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Museum says thanks for Hank’s article
The volunteers and board of the Humphrey Museum are most grateful for the very heartfelt article written by Hank Alderfer. We appreciate this tribute to the museum and love the Alderfer family photos, which we had never before seen.
The museum is truly unique, housing collections from around the world dating from the 1880s. Hank mentioned the Oriental collection. There are many others: bells, cloisonne, Indian jewelry, Mexican art, to name a few.
Please come by for yourselves and hear the intriguing story of the lives of three remarkable women. We will reopen in the spring and look forward to your visits.
Lois Lange
past board president and volunteer
Humphrey Museum

Human arrogance astounding
In the Community Voices article “Wildlife management fosters healthier herds,” by three-year resident Newkirk, she decries the attacks by elks on humans. I submit that the elk would say that they object to the daily deaths that their numbers suffer from vicious SUV attacks.
Apparently Newkirk would prefer a nice, pretty sterilized environment where no elk, bear or mountain lion could pose a problem for the ever-expanding human population.
DOW staff member Huwer recently stated that the elk population is “about where we want it.” This statement reveals the ultimate arrogance of the human species in its assumption that it should be the supreme ruler for the fate of all other creatures who share this planet.
Would the human species be so arrogant if another and more powerful species had all the guns and fences?
Stan Deever

Hannah Hayes needs to do the math
I have a couple of observations regarding Hannah Hayes’ column in the Nov. 17 Courier. Hayes advocates taxing the wealthiest 2 percent of the population, or fat cats in her parlance, only “an extra few thousand each.” Great idea; let’s run the numbers. The total estimated population of the country is 310 million people. If 2 percent of the population were to kick in an extra $10,000 each, that would come to $62 billion. Per Wikipedia, the 2010 federal budget is $3.55 trillion. A few seconds with a calculator reveals this “windfall” would fund the federal spending spree for a little over six days. Problem solved.
By the way, I do agree with one point that Hayes made in her column. Insurance equity and savings deposits do indeed belong to the people — the people who had the foresight, intestinal fortitude and work ethic to fund said accounts.
Rick Stucker

Exercise is key, even for the young
Exercise is very important for your body, especially if you are still growing. Some ways to exercise are to stretch and run, although some people like to do harder things like I do.
If you would like to do some harder stuff, here are some ideas: to hang on bars, to bike a lot and to climb big rocks.
My friend and I really like to exercise a lot. We also go on lots of big hikes.  
I did not tell you every exercise that is good for your body because I want you to find out the rest.
Rachel Christensen, 7

Let nature govern our elk population
This is in regard to the current “plan” to exterminate the elk on the golf course.  
I agree with Ms. Vaughn. It is an outrage, and the elk are a prized possession of the Evergreen community. According to terrestrial biologist Sherri Huwer of the Division of Wildlife, “The elk  population is not an issue. The elk population of Evergreen may seem to be on the increase, but the size of the herd is estimated at 2,500, about 2,000 animals less than in 2000. A population of 2,500 is about where we want it.”
Part of her job is population-level management, which means estimating the number of animals, determining how many is a good number, and coming up with strategies to get there.” Elk are constantly “redistributing” themselves and migrating.
In the late 1800s, elk almost disappeared because people wanted them for their hides, antlers and teeth. Remember the buffalo? How close they were to extinction. Nature takes its course with all wildlife, and I think we should let nature take its course here, too.
Janet Warner

Killing elk to save a golf course?
On Oct. 20, the lead article in the Canyon Courier was “Golf course takes aim at neighborhood elk,” written by Vicky Gits. I was outraged when I read this article.
I am Colorado born and raised. I have lived in some of the most beautiful places Colorado has to offer: Allenspark at the foot of the Rocky Mountain National Forest, Vail in the old days, McCoy, Durango, Mancos and Hesperus. All of these places have elk, but none of them have elk like Evergreen. I am not saying the quantity but rather am referring to how the elk in Evergreen live among the people. I was stunned this spring when the elk brought their babies right into the neighborhood and right among the houses. Elk never do that. They keep their babies hidden far away from humans. They are not like deer. In the woods, if they hear you , they are gone. They do not hang around to look at you like deer do. And yet the elk in Evergreen are not afraid of people.
I know the people have a mutual love and respect for the elk as well. I was surprised one day driving by the lake. The traffic had slowed to a crawl on Highway 73 for about eight minutes. I thought there was an accident, but no, it was a doe elk walking on the sidewalk by the lake, and no one wanted to harm it.
Then I read this article that a “hunter” with a bow and arrow approached a herd of elk “resting on the fairway of Hiwan golf course and shot one of the elk.” I am trying to wrap my mind around how this in any way resembles the sport and art of hunting. An elk who lives in the neighborhood trusts people and is lying down resting is shot. Then the article says, according to Dan Sherman, general manager of Hiwan golf club,” the elk are guilty of tearing up the golf course and chasing two golfers.” I have had the bulls right outside my door, and because I was quiet and respectful, I was not chased or attacked. What were the golfers doing that made the elk chase them? Is a golf course at all a natural occurrence in this land of evergreen forest and mountainsides? How do the elk distinguish between golf greens and meadow greens? I would venture to say it is not the elk who are at fault but those who built the golf course.
What about hunting in the elks’ natural habitat so it becomes the sport not the slaughter.
If there is an overpopulation of elk in Evergreen, then at least let’s show some morals and approach hunting them as hunting was meant to be, in the woods, away from the neighborhoods, and give the elk a chance to challenge the hunter.
Jessi Hastings