By powerfully voicing an opinion, the minority can easily drown out the opinion of the majority. This fact stresses the importance of finding a way to hear everyone's opinion when there are decisions to make that affect the entire community.
John Voelker, under the pen name Robert Trever, wrote "Testament of a Fisherman." The now-famous essay contains his reasons for fishing, among which is this: … "because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters" …
That was half a century ago.
On a recent winter's night one of our Refuge biologists out doing owl surveys in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area witnessed a convoy of cars heading down the icy road. These visitors weren't headed to a special ice fishing trip or campout.