2013-02-14 / Views

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I want to encourage former and future Manistique Area Schools band students and parents to attend a school board meeting to request that the board and administration continue exploring all options for restoring band. In conversations I’ve had with board members and Mr. Shiner, I have been very pleased to hear that they are all committed to re-establishing a band program as soon as possible. They also ideally hope to include elementary students again in instrumental music.

The board needs to hear from us as parents and students to know that they have our support and interest. The next board meeting is this Monday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the high school. The March meeting is Monday, March 18.

Please feel free to contact me at 341-2965 if you have questions or would be interested in meeting together to see if there is any way we can offer our services as parents, students and community members to help make band a reality again in Manistique. I would like to extend an extra word of encouragement to Emerald students and parents to become involved. Research and our community’s own experiences show that music education is a huge academic and social boost for students of all ages.

Sincerely, Heidi L. Troyer

Manistique

Dear Editor,

I am responding to a recent news article entitled, wolf hunt. The DNR is asking both sides to back off. Fat chance. That is because there is a fundamental philosophical difference between hunters and trappers who support scientific wildlife management and those who oppose the killing of animals.

Wolves are no different than any other game and furbearing species. Management is best accomplished in the most cost effective way by regulated hunting and trapping seasons.

Russ Mason, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Division, is spot on with most of his comments. However, he is equivocating on whether or not to hold a wolf hunt, which contradicts what he said otherwise. Either you are going to manage the animals or you are not. I detest political wimps.

Failure to do their job is a slap in the face to the Legislature and the Governor who signed the law classifying the Wolf as a game species and authorizing the NRC to set harvest seasons. The legislative intent is clear.

Indian tribes and the animal rights/animal protectionists are trying to dictate public policy, yet failed to ante up to pay for it. Unfortunately, sportsmen and women were not consulted, nor given any say, about the up to one million dollars of our money that is spent annually on wolves. Call it arrogance of power.

The Wolf management Roundtable had ten stakeholder groups and the DNR, each with two votes, for a total of 22. Because they didn’t want their pets killed, they decreed that all policy decisions be by consensus instead of majority vote. That denied the majority of stakeholders the benefit of their input and hard work. In other words, the DNR stacked the deck. Subsequently, a proposal to allow public hunting and trapping was defeated by the consensus rule. The vote was 16 in favor and 6 against.

This politically motivated rule resulted in a deeply flawed wolf management plan. Instead of active management, they respond to depredation complaints. Otherwise they just monitor and protect the animals. While the plan provides for lethal controls, it isn’t without a lot of if’s, ands or buts.

They recently reconvened the Wolf Management Advisory Council of former Wolf Management Roundtable members. Because I am outspoken, I was told I was not invited to participate.

As for a meaningful wolf hunt, don’t count on it. Political correctness is alive and well in the DNR.

John Hongisto

Deerton, Mich.

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