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Home arrow Opinion arrow Letters arrow LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FROM DECEMBER 27 - JANUARY 1, 2005



Snare trap snags dog

To the Editor:

I would like to inform the public of the danger of snare traps, although this is not an attack on trappers.

Recently my boyfriend, Fred, and I took our dogs for an afternoon hike, Dakota, a border collie mix, and Berlin, a dainty border collie.

We were up High Valley Road near Little Creek looking for a waterfall we'd been told of just off the road. We were no more than 100 yards off the road when Berlin began shaking her head and backed off a 15-foot cliff. Thinking she had slipped, I waited at the top of the hill for her to recover.

Except that she never hit the ground. I looked over the edge to see my dog hanging by her neck. She was in a snare trap.

Berlin struggled to free herself, making the cable around her neck even tighter. I jumped down and tried to relieve the pressure by lifting her body but snare traps are not designed to give slack when pressure is released.

Fred tried to cut the wire with his knife before remembering the wire-cutter on his multi-tool knife. Berlin seemed to die before he could cut her free. We performed CPR and watched her pupils dilate again — and I have been hugging her ever since.

I want people to realize how quickly this happened and how close I was to losing my dog. She was lucky to be resuscitated. Only about 30 percent of animals or humans survive after one or two minutes apparently dead.

It is trapping season until the end of February. This snare was not marked as it should have been.

Trappers, please mark your snares. I don't mind that people trap, but if the snares were labeled or marked I would never let my dogs out in that area.

Please identify snares. I almost lost my best friend in the world. Thanks to Fred, and to his multi-tool knife, my dog was freed in the nick of time.

Carrie Crump

La Grande


Can't force democracy

To the Editor:

Ever since Nov. 3 I have felt that those who voted for George Bush were either greedy, uninformed or just plain stupid.

I don't think I'm greedy or stupid. I do try to inform myself about what is going on in the world about me, which includes the whole world. You, dear reader, may categorize yourself.

Civilization's drug of choice is violence. So here we go again, sending 600 more of our servants to another tour of duty in Iraq. Heard on the news was that our military forces will be out of Iraq by the end of the commander-in-chief's second tour of duty. This should give our military families much solace.

We aren't going to be able to force democracy on Iraq. They have to want it. They have to understand it. They have to make it work. I don't think we are a shining example. We should be looking in the mirror instead of telling others what to do. Look at the lying, stealing and head-turning in our last election. I used to think that elections were for finding out what people wanted. Hah! How naive.

The recent presidential election in the Ukraine was thought to be tampered with, so the people went to the streets by the thousands for two weeks and got another election scheduled. We had major tampering in our last election and what did we do about it? Nothing much.

Am I mad about it? You bet I am. Let's get together and talk about it. I'm tired of pretending that life will go on as we have known it.

The changes George has in the pipeline are humongous.

W. H. Oberteuffer

Island City


Cow digestion differs

To the Editor:

For your information, cows have the ability to digest inorganic substances; they are not harmed and can actually prosper on them. The cow's largest stomach compartment the rumen, of which they have four, contains trillions of bacteria which can decompose and digest just about any material. The cow actually gets most of its nutrition by digesting the dead bodies of these busy but short-lived organisms. This takes place in the fourth compartment of their stomach, which works basically the same way as ours do.

The compound that was spilled is a common phosphoric acid used to decrease the consumption of a molasses-based supplemental feed which tastes so good to cows that they would gorge themselves if the acid was not added to restrict their appetite.

By the way, if you think it might be dangerous, look at the list of ingredients on any cola can and lo and behold what's in it — phosphoric acid.

As for the Haz- Mat response, the state has determined that even milk is a hazardous material if spilled on the highway.

Mike Hillecke

La Grande


Signature furor just a ploy

To the Editor:

Regarding the signing of condolence letters by Rumsfeld: If I lost a loved one in the Iraq war or in any military service the least of my worries would be whether the condolence letter was signed individually or stamped as government letters traditionally are.

The furor over this is just one more effort by the media to anger the public. By implying that Rumsfeld doesn't care because he didn't sign each letter individually they hope to get a reaction against the war and the administration.

If we had casualties in the numbers predicted by these same media before we went into Iraq, Rumsfeld wouldn't have enough hours in a day to sign each one individually. The efforts of the media and the left to equate the present conflict with the war in Vietnam are only valid in the sense that our news people seem to be working toward causing the same result they helped cause during that conflict.

They flood the airwaves with negative dialog and then conduct a poll to see how unhappy they have made people. Meanwhile bin Laden claps his hands with glee. Constructive criticism or honest disagreement with government policy is healthy. However, the daily nit-picking, carping and polling by the media for the sole purpose of creating dissension is destructive and probably costing lives.

Our enemies think we will lose the will to finish the fight if they just give our reporters a little more carnage to show on the evening news. A free

press was intended to keep the

people informed rather than help our enemies terrorize us by magnifying their successes.

Our enemies are heartened by the fact that the news is made to sound like nothing is going right for us in Iraq.

Gary Poole



What's with food industry?

To the Editor:

Just what is going on with our food industry? Just what are they trying to feed us?

The other day in The Observer was a picture and caption about a truck that leaked a corrosive chemical onto I-84 resulting in the Haz-Mat team being called to clean it up.

The last sentence of the caption stated that the substance is used as an additive to cow feed!

I'm just wondering, but should there be a label on our beef and milk packaging stating that it's OK to eat this stuff, just don't drop it on a major highway.

Like I said — just wondering.

Steven Keeler

La Grande


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