Students express their support for skateboard park

We, the student council from Grant Union, support the skateboard park.

A skateboard park would not only allow skateboarders to have a place to skate, but also provide another location for teenagers to get exercise and support each other. We also feel that by building a skateboard park there will be less drug and alcohol abuse in our community.

The student council supports all sports in the area. We support not only the academic scholars, but also our choir and band. Along with supporting drama, we support the Future Business Leaders of America and the FFA.

Well, what about the students who don't relate to any of these activities? Can we as a community address those teenagers that need something out of school to keep them in a positive, drug-free environment?

The student council wants all of the citizens of Grant County to succeed. The skateboard park will give our friends and people in the community different kinds of activities that will benefit our town. Even people who don't skateboard can go and watch. The skateboard park will be a good safe environment for teens to get together to skate as well as watch other people skate.

I, Myia Schultz, personally know one of the skateboarders. He is a good kid; attends church every Sunday. He is in our church's praise band as well as his own band. He is an active part of our church's Quiz Team. He has helped out with school activities on several occasions. He is a very honest, caring and true person. I feel that he, as well as other skateboarders, deserve a place to skate.

Please consider that not all teenagers like the same things. The student council knows that the skateboarders in our school are good kids who need a place to go to develop their talents, that offers a different choice in activities.

Signed by 19 members of Grant Union High School Student Council

Editor's note: For those interested in promoting a skateboard park, a meeting will be held 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Alec Gay Hall.

Questions loom

about waterways,

navigability

Amendment IV of the Bill of Rights gives the people the right "to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures." It also states that these rights "shall not be violated" - "but upon probable cause supported by oath or affirmation."

The dictionary describes "effects" as "goods or possessions." It seems to me that streambeds and river banks that have been privately owned for many years fit this description of the word "effects" used in this amendment. If so, it renders the rest of the letter worthless. If it is not so, it changes the meaning of "property rights" making the term meaningless. If property rights mean nothing, the same goes for our constitutional government. This means we have lost our freedom - a sad situation. I hope I'm wrong.

Moving on, Oregon has serious money problems as we all know. The cost of implementing this project will certainly make the budget shortfall worse. Following are just a few of costs and problems facing the state if this project is pursued.

What will the cost be to survey and mark the 10-foot-high water line? How often will the line have to be moved due to water erosion and other natural functions? How will the 10-foot line be marked? By a fence? If by a fence, how and what cost to get post, wire etc., to the site? Will the material be floated upstream? Hauled to the site by truck? What about trespass? When the fence builder steps over the 10-foot line, will he/she be in trespass? How will livestock water? If stock water is pumped to water troughs above the high water mark, who pays? What about trash and human waste removal? How far apart will rest areas and porta-potties be spaced? What will access roads cost to get these rest areas set up? Who and at what cost for law enforcement? Hire more state troopers? How much for liability insurance?

I've no doubt missed a lot of other expenses that would be incurred, but hopefully you get the picture. To spend (waste) the money this project would cost is financially irresponsible, especially when the state already is operating in the red.

Marvin Nichols

Kimberly

Terrorists pose threat abroad as well as locally

Letters to the editor are interesting, but often frustrating in their content. I have penned my share, often to be informative and sometimes to offer a different view, or one that reflects the general opinions here in the county. Occasionally, it is as if a gauntlet has been thrown down and a challenge that must be answered. That too I have done, although sometimes I imagine that a real fight is in order, not one of rhetoric.

We are in a war with Iraq to bring the threat of terrorism to bay. Surely in time our military will accomplish the task set before them. We can only pray that our losses will remain light, though one American killed or wounded is one too many.

Here on the home front, we are engaged in a form of guerrilla warfare with our own countrymen. The enemy of which I speak are domestic terrorists who are successfully destroying our way of life. The very things they are telling us must be protected are being destroyed by their actions. And they don't care, not about us or the resource they claim to treasure. It is a form of self-centered egotism that is unparalleled in our country's history.

Some of the domestic terrorist actions are violent: arson, attempted murder and vandalism on a wide scale. Though deplorable, we can understand those things. Coping with their smug, self-righteous attitude is another thing.

Christian/Riverwind got a judge to halt the removal of "hazard trees" because the action would diminish his "religious and spiritual" experience in the Flagtail Fire that burned last year. The Forest Service has now closed all roads in the area due to the danger of falling trees. Now no one can go in there, and a valuable resource will go to waste.

Shafer of Dallas writes (Blue Mountain Eagle, Letters to the Editor, March 26) about "citizens rights and rule of law" and tells us we would be happier in Cuba, North Korea or Iraq. What hypocrisy! These people are bottom feeders living off the honest efforts of resource producers nationwide. Each day they use products from raw materials that are mined, grown or logged. Safely distanced from the problems they either cause or espouse, they continue their environmental drivel.

We are angry and rightfully so. It is one thing to have an enemy that would gladly kill us by any means available to them - an enemy we can defend ourselves from with a gun, if necessary. But we are heartsick knowing our own people will stab us in the back and then gloat! The domestic terrorist has us reduced to pens.

We have a long, hard road ahead. If we stick together, there is strength and safety in numbers. We need to identify these "domestic terrorists" and expose them and those who would support them. If they have no conscience, let us hit them in the pocketbook. Without someone else's financial backing, these culls of society cannot exist in a country where others put in an honest day's work to earn a living.

Dave Traylor

Mt. Vernon

Out with ranchers, loggers - in

with wolves

I ask the citizens of Grant County: What has happened? Why have you all become so selfish and stingy?

Regarding the matter of wolves being "introduced," encouraged, shipped, enticed, brought, carried into Grant County, big, strong, sharp of eye and even sharper of tooth. Able to bring down many a calf or lamb and the moms and pops too if they get in the way or the wolves are extra hungry. Running in packs, producing many young, savage, wild - some say beautiful.

So now, Grant County people, have you really thought about your response to this beautiful, natural creature the environmentalists have introduced into your midst?

Instead of rejecting wolves, why not "embrace the moment," so to speak. And, just a suggestion, why not let your "embrace" manifest itself by taking those wolves under your "protective wing." Yes indeed, protect and share the bounty of their presence. Why not trap them and transport them to downtown Portland, Eugene, Salem - they'd fit right in with the anti-war protesters. And don't forget to "gently" place a few right into the yards of the concerned folks who are so kind to bring them to you. Ranchers ought not to be stingy, but share. Do it today. Do it often. Let the people in the cities know the joy of a wolf pack in their own back yard.

"Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and more fierce than the evening wolves. ..." Habakkuk 1:8.

Also, in case any of you out-of-work loggers or bankrupt ranchers need a job, the environmentalists will hire you as noted in advertisements. You can help rid Oregon of the loggers, ranchers, farmers, fishermen who are occupying prime real estate. Help get these people off the land and pave the way for more half-million-dollar resorts with lots of golf courses that require lots of land and water, and best of all, caretakers.

Having robbed Oregonians of livelihoods, land and homes, the incoming wealthy will be gracious and hire you to serve them.

What a future - wolves and golf courses and tourists and traffic. Bring on the environmentalists. May God help us.

Tom Hebard

Prineville

Voters can

protect family's right to exist

I'm just a housewife with a husband and four children. We don't ask for handouts, we like to support ourselves. That's all we're asking for - the right to work, so we can buy our home, raise our kids, and pay taxes.

There are people who are destroying our dream. They are threatening to take away everything we've worked so hard for; they put my husband's life in jeopardy, destroy my health, and they are destroying my children's future. And the sad thing is, I can't even defend my family from these terrorists. Only the voters can, if we all band together and put a stop to it. But for some reason eyes are closed and ears are shut to our plight.

The State of Oregon is in financial trouble. Is anyone surprised? These evil people have come in and singlehandedly destroyed our employment base. Ask yourselves: Why? Then, sit back and actually pay attention to what's happening. And the next time you hear their propaganda bologna, you'll know the truth behind the people who call themselves environmentalists.

Teresa Roy

Mt. Vernon

Attacks by wolves recorded, 1800s

to present day

There are those who say there are no recorded attacks by wolves on people. In the March 2003 "The Powerhouse," a newsletter published by the Paragon Foundation Inc., attacks and deaths were recorded by early explorers and settlers and have been documented in much more recent times.

John James Audubon, for whom the Audubon Society is named, reported an attack involving two men traveling through part of Kentucky near the Ohio border in the winter. The two men were carrying axes when they were viciously attacked by a pack of wolves. They managed to kill three wolves. One man was severely wounded, and one man was killed and devoured by the remainder of the wolves. Only bones remained the next day. This occurred in about 1830. (J.J. Audubon and J. Bachman: "The Quadrupeds of North America." Three volumes. New York, 1851-1854.)

Another account reported: In northwestern Colorado, an 18-year-old girl was viciously attacked while bringing in milk cows, she screamed and her brother, who was nearby and armed with a gun, responded to the scene and killed the wolf. The wolf was a healthy young animal barely full-grown. This occurred in the summer about 1881. (G.B. Grinnel, "The Trail and Campfire - Wolves and Wolf Nature." New York, 1897.)

In 1942 a foreman for the Canadian Pacific Railway was attacked by a wolf. The wolf was killed and inspected by a conservation officer who assessed that "the animal was young, healthy, and in good condition." (Journal of Mammology, Vol. 28, No. 3, August 1947)

According to the article, wolves overran Vancouver Island in the 1980s and many articles were published documenting wolf attacks. In 1987 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, a 16-year-old girl was bitten on the arm by a wolf (Interview with Ron Tozer, Park Naturalist for Algonquin Provincial Park, July 25, 1988). In 1996, an 11-year-old boy, Zack Delventhal was viciously attacked and his face ripped open, nose crushed, and ear ripped nearly off. (Kathy Cook, "Night of the Wolf" Reader's Digest, July 1997). And since 1996 in Northern India more than 80 people have been reported killed and eaten by wolves. In 1998, 30 of those killed were children between the ages of 1 and 12. (National Geographic, Man Eaters of India.)

More recently, the December 2000-January 2001 Sports Afield magazine showed 6-year-old John Stenglein lying in a hospital bed. He had been viciously attacked by a wolf. The wolf was killed by loggers near his camp. The same article reported an attack on a 22-year-old man who had been in his sleeping bag on the beach near Vancouver, B.C. The healthy wolf male was killed by Canadian officials.

Another article in the Powerhouse newsletter asked, "Are the real predators in the city?" and ended with another question, "Are the predator advocates not preying on the others who will suffer the consequences?"

Merle Brown

Canyon City

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