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In our 10/18 endorsement in the Bend mayor's race, we erroneously stated that sitting councilors running for mayor who did not win the mayor's race would be removed from office. Should Bill Moseley or Sally Russell not win as mayor, they will fill the remainder of their term(s) as Councilor—not be removed. If one of the two becomes mayor, the Bend City Council will vote to fill the Council vacancy by appointing someone to the council. We also stated Moseley was an "attorney." He has a law degree, but is not a member of the Oregon State Bar. We regret the errors.

McLeod-Skinner, Walden and Guns

I am a long-time member of a local shooting range who knows the difference between a .308 and a .357 as well as the importance of Second Amendment rights.

I have been impressed with Congressional Candidate Jamie McLeod Skinner. She takes a sensible and pragmatic approach to gun safety. Jamie supports waiting periods, universal background checks and only favors additional regulations of things such as bump stocks. Does a hunter really need 5.56mm NATO FMJ ammunition to shoot a deer? No, but Jamie has no problem with your double-stack 9mm.

Greg Walden, on the other hand, seems to have drunk the NRA Kool-Aid. Heads up Remington 700 owners: Do you know he voted against allowing simple negligence lawsuits against gun manufacturers for design defects? That he voted to ban scientific research by the National Science Foundation on the causes of gun violence? That he voted against background checks at gun shows? And he even voted against requiring safety locks with new gun sales?

It is time to have a member of Congress with a pragmatic approach to gun safety, not someone who cries Second Amendment at any proposal for anything related to gun safety. Such extremism only adds to the current political divisiveness.

As a gun owner I will be voting for Jamie McLeod Skinner. If you like her ideas on health care, education, jobs and the environment vote for her too. But you don't need to worry about your Second Amendment rights.

—James MacAfee

Sally for Mayor

As the nation's fourth fastest growing city, Bend faces housing affordability and transportation infrastructure issues. We need a mayor who can successfully address these challenges. From an economist's perspective, Sally Russell is that person.

To address housing and transportation challenges, she proposes that Bend build compact and complete neighborhoods with stores and services. This makes walking, biking, and transit to amenities and employment viable options. It reduces pressure on infrastructure development that stresses city finances. And it lessens the need for vehicle ownership among some Bendites. Vehicle ownership expenses are most burdensome for our low-income residents who struggle with affordability. Research shows the lowest income earners spend 30 percent of income on transportation while higher earners spend 20 percent or less.

Sally advocates infill development with a variety of housing, including multi-family and middle-income homes. This generates localized densification and income diversification, which studies show encourage investment in retail and services. Such investments strengthen our local economy by creating jobs and increasing wages. Quality of life for residents improves as access to and quality of local services rise.

Bend can better serve all our residents if we elect Sally Russell as mayor. Housing availability across the full spectrum of income levels can be readily achieved. Sole reliance on expensive sprawl expansion that depletes city funds can be avoided. And elimination of costly vehicle ownership for some Bendites who cannot afford the expense – or simply don't want to rely on vehicle travel – can become a real option.

—Michelle Porter

An Apology

Jim Anderson, this letter is an apology to you.

Several years ago, I wrote a letter that was printed in the Source Weekly in which I berated you for not taking a stronger stance on trapping. After reading your column this week about coyotes—and your activism destroying 1080 poison traps set by the US government—I realized my harsh judgement of you was wrong. Please forgive me.

Thank you for speaking and acting against the heinous, barbaric, relentless and incomprehensible persecution of predators in the United States that will haunt me until the day I die.

—Vanessa Schulz

Vanessa: Wow, long memory! Good thing Jim Anderson's memory is also that long. He probably well remembers that letter. Come on in for your gift card to Palate!

—Nicole Vulcan

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