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Letters: Abolish sports hunting

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Bowhunting is cruel

The recent article on the Colorado Bowhunters Association Jamboree spoke fondly of the tradition of bowhunting, but it ignored the violent and bloody side of the sport.

In “An Assessment of Deer Hunting in New Jersey,” the NJ Division of Fish and Game “found that archery deer hunters were estimated to have retrieved 43 percent of the deer hit by arrows …” Shockingly, the 57 percent of deer who are wounded and not retrieved by experienced hunters will either bleed to death or slowly die of starvation or infection. Adding children to the mix will result only in a higher percentage of animals being mortally wounded. For a bow hunter to easily recover a wounded deer, the blood loss must be extensive. A deer will have to lose at least 35 percent of its total blood volume for the hunter to recover it rapidly.” (Rob Wegner ” Deer and Deer Hunting August, 1991)

Is this something that we want to expose children to?

As the popularity of hunting declines nationwide, nonviolent wildlife watching programs show exciting growth and the ability to support an economy that far outpaces the current one dependent on weapons and violence. Let’s repeal the Pittman-Robertson Tax and replace it with a similar tax on binoculars, backpacks, and other equipment used by wildlife watchers. Funds collected from these taxes can be dedicated toward the preservation of wildlife and the areas where they live, making the need to depend on hunting obsolete. To hasten the day when the violence of sport hunting is a thing of the past, please visit http://www.cashwildwatch.org.

Joe Miele, vice president

The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting

So enlightened

The July 23 commentary by Don Rogers, Vail Daily editor and honorary chairman of the “Save Arn Menconi Committee,” was enlightening to the Committee to Recall Arn Menconi and all of its petition carriers and supporters.

We just didn’t realize how stupid we are, until Mr. Rogers pointed it out to us, over and over and over again, in this, and a previous column. Ouch!

Rogers admitted he sits in his “window seat on the world.” So, he probably doesn’t get out much to talk and teach us regular, stupid folks.In his column, Mr. Rogers wrote that we’ve “stumbled badly,” that we are “so obviously clueless,” that we have “rank stupidity,” that we are “too dumb,” that we’ve “collected only $200,” and that we are “stupidly” going about “our task” to recall Mr. Menconi.

We sent Mr. Rogers’ information out to all of our ignorant petition carriers and supporters, so that they could be enlightened also, about how stupid Mr. Rogers says they are.

Thank you, Mr. Rogers, for informing us about ourselves. Your comments give us pause to reflect about who we really are.

If you could get additional enlightened people, similar to you, to teach us more about our ignorance, they can contact us at mikereid@usinter.net.

Mike Reid, chairman

The “Stupid” Committee to Recall Arn Menconi

Help during our loss

On behalf of the entire Gertrude Medina family, we would like to thank our many friends and relatives for your expression of sympathy extended to us during the loss of our beloved mother and grandmother.

Our sincere thanks go out to the Bailey Funeral Home, Father Hugh M. Guentner, Pat Hamilton, Terry Hollingsworth, Roxy from the Flower Cart, Joe from the Eagle River Inn, Chase from the Vail Valley Medical Center, Floyd Duran, Arlene Cordova, Gloria and Isabel Trujillo, Daria and Frank Sanders, Ray from the Eagle County School District Food Service Department, Emily Sack and Alejandrina Mata from Berry Creek Middle School, the cooks and servers and many others who prayed, gave flowers, food and money.

We shall forever cherish the memory of our dear mother and grandmother. God bless you all.

The Medina Family

Oil industry agrees

Dennis Webb’s article (“We don’t need to be gluttons’ for gas,” July 7) argues that there is no need to rush to expand energy development and endanger the environment and the local wildlife; America’s oil and natural gas industry agrees.

Industry workers call communities throughout the Rockies home and have a deep appreciation for the unique beauty of this region. To maintain that beauty, our industry does whatever it takes.

For instance, since 2000 our industry has invested nearly $98 billion in emerging energy technologies. Technological innovations, such as directional drilling, allow for maximum results with minimal impact on the land.

Between now and 2025, the U.S. population is projected to increase by 18 percent, however, our demand for oil and gas is predicted to grow twice as fast as our population. Our industry understands it is charged with a difficult task: to meet our nation’s energy demands, while maintaining the integrity of the environment. However, through on-going investment in cutting-edge technologies, our industry will continue to do its part to practice responsible, yet efficient, energy development.

Stan Dempsey


Colorado Petroleum Association

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