How to help

Dear Editor;

We in the valley may be forced to stomach the despicable, sycophantic, gutless actions of our Congressman Newhouse in respect to the sociopath in the White House. But let’s remember, we were gerrymandered out of the district of Cathy McMorris Rodgers for a reason! They were afraid of us!

So they stole our vote to help get rid of the number No. 4 (soon to be No. 3) Republican in the House; but we can vote with the most effective thing (sadly) in American politics.

Consider sending what dollars you can to Lisa Brown’s campaign. It is a close race, but she needs help!

J. Winsor, Winthrop

They’re individuals

Dear Editor:

The most remarkable thing about Judge Dana Christensen’s Aug. 30 order to temporarily block the first grizzly bear hunts in the Greater Yellowstone area in four decades was that he acknowledged “the threat of death to individual bears.” Wildlife issues are notorious for bringing out the “population management” banter in all but the most-avid animal advocates. Perhaps through these noble bears we can finally address a nonhuman issue with something other than depersonalization and disinformation.

Over the hundreds of hours I’ve spent photographing grizzly bears, I never thought of them as anything less than individuals with their own thoughts, concerns and will to live. Anyone objectifying them as trophies is using twisted thinking and doesn’t deserve a say in their future.

No one can honestly claim they have an unmitigable hankering for grizzly bear meat these days. As world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall recently put it, if a grizzly bear like those living near Grand Teton National Park is shot “so that her head can be mounted on a wall, her skin laid on the floor for human feet to trample … many hearts would break. I know mine would.”

In that, she’s not alone.

Jim Robertson, Twisp