As a longtime county visitor/then resident, I want to address the comments made regarding our Chief Joseph Days rodeo. Long before there was tourism, there was ranching — and rodeo. Our way of life should not be made to change because someone from Portland says so.

When you come to visit our county, we have welcomed you warmly with open arms, despite the fact you speed through our small, quiet towns and run down the animals that help make our county so lovely. We accept your rudeness, impatience and forgive you for the trash you leave on our trails, parks and along the highway.

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