To the Editor:

Your headline story regarding the Hammond family was such a shock. My first thought was, “Are they ever going to leave this family alone?”

The animosity toward them is beyond belief. It seems to me to be a vendetta against a family that is just trying to ranch and be able to be a respectful family in Harney County.

The backfire that they set to save their cattle was nothing compared to the huge fires we have witnessed these last years that the federal Forest Service have let get out of control. There is no accountability for the loss of homes, animals, fences and more.

Yet the Hammonds are treated like the worst criminals at best or terrorists at worst. My final thought is, “Is it ever going to end?”

Darlene Nodine

John Day

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