Letters to the Editor for Oct. 21, 2011
The best place for the wolves
To the editor:
After a lot of deep pondering I believe I have come up with the perfect solution to the wolf problem. Let’s move all of the wolves, cougars and coyotes to the Willamette Valley, concentrating mainly on Portland and Euegene. There should be lots of pets there.
Of course they will only take enough to barely sustain life because they don’t kill for the fun of it, and they have to eat too!
Now the children should be perfectly safe in the parks, as these docile animals rarely attack human beings. It could, however, pose a problem for hikers and campers, as the animals might feel you are in their domain, or they might feel threatened. It wouldn’t hurt to have a slingshot handy.
Another thing we citizens are getting tired of is Willamette Valley making the laws for us. They don’t have the foggiest idea of how a farm or ranch functions or what our snow and ice problems are up here. So I would like to suggest that Eastern Oregon cede from Western Oregon, and I believe the I-5 corridor would be the perfect boundary. Then we should ship all produce to the east.
Another problem is that we really should get all of the guns out of the hands of all law-abiding citizens who have the legal right to possess and carry guns. This paoses such a threat to the criminals who will have guns — regardless of what the law says.
Keep our forest roads open
To the editor:
The Wallowa-Whitman forest is 2.3 million acres. It stretches through three counties. Take a moment to examine a map of the Wallowa-Whitman. The color-coded maps present a great visual of what actually remains open forest. My lifetime in Eastern Oregon has noted continual shrinking of open forests and access.
If it’s hard to find solitude and quiet, you need to turn off the radio and get out of your vehicle. It’s amusing to observe people rushing to trailheads in the mistaken belief that solitude and quiet can only be found during a trek into a remote wilderness area. In actuality, you can find this solitude and quiet almost anywhere on the WWNF.
Big game, wildlife, everyone enjoys watching an elk herd, or some deer, even the occasional antelope. A good place to plant your rear end might be on the roof of the Forest Service building in La Grande. From this vantage point you can view the elk herd known to occasionally hang out between the freeway and old Highway 30.
The Craig Mountain elk herd is second to none. They seem to roam from the mountain to valley floor at will. Not to mention the numerous deer residing in the valley. The notion that wildlife will only thrive in backcountry is some more “likely science.” Animals adapt.
Propaganda has roads, and the use of such for recreation, as a dire threat to the forest. Roads are a valuable resource. Total destruction of which should be a crime. A time will come when every single road will be used, if for nothing else, fighting fire.
A new travel management plan is scheduled for release this fall. Fewer roads will be on the new maps. The term “fewer” is a pathetic misrepresentation of the proposed closures. The advantage of “open forest” will be gone. The old, less traveled roadways (quiet, rarely used) provide opportunities for woodcutting, hunting, camping, gathering of berries and mushrooms (all recreation). These will no longer be an option. Join me in speaking out against a “closed forest” that offers fewer and fewer opportunities.