Letter: Oregon standoff about freedom

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to Mr. Claxton’s editorial “Militia fantasy is a cowboy dream.”

Mr. Claxton in his continual hatred of free individuals has neglected the real issue of the events in Oregon.

That is that Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond are having five years of their lives stolen from them for the crime of ranching. That is working the land to raise cattle and contributing to society.

For the benefit of unaware city folk, controlled burning is a part of land management. Controlled burning is carried out by government agencies and private land owners on a regular basis and sometimes fires do get out of control. Even the judge on the case stated that the punishment was unfair.

In regards to the armed protesters, there is a group of highly organized, heavily armed law breakers called the US federal government. For months they ignored the petitions of the people they work for (American citizens) and yes, they did petition.

The Feds are now facing a group of citizens who are exercising their rights as laid out in their Declaration of Independence and constitution, the highest law in their land.

Back to the point: Mr. Claxton, if you were imprisoned for the act of journalism which our government did not approve of, something that happens all over the world, would you want your peers to come to your aid?

Jason Bradner, Abbotsford

Note: I used the words “Mr. Claxton in his continual hatred” because of the derogatory name calling, [wackos and goons]. May I recommend a short and excellent historical view of what is happening in Harney County, Ore.



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