Didn't want to take up your
time on the phone so thought I'd just drop a note to update you on the
two dogs, Jackson and Riffle.
Riffle, is currently with
Mark Ripoli in Napa, Calif. being evaluated as a possible Drug, Bomb,
or SAR Dog. Mark signed an agreement to return Riffle to us if he does
not pass. We should know for sure sometime next week.
We are currently in negotiation
with an out-of-state organization that trains Assistance Dogs as a possible
placement for Jackson.
These dogs have great potential
and we are so glad that the Board of Commissioners allowed them to be
Lastly, my husband and I
are starting a rescue group for Labs. There is no Lab rescue in southern
Oregon. We named it the Empathy Program Lab Rescue. It is named after
the Empathy Program that my husband and I conceptualized, developed,
and briefly trialed before my husband became ill four years ago. The
program was designed as an aid to teach empathy for all living things
to school age children (grades 2 - 4). Now that my husband is well again,
hopefully we can rekindle the Empathy Program in schools here. Meanwhile,
there is much work to be done getting set up as a Lab rescue group.
Presently, we are a "group" of two, but soon hope to be able
to enlist the support of volunteers within the community.
I look forward to meeting
I live in Gabbs and have
so for ten years. I love this place.
I moved here from Condon,
Oregon because of the weather. I needed more sunshine for health reasons.
I have followed with personnel
experience your articles on Gabbs. I would like to add my opinion. I
have a strong belief in the saying: I have a right to my opinion, just
as you have the right to yours, just don’t put your opinion on
me or anyone else.
There is a lot of drug use
in Gabbs, illegal and legal…As is true almost everywhere. If there
is a place I could move to with much less I would. I myself smoke cigarettes,
a legal drug, but just as deadly.
Gossip in this town is also
a major problem. But, there isn’t much else for some people to
pass their time with. If we are going to do any good towards this place
we must have something for all people to do. Like a rec. center for
all. A preschool, or drop-in center, or daycare, to give the parents
a break. Or/and a senior center. There is no way to help kids if parents
aren’t helped. We need good social activities for all ages in
order to do any good with our population. And stop talking about what
should be done, and do it.
Get a list of all the bills
sponsored by Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski, especially HB 2101 and
HB 2101 establishes “The
Oregon Homeland Security Department.” To accomplish this sneaky-feat
over 70 ORS laws are amended. This is the Nationalizing of our police
departments and entire government in one big grab.
44 pages of legal language
are used, with only number references to laws amended to fit the desires
of the Governor and the Eastern elites, who pull his strings.
We elect our county Sheriff’s
which gives assurance of control over their Quality, and the Oregon
State Police keep a clean record, so, closely check “WHO,”
is putting himself at the top in the Oregon branch of that system in
the “authors” own words in:
“Section 3. The Governor
shall appoint the Director of the Oregon Homeland Security Department,
who holds office at the pleasure of the Governor.”
What happened to: “…Government
derives its power from consent of the governed…” Where does
he get the notion he has all “The Pleasure?”
“Section 3. For purposes
of administration, subject to approval of the Governor, the director
may organize and reorganize the department as the director considers
necessary to properly conduct the work of the department.”
HB 5054 has three price
tags that total over $174,000,000, for a beginning.
Most interesting, this “thing”
is timed to take place on July 1, 2005 when it is a glaring insult to
our Fourth of July celebration of Independence from foreign oppression.
Also, it fits in with MSD
specialist-Bush’s plot to start another no-win war against Iran.
What does he have against small countries with short names and lots
of gooey oil? The department would be useful to arrest any who protest
his war goals.
What is the man-in-the-street
interpretation of the first part of: “Section 3? Notwithstanding
any other law limiting expenditures…”
Note: The Observer has worked on the Sonnentag case much of
the past two years in an effort to vindicate him. Our efforts finally
paid off on December 16, 2004. To appreciate the letter and fax below
our readership should read the entire Sonnentag case history on our
web site at usoregonobserver.com or usobserver.com. Our readership should
also consider reading the letter from Attorney Houston below and then
the letter to Mr. Houston. This case makes for fascinating reading.
to Sonnentag from Attorney Houston
I arrived in my office this
morning to find yet another letter from you that I have difficulty understanding
or explaining. I had written you and faxed you yesterday indicating
I was copying your entire file for delivery. Yet you write me a letter
like you haven't heard from me. I find that to be somewhat unusual and
somewhat alarming. If you are not receiving my faxes, please advise.
If you are receiving my faxes, please quit sending me letters as though
I am not being responsive to your communication. I do not know what
your purpose is, but as stated above I find it of some consequence you
continue to write letters as though you are not receiving adequate communication.
I will be perfectly blunt.
I am copying your entire file. It will be mailed out today. Not only
that, your case has been dismissed. Not one case, but all three cases.
For some reason this does not seem to please you. I am uncertain why.
To write a letter to me to say you are not afraid of me suggests for
some reason I have threatened you. This is absolutely false and I find
it to be somewhat disturbing you have adopted this tone. I do believe
from now on your communications to me will be in writing. I will not
speak with you telephonically because I am uncertain as to what you're
up to. The consequence of your last letter puts me on notice that you
do not appear to be dealing with me in good faith.
I have done nothing but
help you and respond to every difficult situation you have put in my
path, from your continued refusal to cooperate, as well as providing
newspaper articles that simply inflamed the situation. As you are aware,
when this case was due to be settled a newspaper article was published
in the Oregon Observer, once again inflaming this problem. You indicated
to me this was done by Ed. However, in my discussions with Ed I am advised
that you were not only aware of it, but were assisting by passing the
article out in Gabbs, as far as posting it in different spots.
It seems as though you did
not want your case to end, but rather wanted to continue to live the
drama. Your drama could have cost you a considerable period of time
in prison. While you may not be afraid of anyone, no one has made any
threats against you. The only thing this office has done is successfully
conclude your cases. If for some reason that troubles you, then certainly
you are free to create additional problems in your life and simply start
the cycle over again. Obviously, it will not be with my assistance when
you attempt to extricate yourself.
The short version is, I
do not enjoy having unhappy clients. You have no reason to be upset
with this office and you are being completely unfair as to your treatment
of me and my efforts toward you. Your implication that threats have
been made is unacceptable. It has never happened. Your implication we
have not done all you have asked is unacceptable. It never happened.
We have done everything you have asked and more. I have put up with
everything you have thrown as roadblocks and more. I do not want to
have accusations leveled against me that are neither fair nor accurate.
It is for that reason that if you have issues, please contact me only
in written correspondence because I do not think telephone conversations
would be productive.
David R. Houston, ESQ
Dear Mr. Houston,
Bud Sonnentag has let me
read the fax you sent him on 2/2/05 (fax to follow this letter). You
accused Bud of “passing” out the papers in Gabbs.
Mr. Houston, you owe Bud
an apology…My kids and I passed out every US~Observer paper in
Gabbs and further I have no idea what you are talking about when you
say “posted.” We door to door delivered those papers and
that's it! Remember? Bud had an “invalid” restraining order
against him, even though “invalid” he would have been arrested
like he was the first time he WAS honoring it! NO Way that he drove
those papers around Gabbs!!
Mr. Houston, I am one of
three witnesses who sat behind you in the courtroom on Dec. 16, 2004,
and was introduced to you in the lobby by Bud. We are a few of the many
witnesses in Gabbs who know that it was not a “younger girl”
who accused an “older man” as you stated in your 2/1/05
fax to Bud. It was her parents! I would like to understand why none
of Bud's witnesses were ever questioned by you, or Ken Ward either for
that matter? I realize that we did not go to court, but if we had been
contacted, I think we might have put a different perspective on things.
If nothing else maybe we could have helped you to understand where Bud
was coming from. If you knew you were innocent of an allegation such
as this you would probably feel and act the same way Bud has! He wanted
it all out in the open because he has done nothing wrong and has nothing
to hide…Bud is an honorable, upstanding and law abiding Gabbs
citizen of twelve years. It is disheartening to see what The Justice
System has done to him in the past two years.
It is beyond his control
that a “dysfunctional family” (an investigation of their
background would confirm) can make some false accusations. Since then
Bud has been “drug through the mill” by the Nye County Justice
System and his Attorneys. He has been falsely arrested, harassed by
the accusing party, harassed by the local deputy, lied to, deceived,
his freedom to come and go revoked, and his outstanding reputation exploited!
It's no wonder he has lost his faith in the Justice System! Yet, they
take people like the Kepharts' (Bud's accusers) and pat them on the
back and tell them everything will be OK…These people are suspended
with pay from the Nye County School Dist and have been since Oct 2004
when they were arrested on drug and child endangerment charges. Our
tax dollars are paying for them to be off and also for the people who
are replacing them at the school. Only for Tonopah Justice Court to
keep continuing their court dates. Twice, so far…? It will be
interesting to see how the education budget comes out for Gabbs Schools
It has been too long happening,
but I am glad that Bud's charges have finally been dismissed. It has
just been very draining for all of us morally conscious people to try
Mr. Houston, I realize that
I will probably not get a response from you in regards to this letter,
but I needed to clear up your discrepancies in regards to Bud Sonnentag!
Thank you very much for
Cc: Robert S. Beckett
Dr. William E. Roberts
Many seem concerned about
Global Warming. Dr. Arthur Robinson has covered this topic a number
of times in his publication "Access to Energy" (www.AccessToEnergy.com)
and was concerned enough to circulate a petition among the public, mostly
scientists. So far 19,500 (including 17,500 scientists) have signed
the petition. He is now campaigning to raise the number of signers to
The most significant portion
of the petition is as follows:
"There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release
of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or
will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's
atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is
substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon
dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal
environments of the Earth."
You may view a lecture titled
"'Global Warming' Truth" which Dr. Robinson delivered at Southern
Oregon University. The lecture may be downloaded from or viewed on the
above mentioned website. Dr. Robinson mentions that water vapor is the
most significant of all the greenhouse gases. You can verify this on
a daily basis by watching the weather reports on TV. If the humidity
(water vapor content of the atmosphere) is low it will cool off a lot
more during the night than if the humidity is high. The meteorologist
on Channel 12 (Medford; Scott Lewis) has mentioned this on numerous
Here is a link
to a scientific review paper (8-pages
PDF format) on global warming.