Letters to the editor for December 24, 2012

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Letters to the editor for December 24, 2012


Wreaths pay tribute to heroes buried at Grandview Cemetery

To the Editor:

The “Wreaths Across America” picture and caption on the front page of the Dec. 17 Observer left out some important information that should be shared with the readers.  

The 45 wreaths being placed on the graves of veterans buried in “Veterans’ Circle” at Grandview Cemetery were donated by Wildflower Lodge in La Grande.  They have provided wreaths for the past two years.  

The leaders at Wildflower conducted fundraising activities to purchase the wreaths from the national Wreaths Across America organization. 

The wreaths consist of boughs from live fir trees, a large red bow, a small American flag and a flag representing one of the branches of military service.  

The flags were placed at the gravesites that day by members of the American Legion Riders, the Patriot Guard Riders, Legion and Auxiliary members and others who came to pay tribute to the heros buried there. 

Our thanks go out to all who braved the cold, windy morning air to perform this honorable service.  The wreaths will remain in place until Dec. 29.

Lonnie Myers

Island City



Wild horses should be honored

To the Editor:

I am writing this in response to the letter written on Dec. 10 by John Cogan suggesting the wild horses be set free for wolf packs fodder because of the expense to keep them. 

Instead, the horse should be honored as a tremendous advocate by freeing us from government control during the Revolutionary War, by being man’s main source for transporting supplies and transportation to our troops along with fighting gallantly in the U.S. Cavalry. 

When I was a small child I remember my grandfather walking behind his plow horses, then using them to drag the field, to seed and then to pull the wheat binder. The horses brought the wheat bundles to the thrashing machine then hauled the grain to the railroad. All of this from dawn to dusk! 

The horse was the top provider in the past, working diligently to supply food and transportation to the human race. How could we have fed a nation without them? 

I cannot think of a more painful suffering death than the cruelty of a wolf killing any animal as they eat their flesh long before they are dead. That act is not normal thinking to a civilized human being! How can anyone hate defenseless animals enough to sic a ruthless killer on them? 

My solution to finance the wild horses keep is to do away with all murderers in prisons who are nothing but a burden on our finances. Millions could be saved to provide upkeep for the horses. These people do nothing for the human race, just like the wolf is a burden on our defenseless elk, deer, cattle, dogs and other wildlife. 

Instead, a day should be set aside in memorial for this wonderful, noble animal — without conceit, gives friendship without envy and without hesitation is a willing servant. 

A wild horse bothers no creature in the wild. But if it is deemed necessary to put just one to sleep, it should be with dignity.


Ivan Richter

Palmer Valley