EDITOR: As a goat rancher and property owner, I have no sympathy for a mountain lion that kills a goat. If you’ve ever had to see the dead body of your optimistic, funny and very resourceful ruminant defiled, slaughtered and very dead, you would understand. With increasing frequency in west county, my fellow ranchers are reporting mountain lion attacks where not one, not two, but six to 12 goats or sheep are killed in a single night. Not to eat. Just to slaughter.
The reasons for this are many but not the subject of this letter. My point is that there are nonlethal anti-predation methods available, and we use those on our 400-acre ranch. Livestock guardian dogs have been used for centuries around the world to protect sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas from everything from wolves to bears to coyotes and, yes, mountain lions.
Although we live in a relatively isolated patch of Sonoma County, we have yet to lose a goat to a mountain lion. We thank our team of Anatolian shepherds for this. Livestock guardian dogs, bred for this purpose, live with and protect their charges, and we couldn’t be in the business we’re in without them. If you have small ruminants, do them a favor: protect them.
LESLEY and JOHN BRABYN
Pay cut for tax hike?
EDITOR: While it will be up to all of us Santa Rosa voters on Nov. 6 to decide on whether to vote for or against the housing bond, which I hope will pass but probably won’t, I’d like to venture an opinion about the City Council’s proposed sales tax increase. A friend and neighbor said it best, “Why is it the council never includes any small cut in their own salaries or a cut in their city staffing?”
I heartily agree with him.
While we hold the council members, their families and city employees in deep respect, it hurts to always pay more taxes while the politicians never want to economize on their own. It seems only fair to ask, why not? California’s sales taxes already are too regressive and way too high.
EDITOR: I keep reading the letter from J.A. O’Brien over and over again, thinking I must have read it wrong: The Obamas brought morality and wealth of this country to a screeching halt (“Trashing Trump,” Aug. 4)? I can’t think of a president and family who set a better example of outstanding morals and family values.
If O’Brien doesn’t like the trashing of Donald Trump, then maybe Trump should display some morals instead of trashing everyone and anybody who doesn’t agree with him. You earn respect by showing respect. I don’t see any coming from this present administration.
EDITOR: Pete Johnson (“Misplaced sympathy,” Letters, July 30) doesn’t understand the difference between placing children of criminals or kids who have been neglected or abused into safer homes and taking children from parents escaping life-and-death situations and putting them into unsafe, dirty cages where they are neglected.
What would Johnson propose to do? Send them to prison or jail with the parents? Our government did a huge disservice to Native American citizens and their families, which no one can deny, and they continue to perpetuate those policies.