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Article ignored the good

The recent article about health and La Pine has my blood boiling.

I’m curious of the purpose of such a negative article on La Pine? And where did you actually seek the information? Why not any mention of the amazing things happening in this community to bring health and fitness into lives? So many local programs, but did you reach out to any of them? No mention of them? I would love for The Bulletin to send an actual reporter out here and check out all the great things! This is a horrible article and not accurate at all. Is there no accountability for journalists? Sorry, I’m just very passionate about our little community, and when someone only wants to spew negative about it when the community is working so hard to do amazing things, it just lights me up! I’d love to meet with someone and let them know the other angle of La Pine if it is of interest to report the entire story.

Dianne Logsdon

La Pine

Disappointed in story

I have been a subscriber of The Bulletin for many years. I brag to my Portland friends that The Bulletin frequently puts positive news on the front page, as opposed to most other newspapers. I cannot begin to express how disappointed I was when I read the front-page article published in the March 11 Bulletin, titled “ZIP code is shown to affect life expectancy.” Major points about life longevity in affluent areas, due to education, housing, healthy food and income could have been made without comparing La Pine and southwest Bend. The communities did not need to be named. I cannot imagine how the people in La Pine feel. This may affect people planning to move there. La Pine has been cultivating a great small town with a great small-town feel. I am very disappointed in The Bulletin.

Karen Nelson

Redmond

Improve roofs

I moved to Bend in January 2017 and dealt with two snowy winters so far. It surprises me to see people climb on top of their roofs or raking their roofs with snow rakes in order to remove snow and prevent ice dams. I come from Europe, and I have never seen people in snow-rich countries like Switzerland and Austria doing these things. Maybe we have to change roofs in Bend and give them a much steeper angle? Why are these new houses being built with the same flat angle?

Ingrid Schoeppler

Bend

Protect and defend

In response to guest columnist Larry Chadwick’s March 5 piece titled “Take America back from Trump’s failures abroad”:

This is the first paragraph of Chadwick’s column: “The complete and utter failure of the Trump administration to ‘protect and defend,’ as is stated in the oath of office the president swore to uphold, should leave every patriot in complete disgust!”

Here is the presidential oath of office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

I fail to find anything in the above oath that directs or implies protecting or defending any country other that the United States of America! I spent over 24 years in the military, then the U.S. Department of Justice, and then the Department of Homeland Security. I have taken the oath that “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States …” many times. So do not think for a microsecond that I am not a patriot, and so are millions of other people that you may not like or agree with.

Thomas Nitcher

Bend

Withdraw U.S. support

In a strongly bipartisan effort the Senate and House have voted to withdraw American support from Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen.

We the people of Central Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District will play an outsize role in making sure that Congress overrides President Trump’s expected veto of this life-saving measure. Please contact Rep. Greg Walden. Urge him to join his fellow Republicans, who have already acted to stop the world’s worst humanitarian crisis: the famine, epidemics and war casualties in Yemen. Please tell Mr. Walden to vote to override the veto.

Foster Fell

Bend

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