Do not abandon your logic or rationale


To The Eagle:

Concerning last week’s “Advice to Newcomers,” I’d like to share my own experiences as a recent newcomer to this area. The hardest thing for me is the lack of compassion for animals. Dogs run loose, almost getting hit by cars, dead cows lay in fields for days (to no one’s great concern), wild animals getting killed for target practice. And, most of all, there is no animal control to report abuse or neglect. So, you have to drive by it and witness it and not be able to do anything about it.

Another major problem is the gun shooting. It’s almost as if people here don’t understand that guns are lethal. They shoot with no regard to their neighbor’s welfare or safety. Also, the Fourth of July is very much like the War of Independence with bomb-like fireworks being exploded everywhere without regard of human safety, livestock, houses, and military veterans suffering from PTSD.

My advice to newcomers, is to not abandon your logic or rationale to accommodate pre-existing notions. Please stand up to any kind of bullying. If the local law enforcement doesn’t take you seriously, contact state officials. And last but not least, get your land surveyed.

Keep in mind that this is essentially a Third World country in America. The last thing newcomers need to do is “shut up and listen.” They need to ask questions, speak their minds and vote for new ideas and responsible leadership. This is our only hope for civility and peace. Yes, this place is beautiful, that’s why I moved here, but the lesson I’ve learned is to not judge a book by its cover. There’s a harsh reality amongst the flowers and pastoral setting.

Elizabeth Brinker



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