LETTER: Good people attend WCC meetingsTo the Telegram: Regarding the April 26 letter to the editor, “Bad ideas win when people don’t vote” the letter-writer characterized, labeled and misjudged people in attendance at the annual Wisconsin Conservation Congress meeting.
To the Telegram:
Regarding the April 26 letter to the editor, “Bad ideas win when people don’t vote” the letter-writer characterized, labeled and misjudged people in attendance at the annual Wisconsin Conservation Congress meeting. She was welcomed, treated respectfully, listened to and thanked for attending. It would have been nice if she stayed for the discussions regarding proposed rule changes.
Here is what I observed at the meeting. I saw five individuals there that all gave of their time and expense, persuading the state to keep the Brule River Fish Hatchery open. These individuals were part of a group of citizens, government representatives, and DNR personnel who successfully kept the hatchery open.
This facility is in the letter-writer’s hometown, but oddly, I didn’t see her at the meetings. The hatchery hosts tours for schoolchildren, supports the cold water fishery of the state and offers family activity days that teach and foster a love of the outdoors. It also employs local people and has a tremendous financial impact on Brule.
I saw many members from the Douglas County Fish and Game League, an organization that has been instrumental in providing and maintaining boat launch facilities, handicap accessible docks on lakes and rivers, monitored shooting ranges, improving stream and wildlife habitats, providing youth education for ATV, snowmobiling and boating safety, and annual student scholarships. Additionally, their annual show offers families opportunities to learn about and enjoy the outdoors.
There was at least one person from the Nebagamon Lake Owners Association, a group that raised money to plant walleye there for community fishing opportunities. This group also planted walleyes a number of years ago that shored up a failing population for enjoyment by everyone in the area, and enhanced the local economy.
I saw a group of people who are enthusiasts who collectively contribute over 80 percent of the money, which support all wildlife management in the state of Wisconsin. This money promotes, protects and provides for game and nongame species alike.
I observed teachers, town chairmen, youth mentors, and men and women with strong and differing opinions, and wildlife professionals including our local game warden. Everyone there was respectful of one another. All these people share a love for the outdoors and genuine concern for our natural resources. They represent the good in our society.
The letter writer should take a closer look at herself and her motivations, and maybe she should hold back judgment of people she doesn’t know until she has learned a bit more about them, heard them speak or given strong consideration to their contributions.