Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Letter To The Editor

Ursula K. LeGuin, renowned novelist and resident of Oregon, has a bone to pick with The Oregonian newspaper about their coverage of the camp-out at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The Oregonian’s A1 headline on Sunday, Jan. 17, “Effort to free federal lands,” is inaccurate and irresponsible. The article that follows it is a mere mouthpiece for the scofflaws illegally occupying public buildings and land, repeating their lies and distortions of history and law.

Ammon Bundy and his bullyboys aren’t trying to free federal lands, but to hold them hostage. I can’t go to the Malheur refuge now, though as a citizen of the United States, I own it and have the freedom of it. That’s what public land is: land that belongs to the public — me, you, every law-abiding American. The people it doesn’t belong to and who don’t belong there are those who grabbed it by force of arms, flaunting their contempt for the local citizens.

Those citizens of Harney County have carefully hammered out agreements to manage the refuge in the best interest of landowners, scientists, visitors, tourists, livestock and wildlife. They’re suffering more every day, economically and otherwise, from this invasion by outsiders.

Instead of parroting the meaningless rants of a flock of Right-Winged Loonybirds infesting the refuge, why doesn’t The Oregonian talk to the people who live there?

Ursula K. Le Guin

Pretty much says it all.

One bark on “Letter To The Editor

  1. For a moment I was feeling sorry for the folks of Harney County. It sounded like they were almost being held hostage by the militia. But the more I read about them the more I find that they more or less support the ends, but not the means that the militia is employing.

    Sorry, people. You reap what you sow.

    You’re on your own with this one.

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