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Appreciative of reminders

     I’d like to extend a very special thank you to Tom Spears for all of the letters he submits reminding (and teaching) us of the many special dates in our armed services’ history. I look forward to seeing them in the Progress and hope they continue for a long time coming.

     Thank you, Tom, and to all who have served our great country.

Sheri Otto



Saddened by election

     After the election we have needed time to grieve for our beloved America. We are deeply saddened that this election portends the horrendous potential loss of life of millions of unborn children. And we are grieving the loss of the ability to gain legal protection for the unborn and the elderly for yet another four years. One commentator put it well when he said he was grieving because “millions of Americans looked evil in the eye and adopted it. Abortion, same-sex marriage, and immorality carried the day…The America we love is sick and in need of renewal and healing. Under these circumstances…it is okay to grieve.”

     We are comforted by the fact that Idaho was one of the states whose solid majority voted for a strong pro-life America. We are comforted that most prolife incumbents, who sponsored, voted for and debated for strong prolife laws here in Idaho, won their elections. These include prolife champions, Sen. Steve Vick, Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, Sen. Chuck Winder, Rep. Brent Crane, and Rep. Paul Shepherd. We take comfort that the culture of life was successful in Massachusetts in defeating the assisted suicide measure that was on the ballot there. And we take comfort in the fact that we are joined by thousands of you in Idaho and across America who will continue to join us to fight for the sanctity of human life.

     May God Bless Idaho and the United States of America!

Kerry Uhlenkott

Right to Life of Idaho



Time to practice saving your pet

     Wolf trapping season in Idaho begins anew this month. It is recommended that pet owners should brush up on how to release their pets from leg-hold traps and wire neck snares intended for wolves.

     The rules of trapping have changed from last season. Bag limits are not the same for all wolf zones. Some zones allow trapping and or hunting to up to five wolves per season while in some others you may take only three. So trappers beware.

     Hound hunters and bird hunters as well as all other pet owners have a responsibility to keep control of their animals, as per Dept. of Fish & Game regulations. It is illegal to allow your pets to harass wildlife. All wildlife. Cougar hounds, however, seem to be exempt from this regulation. Are field mice considered to be ‘wildlife?’

     To all of us dog owners is the Dept. of F & G suggesting we have our pets step into a leg-hold trap so we can practice releasing them?

     How about the wire neck snare? We could practice this technique in our living rooms.

     Don’t worry. The leg-hold trap won’t kill our dogs (unless the water bowl is out of reach and we fail or forget to release them. As for the wire neck snares? These will kill your pet, but only after an hour or so (sometimes much, much longer) of slow strangulation. The more they pull to escape, the tighter the snare becomes. So lets not leave our dogs in the snare for too long.

     Immanual Kant believed, “We can judge the heart of a man (or woman) by his (her) treatment of animals.”

     What a sissy!

Chris Cooper



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