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Letter to the editor: Wolf hysteria at Chronicle

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to let you know that I take great exception to the recent publication of a couple of articles — “County selects wolf panel” wherein I am misquoted, which then led to Mr. Nantz’ cheap shot in the article “Cow suffers attack from wolf.” Both of these articles were written by Ms. RaeLynn Ricarte.

Ms. Ricarte has injected an increased element of conflict into an already contentious subject with her irresponsible reporting. At no time did I ever use the term “cheap steaks,” in fact I said, “I like a good steak as much as the next girl.”

I have never questioned the journalistic integrity of The Dalles Chronicle until now. And, in fact, have been a stalwart supporter and defender. It was unprofessional of Ms. Ricarty to cherry pick my comments and foment more conflict than there has to be.

Why would the story “Cow suffers…” be front page news when that cow is well over 100 miles from here, out past Pendleton, not in Sherman or Wasco County at all. Identifying Mark and Dee Lane as “Sherman County” ranchers implies that the wolves are in Sherman County and is disingenuous. The only person being “emotional” is Mr. Nantz and it would appear Ms. Ricarte is right in step with his propaganda. Just how unbiased is Ms. Ricarte? This is precisely what I mean by Wolf Hysteria.

The Wolf Plan is balanced. There will be some adjustments, but that does not justify the extermination of one species over another. It is immoral. I will not condone any action otherwise.

I am sorry for the Lanes’ loss, but I would respectfully suggest that Mr. Nantz and the North Central Livestock Association help the Lanes until the proper committee can help them get compensation. Help them practice some of that cowboy self-reliance.

Debra Lutje

The Dalles

Editor’s note: The Chronicle covered the story of the wolf kill in Umatilla County as a front page, local story because the cattle ranchers live in Sherman County. Therefore, any economic impact will be local. Local cattle ranchers commonly graze their animals elsewhere in the region.

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