Protect our wildlife from CWD
Picture several hundred head of elk on their winter pasture. No, not the familiar scene in most of Wyoming or surrounding states where wintering elk would be sunning and feeding on a windswept slope. Instead, imagine those are western Wyoming elk lying all day along their feed lines, waiting for the hay truck’s daily arrival. Instead of scattering over the slopes to eat a natural diet, the feedground elk eat hay, just like most cattle wintering in Wyoming. And, just like feedlot cattle, those elk stand and lie in their own waste for three months and as such are hugely more susceptible to contagious and infectious disease.
I am a lifelong Wyomingite and sportsman. I love to live in a place with wild elk. I am very concerned, as I have watched the inexorable march of chronic wasting disease (CWD) across Wyoming. This horrible disease of deer, elk and moose is always fatal, and is highly infectious. Years of monitoring, hand wringing and trying to discover cures have been ineffective at checking the expansion of the disease. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has been unable to implement any management actions to slow the spread of CWD. Given that we know the disease in our area started with elk and deer that were concentrated on game farms and research stations, and given that virtually no professional wildlife manager would support perennial feeding of wildlife as a good wildlife management practice, doesn’t it make sense to work toward a very near future where we no longer feed elk in Wyoming?
When it comes to something we can actually do to protect our precious wildlife from CWD, phasing out artificial winter elk feeding as quickly as possible is the low-hanging fruit.
Kindergartners could get more done
Editor: When are we the people going to say enough? It looks to me like there is hardly anyone in D.C. that is worth a darn, Democrat, Republican or Libertarian. We could send our kindergartners back there and they would get more done. All these hearings and investigations paid for with people’s tax money are a joke. Don’t get me wrong, Trump is not my favorite person, but I believe you should respect the office. I don’t think Trump has done anything other presidents have not done. Problem is, he is not a politician, he is a businessman and is applying that to running the country, and the D.C. clique is too dumb to realize it. Instead they would rather run around pointing fingers and stirring the pot, all at our expense, and getting very little done for the people they work (LOL) for.
I have heard term limits discussed, maybe it is time we considered that. Most of what we have back there now are clowns; all they do is call each other names and a lot of accusations (true or not). They have no respect for anybody or anything. We pay them a lot of money and perks, and they work half the time a regular worker does and still want a raise. And all the time this is going on, we have homeless veterans on the streets. I would not be surprised if, in 10 or 15 years, the country I have so much respect for looks like Venezuela. They are not doing what they were hired for.
Surety, not severity
Editor: Trump was wrong then and he’s wrong now that reinstating the death penalty will have an effect on crime. As my philosophy professor said back in 1967, it’s not the severity of punishment which prevents crime, it’s the surety. Every criminal knows that if he/she has little chance of getting caught in the first place and a chance of not being convicted anyway, and an even greater chance of plea-bargaining to a lesser crime, then the criminal act will go ahead and be committed. If you were virtually certain to be apprehended, regardless of the severity of any punishment, odds are you wouldn’t commit the crime in the first place.
Enough of the speeding
Editor: I have had enough of the blatant speeding on 12th Street between Beverly and Country Club. Apparently there is no enforcement of the 30 mph speed limit in that area. Cars routinely travel at incredibly high and dangerous speeds in that area with impunity it would seem.
Could the city at least set up traffic radar signs to show these speeders how fast they are going, or better yet actually have police officers enforce the speed laws in this area? This has been going on for at least 10 years and you never see a police car checking speeds in this area. Why is that mayor? People here have had enough.
Consider source of your arguments
Editor: In response to Randy Vlach’s letter (‘Whites Only’ agenda will haunt GOP), Mr. Vlach not only makes himself a racist with his vitriolic diatribe about Trump, but uses references by Carol Anderson as his basis for such statements. Carol Anderson has written many books, but they are all a vicious attack on white people, blaming them for all the black population’s problems. Talk about racist. On top of that, she is a professor at Emory, so you can imagine the curriculum of all her black students. Mr. Vlach also states that the info by Carol Anderson was aired on Time.com. Time.com is far too left of center to be a viable source of credible news.
Stating that the Census Bureau predicts by 2045 that the U.S. will be a white minority, he needs to rethink that data also. If any one of the Democratic candidates just happens to become the next president, then that date would change to 2022 as all Democratic candidates advocate for open borders. Imagine, if you would, that happening, that by 2025, or sooner, we will no longer be able to write these letters for fear of breaking the law for fear of being a threat to the New Constitution.
Everyone seems to have an answer to the problem of racism, but no one has the right answer. Since partisanship seems to be a thing of the past, we all need to sit back and see where we’ve been and then look ahead and see where we are headed. The way it is right now, the future doesn’t look too bright.
If that doesn’t work for Mr. Vlach, then he could probably help Carol Anderson write books.
Senior Center is too darn hot
Editor: I have been a member of the Natrona County Senior Center for over five years. I eat lunch and play bridge there on Fridays from 12:30 til 3:30 p.m.
I am writing this letter to let you know the air conditioning has been out of service for the last three weeks and the room temperature ranges from 84 to 87 degrees. We complain to the front office and they continually say they are working on it. I went to the office to complain once again and said, “You ought to buy another air conditioner. The lady in charge said, “We can’t.” I asked why she said, “The repairs are done by the city of Casper.” The senior standing in the door behind me said, “You should call the city of Douglas. I worked for them and they could fix it.”
On Fridays there are 16 bridge players, 30 other card players, pool players and 400 seniors for lunch.
You need to be a voice for us with the city. Our bridge players are 60, 70, 80 and 90 years old. Three weeks ago we celebrated the 100th birthday of our oldest bridge player. The temperature was 90 degrees outside. We cannot do anything to solve the problem. The management of the Senior Center is unable to get the city to replace or repair the air conditioner. We just hope the Star-Tribune can bring the problem to the city. I should also point out that the same problem and delay happened last year before we got cool air.
There are at least two of us
Editor: In reading the op-eds in Sunday’s Star-Tribune I was struck by Mr. Curt Wartick’s “Love it or leave it” letter standing alone, while the mindset of Ms. Nelson, Ms. Thomas, Mr. Randy “above it all” Vlach, Mr. Wenino, alas, was expounding on another subject and lost his shot.
This rant is meant to inform Mr. Wartick and all concerned that he is not alone. There are two of us, and I suspect a herd more, who probably don’t want to invite the flak this is sure to generate. But let the flak come. It will surely show that the chronic wasting disease that afflicts our game herds has now crossed over to a human version, strangely called the Democratic Party. And in my opinion that is a devastating virus, whose apparent goal is to utterly destroy this nation as we know it with wide open borders which will assure that disease a majority in any election. Does anyone think any illegal would vote wrong? Provided of course that the sons of Islam who come among them permit voting at all.
Since everyone has an opinion, this is mine, and I will be astounded if it ever sees print, being somewhat aware of the editorial view of your paper.
Turn on your light
Editor: To the motorcyclist I almost hit on South McKinley on July 24, I couldn’t see you because you didn’t have your headlight on! Do yourself a favor and turn it on.