Archer's point

To the Editor,

In response to the letter written by Donna Quick-Polka with the headline “Why shooting?” I am a NFAA (National Field Archer Association) instructor, 4-H instructor, professional archer and archery hunter. As a responsible archer, we teach responsibility to young archers in making sure they only aim their equipment at targets.

You stated, “There is no one who shoots who does not prefer a moving target.” That is a statement from someone uneducated in archery. Archers make it a point to not shoot moving targets; unlike rifles, arrows do not travel that fast and responsible archers want their targets standing still. You stated, “You are not the only animal lover feeling intensely sad to learn this is one thing children learn in 4-H.”

4-H teaches our children many different skills and shooting sports is one of them. Having educated youngsters in the field is more favorable than having a child pick up a bow or a firearm without proper training.

As instructors, we attend many classes to prove our skills. Our students work very hard to show their skills. I, too, am an animal lover, but I also use shooting sports to put food on the table.

There are many people out there that are against hunting and shooting sports, but there is still a large population that hunts for their food instead of buying it at a grocery store (which is the same thing). Having our children learn responsibility and ethics in 4-H is more favorable than having them be against it because they are uneducated.

I invite you to attend a hunters safety course or a shooting sport class and see what exactly is being taught, instead of assuming an innocent child is aiming at “a moving target.”

Terri Chandler



To the Editor,

A recent letter from Sandra Ihrig describes an encounter with “my father-in-law,” the federal prosecutor, at the MAC. He is actually my brother, John, who was here with the rest of the Iowa family who he brought out here for our boy, Jordan’s wedding.

I mention this because he enjoyed meeting Sandra and (because of ) how much he loves coming to Madras. The small town atmosphere, with its friendly people, the MAC (he swam over four miles during his stay), the thrift stores, and Cross Keys with their free brunch were all enjoyed and appreciated by his parsimonious self.

It’s no wonder though that we “resemble each other.”

Bud Beamer


Yes at the Ranch

To the Editor,

The Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District’s operating levy is up for renewal. I urge all Crooked River Ranch residents to vote yes on Measure 16-69.

When you have an emergency, be it fire or medical, and call 911 for help, there is nothing more comforting than to see the emergency vehicles and staff coming up the driveway within a few minutes of the call. The paid staff and volunteers are so well trained that you can’t distinguish the difference when they come to help.

Let’s keep our beautiful station open and fully staffed so that we have the help when we need it. Vote yes on Measure 16-69!

Barbara Oakley

Crooked River Ranch

Football, as he sees it

To the Editor,

Wow, “Football as I see it?”

Madras football lives by the covenant, Effort, Excellence, and Enthusiasm. We strive to be great in all things.

We have been through a lot of adversity this year and the players still show up everyday and give their all to get better.

I don’t care about the size of the popcorn bag for only a dollar. I care about the size of the heart in the kid — that’s priceless. I am a proud supporter of the young men who are Madras White Buff football!

Martti Rahi


Editor’s note: This letter is in reference to a humor column written by General Editor Susan Matheny and published in the Oct. 16 issue of the Madras Pioneer.

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