Find a New Cause


Letters to the Editor / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / February 18, 2004

To the Editor:

I was appalled by Art Greenwalt's letter condemning every outdoorsman's lifestyle. It is said we are convoluted thinkers. What does that mean?

Besides not knowing what that word means, this is what I do know: I know what it is like to be hungry; I know that fur is warm; I know how to respect and return the animals that we harvest back to the Earth; I know about Athabascan people and our way of life. ... Now does that make us a convoluted people?

Also, I know that we have been here for, in short, 10,000 years. In my opinion, I think people like Art Greenwalt rank right up there with Osama bin Laden, a terrorist. To attempt to inhibit the common practices of outdoorsmen, Native or non-Native, is a crime by my thinking. In Mr. Greenwalt's opinion, there is no room for our kind on this Earth. There's 6 billion people on Earth and growing. Now why can't we all just get along?

Why can't Art and his friends find a new cause ... say like measuring the ice in Antarctica, finding an alternative energy source, finding a way to balance our national debt or finding out how high is up? I find it amazing that there are people out there that would like to change peoples' lifestyle by the power of their penmanship.

Wildlife populations are natural, renewable resources--biological wealth--that must be sustained and managed for the benefit of present and future generations. Wolves and bears have created a downward population trend for moose in the Galena area. I have witnessed the devastation; it's like clear-cutting the land. I am a proud trapper, subsistence fisherman and outdoorsman. I would like an ample supply of wild game for my kids. I would not want to see my daughter's ribs for lack of food, or my son having to eat rabbits and grouse instead of moose meat.

I would like a healthy country and not a "starvation country." In every good man, there's a good wolf trapper fighting to get out.

Best regards,

Pollock "PJ" Simon Jr. / Galena

 


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