Voters disapprove of treeing cougars

What I don't understand is how current legislation to relax the ban on hounds hunting cougars in Oregon can be authorized when the voters of this state made it clear that they do not want this to take place. We have voted twice against using hounds to tree cougars so they can be killed. Now it's couched in this "nice" language of "humane killing" and "wildlife management." Our governor and some representatives and senators are doing what our federal government has done consistently: Whatever it wishes, regardless of the people's voices. Furthermore, it's the same old decision to value human life over everything else, kill off anything that disturbs or threatens us, or anyone or anything we cherish. Finally, I don't believe what people such as Bates, Kulongoski and others say about why they are going against the wishes of the Oregon voters (stated above). They clearly have their own agenda, which does not include the voice of their constituents. This is truly a heartbreaking event in this state, which has so much beautiful public land and gives a home to so many remarkable species of wildlife.

Anne Stine

Congrats from superintendent

As Oregon's superintendent of Public Instruction, spring is an exciting time for me. Across the state, students from Oregon's 197 school districts are walking down the aisle with family and friends watching, receiving their diploma and setting out on a new stage of their lives.

When I took office in 2003, the Class of 2007 was just about to enter high school, and over the next four years surmounted the varied challenges that faced them. I want to celebrate those students and the educators who helped them graduate. With the education they have received they are prepared to go on to the next set of challenges &

whether college or the workforce. I am so proud of every one of this year's graduates.

Congratulations, Class of 2007, and good luck!

Susan Castillo Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction Salem

More on 'Dead Indian'

OK, I'm not one to write letters, but I've got to weigh in on this one. I've traveled all over the U.S. and I've seen many "Dead Indian" roads. In Santa Barbara, it's "Indio Muerta." In Eureka, there's a promontory point dedicated to the wholesale slaughter of indigenous people who were on our land before we got there. It's kind of like Wounded Knee.

And, of course, there's the Trail of Tears in the South, meant to honor the victims of genocide who were given small pox-infected blankets and force-marched through the snow for hundreds of miles. My Indian friends in Oklahoma say, "Thanks for the Trail, but could we have health care and affordable housing instead?"

Was the road named for dead Indians found alongside the way? If so, then they obligingly complied nationwide. "We want this land. Now. If you could just line up beside this road ... ."

Come on! A little common sense here. My Cherokee ancestors are rolling their eyes once again.

Gianna Fitz-Gerald

More on the hillside 'A'

This letter is regarding painting the "A" on the hillside of Grizzly Peak. I suspect those who are against it are the same minority who oppose the size of Premier West Bank's flag size.

The "culture of Ashland today" needs to mix with the "culture of Ashland yesterday."

Paige Jensen AHS Class of 1978

'A' belongs in the past

The idea of a 50-foot letter "A" made me think not of graffiti so much as of the old Firefall at Yosemite. The Firefall was a popular attraction at Yosemite in the evening. People gathered to watch burning embers safely pushed off Glacier Point by park rangers. The sight was spectacularly beautiful, but was thankfully ended in a more enlightened time. The 50-foot "A," while not an environmental hazard, is also not natural and belongs to a time that has passed.

Linda Stickle