Dead animal photos off mark
It seems that every year the number of articles and pictures about hunting increases. This year pictures and articles about killing deer have have been spread all over the paper, including the front page. Can’t the BDN confine the pictures of dead animals and their smiling assassins to the “sports” section? Respect the sensibilities of those who are sickened and disgusted by the killing of beautiful animals for the fun of it?
I read the Nov. 8 article about why people love to hunt hoping to gain some some insight and understanding. Every single person claimed that “being in the woods” was what they loved about hunting. Well, I like walking in the woods, too, but snuffing the life out of animals isn’t included. Teaching young children that killing is fun seems like a pretty bad idea to me.
The idea that killing is a bonding experience and a way to enjoy the woods is to my mind a contributing factor to the gun violence in this country. Destroying living things should not be a positive experience, especially for a child still developing a sense of right and wrong. Equating killing with fun and bonding is dangerous. Take a kid for a walk, or go to a movie, or play a game of chess, or read him a story.
If you must glorify killing, at least keep it confined to the sports page where we can simply trash that section without having to see smiling faces holding dead animals.
Destruction, deficit spending on the horizon
As I watch the rioting and destruction taking place in Paris, I can’t help but think we have that coming to our cities in the U.S. sooner rather than later. As our private sector middle class disappears, the only reason this kind of revolt is not happening here is deficit spending year after year that allows politicians to avoid the tough fiscal decisions that might jeopardize their re-election.
France raised fuel taxes, exactly what we should be doing here to finance infrastructure improvements and repairs that all states are clamoring for. With deficit spending exploding for our military, health care, Social Security, national disaster aid, unfunded pensions and retirement benefits, etc., what undoubtedly will happen here is a reaching across the aisle with all agreeing to fund infrastructure spending with debt. All states will share a portion of the booty and the president and Congress will wrench their shoulders patting each other on the back. China must be smiling.
Climate change ‘already disastrous’
I agree with Gary Yohe when he writes in a Dec. 2 Bangor Daily News column that, “The experiences of 2017 and 2018 across the country and around the globe show that climate change is happening and that damages calibrated in the billions of dollars at specific locations are already disastrous.” There is no question that recently there has been a lot of devastating events in the news which can be attributed to the effects of climate change. For instance, Hurricane Ophelia, which was the worst hurricane to affect Ireland in 50 years, is just one recent example of how the dangers of climate change have had an effect on the world we live.
We as a society need to be mindful of the facts and need to act proactively to deal with the ever-increasing danger of climate change. President Donald Trump is too quick to dismiss the growing concern of climate change and the recent Fourth National Climate Assessment, which may shed some light on this concern. While there is evidence to suggest that climate change is a real threat now and in the future, we need to work to make sure that the proper measures are being taken to reduce our impact on the world in which we live. If we fail to do so, then there might not be much of future for generations down the road. There will be a point in which the damage of climate change will become irreversible.