Letters to the Editor

Wildlife refuge belongs to all of us, not just ranchers

Those gun-toting fools up a the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon are nothing more than a bunch of thieves. I am delighted to be part owner of some 500,000 square miles of publicly owned land in this country and happy to have ranchers paying a small fee to allow their future hamburgers to graze on my land. But when ranchers violate the terms of the contract they signed — as in poaching on and setting unauthorized burns — I must take action to protect my property.

Along with my fellow American citizens who vote and constitute the U.S. government, the Malheur is our land, and we must defend it — using courts, not guns.

Clement Salvadori, Atascadero