To the Editor:
My heart goes out to the residents of John Day and your upcoming struggles with the Rainbow Family gathering. Several years ago, this group descended on our area of southwest Montana and caused a giant mess. Forget your opinion of the people in the group or their ability to use public land; just focus on the costs associated with them showing up. After they left us, the state of Montana said the US Forest Service costs were $573,000. Our county reported a cost in excess of $230,000 with $193,000 being imposed on our local hospital. How can a group like this just pick a location and descend upon that area and expect the local residents to foot the bill and take care of them? Articles are available online about the costs associated with this group. Good luck to you. My personal opinion is that they should be stopped before they even get to your area.