Please tell Jenner that the author of his favorite saying was Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The words (slightly garbled in Jenner's version) were written by Bessie Anderson Stanley (1879-1953) in 1904. I knew her well; she was my wife's grandmother and, to use Jenner's words in another context, "a great, great lady."
?Sentiments quite similar to Jenner's quote can be found in all three places.—ED.
NOT SO TENDER TRAP
Could you please tell me if Measure 5 passed in Oregon (VIEWPOINT, Nov. 3). I pray that it did, because I was horrified by the number of people who allow innocent animals to die painful and cruel deaths. Michael Baughman's excellent article touched me strongly.
?Measure 5 was soundly defeated.—ED.
I would like to suggest that Michael Baughman and Sara Polenick get together and buy a small spread out here in coyote country.
Baughman says that it is the same old story of ranchers promoting their own interests ahead of broader concerns. If that means protecting your domestic animals or chickens or range-born calves or foals, you'd better believe that I am one of those people. Baughman, and the rest of the bleeding hearts, may know that rodents make up the bulk of the coyote's diet. Only problem is that nobody ever took time to explain that to the coyotes. Hunters kill only adult buck deer and antelope for meat. Coyotes kill twice as many deer and antelope fawn.
Contrary to Baughman's statement, most stockmen do know that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will handle trapping free of charge. However, does Baughman have any idea of the amount of red tape, documentary evidence and time required to obtain this service? A calf-killing coyote could die of old age first!
I say, "Thank God for commercial trappers." The coyote may or may not be endangered as a species, but every one that I get in the sights of my rifle sure is. I would damned sight rather see a fawn or a newborn calf or foal on this range than a stinking, mangy, sneaking coyote.
Peach Springs, Ariz.
It's Happy Days at Appy! (Nov. 10) presented an excellent portrayal of soccer Coach Hank Steinbrecher. Having played for and coached with Hank for five years, I found myself agreeing with J.D. Reed's impression of the man.