Archive for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Letter to the editor: Event viewed as slaughter

February 11, 2009

To the editor:

Someone please tell me what the slaughter of squirrels adds to the life of our community.

This “Squirrel Scramble” is hideous and barbaric. At some point in time, maybe some people needed to shoot and eat squirrels to survive. That time has passed.

Certainly a contest that encourages people (including youth) to slaughter the 10 heaviest squirrels has no good purpose. You can bet I won’t ever patronize Adam’s Feed Store or join the local VFW (though I am a life member of another chapter) as long as this depravity represents their way of doing business.

Crystal Swann Blackdeer,



Ted_W 9 years, 3 months ago

Dear Ingrate,

Crystal, the VFW doesn't have "Chapters". I really doubt you're a "life member" of the VFW or any organization other than __. Additionally, had you read the story it was clear that the VFW did not sponsor this event, it was Adam's. It was a good event that country folk understand and by the apparent success still support.

Squirrels are rodents, they are game to be hunted. The squirrels hunted on Saturday were harvested. Some of them were eaten, some had their tails used to construct fishing lures/flies. Children learned skills that were once treasured and necessary in this great nation, self sufficiency. They learned to respect a weapon and to appreciate the skill of marksmanship.

You probably have no reason to go to Adams Feed and your threat is hollow. Don't patronize the VFW, so what, they probably don't want people pretending to be a veteran or claiming membership erroneously patronizing their facility. This VFW has a reputation in this community of impeccable integrity and public service. For you to imply otherwise shows your lack of respect and knowledge of Tonganoxie.

Thank those veterans you just bad mouthed for protecting your right to say bad things about them.

Ted W.


HockeyMom1368 9 years, 2 months ago

Oops...sorry Ted. You are actually bashing a decorated retired Army LTC. How do I know this? Because my husband and Crystal were stationed together. Crystal has served her Country and her husband continues to do so.

It's alright to disagree with someone else's opinion but ranting about their rights to support or not support an organization without knowing the whole story isn't alright. Crystal is one of those veterans that protected your rights to say bad things about her. Sorry...

Crystal...think Fort Huachucua, Arizona and the other Indian in the training group. He might have been 'light of foot' but he's doing great!

HockeyMom1368 AND proud wife to a decorated soldier.


Ted_W 9 years, 2 months ago

Hockey Mom, I stand by what I wrote. As a Member of the Basehor VFW Post I wouldn't want her in my post badmouthing my organization. I believe I probably did a little more protecting than LTC (R) Blackdeer who sat in an office as an MI analyst. As an Infantry officer in Korea (52) and Vietnam (65-66, 68-69, 71-72) three times I believe I have earned the right to question anothers motives. Ms. Dependent wife hockey mom, I have two purple hearts, silver star and Bronze star, a CIB with 3 stars, a Ranger tab, what did you earn? A certificate of appreciation upon your husbands retirement. Thanks for your support of his service and you've received what you've earned, a certificate.

LTC Blackdeer, if you don't like the VFW, join it, serve in it, seek responsibility, and change the organization from within with positive leadership, set the example like any GOOD leader. Otherwise you're just taking potshots at a good organization you've invested nothing into and have no legitimate ground to criticize, like a BAD leader. Stop by the Basehor post on Saturday for breakfast, make a difference with action, not inflamatory words.


mldmsd 8 years, 5 months ago

Ted, Name calling is not the solution. I support the military 100%. Just because you have served our country, I'm sure very well, does not give you additional rights in our country. People have the right to the opinons, with out the need to call others ingrates. You are very judgemental, which no one has a right too, military or not.


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