At Home on the Range: Thank you
by Jody White
I would like to use this week’s column to thank Congressman Scott McInnis, from Colorado, for his encouraging letter. Most of the articles I write are family/ranch oriented … people, cows, horses, dogs and everything that goes with them, sometimes serious, sometimes tongue-in-cheek. Makes sense when you consider the name of the column. Right?
But on occasion, when some issue really gets my dander up, I’ll write about it. It’s a way for me to relieve the outrage, and pent up frustration with some of the issues that affect us, our families and our livelihoods whether directly or indirectly. That’s what happened when I learned about the Canadian Lynx scandal. I wrote an article, venting frustration and anger with what these seven men, employed by state and federal agencies did, and the ludicrous punishment they received ” counseling and different jobs. Unbelievable.
I felt sick inside, figuring in light of how these sort of things have gone in the past, and the ocean of governmental bureaucracy, all would be quickly swept under a rug and forgotten. Imagine my delight when I received a letter from Representative McInnis ” the chairman of the subcommittee on forests and forest health “concerning the article I had written. He thanked me for writing it and assured me that he has been, “Intimately involved with this issue since it came to light.” I appreciated his letter so much. He has given me reason to be hopeful that at least there is one person in high places who is paying attention I would like to quote part of his letter: “I believe, as you do, that these seven men should be punished to the full extent of the law, and I am fully devoted to pursuing such action. I want to thank you for your efforts in bringing such an immoral, and I believe illegal, deed to light.”
Thank you Congressman McInnis. It feels like Christmas! I want to also thank you for the article you included from the Wall Street Journal, dated Jan. 24, 2002, written by Kimberley A. Strassel, titled “The Missing Lynx.” Strassel is an editorial page writer at the Journal, and it was gratifying to have had an article of this nature in something other then an agriculturally related paper. It, too, was like a Christmas present!
Your letter should be a shot in the arm to the war weary (those who have fought battles with hard-core environmentalists, Game and Fish and the Forest Service) the skeptical, the outraged, and the frustrated.
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I remember my dad saying, “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” But before we get to the history lesson, consider this: