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Dear Editor,Duck and goose feces can contribute to the spread of water-borne diseases, such as giardiasis and cryptosporosis, which have the potential to affect humans. This feces, along with fertilizer runoff, can contribute to a lake or pond having a high eutrophic state (a high concentration of nitrogen and phosphorus), rendering a lake susceptible to blue green algal blooms. This algae can produce toxins, some of which can affect the liver or the nervous system. I would like to say to the Henrys that I’m sure the geese are cute and you enjoy having wildlife surround you, but there comes to be a certain time when these animals become more pests than if you would have a family of skunks under your porch.People all over the world share a hunting tradition rooted way back. Some people who’ve lost touch with their roots think hunting is cruel and violates animal rights. But predators are critical to the life cycle, and without them, populations of ungulates like deer will rapidly expand before succumbing in droves to disease and starvation. I can think of few more cruel ways to live and die than by starvation. Would it be more acceptable to those who are squeamish about hunting if, instead of slaughtering and butchering the meat at home, they were to pay someone else to do it and wrap it in plastic for them?You took yourselves out of the city. Please adjust to living in the country like those who have been here way before you.Sharon Anderson Carbondale

Dear Editor,I have been amazed at the letters and editorials that have been published relative to the Roan Plateau gas drilling problems. I think many of the writers have only limited knowledge of that area.My knowledge is limited, also. I ran cattle on the plateau from 1954-57. As a result, I rode a horse over most of the eastern part of the plateau. Yes, it was a very pretty place and a fine place to graze cattle.Would drilling for gas or oil reduce its value for cattle grazing? The answer is no, if there were not too many rigs drilling at one time. Were there any problems in that area when my cattle were up there? Yes. A hunter killed one of my cows. A hunter also killed my horse. Hunters are not always knowledgeable about what to shoot. Hunters or campers left trash around their camps. Even though we were able to identify some of the campers’ or hunters’ home addresses, we were unable to get the authorities to follow up on that problem. There were tracks where the hunters and/or campers drove their vehicles, which resulted in erosion when it rained or the snow melted. We, the cattlemen, tried to mitigate these problems with the help of our range rider.No, I did not ride over where that very beautiful waterfall is located. That is where the sheep grazed. Just flying over the plateau does not give one a real feel of what is there or what problems may exist. We have too many people talking about this problem. Their knowledge is somewhat on the short side. It appears that many people who do not want drilling for gas want to stop the drilling, no matter what. Let us listen to those who have more real knowledge. Think realistically and address these problems.Elmer “Dutch” Hunter, Ph.D.Parachute


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