Letters to the Editor
I am not surprised by the reply to my letter regarding the recently enacted Wolf Law from Nancy Warren of Ewen. She represented the Defenders of Wildlife on the Wolf management Roundtable. They are an intolerant and uncompromising protectionist organization.
Two of her statements are false. For example:
“We only accepted the harvest of wolves by licensed hunters and trappers as a possible tool to reduce wolf-related conflicts under specific conditions.”
However, she was one of only six like-minded Roundtable members who voted against a proposal to allow public hunting and trapping for management purposes. As for their support for lethal control, it is not without a lot of if’s, ands or buts.
“I believe Mr. Hongisto was incorrect when he implied that the DNR must establish a wolf hunting season.”
I never implied that. The DNR doesn’t have the authority to establish a wolf hunting season. That is the role of the Natural Resources Commission.
Referring to the DNR, I wrote. “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 Natural Resources Commission to set harvest seasons.”
Four animal protection/animal rights groups were represented on the Roundtable. They are the Defending of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, the Michigan Human Society and the Timber Wolf Alliance. Animal protection is their raison’ d’etre.
As for the DNR inviting two Indian tribes and these groups to participate in our discussion, it was clear from the beginning, that you cannot work with people on a wildlife management plan who are fundamentally opposed to the purpose of wildlife management. That, along with the consensus rule, are the reasons why the Wolf management Plan is deeply, if not fatally flawed.
The proof of this became apparent, when anti-hunting groups, including the Sierra Club, which was represented on the Roundtable, filed a lawsuit to overturn the recently enacted Wolf Law. They are also collecting signatures to put this issue on the 2014 election ballot.
Their unyielding opposition to the killing of animals should have disqualified these groups from serving on the Wolf Management Roundtable in the first place. Politics does indeed make for strange bedfellows.
I am writing this to call attention to the most crucial item that our elected representatives should have addressed—decades ago.
I refer to the extremely sad fact that because of a law that was instituted in colonial times (before the IRS)—when government taxed families according to their apparent income, i.e.—by the size of their homes. This is still being done today!
Now, families lose their homes because of inability to pay this horrible, inexcusable tax on their homes.
You already know, there are those who become wealthy by acquiring these homes and selling at huge profits. Might some of these pay to keep this horrible tax? Is this why it still exists?
You should know that it costs the State many times more than their tax to care for each of these homeless families!
My friend all label those involved as morons and profittears. I also agree. Let’s do something about this!
John J. Solar