Don’t ex­pand hunt­ing to Sun­days

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

I sup­port Sil­vie Pomicter in her op­po­si­tion to ex­pand­ing hunt­ing on Sun­days.

Cur­rently Sun­day hunt­ing is al­lowed for coy­ote, fox and crows. We do not need to ex­pand such, in fact we need to re­strict it.

I have fol­lowed this de­bate for so long I was wear­ing a pager at the first Penn­syl­va­nia House hear­ing where I tes­ti­fied against the idea. In that time, nu­mer­ous al­ter­na­tives have been pro­posed, none of which has gar­nered much sup­port be­yond the die hard Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers, the NRA be­ing the pri­mary force be­hind the idea. Re­peated polls have shown that even hunters are split al­most evenly on the idea.

The state Farm Bureau is against it, be­cause of the prop­erty rights in­fringe­ments as­pect. Yet the Leg­is­la­ture keeps wast­ing time, money and other re­sources on the is­sue, as if it has noth­ing more press­ing to han­dle.

Noth­ing about this idea works. It will not steady, let alone in­crease cur­rently de­clin­ing hunters’ num­bers. In fact New York of­fi­cials tes­ti­fied at the afore­men­tioned hear­ing that such failed there.

How is it that our par­ents and grand­par­ents had time to hunt six days a week, while so many to­day claim they can’t? Our an­ces­tors worked in the mines, fac­to­ries and farms which had much harsher sched­ules than to­day.

This is es­sen­tially a prop­erty rights is­sue, both pri­vate and pub­lic.

Hunters, who are a shrink­ing mi­nor­ity, can­not be al­lowed to dis­rupt the rights of the grow­ing ma­jor­ity, which is bad enough now, via such an ex­pan­sion. David Kver­a­gas New­toN

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