2013-04-04 / Views

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Why is it that if someone as much as stubs their toe they get help but my granddaughter can’t and my daughter has trouble getting it also?

Also I’ve needed help getting my house repaired for years and been denied because it’s on the ground what should it be on stilts like in Louisiana? I know people that because they are separated get to move into a better house perhaps if I had a husband and separated they will help me.

Also I’m losing my snow plow man because he doesn’t get enough money is the world all made of greed or is this help your neighbor; he only lives half mile from me.

Mrs. Margaret Besaw


Dear Editor,

This is a response to the letter by Marvin Roberson. I am gratified by his “full disclosure”, that he is an employee of, and presumably, a genuine card-carrying member of the Sierra Club. Wow!

To start with, I wish to offer a correction. As Mr. Roberson pointed out, the Sierra Club is not a party to the federal lawsuit to overturn the state wolf law or the federal delisting of the western Great Lakes wolf population. I apologize for the error.

When I referred to the Sierra Club and three other animal rights/animal protection groups on the Roundtable, I wrote that animal protection is their raison’ d’ etre. He claims “This is simply false,” yet he admits in his letter that “we work to protect populations and species.”

When I mentioned that they are anti-hunting, he said “This is false.” However, as the Sierra Club representative on the Wolf Management Roundtable, he voted against a proposal to allow public hunting and trapping seasons for management purposes.

As for the consensus rule not producing an acceptable outcome for me personally, I didn’t know what the result would be, because nobody can predict the future. As it turned out, the rule spoiled things, because a minority of stakeholder groups, six out of twenty, had veto power over the will of the majority. In other words, the DNR stacked the deck to achieve a predetermined outcome.

When the roundtable convened, we had no way of knowing what to expect. When I offered to participate, I committed myself to see the process through; even though it turned out to be a deeply, if not fatally flawed, management plan. I accepted what the DNR offered in compensation for our services like everyone else. Why not?

Even though the opinions expressed in my letters are my own, I faithfully represented the best interests of the Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance. I signed the Recommended Guiding Principles on which the Wolf Management Plan is based, because, at the time, I felt it was best for our organization. I reasoned that the plan could be amended if necessary.

Participation on this citizen’s committee was personal sacrifice and a lot of hard work for all concerned. I don’t regret this one bit. To criticize me for accepting compensation, signing the recommendations and attending the celebration, simply because I disagree with the process, is petty and small-minded.

John Hongisto

Deerton, Michigan

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