We have a reputation here at FAOL for telling the truth.
Calling a spade a spade. While we do try and maintain some
common courtesy and consideration for others feelings, I
personally feel we as a country have made 'politically correct'
a meaningless joke. In trying to not ever, ever offend anyone,
we let things slide which a few years ago would be considered
just plain wrong.
Fishing, hunting and the right to bear arms, are all under attack.
We don't dare call the minority who are attacking those rights
"radicals," nor do many stand up and say they are attempting to
take our individual rights away from us. These people ARE radicals,
who firmly believe their rights are more important than yours. Wrong!
So called "Environmental" groups are attempting to close off
large portions of the US coastal waters with the rational it
will "save" the fisheries. They are not mis-informed. They
lie. They do not in any way attempt to address over fishing,
long-line fishing, in shore netting. Instead, (and ignoring
the dollars spent by recreational fishers) they blame sport
fishers for declining fish stocks. Commercial fishers have
netted the bait fish, caused fish to travel terrible distances
just to eat, and it's the fault of the sport fishers. Wrong!
Al Campbell's column this week is Black Hills Of South Dakota
On Fire. Al stated the facts without name calling. He did
not point a finger at the specific group which has held up all
timber work in the Black Hills for the past five years. To me
it does not matter if it is the Sierra Club or Audubon. Both
have been involved in like situations, where their motives are
so 'pure' they can do anything at all to get their way. Filing
suit, tying people and governments up in court for years, using
up public tax payer monies to defend these suits should be
criminal! Now the fires have destroyed everything they were
trying so hard to defend. What was the point? And the taxpayer
gets to foot this bill too. Wrong.
If I were Queen, it would stop. If I had a ton of money I would
hire the very finest lawyer to file a class-action suit against
those groups and individuals who had the timber sales tied up
in the courts in South Dakota. I would demand payment for
damages for every tree, building, road, fish and stream affected,
lost wages of those who have or will lose work because of the
fires, cost of actually fighting the fire, medical expenses,
and every possible related expense of all the citizens of that
region. I'm talking BILLIONS of dollars. So much money that
this organization would be broke and in debt forever. Just
maybe the rest would get the message.
Why? Because nothing else seems to work. You cannot reason,
explain or give these folks the facts. They know so much more
than any of us, we can't possibly be right. Wrong! Again.
Maybe the only way to stop this insanity is to hit them in THEIR
pocketbook. Or as my Texas friends say so well, "Cash talks - the
rest walks!" ~ LadyFisher
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