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Sheriff Nelson did what was needed

It was disappointing to read The Bulletins critical assessment of Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson’s recent involvement in a high speed chase. In circumstances where there is immediate danger to the public, law enforcement must make snap decisions that sometimes deviate from usual protocol. In this case, a suicidal and impaired man presented immediate and potentially lethal danger to the public that had to be stopped. What would the response have been if Sheriff Nelson had not decided to pursue and this man had caused the death of innocent people? District Attorney Hummel summed it up with his assessment that our sheriff was “damned if he did, and damned if he didn’t.” If corruption or abuse of authority is exposed within law enforcement, a critical assessment is required. This was not the case here.

I’m thankful that we have a hands on sheriff that is willing to risk his life to protect the public. Overly critical articles like this one further erode the public’s respect for rule of law and law enforcement in general. Perhaps The Bulletin should critically question the wisdom of releasing this man from custody on bail, a man who clearly had no regard for anyone else’s well-being, instead of questioning the people who put their personal safety on the line to apprehend him.

Mike Mitchell


Campus parking editorial was right

The June 5th editorial about Oregon State University-Cascades parking hit the nail on the head. Other universities charge for parking, and OSU has thoughtlessly followed suit, exacerbating the parking nightmare it created for the residential neighborhoods and businesses around the school.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that students won’t pay if they can find parking elsewhere, and the school should have foreseen that. Drive down Chandler Avenue any weekday and you’ll see the result of this poor thinking.

What happened to their farcical concept that 30% of the students and faculty would walk and bike to school all 12 months of the year? Everyone but the school knew this was a ploy designed to assuage the community. In their haste to get their way, they missed multiple opportunities to be a good neighbor, and have done so again with the new parking plan.

The other farce is the original estimate for remediating the pumice pit. The school claimed it was studied several years ago and the cost would be in the $4 million range. News Channel 21 reports the new estimate at $13.4 million, which means the real cost likely will be in the tens of millions, not including the dump remediation.

Guess who gets to pay for all of this? You and me, the taxpayers.

We want and need the school. It’s just in the wrong location and was jammed down our throats.

When there are 5,000 students, any remaining quiet enjoyment of the neighborhood will die an agonizing death.

John Moeckel


Oregon should not undo the Electoral College

Thanks to Salem, Oregon is about to become a vassal state to California.

Senate Bill 870 would demand that the Oregon presidential vote be awarded to whichever national candidate garners the most individual votes. And since California and New York, with a combined population of 60 million, filled mostly with minorities who vote for the party of free stuff, dominates the popular vote, that means that Oregon would usually be required by law to vote with California and New York. So even if Oregon voters chose the conservative candidate, our electoral votes would be awarded to the Democrat! The law would demand it!

This is a major step away from “one voter, one vote” and a major step toward a totalitarian government without free will. Preserve the Electoral College. Preserve the rights of citizen voters. Say “no” to dictatorship from Salem. Don’t let Californians dictate Oregonians’ votes.

John Shepherd