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

Improve family medical leave

Family comes first. I hear this so often from the pulpit, politics and friends. This is at the crux of the Make America Great Again slogan — allow men and women to raise their families again.

When asked if I’m financially ready to have children, I breathe a deep sigh and roll my eyes — what does that even mean? As the main breadwinner, I would not be able to take paid time off work to heal or care for my infant. For a woman in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, this is alarming.

My brother lives in Montreal. His family just had a baby. His wife’s maternity leave began in January. She is receiving 80% of pay which will continue throughout the first year of maternity leave. Next year, she will receive 60% of her pay. There’s free public child care when she returns to work. They also could have split paternity and maternity leave this year; otherwise my brother gets five weeks paternity leave. Americans talk about the importance of family, yet in Quebec, families are actually taken care of — with taxes being no higher.

Oregon is considering a bill that would provide paid family medical leave. This legislation is so successful in other states that they are expanding it. If you feel as passionately as I do about supporting families, please contact your legislators and ask them to support this bill. Let’s make raising a family great again.

Sarah Guest


Crack down on campus parking

It is reassuring to see The Bulletin speak out about the parking mess that OSU-Cascades has foisted upon the residents of Bend.

Of course, this crisis would not exist had The Bulletin — and the City Council — not sat idly by when the school sought to squeeze its campus onto a small and inappropriate site, all the while ignoring those who lived, worked and did business nearby and who forecast burdensome congestion.

As predicted, the school’s claims that its students would walk or ride bikes or take public transit to school all proved to be nonsense.

Now there are only two things the community can do: first, insist that the school provide free parking to its students and ignore its silly claims that it cannot do so, and second, insist that the city make both sides of city streets adjacent to the campus no parking zones.

Chandler Avenue is a perfect example of what has become a student parking lot, where only one side is designated as no parking and the other is bumper to bumper student parking. If all street parking was prohibited, enforcement via aggressive ticketing and towing would send a much-needed message to both the students and to the school.

Under no circumstances should the city accommodate any university development requests without these measures being accomplished.

Craig M. Brown


Don’t kill deer

I was shocked by the letter from Alan Larson about bow hunting for deer within Bend. I can only assume that Mr. Larson is a newcomer in Bend.

Mule deer are migratory and have specific migration routes and ranges, higher elevations in the summer and lower in the winter. There is no longer space for deer in Central Oregon.

Their ranges and migration routes have been destroyed by paving over roads, unlimited housing developments and population growth.

I don’t mind deer — or elk — in our neighborhoods.

My local herd of does and yearlings are here in the winter and leave in the summer.

Why is our first response to kill wildlife?

They were here first, after all, and we unthinkingly have taken there space. I propose that we learn to coexist with the deer and elk — and even cougars.

We can learn to not only coexist, but enjoy seeing them even within the confines of Bend.

Modern hunting bows are not “Robin Hood” bows, but need training and practice to use. They can be dangerous in crowded neighborhoods. State law require licenses to hunt deer and that is for bucks, not does and yearlings.

I would hate to see bloody corpses in my neighborhood, before they are picked up by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, who have control over wildlife.

Shinann Earnshaw