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+i if+ + [j 11 ill I+ I .! 6 FRIDAY, JANUARY 24- MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 Viewpoints Cape Gazette Letters )) Information on coyote article disputed I almost blew soda out through my nose when I read the recent column about coyotes in Dela- ware. I do applaud Ron MacAr- thur for seeking out information, but I hate to inform him that he might have found better honest biological information from some freshman high school biology class than seek it from Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Saveikis. The most troubling issue is that many of the uninformed read- ers out there may have actually believed what he had to say. Delaware's Department of Natural Resources has one of the most abysmal records of sound wildlife management in the nation. We protected the whitetail deer far too long and it's become a pest. We protected the gray squirrel and it's overrun the state. We protected the snow goose, claiming we were driving it to extinction, and now it's a pest that can't be managed. We protected the Canada goose and now it despoils every park and playground pool in the state. We protected the red fox and were even forbidden from possessing one "regardless of origin" and wondered why the small popula- tions of quail and pheasants were eradicated. Now we have the bunny huggers protecting coy- otes that are treated as vermin in every other state of the union having them. First off, the coyote, up until recently, consisted of a single bloodline (much like foxes and wolves). I don't know what Saveikis intended with a "cornu- copia" of them, but I would hope he used the word without think- ing of the definition. To say "Any coyote taken be- fore Jan. 11 was taken illegally," is simply a lie that he's been called to task on before. The coyote is not an indigenous species, and since it's been classified as "in- vasive," it enjoyed absolutely no protection under the law before Jan. 11. The U.S. Supreme Court has long expelled the argument that one can break a-law that simply doesn't exist. The coyote can't be claimed under charter as being "protected" since it wasn't native to Delaware. If anything he said was true, then he wouldn't have to explain why a hunter on a state wildlife area during a managed hunt was not cited nor prosecuted for shooting a coyote that he knew about. In another attempt to dazzle readers with gobbledygook, Saveikis claims that the new regulations are based on "mod- ern wildlife science, with the coyote hunting and trapping seasons designed to manage the coyote population at biologically and socially acceptable levels." If that doesn't achieve sensory overload, nothing will. Continued on page 7 I've committed violent crimes but been found not guilty by reason of insanity, guilty but mentally ill, and mentally incompetent to stand trial...should I be allowed to possess firearms? YES!!! And they call lE crazy! Editorial )) Bitter cold deman ds vigilance, caring he bitter cold and snowfall quieting Delaware's Cape Region this week deserve special attention. Here in coastal Delaware, the vast ocean to our east makes our microclimate even more temperate than surrounding areas. Certainly we're not Florida, but the Atlantic does keep us a few degrees warmer, giving us a longer growing season and generally milder winters, Then along comes a cold snap like this one that reminds us of the winter of 1977 and 1978, when Rehoboth Bay and the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal froze solid, river pilots had to contract helicopters to get on and off ships, and hiber- nating blue crabs froze to death in the mud at the bottom of Delaware Bay. Local fire fighters had to not only fight flames in houses where the cold stressed heating and electrical systems, but also freez- ing water that made footing treacherous and handling hoses grueling. Now, 2014. While state and municipal work- ers have done a great job keeping the roads and streets plowed so we can keep function- ing as a community, we have to again stay vigilant against the stresses that such extreme weather brings. State and municipal agencies, police and fire services can only do so much. Now, especially, they depend on all of us to do the right thing. We see examples all around us: neighbors digging out those less able, four-wheelers using tow lines usually reserved for beach emergencies to haul out ditch-bound drivers, and churches and others opening their doors to the homeless trying to survive single-digit nights. Delaware's Cape Region is just one of thou- sands of communities across this great nation that shows its compassion when times are tough and people need help. The difference is that we're the ones experiencing the extreme weather this time. Although extreme cold isn't as loud and dramatic as blowing blizzards or howling hurricanes, it nonetheless brings challenges and opportunities to help friends and strang- ers alike, and further strengthen the ties that bind us. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazet(e editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederickl sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email news- RON MACARTHUR PHOTO WITH MOST PONDS in the area covered with ice, a pair of bufflehead ducks still manages to find some open water. )} l For local weather+ incng highs and lows see Page 107 Web Poll )) Most responders will ' steer clear of clinics When Delaware approves medical marijuana clinics I will: Take advantage 19,8% Not go near them 42.8% Keep an open mind 37.4% The total of votes counted was 353. 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