Letters and comments for October 25, 2011

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Letters and comments for October 25, 2011

Against annexation

To the Editor:

I have read the letters from the Johnsons and the Bruschs regarding annexation of the north side. It puzzles me that the Bruschs believe annexation would not cost us more money. If annexed, their increased costs will be $846 per year. They include, as savings, items that are out of reach for many of the north side residents. Their figures indicate they will still pay more if annexation passes.

Many of us on the north side are on fixed incomes. We do not swim and we do not have the luxury of paying $150 for water beyond the basic rate. Many of us use the simple tax form, which doesn’t allow for deductions. If annexation passes, we will pay much more than the Bruschs indicate in their letter. We know for certain that the city wouldn’t agree to annex us if they were not going to increase their revenue. I cannot afford to pay more property tax.

I understand property owners who do not live on the north side cannot vote. Residents on the north side will have a vote. Renters need to know that if annexation passes, landlords will likely find it necessary to increase their rent to offset the increase in property tax. The Bruschs indicate their taxes would increase $714 a year.

During the last attempt to annex the north side, I conducted a telephone survey to see how many residents favored annexation. There were only a handful of residents, less than 5 percent, who wanted to be annexed. The Bruschs would be one of those few. They need to explain why they believe we should vote to be annexed and have our property tax increased. Their letter does not do that.

Lola Rose

La Grande

Choose elk over wolf

To the Editor:

I am somewhat perplexed by Brandy Cassandra’s recent letter (“Stop Killing Wolves, Oct. 18). Last time I checked, I was a legal resident of Union County, but when it pertains to the eradication of problem wolves in our area, her letter purports that she represents “We Northeast Oregonians.” I don’t recall being asked to vote on the wolf issue, or as to whether or not she should speak for me. So my question would be, who died and anointed her as our spokesperson?

I also might suggest she get her facts straight. The original wolves that are native to the Northwest are canis lupus irremotus (Rocky Mountain Wolf), a smaller species that hunts in pairs.

The wolves that were “reintroduced” are a different subspecies, and are not a native species to Oregon. These transplants from Canada are canis lupus occidentalis (Mackenzie Valley Wolf). This subspecies averages 30 percent larger in size than the Rocky Mountain Wolf, and hunts in packs instead of pairs, and is a much more proficient killer.

Let us also not forget that these wolves are carrying Hydatid Disease, a parasitic tapeworm disease that is fatal to humans, pets and livestock. This disease was not prevalent in the Northwest before the arrival of the “reintroduced” wolves.

I would encourage everyone to go to http://cryingwolfmovie.com/. Watch the free one-hour movie and get yourself educated. Other good sources include http://washingtonwolf.info/diseases.html, http://graywolfnews.com/ and http://www.saveelk.com/wolf_002.htm.

We can have elk and deer in Northeast Oregon, or we can have wolves. I think I know which group most of my friends and neighbors are supporting, and it’s up to us to fight for it.

David Thiesfeld

La Grande

Wolves alien to area

To the Editor:

The letter, “Stop killing wolves” in the Oct. 18 edition of The Observer is crying out for comment. The letter written by Brandy Cassandra could use a little fine tuning. She says that “We Northeast Oregonians ... are proud to have wolves back in our area.”

I am a Northeast Oregonian and I am not proud to have wolves here. I am totally disgusted with these vicious, blood-thirsty, Canadian gray wolves. In fact, I do not know one individual personally who is “proud” to have these killers in the area. They are not even native to this part of the country. Come to think about it they are “illegal” aliens.

She also says that “some local livestock producers are resistant to learning to live with wolves.” I do not blame them for feeling that way. You see, they are raising cattle so you can have tasty steaks and hamburgers.

Those who are so enamored with wolves seem to display very little, if any, compassion for the ranchers who produce our meat. Not only do the livestock producers suffer economic loss but psychological stress when seeing how their animals have been eaten on before dead and the anxiety that comes with the extra expense and time spent trying to protect their herds.

She goes on to comment on how the Imnaha pack has dwindled down from 16 to four wolves. I have read a lot of contradictory comments on how many wolves now exist and doubt that anyone has the correct number.

Not long ago a tourist asked me where they could go to see the wolves. I got to thinking that, perhaps, all the wolf lovers could have ODFW trap a dozen or so Canadian grays and they (the pro-wolf gang) could build a large pen and start a petting zoo, adults only of course!

Stormy Burns


Medical leave excessive

To the Editor:

Several years ago, I was unable to perform my duties as an employee and took medical leave. The Oregon Family Leave Act protects an employee who takes up to 12 weeks of leave for his or her injury or illness or to care for a family member. I certainly hope that everyone who is unable to work due to injury or illness recovers quickly and is able to return to work. But I know that is not always the case.

On Tuesday, you reported that a local elected public official had been on medical leave “for several months.” Earlier this year, you reported that the elected public official had been on medical leave since December (if I am not mistaken).

When an elected official, for whatever reason, is unable to perform his or her duties for an extended period of time — far exceeding the 12 weeks provided for employees — the public official should resign. A resignation would allow the governor to appoint or the citizens to elect an official who is fit to serve the public.

John DeNault

La Grande

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