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Letter to the Editor: Walden is right

To the editor:

I support Gregg Walden for his efforts and success in which he lobbied the White House for the pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond. Thank you also to the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke who also supported the Hammonds.

It seems that the Obama administration was overzealous in going after the Hammonds. The Hammonds are not terrorists; they're ranchers. They know how to take care of the land because it's their livelihood. That administration obviously did not understand ranching or even the West for that matter. The Trump administration knows and appreciates ranching communities and what they can provide.

I also agree with what Greg Walden said about President Trump's decision for the pardon. He said the decision was "a win for justice, and an acknowledgement of our unique way of life in the high desert, rural West.”

Patty Trost

Unity, Oregon


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