March 27, 2002 11:00 pm

Got under my skin

To the Editor:

Lets get the facts straight, David Pickett. You threw the first punch in your Feb. 9 letter calling me a sadistic killer because I am a hunter. Then you said I practiced the savage ritual of sport killing, crushing or shooting any creature that crosses my path. Then you compared me to Jeffery Dahmer. What point did I miss?

Unless I misunderstand, you would like to put a stop to all hunting. I ducked and threw my own punch (Feb. 18 letter) disagreeing with you. If you didnt want to start something you should have kept your opinion to yourself.

Now you whine and fear violent reprisal for speaking out (Feb. 25 letter). You need not fear me, I wouldnt waste my time.

Your comment about founding fathers makes you sound so patriotic and historical. A good many of our founding fathers gave their all establishing and protecting our country. I wouldnt let you protect my chicken coop. I shouldnt let your psychobabble get under my skin, but you have.

You use big words like subculture, exploits, laudatory, euphemistically, indignation, then you combine your impressive vocabulary with your contempt for hunters and try to come off as Mr. Righteous himself.

You obviously dont have the marbles to play my ethnic cleansing game so Ill fill you in. Eleven people support my view, not one supporting you.

Greg Stanton


Too critical of Olympics

To the Editor:

The Observer editorial staff should be ashamed of itself.

For 17 days millions of people around the world witnessed a stirring and inspiring winter Olympics that came close to not taking place at all after the events of Sept. 11.

We watched superb athletes break world records; we saw young men and women from more than 70 nations come together in peaceful competition; we often saw competitors enthusiastically congratulating winners, for example the American and Canadian mens hockey teams.

We heard the president of the International Olympics Committee praise the thousands of volunteers, some from Union and Wallowa counties, and security personnel including members of the Oregon National Guard who made the games possible.

What was The Observers editorial response to all of this? Did you find anything good or praiseworthy? Very little. With the exception of your comments about the United States snow boarders on Feb. 14, you chose to be negative, with a Feb. 11 editorial about lip-syncing and one on Feb. 25 about high prices. Shame on you.

You were right in your comments about Milli Vanilli lip-syncing to other peoples music, but you cant condemn all lip-syncing. Pre-recording is quite common for many performances in extremely large outdoor arenas. The performers want their audiences to get the maximum enjoyment out of their music. This was certainly the case at the Olympics.

Finally, as to the higher prices at the Olympics, I wonder if you have ever attended a Seattle Seahawks or Portland Trail Blazers game. Have you been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, or, closer to home, Pendleton during the Round-up, or Joseph during Chief Joseph Days or Alpenfest?

The Winter Olympics thrilled the world. Its sad that the editorial staff of The Observer could find so little good to say about it.

Richard G. Hiatt

La Grande

Why should God bless us?

To the Editor:

God Bless America seems to have become a popular slogan since Sept. 11.

Why should God bless America? Many in America in condoning abortion have rejected God and his laws. Since Roe v. Wade an average of more than a million babies a year have been aborted by Americans, making the number of people killed in the Sept. 11 attack seem small in comparison. Homosexuality, pornography, divorce and remarriage, and many other sins promote immoral degeneracy.

We cant expect to thumb our noses at God until a time of crisis and then have God bless us.

Lets take a lesson from the Israelites in the Old Testament times. When they followed God he blessed them. When they forsook God he judged them. It happened time and again. See Deuteronomy 8:19, 20. The greatest protection from hostile people this country can secure is to honestly repent of our sins, ask God to forgive us and love and serve God with our whole hearts. Its the only way this nation can expect to be preserved. See II Chronicles 7:14.

Lets say, America bless God.

Larry Kropf


Support our leaders, military

To the Editor:

Hello from somewhere in Afghanistan.

I thought I would send my address to my friends back home. Nichole and the kids are in Tennessee and doing well. Life over here is day-to-day.

Morale is high and the soldiers know we are serving a great cause and a great nation. Continue to support our leaders and our military, just like when we were in Desert Storm. I will send you a letter telling you how we are.

My address is: Operation Enduring Freedom

Task Force Rakkasan

1LT Carpenter Larry

7 - 101st AVN HHC

APO AE 09355

Lt. Larry R. Carpenter,

La Grande High School Class of 1989

Resist socialized medicine

To the Editor:

Last March, I wrote of the necessity of secession from the United Nations, citing one of the mandates stemming from the U.N.s millennium summit held in September 1999: the creation of an international welfare, paid for by trillions of American dollars.

This sort of international criminal conspiracy to commit theft by deception cannot succeed without the willing abetment of the anti-freedom, Marxist liberals such as Hilary Clinton and Chappaquiddick Kennedy who are leading a national conspiracy to socialize our health care system with the following nightmarish goals:

Mandate socialized medicine for every U.S. citizen.

Replace the American system with a U.N.-sponsored high-risk global health care scheme.

Create an exorbitant U.N. tax to pay for it all.

This scheme is in coordination with the U.N. millennium summit mandate to create international welfare costing trillions of American dollars. Hillary Clintons ultra-liberal plan to socialize medicine was stopped in 1993 but now shes back as a U.S. senator seated next to Kennedy on the powerful Health Committee in line to replace him as chairperson.

And it gets worse. She not only plans to nationalize health care but also to perpetuate her scam on a global level with the U.N. and implement a universal tax to pay for it. Thats right, well pick up the tab for uninsured third-world countries, most of whom are hate-America zealots such as Somalia, Uganda, etc.

This is another compelling reason to secede from the United Nations and to impeach Hillary Clinton, Kennedy and others of their ilk for conspicuous unfitness for public trust.

Support Rep. Ron Pauls bill to separate our proud nation from the avarice and the sovereignty-stealing conspiracy of the freedom-destroying U.N. and its American sycophants.

Jim Bovard


Looking in wrong end of pipe

To the Editor:

President Bush and his allies are claiming that it is a matter of national security that the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska be opened to oil extraction in order to decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil supplies.

If Bushs primary objective is energy independence, he is looking up the wrong end of the pipeline.

The equation is simple: our demand for oil exceeds our domestic supply. U.S. domestic oil reserves including all the oil in Alaska represent only 3 percent of the worlds oil while the United States steadily consumes 25 percent of the worlds total oil production.

As long as oil is our primary energy source we will never be independent from foreign suppliers no matter how many wilderness areas are sacrificed in an effort to squeeze out a few more drops. The supply isnt there.

Now consider the demand side of the oil equation. Here is where we can take control of our energy future and improve our national security by decreasing our demand for oil with progressive legislation such as increased fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles and by supporting the development of clean domestic energy sources such as wind power, solar power and fuel cell technology.

The Senate is now debating energy policy and, therefore, the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Please call or write Sen. Gordon Smiths office today and ask him to protect the Arctic Refuge; urge him to lead the way during this debate which must produce an energy bill with a strong commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources.

Contact Sen. Smiths office by phone at 202-224-3753 or by mail at 404 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510.

Sue Miller


Telfax accepts cellular, fax numbers

To the Editor:

The Observer suggested in its March 1 editorial that customers should be given the option as to whether they want their cell phone and fax numbers published in local phone books.

They are already. At least in the Telfax Inc. Northeast Oregon Regional Directory, they are.

Most utility phonebooks (Verizon, Quest, etc.) will not publish a phone number that is not paid for in the sense that the customer must pay for a phone line in order to have a number.

Also, they will not publish roll-over numbers, such as a company that has five other lines besides their main number. These decisions are made solely by their billing records.

If you have three phone lines billed to one address, then one of them is your main number, and the other two are roll-over or additional numbers, and will not be published.

Telfax Inc. did an experiment three years ago when we had our sales staff ask all of the advertisers if they wanted to have their cell phone and/or fax numbers listed in the book. We were considering making a section for each of these. The overwhelming response was no.

Most people do not want their cell phone or fax numbers listed, mostly because of cost and junk faxes.

You were right about one thing: most cell phone companies charge for each incoming call. If they were to drop that charge, more people might want to be published. Until then, I would doubt it.

Telfax is not bound by most PUC and FCC regulations regarding directories. Therefore, we will publish whatever numbers our customers want to publish.

You editorial seemed to answer your own question at the same time. Pretty much of a waste of 10 inches of space.

Tosh Connor, CEO

Telfax Inc.

La Grande

Seek good management measures

To the Editor:

Anti-snowmobile extremists, inside and outside the National Park Service, dramatized for the press the purported impact of the machines on air quality by recently donning gas masks. They refuse to admit that simple good management measures can protect snowmobile access, visitor choices and the environment.

First, existing snowmobile use in Yellowstone and the Grand Teton national parks has not violated any ambient clean air standards, contrary to what some NPS managers and their green friends would like people to believe. Second, this year entrance passes are sold elsewhere not at the gate. Visitors just drive through, with no stopping and no fumes buildup. Snowmobile clubs and businesses had requested this reform for years.

Nevertheless, the snowmobile industry has demonstrated that the machines can be cleaner and quieter. Last November, the NPS received data from snowmobile manufacturers showing that some new snowmobile models reduce emissions by 90 percent. These are production models available today from local snowmobile dealers.

The NPS decision that would ban snowmobiles and replace them with snow-coaches would not improve air quality. A recent study sponsored by the State of Wyoming found that snow-coach emissions are six times higher than the new snowmobiles. Did you know that snow-coaches are so noisy that passengers have to don earplugs to ride in them?

We dont need bans, we need a balanced management. For more information see the Web site: www.saveyellowstonepark.com.

Sherry Adams


Good to see patriotism in school

To the Editor:

On Feb. 26 I attended the patriotic assembly at Riveria School.

This musical program titled The Blue and the Gray was one of the best Ive seen performed by a grade school student body. The students worked hard on learning their songs and narrations. They were enthusiastic in their performances.

I was impressed with the musical selections. They were good examples of the patriotic spirit that our young people should be learning. Too many times we neglect the importance of teaching patriotism to our children.

I am glad to see that patriotism is important at Riveria School. I am proud that four of my granddaughters were part of this program. Thank you, Riveria teachers.

Jerry Sawyer

La Grande

No more Starkey funding

To the Editor:

I refer to the article about the Starkey Projects days being numbered in the Feb. 25. Observer.

This boondoggle was approved for 10 years, not 14. The project under the direction of Jack Ward Thomas had a very rocky start through hearings in Pendleton, Pilot Rock and La Grande. The consensus was dont put up the fence, it stopped migration patterns of elk, which it did. And besides other studies had been done like this in Colorado, which by the way has a lot more elk than we do.

We were promised we would get periodic reports in laymens terms how the study was going after all our tax dollars were at stake. Nothing, I mean nothing, was ever issued maybe something in the paper about some elk dying inside the fence. They suspicioned foul play, when come to find out they were fed bad hay. How many died?

How many bulls were killed and taken to the La Grande meat lockers? I bet those biologists had a great time. It was rumored that Thomas had never killed an elk before then.

I understand there were study papers sent to colleges and universities, but the organizations that requested the studies never got any. For the first four or five years after the fence was built, hundreds of elk were killed around the outside of the fence by hunters, even though there was a quarter-mile buffer zone.

What a boondoggle. No more funding.

Ed Hardt, president

Eastern Oregon Mining Association

Baker City

Its my flag, offensive or not

To the Editor:

It seems our country has gone crazy with political correctness.

Recently, according to Fox News, an employee in a manufacturing plant had a small Confederate battle flag decal inside his tool box. One would have to be looking over his shoulder to see the small flag. He was told to remove the flag decal and when he refused he was fired.

In another manufacturing plant a worker was told to quit whistling the Stephen Collins Foster song, Dixie. The worker felt that was an infringement of his First Amendment rights and refused and was fired.

But, you aint heard nothing yet ...

Several days ago in a high school in Pennsylvania, a student was sent home for wearing a white T-shirt with a flag on it. Now since Sept. 11 you see these shirts in stores all the time. This flag was not the hated politically incorrect Confederate flag, it was Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes. When the boys parents objected they were told the flag might be offensive to some students.

A television station back east took down the stars and stripes from the wall behind the news anchor desk and forbade the news anchors to wear the flag lapel pin because it might be offensive to some viewers.

What really angers me is that under the First Amendment right of free speech, you can burn the flag, but you cant offend someone by wearing the flag. Well, I put my flag up almost every morning if it isnt too windy, and God help the person who tells me to take it down. I dont care who the Stars and Stripes offends, it is my flag, I fought under it in World War II and I will fight again if need be.

If you love America, stand up for that flag and thank a veteran.

Roy Hills

Island City