Letters to the Editor

Seeking your vote

To the Editor,

I would like to thank everyone who has helped and encouraged me during my campaign for Jefferson County commissioner. It means a lot to know that so many people are this interested in the future of Jefferson County. There are many things going on in our county from jobs to land use to education to budget management, among others, that we will be working on in the near future.

Experience and background are very important in making the right decisions. After all, would you hire someone to manage your company and employees who had no management or business experience?

My years of experience as a successful business owner, serving in local government and a longtime community volunteer will be valuable tools in planning for the future.

Thank you again for your support, and remember to vote for Tom Brown, Jefferson County commissioner.

Tom Brown

Madras

He's the real conservative

To the Editor,

Recently the Walden campaign sent out a direct mail piece that claims Greg Walden is the real conservative in the congressional race against Dennis Linthicum. Walden’s claims are based on his votes to cut spending, his support for a balanced budget amendment and his effort to provide disaster assistance to farmers and ranchers. This supposedly makes Walden the real conservative.

There’s only one problem. Walden is only telling part of the story. As voters we deserve the full story, not just the part that may make someone look good.

There are four independent, conservative watchdog groups that track and rate every important congressional vote. Freedom Works, Club for Growth, Madison Project and Heritage Action combine to give Walden a failing grade for his votes in Congress. Walden only sounds conservative when he talks to us, sends us slick direct mail pieces and then needs our votes. But the record is clear, not based on my opinion, but by the experts who watch every congressional vote cast in D.C., as a conservative legislator Greg Walden receives an “F” grade.

So what does this mean? According to his full voting record Greg Walden is not the real conservative in this race. Instead, Walden is the the real career politician. And as we all know, career politicians will say whatever they need to in order to win elections, especially those with 30 years in politics like Walden.

Don’t be fooled by slick direct mail pieces and marketing gimmicks that tell only part of the story. Do the right thing. Vote Dennis Linthicum — the man of principle; the real constitutional conservative.

E. Werner Reschke

Klamath Falls

Not a welfare rancher

To the Editor,

Scott Linden’s letter was highly critical of the “welfare ranchers” and their terrible treatment of public lands. His statements were mostly untrue, misleading, and full of fallacies. I am familiar with the Crooked River Grassland, having been a Gray Butte grazing permit holder, an off-road motorcycle rider and hunter in my younger days.

Mr. Linden’s statement about private grazing fees of $12 to $20 per animal grazing unit per month is, however, close to actuality. These prices are usually all inclusive on irrigated ground except for transportation, to and from the actual pasture. The $1.35 animal unit per month was also correct for government grazing fees, but is not an all-inclusive price. The $1.35 per month per animal is just the beginning.

John Tanaka, an economist from Oregon State University and now at University of Wyoming, has done cost analysis that shows government grazing to be more expensive than private practices. When one adds in the ranchers’ cost of repairing fences, gates, water pumping costs, changing pastures, added transportation, wranglers’ wages, vandalism, there is no savings.

Neil Rindy is range and production economist at the University of Idaho, who is also known for his grazing studies in Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming. When the death rate of the cattle, due to rustling, butchering, gunshot and arrows are compared, the government costs rise considerably. When comparing weight gain for dry land, government versus maintained pasture, a seasonal difference per cow-calf could be $120 in favor of maintained pasture.

Linden wrote about the added money that dog trial people bring to Madras and Prineville. In 2013, the four dog trials paid Crooked River Grassland a total of $1,042.67. Gray Butte Grazing paid $11,788.20. Due to early removal of the cattle and conservation practices, such as juniper removal, Gray Butte was refunded $8,589.37. But they still paid $3,198.83 to Crooked River Grassland. The dog trial people did generate four weekends of added money for Crook and Jefferson counties. How much money do you suppose the ranchers spend in 52 full weeks in their respective counties?

Central Oregon Livestock Auction has averaged $26 million in gross sales for the last few years, not bad for a local economy. In fairness, the auction animals came from Jefferson and many surrounding counties. The figure does not show the additional on-ranch private sales.

Mr. Linden, I believe you gave the district ranger an unfair rap. The administrative rules are made by the bureaucrats in Washington D.C., who would be hard-pressed to find Oregon, let alone Ochoco National Forest on the map. The district ranger must work within those parameters. Oh, did you forget to mention you were the one that insisted on having your dog trials at the same time and place that the cattle were released?

Mr. Linden, I recommend you purchase a large ranch and become a “welfare rancher.” Only then will you be able to see the real story and be able to “fleece your fellow taxpayers.”

Kenny Bicart

Madras

Dog poisoned

To the Editor,

I should not be writing this letter right now because I am so angry and heartbroken. Our chocolate lab was poisoned last week.

Someone set out dog food laced with poison. Our dog was never unsupervised. We would let her out in the early a.m. but she would be right back after she had finished her business, because she knew she had a bowl of food waiting for her. Other than that, she was only outside if we were. She was basically a house dog.

Someone mentioned it could have been a lure for skunks, which we do have. First of all, it had to be a neighbor very close to us. How could you do this knowing there are animals in the neighborhood. Cats, dogs, deer, rabbits. My heart breaks knowing there is such a cruel person in our neighborhood. You have taken away a dog we held so dear to our hearts, as did countless other neighbors, relatives and children. We can never replace her as she was one of a kind.

I hope your heart is as heavy as mine.

Debbie Kathrein

Madras




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