an issue you feel strongly about? Submit a letter to the editor.

Lower class size

The Bulletin’s editorial titled “Class size is just an expensive, unproven ‘fix’” really chapped my hide. Accusing teachers like me of wanting smaller class sizes just to get “more money in (our) pockets” disrespects the mission we serve to our communities. Smaller class sizes wouldn’t make me richer. Smaller class sizes would help me address individual learning needs and be emotionally responsive to kids in crisis. I could address students as unique children not as products on a conveyor belt on high speed. Smaller classes would also help me avoid the burnout that is pervasive in our profession (nearly half of American teachers leave in the first five years). And if you need data to prove teacher-student relationships impact student success, there’s plenty ... if you care to look.

Amy Sabbadini


Support the paper

I have been concerned about news I’ve heard lately about our Bend Bulletin, Western Communications and financial problems. It is my fervent hope that our community can continue to support a daily newspaper. Recent research indicates that communities with a functioning newspaper, and investigative reporting, have less government graft and mischief. If we didn’t have reports about our local, county and state governments, we might not be as well-informed as voters.

I know many people read online news, but I understand that some systems select information based on your personal profile. The great thing about our newspaper is that a variety of people are providing articles about a variety of subjects. Often, I read something about science, environment, history or health that offers a new perspective. I think this chance for something new and unexpected is a great advantage in our print media.

Group subscriptions by local businesses could help to spread the use of newspapers, encouraging employees to take home a free newspaper and to shop at local places that are advertising in The Bulletin.

People of Central Oregon, please keep up support for our daily local newspaper.

Elsa Douglass


Protect the children

Thank you for Sunday’s front-page article “Five years in, iPads fully integrated.” I just wish you had sought the perspectives of more families — and I wish Bend-La Pine Schools did, too. I don’t hear much about the program from them, yet, there is so much press lately on tech-related risks that were not previously understood — including eye damage, Wi-Fi radiation, mental health and more. Many parents are concerned, but are educators? I was fascinated to read your list of Bend-La Pine’s iPad-related expenses, which total $2,520,195 for one year, out of the five we are celebrating. Is this why the Bend-La Pine “Digital Conversion” handbook contains 21 pages telling families how to protect the iPads — and not one on how to protect our children?

Angela Reid


Pass paid family leave

It is so important that Oregon have a paid family medical leave law.

Working in pediatric medicine for 20 years, I’ve seen how a loss of income due to illness or pregnancy can have devastating effects on the emotional stability of patients and their families. In risk management, we often say, what is predictable is preventable.

I was surprised to experience workplace stigma after the birth of my first child. I was a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Oregon when I developed postpartum OCD. I struggled to think clearly, but I was still able to work. I nursed my daughter, pumping between clients while I dictated medical records. There was no other financial option. The thought never occurred to me to stop working. No one asked if I was OK. I didn’t even realize I wasn’t OK. It’s not a part of our culture, even within the health care industry.

Eventually, I couldn’t continue. My brain progressively wore down to the point where reading was challenging. I quit my job, I saw a health care practitioner and I got better. We incurred debt. Since, I have often thought about how things could have been different had I been supported more by my employer and my state.

Our society values productivity over worker health — even in Oregon.

Policy that honors our mortality could help, that is why I am hopeful that we will pass paid family medical leave this year.

Tanya Beard