THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From our readers
Issue Date: November 27, 2019
Please accept this letter regarding the difficulties facing the agricultural community when the deer herd is out of control. Hunter numbers continue to decline due to fear of CWD and this is leading to tremendous crops losses from deer numbers as high as 200 per square mile when there should only be a few per square mile. This added to the rise in Lyme's which is carried by deer and the white footed mouse which are both abundant in agricultural areas.
Please use the moniker...Concerned citizen of Richland County for my letter as I don't want to be profiled by the hunting community
Farmer targeted when trying to save his crops from deer
In September a farmer in Richland County was saving his crops by filling DNR ag tags. Richland County has 200 deer per square mile when there should only be a few. He was dealing with herds up to 50 deer in his field. Some trophy hunting neighbors reported him. He was subsequently surveilled by wardens hiding on his land. He was arrested and handcuffed. His guns were confiscated. He now faces over 2000 in fines.
This farmer lost as much as 20,000 per year totaling 100,000 in the last 5 years. He has never taken money from the state to cover his loss. In the last 30 years he has allowed at least 10 hunters a year to hunt.When you add the hunting licenses and the crop loss that the state didn't have to cover he has benefitted the state about 110,000.
He was treated like a criminal. Many farmers have experienced the same treatment giving up using ag tags.Neighbors wanting big bucks reported them. This situation must be changed and the farmers who make a living must be made a priority. If there are too many deer the state should bring the numbers down even using sharp shooters on the farmers land to do this.
I urge all who care about the billions generated by farming in the state to call the DNR and legislators to change rules so that struggling farmers can save their crops. We need to stop catering to big buck hunters.
Juliee de la Terre
"Concerned Citizen from Richland County"
Letter to Editor:
"Mining watchdog group"
In Matthew 25:1 we read the parable of the ten virgins.
Five were wise and five were foolish.
What kind of person would you like to be?
To help you understand my point a little better I use this illustration. There were two woodcutters one was cutting wood that he would season for two years to be ready to burn. the other was cutting green wood to burn that day.
When it comes to an independent mine monitoring group we need to start answering these questions before it is too late:
Who will be on it? What will they monitor? When will they be qualified to do the work? Where will they be testing? How will it be funded? Why? And then the big question: What happens if a concern starts to arise?
Ask your County, City ,Village, or Township officials how they would answer these questions.
initiate the dialogue!
When it comes to resolving very important and difficult issue, even the name of such a group must not be confrontational.