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Mt. Bachelor Boot Was Off Target 

Upon reading your article written two weeks ago about the unfortunate situation and outcome of the previously named Mt. Bachelor Academy, I couldn't help but read it and feel an injustice was happening before my eyes. I now understand what went on and appreciated the article's informational content. However, I felt ashamed - like seeing that kid from math class getting picked on and not doing anything. It was easy for you to go that route and in but a few words you had delicately slain the dedicated life's work of many.

Your misguided opinion stems from a fear of not knowing. I speak to you from experience. I spent two and a half years of my life living just outside of Prineville at the heart of the Ochoco forest. I can't begin to tell you how many lives that school prolonged, or even saved. For me, it gave me the tools to be a man, one who speaks his truth and lives it. From the heart of my soul, my gratitude for the experience lived at that school goes out into the world daily.

In Romania, and Mexico, working with kids in orphanages and then to Firenze, Italy. My insatiable passion for traveling hasn't ceased and I am now currently residing in Malta. It was my first time back to the Bend area in five years to see my beloved friends and family evolving so beautifully. My only thumbs down was the deceitful article and its distasteful un-truisms.

You point your finger in the wrong direction. What about the parents? Still not looking deep enough? I challenge you, nay, I implore you, to go to the source. Check your facts. You don't ask. You don't know.

That school and all the people who have the sweat of their brow in those walls should be praised for initiating us, giving us the tools to cope with and function in this dysfunctional world, [sic] most importantly providing an environment conducive to easing us into learning that it's okay and cool to be ourselves.

So, dear friend, I hope you felt the energy behind what I was trying to express and no hard feelings go to you or your criticisms; just had to be honest with how it made me feel. Can you dig it? All Blessings with honey in the heart.

Editor replies: Huh?

2,626 miles away


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