Ignoring the story
Fredi Simpson did a great job getting someone like David Keene, NRA president, to come to Wenatchee as guest speaker for their Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. He could have gone to any large population area and gotten a lot more media attention than here. As far as I know, The Wenatchee World didn’t have a reporter there. I’m quite sure they could have gotten in free. Even KPQ seemed to overlook the story but sure didn’t turn down the advertising which the local party provided them to get the word out.
I guess all reporters were out of town on assignment that evening. It’s sure funny how news isn’t really news unless the newspaper/radio station owners or managers deem it so, especially in Wenatchee. I guess that full page, foolish, cross dressing story, in an earlier edition, was much more exciting to The Wenatchee World. It just goes to show how low a news organization will stoop in the cesspool. No wonder their subscriptions are going downhill at a fast rate.
For wolves and humans
The news of two wolves in Chelan County (“Chelan County may have a pack,” March 26) is sure to get a mixed reception, especially in a state like Washington, home to 1.1 million cattle. Personally, I am cautiously optimistic that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will find a balance that works in the best interest of all parties and our ecosystem.
One reason wolves are critical to their ecosystems is because of their predation on ungulates like elk, which spares vegetation from overgrazing, which in turn benefits soil, water and other animal populations. When the ungulates that wolves eat are cattle, however, WDFW must ensure that ranchers are fairly compensated and adequately prepared with nonlethal deterrent methods to prevent future incidents.
In the two years since a lawsuit stopped the state of Oregon from killing wolves, the state’s wolf population has doubled to more than 50. Yet in Wallowa County, home to the majority of Oregon’s wolf-livestock conflicts, fatal wolf attacks on livestock have fallen by 60 percent as ranchers and agencies were forced to rely on nonlethal conflict-prevention methods.
By contrast, in Idaho, where in two years hunters, trappers and state agents killed 718 wolves, the number of livestock killed by wolves increased by more than 75 percent. Since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies, state-sanctioned wolf hunting and trapping has resulted in the killing of more than 1,000 of the region’s roughly 2,000 wolves.
I hope that WDFW will respect the 40-year legacy left to us by the Endangered Species Act by protecting the wolves in our state in a way that works for everyone. I want Washington to have a bright future for wolves and humans alike.
To save one
We can save the last child, the 10th or 20th child caught up in a random, unpredictable act of gun violence. We give that child a chance to hide, to run, to escape, when the necessity of reloading forces a mentally ill shooter to momentarily halt his carnage. Maybe in the reloading process this adrenalin-charged, deranged person fumbles when reaching for additional bullets. Maybe he drops some shells, maybe in his frenzy he jams his gun — any of which gives a 6-year-old a chance to flee. We may not be able to protect the first, second or even fifth victim of his attack, and there may be some perpetrators sufficiently skilled that in some instances no one has a chance to flee. But banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines greatly increases the odds that some children will survive. Just because we cannot save every child is no excuse for not trying to save one child.
Robert H. Scott, Jr.
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