Letters and comments for May 7, 2012

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Letters and comments for May 7, 2012

Vote for Gilbert 


To the Editor:

We are writing this letter of support for lrene Gilbert, Republican candidate for Union County commissioner. lrene’s stance is that we need transparency in the dealings of our county and vows to have an open door policy and to be available to her constituents. Sounds great to us and a positive change, for sure. She also wants monthly meetings of all county departments, rather than only the once-a-year meetings taking place now.

We have known lrene for 10 years and can vouch for her honesty, integrity and her willingness to do all she can to help people. Irene is very intelligent and is not afraid to put in long hours of research and effort to solve a problem. She truly has the best interest of Union County and its people in her heart.

I have been with lrene in Union, Elgin, La Grande and Cove through the recent four days of her educational meetings regarding the Forest Service road closures. She spent over eight hours each day talking to folks, helping them get their ideas on paper to present their appeals and
concerns to the Wallowa-Whitman Forest Service. I have never known of a candidate so willing to give her time for the good of this county.

Her background experiences — training specialist with adult and family services, program coordinator with seniors and disabled people, medical issues coordinator with worker’s comp, staff development coordinator with OSHA — are a plus and will enable her to work well with staff and others in her role as our Union County commissioner.

Please join us in supporting a woman who will put her energy, knowledge and ability to work for us for the betterment of Union County.

Delaine and Bonnie Dunn




Vote for Davidson 


To the Editor:

Mark Davidson understands that natural resources are the foundation of our economy in Union County. He has been a strong advocate for our agriculture and timber industries. Mark appreciates the challenges our farmers face and supports our private property rights.

He led the formation of the Union County Wolf Predation Compensation Committee and grant application to help our ranchers. Mark is part of collaborative groups for the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests working to find common ground on projects to provide a reliable supply of timber for our local saw mills. He knows how important active management of our forests is to our cultural, social and economic health.

Mark is fighting to protect our rights to access our public forest land for firewood, mushrooms, berries, hunting and recreation. Tourism is an important support to our local economy that will be damaged if our forest access is restricted. 

Mark is the candidate with the private business, fiscally conservative background. 

Please vote to re-elect Mark Davidson, Union County commissioner.

Gene Hardy




Vote for Bingaman 


To the Editor:

We are writing this letter in support of George “Austin” Bingaman for the OTEC board, Position No. 4.

Austin has lived his entire life in the Grade Ronde Valley and contributes to our economics as a farmer, diligently caring for the land. He cares about Eastern Oregon and he wants to represent all of us by providing a voice for our needs and desires.

ln respect of those who have continued to serve on various boards for many years, your dedication has not gone unnoticed. 

However, we believe it is time we give our representation to the younger generation. They have fresh thoughts and the vitality to see them through. lt’s time that we elect a man that will listen to us and represent us in these challenging times of increasing energy costs.

Austin is a man of high integrity and has a desire to be involved in the decisions that affect us all.

We encourage you to vote for George “Austin” Bingaman for Position No. 4 on the ballot from OTEC.

Don and Karen Starr



TNR policy unethical


To the Editor:

I was appalled to read (in your April 19 article “County looks into concerns about animal shelter”) that the Blue Mountain Humane Association has adopted a “trap, neuter, return” or TNR policy for unadoptable and feral cats.

Such a policy is completely contrary to the ethical treatment of domestic animals as well as good conservation of our wildlife resources.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has estimated the average lifespan of feral cats at two years as compared with 10 years for “owned” cats (of course, a cat usually thinks it owns you rather than the other way around).

As stated by Ms. Sabin-Davis in the same article, many feral cats live short, brutal lives. Annual mortality can run as high as 80 percent. Feral cats are more likely to be hit by cars, taken by other predators such as coyotes, die during extreme weather or suffer from and succumb to multiple diseases. Also, as documented in scientific literature, cats that are ill or infected with fleas can transmit diseases to humans.

Cats, non-native predators in North America, kill many small animals that we consider pests (such as mice and gophers) around our homes and fields. However, we must also recognize that, nationwide, cats kill an estimated billion birds annually. Feral cats, living outdoors year round, contribute to this mind-boggling total.

For this reason, the American Bird Conservancy opposes the TNR policy and its assault on native birds. The Wildlife Society (the international association of wildlife professionals) also opposes TNR because of the well-documented negative effects that feral cats have on wildlife

Human carelessness and thoughtlessness have created the problem of too many unwanted and unadoptable cats. Leaving a cat behind when you move, dropping off unwanted kittens at a farmer’s barn during the night and TNR are all examples of abandonment. 

Humane euthanasia of unadoptable animals is the only responsible action, and it is unfortunate that the cats must pay this ultimate price. 

Ellen G. Campbell

La Grande 


Let voices be heard 


To the Editor:

As you may have recently heard, the Forest Service’s Travel Management Plan has been suspended. But don’t think we have won this battle — we still have a very long fight ahead of us to retain access to our publicly-owned Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Whether you use the forest to pick berries, ride a mountain bike, cut wood, hike, horseback ride, hunt, snowmobile, use your ATV, mushroom or camp, you need to fight for your right to use the forest.

With over 70 percent of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest already roadless, there is more than enough room for everyone to use the forest as it is.

Each and every one of us that uses the forest needs to let their voice be heard. Please contact your state and federal representatives and let them know how you feel about the Travel Management Plan.

Chris Hedden

La Grande