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April 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Tough times for Bend, Ore.

Take a stimulus vacation to Central Oregon

The age of ultra-easy credit put an exclamation point on Bend’s meteoric rise and fall. This is a tragic story for the local residents and is yet another example of unbridled greed among bank executives [“Oregon’s ‘new West’ tumbles,” page one, April 12].

If traditional credit standards were applied, Bend would still be on a steady upward path to prosperity today and into the future. But it is what it is, so the best thing for Bend’s economy is for the rest of us to keep vacationing there and keep having fun while we’re at it. Not a bad way to go, really.

All of the things that make Central Oregon a great place to visit are still in place: friendly people, hiking, biking, skiing, golfing, fauna, flora, excellent restaurants and sunny weather. So go there and have some fun!

Bend remains a desirable retirement center with excellent medical services and a favorable housing-price differential compared with urban areas where many retirees originate from. And if you have some extra money and are looking for a quality second home in a wonderful area, now’s the time to buy. Bend won’t stay down for long.

— Hal Hockema, Lake Forest Park

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