To the Editor:
was appalled by Art Greenwalt's letter condemning every outdoorsman's
lifestyle. It is said we are convoluted thinkers. What does
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?
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?
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.
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.
would like a healthy country and not a "starvation country."
In every good man, there's a good wolf trapper fighting to
"PJ" Simon Jr. / Galena