Chris Collins
The Baker City Herald

I was surprised by Ferrioli's response

To the editor:

Thank you for your article about the e-mail exchange between me and Senator Ferrioli. I certainly agree with you that Senator Ferrioli could have responded to my polite letter in a much more graceful way, and that his "lack of civility" towards me and many others was the reason for the whole matter taking on global dimensions. As for the "kicker" conclusion of your letter, which clearly exposes your unjustified underestimation of me as a South African artist - I am certainly not an internationally known singer, and neither was it ever my goal to become one. As a serious musician with two university degrees and many years of vocal and instrumental studying behind me, I am utterly content to perform with a very high level of musicianship and professionalism in exclusive cultural circles, and to concentrate on composing and writing.

Apart from being a musician, I am also a member of Oregon Wild. My membership of this organization has brought me into contact with the beauty of Oregon, and with its exquisite native wildlife. It is also the reason behind my letter to Senator Ferrioli, since I wrote to him as a response to a request from Oregon Wild to all its members, to support the protection of the small number of existing wolves in Oregon. Like millions of other nature lovers, I support wildlife wherever I can and in any way possible. In my plight for the well-being of all wildlife, I have always been receiving many responses to my regular letters of concern, from different leaders from around the world; some were neutral, some positive, some negative; but not one letter was ever written in a rude and disgraceful way, and with an insult towards a whole nation or country. It is therefore quite logical that I would be have been surprised by the blunt response of Senator Ted Ferrioli.

To me, in the end of this specific matter, the most important factor is still the well-being of the Oregon wolves.

Louise du Toit


Do something about wolves

To the editor:

To the outdoor people on "our" side of the state, we understand what it means to the animal population to have a predator like the wolf running wild.

Ranchers are also very much in tune with the problem. With our hands tied, we can shoot over their head or put some scary things on the fences to scare them away. The only way you can shoot one is if it is life-threatening and then there will be an inquiry. If I see a wolf within 200 or 300 yards when I am hunting, I will have to assume it is hunting also and I am the target. I would not suggest going out and actively hunting wolves, but if you see one and he is not running away from you, you had better figure that he is hunting you, and he is not alone. Waiting for him to attack will only make it impossible to shoot fast enough or enough time to take care of the attack.

Wolves need to be taken off of the endangered species list and put on a different kind of list.

The Indians and the pioneers figured this out many years ago. The wolf is competition for what they lived on, meat. I believe the wolf will overpopulate and take over where they left off. The price of meat in the supermarket will go up, as the cost of raising cattle and sheep go up.

I have always believed, "if you protect a predator, what they prey on will diminish," i.e., wolves will kill livestock and wildlife, seals will take salmon.

Soon those predators will be preying on employees at the ODFW. A percentage of their wages come from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and fewer and fewer people are buying those licenses because the amount of fish and wildlife keep declining.

I have heard of wolf sightings in the Granite area, the Lookout area, the Keating area and even as close as the Pine Creek area at the base of the Elkhorns. Wallowa is not the only pack.

Something needs to be done NOW.

Larry Smith

Baker City

This is no time for spending spree

To the editor:

I can't believe how we the people have become so self-centered! Think how ridiculous this is. Our representatives in D.C. treat us like some of us treat our wives. On Valentine's Day we go to the store and buy her an expensive gift, have it all wrapped up in pretty paper and ribbons, then with a big smile on our face we go home and give it to her with a well-pleased look on our face smugly thinking how great we are for spending so much on her. She gives us a big kiss and tells all her neighbors how great we are.

When the first of the next month comes and the bills all come in, she finds all our credit cards are maxed out and she asks us how we paid for the gift. Our reply, "Oh honey, don't worry. Since our cards were maxed, I went down to that Chinese loan outfit and they gave me the loan. The interest is high, so we should try and get it paid back, because I mortgaged the house with a second mortgage."

Our government is not a wise husband. They are the problem! Balance the budget! Don't spend money we don't have.

George Wilder

Baker City