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Enjoying The Bulletin

I now live in Colorado and recently learned about the financial problems of The Bulletin and its parent company, Western Communications. I grew up in Bend with The Bulletin being a part of our daily life, first in the evening and then in the morning. When my family and I visit my mom, we still enjoy reading it and find it much more informative and interesting than the Denver Post. We enjoy both the local and wire service articles! I sincerely hope you will be able to continue publishing in this day of “internet everything,” for I would truly miss my mom’s weekly envelopes of Bulletin clippings!

Becky Hegedus

Littleton, Colorado

Walden helps horses

I want to applaud U.S. Rep. Greg Walden for his tremendous work against the horrific practice of ­soring Tennessee Walking Horses that I have personally observed since childhood. As a former eight-time World Champion rider and past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association, I know firsthand how rampant this abuse is. Rep. Walden, as the ranking member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that has jurisdiction over the issue, has done the right thing, and we hope he will help us see the measure through to passage.

I am grateful for his bipartisan effort in co-sponsoring the U.S. Sen. Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 683, introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and named in honor of Sen. Joe Tydings, D-Md., who authored the Horse Protection Act of 1970 and passed away last fall. Oregonians in the 2nd Congressional District should be proud to have Mr. Walden representing them in Washington, D.C.

Marty Irby

Washington D.C.

Trump’s scorecard

No one would argue that President Donald Trump is an unusual man, nor that his actions and presidential demeanor are different from his predecessors. What counts, however, is not how he acts but rather how much he gets done. And whether one agrees or disagrees with his policies, he has accomplished much in his first two years. Starting with the appointment of two supreme court justices and several federal magistrates and continuing with significant tax cuts, increased military spending, prison reform, negotiating with China, talking with North Korea and governing over the most robust economy in several decades, Trump is doing good things for the country on a daily basis. Possibly his greatest strength is the ability to function under the intense scrutiny of the Mueller probe and congressional investigations. The man just keeps moving forward without regard to the pressure around him, and that makes him unusual indeed.

Bill Eddie


Socialist candidates

What is socialism? Three potential Democrat presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vt.; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, N.Y.; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mass., describe themselves as socialists.

Socialism was made famous by Karl Marx who summed it up with “From each according to his ability. To each, according to his need.” Bernie and AOC couldn’t have said it better. Which is why these Democrats are calling for $40 trillion in new spending to provide for free college, free housing, free health care and a free living wage.

So what exactly is socialism? Britannica defines it as “public (government) rather than private ownership or control of property and natural resources.” As opposed to capitalism where private individuals or investors own and control businesses. The free market is replaced with central planning, and free enterprise is fully or partially replaced with control of government bureaucrats. A recent example of socialism in the U.S. was Obamacare, wherein 20,000 pages of regulations took control of the health care and insurance industry.

Famous attempts at socialism were the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR), China, Cuba, Angola, North Korea, Vietnam and, most famously, the National Socialist Workers Party, or Nazi’s. Venezuela turned socialist before its utter economic collapse.

Socialism is a good idea only if you trust the government to manage the economy better than the private sector, only if you trust the government to innovate better, invest more wisely and manage your money better than you can.

Socialism is like a mouse trap. By the time you discover why the cheese is free, its too late.

John Shepherd