Letters: Stop horse slaughter; Political intolerance; Changes news placement; Walden on citizenship

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Oregonians love horses. As a horse rescue volunteer and equine business owner, I have the opportunity to witness how many people step up to help neglected, abused and abandoned horses while also observing the healing and enriching benefits that horses offer the people of my community.

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Horses play a major role in our district as healers and companions. But right now, the lives of these beloved equines are hanging in the balance as leaders in Congress decide whether or not to renew the ban on horse slaughter in the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

Horse slaughter, whether in U.S. or foreign plants, is inherently inhumane, and regulation cannot make it humane due to the unique biology of horses. In addition to the slaughter itself being inhumane, there are public health concerns with sending American horses to slaughter because our horses are raised as companion and working animals. Horses are given many medications that make them unfit for human consumption.

By prohibiting U.S. horse slaughter plants, we take responsibility for the horses that are bred in this country and respect the animal that has served us in so many ways for hundreds of years.

During this election time, let us hold our leader accountable to listen to the voice of his constituents. Please call Rep. Greg Walden and urge him to renew the ban on horse slaughter in the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill. It is essential that Congress continue its commitment to keep this grisly industry out of the U.S.

A political question was asked. The speaker kept his answer short, only saying the people on the left are intolerant. At first I took offense to his statement. Then I realized:

Yes, I am intolerant.

• I am intolerant of people who lie, especially our elected officials.

• I am intolerant of pro-life advocates who support the death penalty.

• I am intolerant toward bigots.

• I am intolerant of giving tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy and not providing for the less fortunate in our country.

• I am intolerant for not paying a fair wage so individuals don’t have to work two or more jobs to make ends meet.

• I am intolerant of police brutality. Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. All lives matter!

• I am intolerant that this county allows its citizens to own assault weapons.

• I am intolerant that the Environmental Protection Agency has rescinded environmental measures so companies can increase their profits.

• I am intolerant that congress has not secured the sustainability for Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

• I am intolerant of elected officials who denigrate women.

• I am intolerant that people do not have access to affordable health care.

When the Oct. 25 newspaper arrived, I nearly did a double take of the date. The previous day’s awful news of bombs sent to numerous politicians and prominent critics of the president was not readily visible. Instead, the front page featured stories about schools, new homes, pot, Facebook and a child abuser. No mention of the bombs even in TODAY’S READERBOARD! Finally, an article on the terrorism appeared on page 3.

In some circles, Bend is still considered a small town, but we are nearing a population of almost 100,000. And if nearby towns are added into the “metropolitan” mix, we are really a much bigger area than what appears on our official population statistics.

It is time for the Bulletin to relegate local news stories to the inside of the paper, and to leave its parochial attitudes behind.

Do what newspapers do in “real” cities and put national and international news stories on the front page where they actually belong.

A foundation of the Republican Party has been a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

Mr. Greg Walden, when will hear from you regarding Mr. Trump’s latest position — that he has the power to amend the Constitution of the United States. Not by a vote, but with an executive order.

Others in Congress have spoken out, when will you?

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