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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 7

Update cougar policies

Trophy hunters and government agents kill hundreds of cougars each year under a faulty management plan set by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. This plan allows for the killing of large numbers of cougars by hunters and USDA Wildlife Services government trappers who use hounds and strangling wire neck snares in an attempt to severely limit cougar populations in specified “target zones.”

Oregonians have proved they strongly disapprove of these methods by voting twice to protect cougars, demanding that Oregon cougars be managed humanely with the intent of conservation, not persecution.

On Oct. 13, the ODFW will vote on proposed changes to this plan, and your help is needed to ensure that they make the right decision to protect the state’s cougar population from cruel and abusive hunting methods.

Please send a message to the commission at odfw.commission@state.or.us urging them to update the ODFW cougar management plan to protect these iconic, wild cats from trophy hunting and killing-based predator control programs.

Lin Bernhardt


Hold them accountable

Gary Nelson's "My View" piece in Wednesday's paper is the epitome of what is wrong with this country.

While I agree with him that "Doing nothing cannot be acceptable," Wasting tax dollars to "study" guns is even dumber. What we need to do is start treating criminals as what they are. Criminals.

Contrary to the logic, not everyone can be saved. Not everyone can be fixed. People need to be held accountable for their actions. Not the tools they used.

Acts of cowardly crimes should be met with harsh consequences. Bring back the gallows for murder, rape and theft. Cut out the cancer from this great nation.

Ryan James


Silencers not required

As a Vietnam vet and former hunter I support the Second Amendment. I question the availability and use of assault weapons, bullet-proof vests and high-capacity ammo magazines under the guise of the Second Amendment.

Now Congressman Greg Walden is one of the many Republican congressional representatives who are co-sponsoring HR 367 — the "Hearing Protection Act of 2017," which will allow people to more easily use silencers on their weapons. The reason is so that their ears won't be damaged when they hunt.

None of this is required to hunt. The man who killed and wounded over 560 people in Las Vegas had the need for all of it. If he had silencers available and used them, could you imagine, that Sunday evening, the concert audience not hearing the weapons being fired? They and many more would have just died listening to the music.

Tom Smith


Hate speech at the library?

I was totally shocked by our library system giving a legitimate forum for a noted anti-Semitic speaker and Holocaust denier at both the Medford and Ashland branches, allowing this hate speech and alternate history lies to have a forum like this. I am sure that their response will be "freedom of speech" prevents them from rejecting a use like this.

But, along the same lines, what if the next person is from the KKK, who says that "no blacks were ever lynched by the KKK," and that "blacks are the cause of all problems in the country, responsible for all crime." I guess they would rent to someone like that as well, as the money from the rental is their main concern, not the content of the hate speech being said?

Either that or the for-profit company that currently runs our public library system is owned by anti-Semitic white supremacists? I do believe that for our library system to promote hate speech like this is so totally disgusting, and without any legitimate excuse. Personally it might be preferred for the library to shut down than to be used as a "legitimate" forum for hate speech like this.

Glenn Hill


Letters to the Editor, Oct. 7