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Should hunting be allowed in national parks?

first_imgIllustration by Wade MickleyHouse Republicans recently introduced the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act, which would allow hunting in national parks. Do bullets and big crowds belong together in our most treasured wildlands?YESHunting in America’s national parks should be determined by two principles: scientific data and the premise that our national parks belong to everyone.Hunting is a wildlife management tool based upon a scientific need to perpetuate a healthy population of diverse wildlife; those tactics involve hunting and trapping. Hunting is about perpetuating wildlife, not destroying it.Hands-off wildlife management seems like a fad in comparison to wildlife management, which has served America well for over a century. The theory that our ecosystems would naturally balance themselves if left to their own devices creates situations like that found in Rocky Mountain National Park, where elk are overrunning the public lands. We must not forget that hunters are part of the public that are owners of the national parks, too.Implementation of controlled hunts is humane and can be done inexpensively with little disruption. Hunting and trapping, when done on an as-needed basis, can easily achieve the needs of population control for healthy species. This hunting or trapping can be accomplished in a short period of time with little interruption for park visitors. It seems a shame to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to serve a need that can be done by qualified hunters at little or no cost with benefits for all.Tom Remington is a freelance writer and published author covering hunting and trapping. NOI grew up in a family of hunters and spent many memorable weekends of my young manhood hunting in the woods.  I still appreciate what hunters do for conservation efforts and respect their right to hunt on public lands across the country. I just don’t think hunting inside our national parks is a good idea.Hunting inside the parks runs counter to the National Park Service’s Organic Act, which says the parks were created to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein.” In simple terms, the national parks were created to protect the lands, and everything on them, including the animals.The parks have been a place where animal populations could re-grow naturally following a decline in numbers. They serve as a refuge, giving herds of elk, bears, and other wildlife a chance to rebound. When a species’ population grows too large for the habitat, the animals tend to naturally migrate onto surrounding public lands, where hunters are given the opportunity to harvest them safely.But the parks haven’t just been a refuge for animals. They have also been popular destinations for travelers who want to experience America in all its spectacular and serene glory. That changes when hunting is allowed on these lands, as visitors would have to be constantly alert to the dangers of hiking or camping in areas that are shared with hunters. Hunting accidents occur between hunters all the time. Add a large group of park visitors who aren’t hunters, and you have a recipe for disaster.Hunters already have access to millions of acres of public land, including most national forests. Opening the parks to hunting is unnecessary, unsafe, and introduces whole new layers of bureaucracy. Leave the parks alone so that they can function as they were intended: to preserve the land and wildlife for future generations to enjoy.Kraig Becker served as media director for the Primal Quest expedition adventure race and is a member of the National Geographic Expeditions Advisory Board. What do you think?Join the national park hunting debate at blueridgeoutdoors.comlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Friday, March 22

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRaise cost of living pay for services staffThe New York state budget expires on March 31. The Legislature and governor are now negotiating the “big” issues, including the property tax cap, recreational marijuana, election- and criminal justice reform, and more. As the leaders discuss spending, it is important not to lose track of the human services staffing crisis.Over the past 18 months, our ability to attract and retain quality employees for our services has declined precipitously.Staff turnover ranging from 35 percent to 40 percent annually has gotten materially worse.  These trends are jeopardizing the quality and extent of the services we provide the entire county and local communities. Immigration views have changed little“The immigrant population, is constantly growing and we must either absorb it, or be absorbed by it. We must give them the benefit of our highest ideals, the teaching of our best teachers, or we must expect in the future coming generations to have them teaching us the worst of theirs.”Interesting, huh? This came from a newspaper article printed Wednesday, March 19, 1919. Just think, 100 years ago and humanity is still much the same as then. Interesting. Leo Muller Greenfield Center Liberals trying to destroy the country The rules of the game are about as good as you’ll find at Rivers. Play within your means and have some fun.Tom SingerDelanson Cheating to advance is just human natureIf you look at the two cartoons gracing The Gazette opinion page on March 16, poking fun at the difference between people who follow the proper path to college entry vs. those who scam the system to gain illegal entry, I noted the similarities to our immigration problem.You could have switched the text and made it about illegal border hopping. Some take the time and trouble to follow the rules; others just get here any way they can.I think the concept of one population following rules while others do whatever they want points out the way the world turns. It hasn’t changed in thousands of years. The majority of people are decent, law-abiding folk. But there are always some who simply think they are above the rules and do whatever they want.It cannot be stopped. It’s human nature.Bill DenisonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census I can’t believe some people don’t want to put on the birth certificate whether it’s a boy or girl. They want to wait until the children can decide for themselves. Stupid, stupid. I won’t be surprised if the state allows it. You know the liberals will stop at nothing to get the votes. I hope and pray that some day, the liberals will stop bashing our president.Maybe, just maybe, some day they will wake up and see that he is doing more good than bad for our country. He’s the only president that is trying to get North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal. He’s also trying to negotiate with China to take more goods to equalize our trade agreement. Maybe some day with God’s help, all races, nationalities and religions will start getting along. God bless the president for trying to make America strong again.He can and will if he can get all of the Republicans and some Democrats to see that he’s right. He isn’t going to let a few certain people destroy our country (Pelosi and Schumer, to mention a couple). When is Mueller going to stop wasting taxpayers’ money investigating 60 or more people who were with our president? Enough is enough. They are ridiculous. Why don’t they investigate the Democrats?James MaxfieldScotia Plenty of reasons  to re-elect TrumpIn response to Dave Edwards’ March 4 letter, I would like to add a few of President Trump’s major accomplishments: tax cut law, VA Accountability Act, Right to Try Law, getting us out of TPP and the Paris Climate Accord, canceling the Iran nuclear deal and adding two Supreme Court justices. Why do I mention these accomplishments? We live in a time of hypocrisy by the left and the Democrats. Trump gets criticized for his accomplishments and for not doing anything. I stand by the president and for what he is doing for our country, Keep America great.  Follow basics when playing blackjack Underfunding human services is also an equity and racial disparity issue. The nonprofit human services workforce is 81 percent female and 46 percent women of color.Today, over 400 Northern Rivers Family Services staff work in Schenectady County, providing educational, early Head Start, family services, counseling, foster care and mental health services to over 4,000 families, children and youth. We depend on trained staff to support our clients. We can’t replace staff with technology, nor can we raise our prices.On behalf of the human services sector and our clients, we urge the elected officials to include the statutory-required cost of living adjustment (COLA) for all human services workers in the state budget. Our children, adults and communities depend on these staff.William Gettman AlbanyThe writer is CEO of Northern Rivers Family of Services. I believe the left and Democrats stand for open borders, globalism, sanctuary cities, silencing of our freedom of speech and taking away our Second Amendment. I support Trump because he embraces a secure border, America first, supporting the rule of law and law enforcement, and protecting the Bill of Rights.The 2020 cast of Democratic hopefuls looks more like a bunch misfits. In reality, it’s a tryout for 2024. Joe Biden might be their only chance, but he might be too moderate for this group. Mr. President, you confidently have my vote for you again in 2020.David CanaleClifton Park I’ve been playing blackjack for over 50 years and enjoy playing at the Rivers casino. The average player there is getting better, but still needs some work. I’m going to list some tips that should be helpful.1. Obtain a chart that shows how to play every hand using basic strategy.2. Learn the basic strategy and stick to it.3. If you are having a bad day, do not rebuy.4. Do not increase your bet after losing a hand.If you learn to play your cards properly and manage your money properly, you can have a lot of fun without losing money.Rivers has the friendliest dealers I have ever experienced. They depend on tips for about two-thirds of their earnings; so when you win, you should tip them.last_img read more

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Battle Of The Bulldogs Goes To Centerville

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the tennis season on Friday with a 4-1 loss at home to Centerville.The Lady Bulldogs played well, but came up short in a few matches.Batesville’s No. 1 doubles team of Corinne Stone and Betsy Harmeyer recorded the team’s only victory. They defeated Sidne Thompson and Bailey Miller 6-2 and 6-2. The victory improved the duo to 2-0 on the season.Senior Sophie Brown turned in a solid effort and lost a tough three set match to Centerville’s Katy Stewart. Brown lost the first set 4-6, but bounced back to win the second 6-3. The two top singles players played a tie-breaker for the third set with Stewart winning by a score of 14-12.Jenna Ertel and Carly Fitzpatrick suffered losses in singles play, while Lily Esser and Kayla Stone were defeated at No. 2 doubles.Sophomore Caroline Kellerman was a winner in junior varsity play at No. 1 singles. She defeated Mar Coch by a score of 8-4.Courtesy of Bulldogs AD Bryan Helvie.last_img read more

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