Why are ranchers regulated by city folks?

Why are farmers, ranchers regulated by city people



The Daily Sun

Lower Yakima Valley News Leader


It is an amazing thing to me that city people, because of their numbers, control how we are supposed to operate… even though they are unable to run a city!

Since we are a minority as we represent less than 2 percent of the population and are feeding the other 98 percent, we are one of the most efficient industries so why don’t you just leave us alone! We are doing fine until you city people and environmentalist decided that we needed to be regulated and told that we are not taking care of the land and the animals on that land!

Since you people decided that you know best, you started with Alar being used in apple orchards, and it was bad for you. That created a major economic problem for apple orchards, and it was bad for you. That created a major economic problem for apple farmers. And, it was determined that you would have to eat a truck load a day and then what? It would be harmful.

And, then, someone decided that the spotted owl needed protection and could not survive except in old growth timber. Well, we have proven that was another untruth! So, since we cannot log or graze, we now have major fires. However, now some of you who live outside of cities and in nature are finding out how the mismanagement of our forests by the Forest Service and the environmentalists has now destroyed your house and property… which we have been dealing with ever since the experts have been running things.

Now we have a forest of sticks that needs to be harvested within a year, not done. The new approach by the same people who created these problems is now saying we need more money to solve this problem. I would say fire all these people, and hire someone who knows what they are doing, log and graze and the income will be incoming rather than outgoing.

And the latest hair brain idea by the environmentalists is to bring wolves in from Alaska, which are no more native than elk.

The cattlemen and farmers were smart enough to know why they had virtually been eliminated because they are predators. So, here again, they are going to force the people who are trying to make a living and are feeding the 98 percent to have to pay the price so that the people in the city can have a good feeling.

The ironic part of this stupidity is that it is a mandate of the WDFW to protect game that we hunt, and that can be controlled by people who buy hunting licenses, which is an income for the department.

The wolves in Yellowstone have killed over 7,000 elk but they have saved some trees as the elk are not rubbing their antlers on them. The wolves, however, found that cattle are easier to hunt and taste better. So, while you dwellers could care less that the cattlemen are taking it in the shorts, without any recourse.

And, since it is the idea of the environmentalists, I think that they should pay all of the cost to the rancher for depredation and all management costs, such as ranchers for costs to hire people, loss of income in weight and etc.… other costs such as helicopters to hunt wolves and labor, since they have so much money to spend on lawyers.

Their next idea is to introduce the Grizzly bear, another predator. It looks like this may be stopped. However, the “Take out the Dams” will never die.

The reason I’m writing this is that hopefully some people who live in the cities will look and realize that our so-called environmentalists are not the good guys.

If you want to find a real environmentalist, talk to a farmer or a rancher.

My suggestion to all farmers and ranchers is that you need to join your local Farm Bureau, as I do not know if anyone else that can do or what will help you when you need it.

Don Young, Sunnyside

7 thoughts on “Why are ranchers regulated by city folks?

  1. I lived in Alaska and spent a little time at Prudhoe Bay at the Arco MCC. I then moved to New York City. One day I saw a woman on the sidewalk with a sign protesting the drilling for oil in the Arctic. I asked her – have you ever been outside of New York City? Have you ever been to Alaska to where the oil fields are? She snarled at me – no.. she never had. I told her that where the oil fields are is an arctic desert. There’s nothing there and I mean really nothing. The media shows the coastline where there is beautiful scenery and wildlife – but that’s not the terrain I saw when I was there. Why she thought she knew best for an area and a business she knew nothing about was beyond me.

  2. Your entitled to your opinion sir.
    However, if not for the Electoral College we would be living in a country under the dictatorship of hillary clinton.
    Need I say more?

  3. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as simple as city versus country — although there is no question that actual producers in this country are vastly outnumbered by consumers. Although a big urban/rural divide is unquestionably developing, it has even more to do with mindset than it does geographic location. And that mindset does seem to have more to do with a production versus consumption mentality than anything. But unfortunately, that mindset is quickly invading rural areas as well, where not everyone is production-oriented any more. It is getting to the point that mindset can be found anywhere and everywhere, and unfortunately, is starting to represent a larger percentage of the population in more and more rural areas too. I’ll provide a quote, and links to a couple stories that help emphasize the point.

    “Although Millard County is the epitome of “rural,” unfortunately “urban” values increasingly seem to dominate local thought processes and resulting public policy. . . . Regardless of all the reasons, despite lip service to the contrary, one of the biggest and most troubling aspects of those urban values — which are increasingly invading rural areas — is a growing lack of recognition and respect for basic, fundamental property rights.”

    See: The Property Rights Dilemma

    See also: Between Thistles and Rye Grass

  4. And we think it is bad now. If in fact, these usefull idiots succeed at eliminating the electoral vote, like this idiot wants, https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/oct/8/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-we-must-eliminate-the-ele/#gallery_1

    This would eliminate any voice rural America ever had. Inner city mob’s would rule every corner of our country. And it is no joke.
    A group called “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact,” http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/ started in 2006, has won commitments from eleven states to award their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.
    The Founding Fathers, particularly those from small States, were very concerned that they would be smothered by the larger states. Under the Constitutional Republic (not a democracy) established by the founders, the United States is made up of fifty sovereign States. Under the Constitution, except for limited powers specifically defined for the central government, power for the rule of law is intended to reside in the States.

  5. Agrreed.
    The Pope in Alaska

    The Pope went on vacation for a few days to visit the rugged mountains of Alaska. He was driving along near a campground when he heard a frantic commotion just at the edge of the woods. He found a helpless Democrat wearing shorts, sandals, a ‘Vote for Hillary’ hat and a ‘Save the Trees’ shirt.

    The man was screaming and struggling frantically, thrashing all about trying to free himself from the grasp of a 10-foot grizzly bear. As the Pope watched in horror, a group of Republican loggers wearing Go Trump shirts came racing up. One quickly fired a .44 magnum slug right into the bear’s chest.

    The two other men pulled the semiconscious Democrat from the bear’s grasp. Then using baseball bats, the three loggers finished off the bear. Two of the men dragged the dead grizzly onto the bed of their pickup truck while the other tenderly placed the injured Democrat in the back seat.

    As they began to leave, the Pope summoned all of them over to him. “I give you my blessing for your brave actions!” he proudly proclaimed. “I have heard there was bitter hatred between Republican loggers and Democratic environmental activists, but now I’ve seen with my own eyes that this is not true.

    As the Pope drove off, one logger asked his buddies, “Who was that guy? “Dude, that was the Pope,” another replied. “He’s in direct contact with Heaven and has access to all wisdom.

    “Well,” the logger said, “he may have access to all wisdom, but he don’t know squat about bear hunting. By the way, is the bait still alive or do we need to go back to California and get another one?

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