Dear Editor:

Those rats, as Pioneer reporter Joshua Estabrooks calls them, played a crucial role in the history of our valley. For thousands of years, until this very day, deer were an important food source for First Nations people. Venison was a usual main-course for David Thompson and our early settlers. I doubt there is a valley old-timer around today who wasnt raised on venison. Just because our meat now comes prepackaged and trucked-in from factory feedlots doesnt mean we should forget our past. As a paper that purports to celebrate the spirit of our pioneers, perhaps more thought and sensitivity is in order.

Now lets put this subject aside until after the election we have a vermin infestation in Victoria to deal with.

Bryan Stawychny