Headline a misrepresentation

On Monday, the Hastings Tribune published a Voice of the People letter that I wrote in regard to mountain lions. The heading above my letter said, “Mountain lions not a threat.” That heading was not written by me, but was written by one of the editors of the Tribune.

The heading was a misrepresentation of my letter. A more accurate heading would be: “Guns more dangerous than mountain lions.”

The intent of my letter was not to persuade anyone that mountains lions are never a threat to humans. I’m confident even a kindergartner understands that mountain lions can harm humans in certain situations when they feel threatened, although it is an extremely rare event.  

So the point is moot.

The main idea of my letter was to point out the irony of the cartoon that suggested mountain lions are inclined to hunt down humans and kill them.

In my view, this was ironic and fear-mongering. History is clear that it was early Nebraskans who were the aggressors when they completely wiped out the population of mountain lions by the 1890s. I even used the words “with a vengeance” because the aggression was so sweeping and thorough that it took the mountain lions another 100 years to gain a foothold in Nebraska.

Likewise, humans are much, much more likely to be killed by guns, weapons or vehicles than mountain lions. That is a fact that cannot be disputed. If you are going to live in fear of something being dangerous, then guns and vehicles are indeed more likely to kill you than a mountain lion.

It is a good idea to put mountain lions and the hyperbole surrounding them into perspective; that was the point of my letter.

Linda Dugan

Insert your comment

Author Name(required):

Author Web Site:


Please Introduce Secure Code:

 Letter Policy
The Hastings Tribune welcomes letters about issues of the public interest. Here are some rules:

• Letters can be submitted by e-mail: 

•Letters may be hand delivered:
        908 W. Second Street,

• Or mailed to:
        Voice of the People
        P.O. Box 788,
        Hastings, NE 68902

• Letters must be signed and include an address
   and phone number. (The address and phone
   number will not be published.)

• Letters should be 250 words or less. Letters
   will be edited for length. They will also be
   edited for spelling, grammar, clarity and

• Letters should express an opinion or explain
   why something is important or in the public's

Copyright © 2015