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Letters to the Editor: Monday, October 27, 2008

Hunters shouldn’t wait
In "Three questions on ballot worthy of voter support” (Our Views, Sept. 19), The Oklahoman questioned the need for State Question 742, which gives voters the choice to permanently preserve in the Oklahoma Constitution the right to hunt and fish. You suggested waiting until a crisis develops before proposing the amendment. The crisis in question here would be the imposition of hunting bans.

But why should Oklahoma hunters wait? The painful experiences of hunters in Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, California and Colorado show that waiting is not a strategy; it’s tantamount to a concession of rights. Ballot measures and policies pushed by well-funded, aggressive anti-hunting proponents have eliminated bear, cougar and even dove hunting in these states because hunters waited to respond.

Americans are fortunate that waiting for a crisis to occur before responding was never an option for James Madison and our other Founding Fathers. They prudently chose to exercise foresight more than 200 years ago when they adopted the Bill of Rights. Most rights enshrined in that document weren’t in question during that time.

Where would we be as a country if Madison listened to the counsel of The Oklahoman? Simply waiting for a crisis to occur before responding is a reckless recommendation.

Darren La Sorte, Fairfax, Va.

La Sorte is manager of hunting policy for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.

No advice needed
Once again my Republican friends are telling me who I should vote for. Four years ago they were so sure that President Bush deserved my vote. I might take their current advice more seriously if they seemed to have considered with intellectual honesty their having contributed to electing what may be our worst president ever. They are so unrepentant about the war in Iraq. They won’t acknowledge that the 30-year conservative position of "deregulate” and "let the market police itself” has greatly contributed to the current economic calamity.

I love my adopted home state of Oklahoma, but I recognize its quirkiness. Electorally we have become Alabama with buckles and spurs. I’m for my friends continuing to vote Republican, if they must, but this year I think they should do so very quietly and without offering advice.

Mike Gipson, Edmond

Surprising development
At 87 years of age and having served 20 years in the military, including World War II and Korea, nothing that our armed forces do should surprise me. But they just did. A clause in the agreement being studied by the Iraq parliament would allow any U.S. service man or woman who allegedly breaks the law to be arrested by Iraqi police, confined and tried in an Iraqi courtroom by Iraqi authorities. This is being allowed by our commanders and politicians! If I were a service man or woman assigned to Iraq, I’d never leave the compound to which I was assigned.

Bill Rupert, Midwest City

Treatment is warranted
Shariol Warner (Your Views, Oct. 22) feels Sarah Palin is being treated unfairly. She postulates that being a mother, wife and working lady is enough for Palin to be vice president. I’m sorry, but how does being a mother and wife have anything to do with political office, let alone the presidential campaign? Palin is being called to task on her policies (or lack thereof). She has said nothing substantial regarding policy, foreign or domestic, and that is why she is being criticized by the media. To say Palin is being treated unfairly because she’s a woman has about as much traction as saying John McCain is doing poorly in the polls because he’s old.

Travis Sweeten, Enid

Change to worry about
Barack Obama says we live in the greatest country in the world and he wants to change that. That scares me to death. He wants to raise our taxes, socialize our medicine, weaken our military, take away our guns. Those are changes, all right, and not for our good. He has no credentials to be president — the most powerful man in the world. This is probably one of the most important elections of our lifetime. It will affect our lives, our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives. So think carefully before you pull the lever.

Patsy Krampf, Norman

Related Photos
BIRD HUNTING / HUNTER / DOG / DUCK HUNT: Scott Manley of Jackson, Miss., and his dog, Bear, hunt for teal at Hackberry Flat. Manley, who often duck hunts in Oklahoma, calls the Sooner state one of the nation’s best-kept secrets for waterfowling because of its diverse wetlands. He thinks the best hunting is in January.	PHOTO BY ED GODFREY, THE OKLAHOMAN 	ORG XMIT: 0809192136194223

BIRD HUNTING / HUNTER / DOG / DUCK HUNT: Scott Manley of Jackson, Miss., and his dog, Bear, hunt for teal at Hackberry Flat. Manley, who often duck hunts in Oklahoma, calls the Sooner state one of the nation’s best-kept secrets for waterfowling because of its diverse wetlands. He thinks the best...

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