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Good work from Bend schools

Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson and his staff (especially teachers) are to be congratulated for seeing a bump in their 2017-18 high school graduation rates.

Their commitment to addressing students of underserved races or ethnicities is a key factor in this number. Stressing the value of an education aimed at the need for success in the 21st century especially in this hi-tech era is vital.

I am also a firm believer of smaller class sizes so that teachers are more able to be in close touch with their students.

They are able to identify more readily the needs of their students both academically and emotionally.

As a former high school principal, I saw the results of this union.

Richard Asadoorian

Sunriver

Next time, meet in Bend

Bend has a reputation of being nice. We wait for ducks, deer and all types of humans to cross the street and that is nice.

Anywhere we go for a cup of coffee or get groceries: if we don’t get asked what we have planned for the day we certainly get “have a good rest of your day” as we leave.

Yes, there is nice in the air and it feels good.

Yet, the general feeling of despair given the national mood in our politics is downright awful.

Hope seems to have vanished that another Ghandi, a Mandela or a Martin Luther King may appear to move us to forgive and listen to one another.

A new shutdown is likely in the making with more lies, name calling and defeatist politics.

No one “won” anything in the last one, only the nation dropped billions, federal employees missed paychecks and contractors were not paid. We learned nothing from our history of shutdowns.

What happened to our leaders? When did Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh become the decision-makers? I have to say, with all my “niceness, I live in Bend,” that is pathetic! So I hereby suggest that our president and the leadership in Congress hold their next meetings in Bend — maybe it is our water, our beer, our ducks or our deer.

They’ll solve this mess in two days and will have enough time to go have a drink to celebrate that they finally put country first.

Carlos Wysling

Bend

Remember the cost of inaction

Data exists that counter fear about rising costs (a variety of market forces impact gasoline pricing; cost of renewables as an energy source are falling;) however, the most glaring omission in Ted Sickinger’s analysis of the Clean Energy Jobs Bill published in the Feb. 2 Bulletin is an answer to the most important overarching question: What is the cost of inaction on climate change?

We already see that record-breaking wildfires are destroying forests and communities; there are measurable impacts to air quality and health; declining mountain snowpack and earlier snowmelt are jeopardizing tourism and more alarmingly, summer water supplies; an acidifying ocean is devastating production at Oregon shellfish hatcheries.

The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community warns that “climate hazards such as extreme weather, higher temperatures, droughts, floods, wildfires, storms, sea level rise, soil degradation and acidifying oceans are intensifying, threatening infrastructure, health and water and food security,” and goes on to delineate specific threats of increased social unrest, migration and interstate tension around the world.

Granted, Oregon is only one jurisdiction, but we have often been a leader, and our planet sorely needs Oregonians to be leaders on climate change now. Many years in the crafting, a strong Clean Energy Jobs cap and invest bill must pass this year.

Connie Peterson

Bend

Build it in Mexico

I think Trump’s border wall could be built for pennies on the dollar if we just paid Mexico to build it from its side. Cheaper labor, materials, overhead and insurance would dramatically lower the cost. All we need is an inspector on our side of the fence. Billions saved.

Bill Bergmark

Bend

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