Speak up for Jan. 10

Editor's note: The Colorado Division of Wildlife in late December asked that state residents keep their pets from chasing wildlife or face fines of as much as $500. Some residents countered that state officials should keep deer out of yards.

Putting up fences

Amen! These deer are here in the city limits 24/7, 52 weeks out of the year, eating our landscaping. They are domesticated and know that we cannot shoot at them, and they have prime grazing all year long. They have no intention of leaving. We are not talking about an isolated incident of one or two deer here and there, we are talking herds of 19, 14, 17, etc. Craig has a definite deer problem, and if it's not the (Colorado Division of Wildlife's) responsibility, where do we go for help?

I'm tired of replacing my trees, flowers, shrubs, etc., every spring so that they have something new and exciting to graze on!

Come on residents of Craig, speak up and let's get some action here. I know of a lot of people who are thoroughly disgusted with the deer problem in Craig, so let's join forces and get something done about it. We would have to build a fortress completely around our property to eliminate the problem.

Aren't fences normally put up to keep something in and not out? That's what I was always taught.

Deer make a mess

There are always deer around my place. They come, and they go, and I try to chase them off, but they just stand and look at me. I try to shoo them away. I did call (a representative with the Colorado Division of Wildlife), and he said there was nothing he could do about deer here in Craig in the city limits.

They eat my cherry bushes, and they eat my lilac bushes that I try to get started. They eat them down them every year.

Finally, I put a rickety old fence up to try to keep them out. And they mess all over my yard. I hope the DOW won't charge me for the fertilizer.

They ought to do something about these deer that are just all around this place here. I guess they're from out in the northwest part of town, and when they want to do a little grazing, they come into town.

I did have a beautiful lawn, but they mess on the grass and it's hard to clean all that stuff up.

More than one road

Regarding the over-grazed yard, overgrazed by deer: First of all, I'd like to comment that the deer are not bred by men at all for any particular reason, but are part of God's nature.

Also, good luck trying to herd them or drive them like you would cattle. One (reader) had a philosophy about a road that runs both ways.

They're living in a very rural area here. I do believe if they don't like it here, or if they need an urban area, they probably should move there. And by the road running both ways, it does run out of this town in four directions. That's all I have to say.

Wildlife true owner

This is in response to "over-grazed" yard. Division of Wildlife officials are advocates for all the wildlife in the area. They do not "breed" deer for hunting. They try to manage the numbers. They are not responsible for "damage" done to "our" property anymore than damage done by thunderstorms or lighting storms. The wildlife is part of nature and a big part of what makes living in this area special.

My horses share their pasture with numerous animals, including deer, elk and antelope. And yes, I too lose trees and fences and such. So what?

(P.S. Lions and bears would only be "destroyed" if they could not be relocated.)

So, in answer to your question: No, I'm not tired of my yard looking like an over-grazed field. I am happy to share it with the true owners of the land. If you're not, maybe you're living in the wrong place.

Editor's note: In a Dec. 31 letter to the Craig Daily Press, Shanna Toft-Johnson said her family could not receive help from government agencies and that those agencies should help native-born citizens before they help immigrants.

Luck is all we have?

Regarding Shanna Toft-Johnson's letter in the paper, I'm also unable to work because of a chronic health problem, and I've been denied any help by the government.

I have not had any medical care for more than 10 years, and I hope to God nothing happens to my husband, because I rely on his income.

Any help to illegal immigrants, including English as a Second Language classes, makes me angry.

And I wish Toft-Johnson luck, because that's apparently all we have.

'Pull up bootstraps'

I was appalled by the letter from Shanna Toft-Johnson. I am so sorry that you and your family have fallen on hard times. We all have at some point, but why do you feel that you have to blame one group of people? Why blame anyone at all?

Just because they aren't "native-born Americans," you think you can accuse all Hispanics of being illegal and on welfare? That's bull. Has it ever occurred to you that there are just as many "native citizens" cheating the system as any other group of people?

I realize that social services does not always help those who need it, and sometimes those who don't need it slip through the cracks. It's an unfair world, but why do you assume that it's all illegal immigrants? You have no idea how many of these people are illegal. Most of them came to our country out of necessity and did so legally -- many of them have become citizens. They are here to make a better life for themselves and their families, and most don't come to America with intentions of robbing you and others of welfare.

I was also a bank teller, and yes, there are forged identifications out there, but they don't all belong to illegal immigrants. How many expired drivers licenses and state ID cards were you "forced" to accept from someone in the driver's seat of a car. Was that your problem, too?

There are people and organizations out there that will help someone in need, especially during the holidays.

So, pull up your bootstraps, honey, and help your family get the help you need. It's out there. And stop putting blame on a group of people who don't deserve it.

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