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Letters to the Editor

Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2001

Board policy protects predators at the expense of ecosystem

I wanted to send the boards of fish and game the head of our family Rottweiler with the backbone still attached, but my wife wouldn't let me do it because it might be misconstrued as a terrorist act.

I still feel that a dose of reality of what hungry wolves can do to another animal would be good for board members. I have lived and fished salmon in Tuxedni Bay for more than 50 years. The experience of living close to nature all these years has given me insight into the natural order of things.

The last three years I have been informed that wolves were migrating north along the coast from Wide Bay. Three years ago the wolves were in Chinitna Bay. Now the wolves are north of Point Harriet. Soon they will be roaming the streets of Tyonek village.

Are board members going to wait until starving wolves start eating children before they do something about this situation? Are they going to wait until wolves start eating people in Wasilla and Talkeetna? If anyone dies due to this board's do-nothing policy, I think the whole board should hang.

The present policy of protecting all predators such as wolves and bears has led to the depletion and extinction of many species of game including seals, ptarmigan, spruce hen, moose, beaver, rabbits, martin and other small game necessary to balance the ecosystem. There are 60 brown bears now in Tuxedni when there only used to be 15. Brown bears are now eating each other and their cubs.

There used to be a heard of 60 seals that would haul out on the mud banks in upper Tuxedni Bay. The 60 or so starving brown bears discovered that they can catch seals like they do salmon. They jump into the slough below the seals and catch them when they try to swim down stream, grabbing the seals like large salmon.

This board's policies have unbalanced the ecosystem. Instead of helping nature, this board's so-called acts of conservation are killing nature. When is the board going to do something about the tremendous numbers of predators that are killing off all the game and threatening people?

I think the policy of closing down areas for commercial fishing for herring and crab is dumb. The state is running out of money and commercial fishermen pay more tax than any other user group. When are the boards of fish and game going to realize that a managed harvest of fish and game is good for the resource? I personally think what they have doing is criminal, and I am not alone. Let the public hunt with planes and put a $50 bounty on wolves and bears.

Henry Kroll

Tuxedni Bay

Alaska fishers should tell president what's wrong with farm-raised fish

Attention all fishermen:

Did you know the White House is planning to have a state dinner party next month for French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. It is serving genetically modified fish (farmed raised) in an attempt to head off criticism by environmental and consumer groups that the altered foods are unsafe.

"You really can't tell the difference. It may be genetically altered but it tastes the same," White House chef Daniel Arreido told AlterNet.

Send a fax to President Bush at (202) 456-2461 and tell him he should not be importing fish but promoting Alaska fishermen who have suffered greatly since our government taught them how to farm raise salmon.

Salmon prices have gone down and we can't make a living anymore because salmon prices are so low. Let the president know how you feel.

Mary Jean Ivy

North Kenai

One-third of one's labor should be sufficient to feed government

After amply demonstrating the outrageous loss of our freedom to more and more taxation over the last century, the reprinted Fairbanks News-Miner editorial of Tuesday wants to shame Alaskans into accepting a heavier tax load for more and more "essential" government services.

The history of this past century will show that modern man has attempted to make himself into a god: life-and-death power over the innocent through dictatorship, huge wars, genocide, abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. And insofar as our livelihood goes, even God Almighty only asks for 10 percent! With a Tax Freedom Day somewhere around May 1, my calculations tell me that government demands about 33 percent of our labor. This approaches medieval serfdom's standards.

By the curious logic of the editorial, should Tax Freedom Day be pushed up to, say, Dec. 12 in Alaska and goes to Dec. 29 for Connecticut, Alaskans should be grateful !

And they wonder where the next generation of liberals will come from.

Robert M. Bird

Nikiski

Letters to the Editor can be mailed to the Peninsula Clarion at P. O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611 or faxed to 283-3299.



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