Readers respond to "Baiting Bambi"
Baiting hasn't done any harm in Texas, it won't do any harm in your state ("Baiting Bambi," 1/6/10). Put it to the voters and quit passing laws that hunters oppose.
I'm certainly no biologist, but I have a hard time believing baiting disrupts the ecosystem—to a marginal extent, perhaps. Legal hunting season is what, a month and a half tops for bow and gun combined? I'm sure they'd be smart enough to disperse after the potential baiting season is over. And there's not exactly a short supply of deer in the state or region, for that matter. Why is it then okay to bait bears, a much more endangered, sometimes predatory animal? I'd think their numbers would be the ones to be protected.
I'll go a little further on feeding, or baiting if you wish, in Texas. It doesn't dramatically increase your odds of getting a deer, especially a big, mature buck. Observations on several big ranches have shown that it is mostly the immature deer that go to feeders. If a quality buck gets past three years of age they do most of their feeding at night. And, in the hard-scrabble brush of south Texas, the corn or other feed is often sustenance rather than supplement.
The deer in Little Canada are wonderful and can be a nuisance. Since I moved here 12 years ago I have had many visitors of all kinds, invited and uninvited. Uninvited humans are always threatening. For me it is nothing short of magical to live with such an abundance and variety of nature as we do here in the wetlands.
In all of the time that I have lived here I have had a dog, except for two of those years. In those two years the deer and rabbits ate many valuable plants. I've used sprays, raw eggs, and pepper concoctions as deterrents. They all worked pretty well but have to be reapplied regularly. I've had a dog for a little over one year. My dog is trained to stay out of my flowers and hostas. My garden has never looked better. On much of my property I try to grow plants that either the deer are less likely to eat or they can eat all they want.
On Wednesday, December 16, 2009, I was at the meeting of the City Council for Little Canada. I was there because they were discussing deer hunts within the city limits. I proposed that, because the killing of the neighborhood deer was such a personal issue to many citizens in Little Canada, perhaps we should put it to vote. At the end of the discussion all of the council members did vote. That is not what I meant. Issues that affect the quality of life for the citizens and the nature of Little Canada should be voted on by the citizens, particularly if representative council does not justly represent all of the citizenry. People want to kill deer for all kinds of reasons. Some people don't want to kill anything, and the thought of deer being killed in their neighborhood makes them sick at heart. If Little Canada votes to live with our deer population, then perhaps we should investigate birth control for deer. If Little Canada votes to eliminate the deer, then perhaps we can relocate them. The fate of Little Canada's deer is not for a few to decide, and I would like the chance to vote on this decision.
Choking on Casey Carlson
Over the holiday break, an article written about Casey Carlson was brought to my attention ("Minnesota's biggest choke artists," 12/30/09). The article was, at best, a sophomoric attempt at sexist humor.
The facts are: Casey Carlson is a very bright, talented, and, yes, attractive young adult. She is light years ahead of her peers in many areas. To categorize her as a "choke artist" is absolutely absurd. I ask you this: When Joe Mauer goes hitless in a game do we call him a "choke artist"?
We all have our better moments and our not-so-great moments. The writer obviously does not possess the ability to look at the bigger picture: Casey beat out hundreds of talented individuals just to get to the American Idol stage.
Again, how absurd to label her a "bust." I have had the pleasure of working with Casey in her role as a CW Twin Cities crewmember, and she brings a level of energy and talent to the job that very few people can match. In addition, Casey never hesitates when it comes to helping nonprofits in their efforts (something I'm sure your writer has little interest in).
I can only suggest that for the future, don't allow rogue, angry, non-caring writers such as the one who wrote this article about Casey to dictate your fate, or else you'll be in a very short-lived position.
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