Letter to the Editor

Remembering Highway

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Several years ago my son got a yellow Labrador from some friends who were having to move and couldn't take him with them. My son took him home to his three small boys who named him "Highway." Highway quickly learned what time the school bus came and seemed to know the boys would be getting off of it. So every afternoon Highway would sit at the end of the drive and wait for the bus. Highway no longer sits at the end of the driveway waiting for the boys because he's gone. It appears he has become another victim of a pack of half-wits who call themselves coyote hunters.

My son was able to follow his tracks in the snow to where he was lured into a vehicle. We were told he was taken to a more remote area and shot and killed because the half-wits couldn't find anything else to kill that day. Indiscriminate killers like there people can roam anywhere in the state and break all the laws they want to without fear of prosecution because the DNR decision makers in Des Moines have allowed their law enforcement staff to fall to about 40 officers for the entire state.

These killers of pets have turned hunting into a dirty sport. It's time for the groups that refer to themselves as "sportsmen" to team up with the DNR to clean the dirty people out instead of trying to pass more laws that protect them.

Cordially,

Merle Wilson

Jesup